Grand graft in troubled South Sudan
From RAJOR BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM , (CAJ News) – CRISIS-TORN South Sudan has rocked by rampant public corruption with President Salva Kiir and former deputy and rebel leader Riek Machar allegedly involved.
The graft record is extensive, including abuse of preferential access to foreign currency, theft of state assets and corruption in contracting and procurement.
Reports by anti-corruption watchdogs indicate leaders have been pillaging government coffers.
“While corruption is harmful in any part of the world, it is especially appalling in a country on the verge of famine and struggling to build a government after only five years of independence,” said United States Department of State spokesperson.
The country is one of the biggest supporters of the South Sudanese people, providing basic services including health and education that are essential for the population’s future, as well as massive lifesaving assistance that has helped avert famine over the last two years.
US expressed disappointment South Sudan leaders had failed to harness peace with the August 2015 peace agreement in the wake of personal power struggles and individual enrichment.
The world’s newest country after attaining independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan is characterised by civil strife that has seen thousands flee to neighbouring countries.
Millions are starving.
– CAJ News
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