May 13, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has been urged by a local advocacy group to investigate finance minister, Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, for corruption following the leakage of documents exposing corrupt practices.
One of the documents circulated on social media by activists appears to show the office manager of the finance minister to have approved a sum of SSP30,000,000 (almost $100,000) for the funeral rite of the minister’s son who died a few days earlier.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA), a local civil society organization, condemned the practices and urged the government of President Salva Kiir to take necessary steps to investigate the minister who they said has went wrong in his role as a civil servant.
“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) strongly condemns the misuse of public funds portrayed by the Ministry of Finance and Planning in a letter dated 5/5/2020,” the CPA statement extended to Nyamilepedia partly read.
“Misuses of public money as shown by the Ministry of Finance and Planning are the very reasons why South Sudanese people’s rights to better healthcare, education and food among others are not fulfilled,” it said urging the Kiir to “investigate and hold the people responsible accountable.”
The group further said government employees are public servants with a public mandate and “not under any circumstances supposed to use money meant for public services for private purposes.”