Kiir’s office dismisses corruption allegations by US-based investigative team

Presidential Spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny gesture as he speak to the media – September 2016 (File photo)

December 5th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan president’s office dismissed on Thursday a report by a US-based investigative firm, The Sentry, accusing the government and the first family of corruption practices.

In September, The Sentry released a report accusing the government in Juba of running networks of corruption systems. It said regional and international companies who were profiting from the practice were assisting the government in Juba.

The Sentry further urged the United States to add Kiir’s family members to designated list of sanctioned South Sudan figures.

In a report released this morning, the presidency said the method used in the collection of evidence by the group is questionable.

He said the evidence offered by the US-based advocacy group was weak because it mostly relied on media and UN reports.

“The evidence that The Sentry offers to support the above claims are extraordinarily weak,” said Ateny Wek, press secretary.

“There is evidence that the accused businesses do exist in the South Sudan business registry. Nevertheless, many of these businesses have since collapsed hence are not involved in the activities the sentry alleged as damaging to the country. For example Gemtel Limited. In most cases president Kiir’s family members are the majority shareholders,” Ateny added.

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