By Dr. Wesley Bokati Natana Abraham,
A concerned South Sudanese elder and Former UN Diplomat,
September 4, 2016 (Nyamilepedia) ——The purpose of this article is to raise awareness about corruption and how to fight it in South Sudan. Corruption has many faces. They range from illegal financing of political parties as a means of obtaining future favours, to a tool for organized crime for infiltrating governments and law enforcement in order to protect vested interests. Corruption can also take the nature of a kickback for securing a lucrative public contract, or a bribe to avoid paying a fine for a traffic offence.
Corruption is a crime that can undermine social and economic development in any given society. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, discourages foreign investment, and erodes the quality of life.As no country, region or community is immune to corruption, responses to corruption and its effects can make a big difference if they are efficient and tailor-made to a given context.
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Clear political will and determination, commitment from communities, leaders and decision-makers across South Sudan, extensive awareness in all states and counties, adoption of effective measures to tackle corruption at all levels and active participation of the civil society are among the key elements of an integrated anti-corruption policy that can answer the expectations of our citizens. It is our responsibility as communities, leaders, decision-makers, institutions, civil society organizations and people of this young nation, to combat corruption. Fighting corruption means, in some cases, a trade-off between political costs and social achievements. It requires conviction and the rejection of abuse of power. Preventing corruption efficiently requires, at a minimum, a well-functioning judicial system, transparency in the flow of public funds, and a private sector that conducts business with integrity.
Over two thousand years ago, renowned philosopher and polymath Aristotle wrote, “To protect the treasury from being defrauded, let all money be distributed openly.” Transparency, accountability and efficiency are critical. To end the current war, consolidate peace and stability, all South Sudanese must say No to corruption. Your NO Counts.
Let us all do our part to foster ethical practices, safeguard trust and ensure no diversion of the precious resources needed for development of our beloved country and peace work.
The author of this article, Dr. Wesley Bokati Natana Abraham, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org