South Sudan’s ruling SPLM devising anti-corruption strategy

Juba 5th April, 2015. The leadership of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) says it is devising strategies to help the government combat corruption to steer forward the country, allowing delivery of services as it pursues peace with the armed opposition groups. Mark Nyipuoc, a member of the party’s political bureau, said the leadership was now determined than ever before to devise strategies and tactics to combat corruption. The political bureau is the party’s highest decision making organ.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO appreciated and welcomes the SPLM decision for devising anti-corruption strategy. it is corruption as one of the factors that have dragged our country into the current violent war. Remarkable decision but requires actions more than words. Secondly, corruption cannot be fought if freedom of expression is under restriction by some elements of the state. The best tactic for fighting corruption is allowing people to speak out about corruption and malpractices in public institutions and that help is marking areas of rampant corruption.

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO said but if freedom of expression is totally control or restricted than it is hard to design or develop tactics that will help in empowering public for combating corruption. If people are arrested for demanding accountability or transparency such as Peter Mayen Majongdit  Sudan People’s Liberal Party (PLP) or the attempts for taking away life of civil society alliance leaders Deng Athuai than it will be hard to combat corruption.

SPLM in the government has ensured the public are given the freedom of expression as one of the tactics for revising strategy for fighting corruption. It is absolutely the political obligation of SPLM to ensure that its members in the public offices at their capacities are not involved in any form of corruption. It is encouraging if the SPLM in government can move faster and quicker in fighting the rampant corruption practices in the country

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