“An estimated $4 billion are unaccounted for, or simply put, stolen by current and former South Sudan officials as corrupt individuals with close ties to government officials. Most of these have been taken out of the country and deposit in foreign accounts. Some have purchased properties, often paid in cash”.
Letter from President Salva Kiir Mayardit to Corrupt South Sudanese Officials (Return The Stolen Funds)
The Republic of South Sudan
Office of the President
Re: Return of Stolen Funds (Full or Partial) to the GoRSS’s Bank Account in Kenya.
Date: May 3rd, 2012.
From: Salva Kiir Mayaardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan
To: Corrupt Government Officials, Current and Former
Over the past several months, the government of the Republic of South Sudan (GoRSS) has taken a number of measures to put in place a mechanism to battle corruption and also to recover stolen government funds by current and former South Sudan officials.
The Anti-Corruption Commission has received more than 1,600 declarations of assets responses and is reviewing these documents. The government has also issued a number of Presidential Decrees to help prevent corruption.
The people of South Sudan and the International Community are alarmed by the level of corruption in South Sudan. In a number of speeches I gave over the past several years, including my speech during the celebration of our independence, I made it clear that corruption has no place in my government. Many people in South Sudan are suffering, and yet some government officials simply care about themselves. The credibility of our government is on the line.
An estimated $4 billion are unaccounted for or, simply put, stolen by current and former officials, as well as corrupt individuals with close ties to government officials. Most of these funds have been taken out of the country and deposited in foreign accounts. Some have purchased properties, often paid in cash.
In January 2012, I sent letters to eight governments seeking their assistance in the recovery of these stolen assets. We have received some positive responses. In February 2012, the government of the Republic of South Sudan opened a bank account in Kenya.
I am writing to encourage you to return these stolen funds (full or partial) to this account. If funds are returned, the government of the Republic of South Sudan will grant amnesty and will keep your name confidential. I and only one other official will have access to this information.
On the other hand, the government will continue its investigation of stolen funds and will hold accountable those officials and individuals who have stolen government funds and refused to return these funds. There is still time to take critical decisions of saving our country from the crisis we currently face and to help the millions who are in desperate need of assistance in healthcare and education.
We fought for freedom, justice and equality. Many of our friends died to achieve these objectives. Yet, once we got to power, we forgot what we fought for and began to enrich ourselves at the expense of our people.
Over the past six months, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan has taken a number of specific measures to tackle official corruption and institute mechanisms to help prevent corruption and strengthen transparency and accountability. Some of the measures that the Government of the Republic of South Sudan has taken thus far include the following:
- Appointed a new Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
- A letter was sent out last week to over seventy five former and current senior government officials in an effort to recover stolen funds.
- Several Presidential Decrees were issued to strengthen transparency and tackle corruption.
- An estimated 5,000 Declaration of Assets forms were returned by former and current government officials.
- The Anti-Corruption Commission handed its final report on the Declaration of Assets to President Salva Kiir Mayardit in late May 2012.
- The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has opened a bank account in Kenya so that stolen funds can be returned to this account.
- The Anti-Corruption Commission has recovered an estimated $60 million from various sources from fraudulent transactions and misappropriation of funds by government institutions.
- In January 2012, President Salva Kiir Mayardit sent eight letters to heads of states in Africa, the United States, Middle East, and Europe seeking assistance in the recovery of stolen funds by current and former South Sudanese officials.
- Multiple investigations have been underway since January 2012 in an effort to recover stolen funds.
Salva Kiir Mayardit
President of the Republic of South Sudan.
Greetings in the name of the Republic of South Sudan,
There is time for everything; it’s time for Corrupt South Sudanese Officials (Former and Current) to return the public funds they have stolen.
President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, said this is the attached letter to South Sudan CORRUP OFFICILAS.
Please see attached a press release on anti-corruption measures taken by the RSS over the past six months and a letter sent by President Salva Kiir to more than 75 current and former senior government officials.
Let’s us congratulate President Salva Kiir for taking this great move asking corrupt officials to return the public funds they have stolen.
Once more, please open the attached letter from President Salva Kiir Mayardit to the CORRUPT OFFICILAS, updates will follow.
God bless the Republic of South Sudan
By Comrade Larco Lomayatdit
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President Kiir demands South Sudan officials to return the stolen money
June 2, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has written to over 75 former and current government officials directly asking them to account for misappropriated funds.
- Salva Kiir speaks to the media at the Presidential Guest House in Juba, on May 26, 2011(Paul Banks UNMIS)
Kiir in a statement released on Friday 1 June, as part of anti-corruption measures taken by Juba government to end corruption and strengthen transparency and accountability in the newly independent and oil rich country.
