South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit. [File | Gurtong]
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 08June 2012 [Gurtong] – President Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued a notice asking the officials who have deposited stolen moneys in secret bank accounts neighbouring Kenya.
In the notice dated 1 July 2012, the President said the amnesty will substitute impending prosecution.
“Those who will return the stolen money will not be embarrassed because they will remain anonymous. If funds are returned the government of the Republic of South Sudan will grant amnesty and will keep your name confidential. I and only one other official will have access to this information”, President Kiir assured.
According to the President’s letter, over US $4 billion remained unaccounted for between the years 2005 and 2006.
A statement released by the Office of the President states that a letter was sent out last week to over 75 former and current senior officials in an effort to recover stolen funds.
Most of the stolen funds, according to the President, have been taken out of the country and deposited into foreign bank accounts, adding that some of these funds have been used for purchasing properties, often ‘paid in cash’.
In his letter to the suspected officials, President Kiir has expressed grief over the huge stolen money saying the people of South Sudan and the international community are alarmed by the levels of corruption in the country.
“Corruption has no place in my government and is a practice as greediness at the expenses of South Sudanese people who are languishing from poverty and lack of basic services and infrastructure in their hard won infant nation. The credibility of our government is on the line”, said President Kiir.
He at the same time pledged his government’s commitment to fighting graft.
Last week, the Anti-Corruption Commission announced the recovery of an estimated $60m from various sources from fraudulent transactions and misappropriation of funds by government institutions