South Sudan MP’s Suspend Officials In Corruption Probe

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 | Comments Off on South Sudan MP’s Suspend Officials In Corruption Probe

 

About $60m has been recovered since the letters were sent out last month, the BBC was told last week.

The new nation is also desperately in need of funds after its oil production, which accounts for 98% of revenue, was shut down in an argument with Sudan.

President Salva Kiir sent a letter to the current and ex-government employees, asking them to return at least $4bn (£2.6bn) of stolen money.

 

South Sudan’s parliament has voted to suspend at least 75 senior officials accused of massive corruption.

 

Betrayed ideals:

Lual Deng, a federal minister before South Sudan seceded from Sudan, told the BBC he had received a general letter and wanted the president’s office to provide specific accusations to which he could respond.

almost all of South Sudan’s leaders are former rebels who fought Khartoum for many years during the civil war which ended in 2005.

There is growing concern about the impact and scale of corruption in a poor country facing numerous challenges, he says.

The MPs said the 75 individuals who had received the president’s letter would be suspended until they were convicted or acquitted.

The BBC’s James Copnall, reporting from Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, says their identities have not yet been made public.

But two members of parliament, Awut Deng and Lual Deng, both came forward to say they had received the letter.

South Sudan is one of Africa’s least developed countries, with few paved roads and poor health and educational outcomes.

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