By Andrew Wiew Puot ,
March 24, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — On 21st October 2019, the Minister of Finance and Planning allocated 18 cargoes of crude oil estimated at USD 600 million to a company called MINS General Trading LLC. This company is owned by Kur Ajing Ater (who has been sanctioned by the United States Government), Paulino Diing Madol and Majok Chol. This letter for the allocation of 18 cargoes of crude oil was leaked online. This caused outrage among South Sudan citizens forcing the Minister in the Office of the President to issue another letter “cancelling” the award of 18 cargoes of crude oil to Kur Ajing Ater and his associates. Reliable sources within the Presidency have confirmed to this author that indeed the so-called letter of cancellation was a public relation stunt to deceive the people of South Sudan that the 18 cargoes allocated to Kur Ajing Ater and his associates was not going to be paid.
In the mix of all of this confusion, it emerged that one man by the name of Tut Kew or Tut Gatluak with the support and the backing of the new regime in Khartoum was the one pulling all the strings to bankrupt the people of South Sudan. Tut Kew who is also the Presidential Advisor on Security and the Chairperson of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) is a Khartoum insider. He grew up under the guidance of former Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir.
When the new regime took over leadership in Khartoum, Tut Gatluak quickly positioned himself as the mediator between the Sovereign Council and the Opposition groups. He took advantage of the offer by the President of the Republic of South Sudan to mediate peace talks between the warring parties in Sudan.
However, in recent months South Sudanese have expressed their dissatisfaction with how one man is being given so much power with little capacity to even accomplish one task. Early this month, a group of civil societies organizations called on the President of the Republic of South Sudan to replace Tut Gatluak Manime with a competent prominent South Sudan politician as the Chairperson of the National Pre-Transitional Committee. This is because Tut Gatluak is not the right person to run sensitive affairs of a key committee like NPTC tasked with the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement (R-ARCISS) for these obvious reasons;
He is an outsider
Tut Gatluak Manime is a member of the National Congress Party (NCP). He grew up under former President Omar Al Bashir in Khartoum. Tut has not gone to the bush nor did he participate in the liberation struggle that gave birth to the Republic of South Sudan. He doesn’t know the history of liberation struggle in South Sudan and therefore cannot play any meaningful role in uniting cadres of the SPLM – where the current crisis started in the first place.
Creating more enemies for President Salva Kiir Mayardit
Due to his well-known background as a member of the National Congress Party, SPLM cadres are increasingly finding it difficult to come to the term with the fact their adversaries during the liberation struggle are now suddenly in position of power calling shots and directing affairs of the SPLM party and the State of the Republic of South Sudan. As such senior members of the SPLM party are accusing the President of the Republic who is also the Chairman of the SPLM party of undermining them by bringing an outsider to handle very sensitive matters of both the SPLM party and the Republic of South Sudan. Even Warrap leaders and freedom fighters including the former SPLA Generals have come to the conclusion that Tut Kew is the one running the country.
Tut Kew has been bragging to his associates that he is actually the one running the show. He has disrespected the President through such reckless statements.
He is illiterate and inexperience
Tut Gatluak is illiterate and inexperienced to manage any public office. He cannot write his own name leave alone reading and understanding complex government correspondences. He only communicates through translators when meeting with foreign dignitaries supporting the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.
He is corrupt and a fraudster
Tut Gatluak Manime is the man behind the many scandals related to the sales of thousands of crude oil cargoes in the name of providing food to the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF). It was Tut Gatluak through Kur Ajing Ater, Paulino Diing Madol and Captain Majok Chol who influenced the award of 18 cargoes of crude oil valued at $539 million to MINS General Trading LLC. Reliable sources in the Presidency say Tut influenced the award of a contract worth $539 million to supply food to the Army. According to credible sources, this food alleged to have been supplied by Kur Ajing and associates is only sorghum and it is rotten because it has been stored in Sudan for more years hence making it unhealthy for human consumption. According to experts, this could lead to food poisoning and death of soldiers and their families. This contract with the same amount of money has been paid over and over again for more than three years. This particular figure is never deducted from the IFMIS system of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. Under the direction of Tut Kew, the Director General of Procurement and his Deputy at the SSPDF went to Khartoum to sign the contract without the knowledge of the Minister of Defense and leadership of SSPDF. Kur Ajing and Paulino Diing are currently in Khartoum while Captain Majok Chol is currently in Dubai awaiting the transfer of cash from the sale of 18 cargoes of crude oil. He has squandered millions of US Dollars allocated to NPTC for the implementation of key provisions in the Revitalized Peace Agreement.