Over $1 billion, according to the recent country’s Auditor General’s report, remained unaccounted for between 2005-06, in transfers of oil revenues from the Government of National Unity – the power and wealth sharing partnership in Khartoum created by 2005 peace deal – to the autonomous Government of South Sudan (GoSS) in Juba
“A letter was sent out last week to over seventy five former and current senior officials in an effort to recover stolen funds” reads a statement released by the Office of the President.
Most of the stolen funds, according to the President, have been taken out of the country and deposited into foreign bank accounts, adding that some of these funds have been used for purchasing properties, often “paid in cash”.
The statement disclosed that Kiir has asked in a written letter sent to eight heads of states seeking their assistance in recovering about $4 billion, which are still unaccounted for, or were simply “stolen,” by unnamed officials well as individuals with close ties to government officials.
These states where the stolen money is supposed to be transferred are in Africa, United States, Middle East and Europe, the statement says.
In his letter to the concerned officials, which is made public Friday by the South Sudanese presidency, Kiir said “The people of South Sudan and the international community are alarmed by the level of corruption in South Sudan.”
He pointed out he repeatedly emphasized that “corruption has no place in my government”. He also denounced their selfishness while the South Sudanese are suffering from poverty and lack of basic services and infrastructures.
“The credibility of our government is on the line,” the letter of 3 May stresses.
Last week, the Anti-Corruption Commission announced the recovery of $60 million stolen by different officials .
South Sudan which experiences difficult economic conditions since last January due to the shut down of oil production is in dire need of money. Juba managed to borrow money from some countries but no solution on the horizon as the resumption of oil production is not very soon.
“I am writing to encourage you to return these stolen funds (partial or full),” Kiir said, adding that, “If fund are returned, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan will grant amnesty and will keep your name confidential. I and only one other official will have access to this information.”
President Kiir also assured the public of his government’s commitment to probe those involved in corruption-related practices and the desire to hold them accountable through “critical decisions”. The stolen funds, he said, have deprived the country’s citizens of the much-needed heath care, education and other basic services.
Despite all these, President Kiir has often pledged to empower South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC) as part of its policy on zero tolerance for corruption. Currently SSACC is reportedly reviewing 1,600 forms submitted by government officials in response to the declaration of assets call.
Last week, The US Bureau of Democracy, Human Right and Labor accused South Sudan in its annual report of failing to “effectively implement the law, and officials continued to “engage in corrupt practices with impunity.”
The report despite public criticism of corruption by President Kiir, “it was a problem in all branches of government and was compounded by poor record keeping, lax accounting procedures, and the pending status of corrective legislation within the country,” the report says.
The statement of the South Sudanese presidency outlined a number of measures reportedly undertaken by his government in the past six months to combat corruption as well as strengthen transparency and accountability in the world’s newest nation. These include;
Appointed a new Chairperson of Anti-Corruption Commission
A letter was sent out to over twenty five (25) current and former senior government officials in an effort to recover stolen funds
Several presidential decrees were issued to strengthen transparency and tackle corruption
An estimated 500 Declaration of Assets forms were returned by both former and current officials
The Anti-Corruption Commission handed its final report on the Declaration of Assets to President Salva Kiir late May 2012
The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has opened a bank account in Kenya so that stolen funds can be returned to this account
The Anti-Corruption Commission has recovered an estimated $60m from various sources from fraudulent transactions and misappropriation of funds by government institutions
In January 2012, President Salva Kiir Mayardit sent eight letters to heads of states in Africa, the US, the Middle East and Europe seeking assistance in the recovery of funds stolen by the former and current South Sudan officials
Multiple investigations have been underway since January 2012 in an effort to recover stolen funds.
I warned Salva Kiir to take action in 2007
By Gordon Buay
The Celebration of Corruption and Underdevelopment in South Sudan
We hope the rampant corruption that he is struggling to combat has not eaten up a large proportion of these amount as we have been told that out of $2.1 billion, about a third of it is unaccounted for. This is now causing a great concern among members of South Sudan legislative Assembly and the public and they are wondering whether the budget of 2007 should be passed without hearing the report of the Minister of Finance about the expenditure of two years budget starting from September, 2005 to December, 2006—although we know that is far cry from legislators knowing the stubbornness of Minister of Finance, Mr. Arthur Akuein Chol, who refused to testify before the House Committee on corruption within his ministry, which was set up following the suspension of top five senior finance officers, including two under-secretaries.