Participants follow lectures as Mr. Francis Kupako facilitates on SSACC's roles and its mandates at Hotel Torit in Eastern Equatoria State [©Gurtong]
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT 14th September 2011 [Gurtong] – The Director General for States Coordination and Donor Relations in South Sudan Ant-corruption Commission (SSACC) Mr. Francis Kupako Bassan has said that corruption in South Sudan is more lethal than civil war because of its complexity as perpetrators are sophisticated.
Mr. Kupako made the remarks while addressing more than 40 participants during the opening of a 4 day training workshop on social accountability at Hotel Torit in the State capital of Eastern Equatoria last Monday.
He termed these perpetrators as complex and who require proper evidence from the grassroots level to the top. He said that social accountability is part of the responsibility which citizens need to know so as to contribute in fighting corruption hence develop the country.
The director stressed that since its inception in 2006, the Commission has embarked on development of necessary structures for implementation of its core activities.
The Commission has so far developed directorates and has investigated over 66 cases of alleged corruption. Out of the 66 cases, 6 have been submitted to the Republic of South Sudan Ministry of Justice, he confirmed. He said while others are pending further investigations, the rest have been dismissed due to lack of adequate evidence.
The training workshop whose aim is to empower citizens with professional skills in combating corruption in partnership with the Anticorruption Commission kicked off last Monday drawing various participants including; chiefs, opinion leaders, Civil Society Organizations (CSO) representatives, media house managers in the State, International and local organizations, representatives of people with disability, workers trade union representative, selected retired civil servants and the Commission’s EES Coordinator, Mr. Jeremiah Ater Kucjok Gai
Mr. Kupako disclosed that the workshop shall focus on accountability, importance of social accountability and governance in African context and exposing participants to understanding civil society politics.
He said the responsibility of public officials; potential benefits and risk of social accountability are building blocks for fighting corruption.
Speaking on behalf of the State Governor at the opening of the workshop, the EES Secretary General, Hon. Oliver Duku Wani requested the Commission to take the lead by educating the public on corruption implications.
The SSACC is an autonomous and impartial body established under Section 147(4) of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan, 2005 as read with Section 6 of the Southern Sudan Anti-Corruption Act, 2009. The Commission has a mandate, inter alia, to protect public property and investigate cases of corruption with a view to protecting public property as well as in the private sector and combating administrative malpractices in public institutions.