The First War on Corruption Started With Deng Alor

BY: Deng Mangok Ayuel, AWEIL, South Sudan, JUN/23/2013, SSN;

When a father has some big-hearted sons and daughters, he may sometimes remain in dilemma for whom to blame since everyone is doing bad things in his eyes. President Salva Kiir knows where his cabinet members have gone wrong. As the ruling party’s chairman, he kept encouraging his party members to deliver services to people of South Sudan. He has enough information of what they are doing!

President Kiir in his own words, as I quote, had said, “we fought for freedom, justice and equality, yet once we got to power, we forgot what we fought for and began to enrich ourselves at the expense of our people.” {South Sudan Nation online quotations}.

The war on corruption has started and started, my dear comrades. There are times when a father closes his eyes to beat and chase away his good son who usually milks for him his special cow in the house. I am not declaring that Mr. Kosti Manibe and Deng Alor are sacked or legally probed as corrupt.

Is it too late for president to started suspending ministers? I am happy but fear to say “congratulations” to Mr. President; I shall be quoted as against someone who has wronged the nation because our people are currently fighting with truth.

Finally, thank you Mr. President for your decision!

When money got lost in the president’s office, citizens were truly furious and blamed their own sons for being evil to themselves. By the way, should those who are presidential aides and guards claim that the money was stolen by visitors to the president?

Many South Sudanese, nearly all of us, spent over 20 years without salaries or banked nothing but that shouldn’t cause greed for cash in order to get rich. The president has started sacking individuals after they filched money from his office. Do the high ranked officials think that the president will not remove his hat on his head one day and say one word in many, “you are suspended…?”

The cash adventure and the nature of individuals in the ministry of finance are frustrating the nation. Sometimes back, the internal reshuffling was done in the ministry of finance leaving others out of the system and now the minister has immunity lifted.

Former Finance Minster Mr. Akuein Chol was detained in 2007 but is said to have been removed from detention by his people from Aweil; later he had wrestled with Pagan Amum over millions of dollars allotted to the SPLM party. Later Akuein had hauled Mr. Amum to court until the case evaporated invincibly. He {Akuein} seemingly cleared himself. Today, Akuein may laugh at Alor and Manibe due to huge accountability over millions of dollars.

If the money was not authorized by the president or by another designated senior official, should the ministry of finance have transferred the money to the company’s account without authorization?

And if the money is found authorized by the vice president, for instance, but failed to inform the president, should he also be suspended?

Besides, the governor of the central bank or senior officials in the bank or the bank itself where the transfer was made might have copies of the financial transaction and must be questioned also for transferring money without authorized documents. Yeah, bankers can’t give money without proper financial papers if it wasn’t a deal.

I am confused to why some government officials blame the government they serve than striving for change. I wish President Kiir should keep an eye on the officials who usually criticize the government and get them sacked if they refused doing their work and started blaming the government.

Professor Nyamlel once said that “the system is rotten to the core,” but was sacked after being found criticizing the government. Why criticize the system than making it better?

I don’t mind of what Alor and Manibe were trying to buy with the money, but who signed the financial documents? The reality is, when people have served in the government for quite a long time, they may think of doing something big and better for themselves and their children than the nation.

On the other hand, our leaders should be committed in their doings and willing to work for the welfare of the ordinary citizens. If there is a person who can’t afford a meal in the country that forces him/her to beg on the streets and there are others who are very rich in the same country but still trying to stash the public money, so what will ordinary citizens say about these people?

Is it cleverness, greediness or there are people who wish to own the government and its finances as compensations?

Public money in South Sudanese seems to be like holy water where everyone helps himself with it. I wondered when villagers with their briefcase companies tripped to Juba and after a month, some of them used to come back with new cars and huge amounts of money in 2008.

What did these innocent villagers do to deserve these money and cars? Was it a bloody deal between the ministry concerned and the local companies’ owners?

South Sudanese money is like Ugandan music where everyone in East Africa dances to, to forget of being alive but unable to compose its tunes.

The kostization of millions of dollars into alorization of fire safety business than buying food for the starved families in Jonglei and Torit is the worst exertion done by the ministers if probed guilty of transgression.

Let’s hope it was a dream – and that the money is in the safe hands to be returned to the government very soon after the investigation.

Deng Mangok Ayuel lives in Aweil. He can be reached via mangokson@gmail.com

5 Comments

  1. Tyson says:

    Ayuel
    I don’t know what message you want to send to the readers!
    Kiir has no political will to handle corruption within his government because he is incapable with incapable institutions around him. None of his Cabinet Members including top SPLM members are clean of theft. Kiir is playing gimmicks to confuse the public as the race for 2015 gets closer. (No one also knows if there will be elections in 2015 due to lack of commitment to the constitutions and funds for the elections). How can poor people think of elections when they are always hungry with 2-3 months of no salaries, yet money is being siphoned by looters?

    Kiir and his cronies are not clean at all. That is way the 75 thieves including Kiir himself are shamelessly tossing around; the former finance Ministers (thieves) are moving around, and eventually Kosti and Alor will also move free.
    In which country do you see thieves freed by their clansmen without the rule of law being respected? Do you think it is impossible for the Dinka and Moru youth to stand behind Alor and Kosti? Thieves always have gangsters to kill evidence and bury justice.

    All those handpicked by Kiir to his Cabinet know why they are there – just reward or serve themselves and adore Kiir as the Chief Devil of this God given Nation.

    There are already warning signs with the austerity measures which farvor the SPLM thieves but continue to bite the poor much harder. The warning signs are left for you to synthesize or guess.
    Internationally, the isolation of SPLM led government is gaining momentum and probably the involvement of the ICC will come.

  2. I have Questions to research:
    -Why SPLM Die hard Kosti failed 2010 national elections in Moru-Land?
    -Was the 4 billion that went missing approved by Salva Kiir making dump to ask for it?
    -Did Salva Kiir authorised the Dura Transaction?
    -Did Salva Kiir Ordered the army, police …. to refused their accounts from Audit?
    -Is this suspension of federal ministers a joke or a mockery?
    -Has kiir started zero tolerance move?
    -Can we see publication of the 75 Before 2013 to avoid re-electing them?
    – Can.. Is… or Are… Why…

  3. barbayo says:

    kiir started on right track

  4. Thonmajuk says:

    I don’t think everything should go through the president, and he’s called a tyrant in educated societies. Minister Of finance has sole authority to allocate budgeting and then presenting it to parliament where it’s rectified in the fiscal budget and then back to the office of Finance to release the monies for public use. Other than that the president is doing what is called intimidation of people in their duties of work.

  5. laaralike says:

    deal with them, mr president, just get them one by one, you have a big thief, the leading thief.

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