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South Sudan: US Warns Corrupt Politicians To Invest In Their Citizens Or Face More Sanctions

South Sudan President,  Salva Kiir, left, talks to Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Gatkuoth, right (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, left, talks to Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Gatkuoth, right (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

September 13, 2019(Nyamilepedia) — Responding to “The Taking of South Sudan”, a report released last week by The Sentry, the US Department of State welcomes the report and promises to investigate the allegations.

“The Department of State is reviewing the newly released report by The Sentry entitled, The Taking of South Sudan.” We welcome The Sentry’s efforts to bring light to corrupt practices in South Sudan.” Part of the statement reads.

“The relationship between corruption and conflict in South Sudan is of long-standing concern to the U.S. government, and we are troubled by the numerous allegations of corruption cited in the report.” The Department of States emphasized.

It is yet to be determined if the United States will sanction president Salva Kiir and his family who are accused in the Sentry report of having built an extensive network with foreign companies and individuals with intent to auction, conduct money laundering and mining; however, the United States government, under President Trump, has underscored its distress to work with “unfit partner”, President Salva Kiir.

Whereas president seems determined to maintain status quo by all means possible, the United States pledge to maintain its robust sanctions to pindown individuals and entities that are responsible for undermining the peace process.

“The United States maintains a robust sanctions regime targeting individuals and entities responsible for undermining South Sudan’s peace process.” The Department of States said.

“We will review the allegations cited in The Sentry report and will carefully consider the recommendations to strengthen efforts to end illicit financial flows to and from South Sudan.” The Statement continued.

The United States, one of the three TROIKA members and the leading donor, urges South Sudanese corrupt leaders that it is not realistic for the international community to invest billions on dollars on their citizens every year yet the fragil government of South Sudan cannot do anything to take care of their people.

The Department of States called on South Sudan leaders to combat corruption, increase accountability measures and implement policies that reduce violence and promote peace.

“The international community invests billions annually to assist the South Sudanese people. We urge the Government of South Sudan to demonstrate similar concern for the well-being of its people by taking significant steps to deal with corruption, increasing accountability, and implementing policies that reduce violence and promote peace.” Read the report.

Since 2012 major reports including those from the World Bank, IMF and now The Sentry reports list president Salva Kiir on the top of the corruption reports, however, President Kiir’s office denies the allegations that the president or his family could be corrupt.

So far, president Salva Kiir has accused numerous members of his government but none has been held to account at the time of this writing.

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