Tut Gatluak owns high-end luxurious apartments and other properties in Juba. Where did someone who came from Khartoum with nothing own so much in assets and properties within such a short period of time? He heads the cartel that is milking resources of South Sudan. He is using Kur Ajing Ater, Paulino Diing Madol and Captain Majok Chol as his proxies to gain access to the President.
He is training and arming his own militias
Tut Gatluak Manime is currently training and arming his own private army both in Juba and his hometown of Bentiu. He is doing this as an insurance against potential removal from his position as Presidential Advisor to the President.
Tut Kew is an agent of Sudan Government
Credible and reliable sources within the Government in Khartoum have told this author that Tut Kew is an agent of the Khartoum to bring down the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and eventually unite Sudan and South Sudan. Tut’s office Manager is an officer in the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum. His real identity is questionable. He is said to be a Darfurian.
It is also worth noting that Kur Ajing Ater is a Brigadier General within the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) and Paulino Diing Madol is an officer within the National Security Service (NSS). These two individuals through the support of the Tut Kew have been interacting with the Deputy Chairman of the Sudan Sovereign Council, Gen. Mohammed Hemedti Hamdan Dagalo. How does Kur Ajing who is a Brigadier General in the Army and Paulino Diing Madol who is an officer in the National Security Service be allowed to interact with the Deputy Chairman of the ruling Sovereign Council in Khartoum? These two individuals have been dealing directly with the Deputy Leader of a foreign country. Direct phones to the President are being coordinated by Captain Majok Chol. Where are the security institutions that are supposed to be protecting the President from such exposure?
Exposing South Sudan to Sanctions
The United States Government has already imposed sanctions on Kur Ajing. As such, it is a big mistake for the Office of the President and the Ministry of Defense to deal with an individual who has been sanctioned by the US Government. This exposes the country to serious risk of being sanctioned by the US Government. Kur Ajing Ater and Paulino Diing Madol
We call on President Salva Kiir Mayardit to get rid of Tut Kew and bring on board former Generals and leaders of SPLM who have the interest of South Sudan at heart. Tut and his associates have proven beyond any doubts that they are determined to bring down the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Credible sources have confirmed to this author that Tut Kew is also providing financial support to the opposition groups including the Chairman of the SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar. Tut has hired private jets many times to ship millions of US dollars to Dr. Riek Machar in Khartoum.
He is doing all this for his own political survival and interest. It is for this reason that the National Pre-Transitional Committee headed by Tut Kew is not able to implement key provisions of the R-ARCISS including the security arrangements leading to further delay in the formation of Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity.
Sources within the NPTC have confirmed that the $40 million that was transferred to the account of NPTC has been used by Tut Kew to bribe his associates to secure his position as the Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs and the Chairman of NPTC. The only thing Tut has done is paying hotel accommodations; nothing more.
Last but not least, it has been confirmed by highly-placed sources that the sum of $539 million has been received by the Government. Tut Kew used his position to influence the payment of the sum of $440 million to his business associates Kur Ajing Ater and Paulino Diing Madol who are currently in Khartoum waiting for the cash transfer of these monies from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to their accounts in Khartoum. Once these monies are transferred to their accounts, it will then be airlifted in private jets to Juba. One can only imagine where this money will end up.
- This article will be continued in the next publication where all relevant documents, vouchers and evidence from the Ministry of Defense & Veterans Affairs, Ministry of Finance and the Bank of South Sudan will be attached and released in the next article.*
The author is a concerned South Sudan who can be reached through social media.
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