Speaker of the South Sudan National Assembly James Wani Igga. [Speaker of the South Sudan National Assembly James Wani Igga. [Gurtong/ Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 14 June 2012 [Gurtong] - The move is aimed at backing President Salva Kiir’s calls for the return of embezzled funds.
“The war on corruption shall be stepped up more than any time before. Our parliament shall never compromise on this evil”, the Speaker of the South Sudan National Assembly James Wani Igga told law makers early this week.
Early this month President Salva Kiir sent a letter to the current and ex-government employees, asking them to return at least $4bn (£2.6bn) of stolen money.
South Sudan's parliament has since voted to suspend at least 75 senior officials accused of massive corruption.
Igga said the President’s “tough move” will take a new twist as parliament resumed its sitting.
The opposition has, however, termed it a ‘political but ineffective measure as it is not the first time the SPLM leaders have come out to publicly pronounce crack down on corruption’.
Opposition Chief Whip Andrew Okony said the government needs to do much to convince citizens that it is not just ‘’conducting a public relations exercise”.
“A nation is greater than an individual. If implemented to the spirit and letter, this measure will doubtlessly clean our house and leave indelible legacy for your reign and governance of this infant and delicate nation”, Igga told President Kiir.
“SPLM must be on the lead to crack down on those criminals. We did not go to the bush to loot our country of $4billion. Certainly, a much more practical and legal move needs to be done in this battle”, he added.