Corrupt Officials Not To Run For Elections

Corrupt officials will not run in the upcoming South Sudan general elections, the Deputy Chairperson of the Central Equatoria State (CES) Anti-corruption Commission said on Wednesday.

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA – 3, May 2013 [Gurtong] - Speaking on the national Radio in Juba, Emmanuel Khamis said the move is aimed at fighting corruption in the State. He was speaking to civil servants on the dangers of corruption.

The radio quoted Khamis as saying: “The Anti-Corruption Commission will work together with the Electoral Commission to make sure corrupt officials do not run for office in the coming elections.”

He also outlined to the civil servants the importance of transparency and accountability in the management of public funds, saying it is the responsibility of all citizens to report all cases of corruption to the relevant authorities.

He also warned the county authorities on practices of recruiting ghost workers in their payrolls.

Corruption is one of the greatest challenges South Sudan is facing in its nation building. The government has for several times publicly spoken about how to fight it but lack of decisive action on it has kept the menace at large.

Last week the President, Salva Kiir and the National Parliament Speaker Hon. James Wani Igga declined to speak over the matter. MPs in the August House however, said the decline of the two officials from speaking about the matter portray a great danger on efforts to fight corruption.

 

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