Commission Registers Drop In Corruption Cases

John Gatwich, Chairman of South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission. [Gurtong| File]

Gatwich was speaking during the commemoration of the global anti-corruption day under the theme “Towards corruption free South Sudan” at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum.

In 2011, the commission recorded 150 corruption related cases and only 32 cases were reported in 2012.

The world marks the day on 9th December every year but South Sudan decided to mark it two days before of which the chairman said it is under circumstances beyond their making.

Of the cases, he says one is on trial in Malakal and 50 of the cases that were not investigated last year were moved to this year.

He added that they have been able to investigate and conclude 39 cases this year.

Gatwich said that early this year, they printed 12,000 forms for constitucivil servants to fill stating their assets but half of the people accepted and returned the forms.

He added they have reported the 6,000 who have defied to the president for action.

The form is supposed to be filled by all constitutional post holders, people ranging from colonels and above in the army, police, and civil servants.

Furthermore, he reveled that he handed the anti-corruption bill to the president yesterday after his commission finished their work.

He said investigating into cases that needs travels to far areas especially other countries has become difficult to the commission given the austerity measures putting it as one of the reasons as to why other cases are not investigated.

He called for financial support from the finance ministry adding that he was able to go to Uganda to investigate into the “Dura Saga” in which millions of pounds were alleged to have been stolen.

He assured that they will investigate into the issues despite austerity as investigating into corruption allegation is an urgent task and that they want to accomplish the work done by the auditor.

During the briefing, Prof. Paul Ladu Bureng said that corruption hinders sustainable development and that it is one of the reasons for insecurity.

Bureng had represented the Central Equatoria State Governor at the event and said that concerted efforts are needed to shun tribalism, nepotism and cattle rustling so that the people can work for peace and unity.

In 2003, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) was signed in Mexico on the 9th of December.

During the 1st independence celebration, President Salva Kiir Mayardit said that his government is committed to zero tolerance against corruption.

This year again, the president wrote letters to 75 officials who are alleged to have stole public money.

International Anti-Corruption Day is a time for political leaders, governments, legal bodies and lobby groups to work together against corruption work by promoting the day and the issues that surround this event.

On this day anti-corruption advocates organize events to engage the general public to effectively fight against corruption and fraud in communities.

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