School Pupils Condemn Corruption In Jonglei State

Thousands of people turned out in Jonglei State yesterday to celebrate the Global Anti-Corruption Day at Bor Freedom Square. The occasion was characterised with traditional dances and poems from schools challenging the State officials to seize from corruption.

School Pupils Condemn Corruption In Jonglei State
Shadrack Kueirot from Royal Junior Academy primary school criticising Jonglei leaders over negligence [©Gurtong]

By Gabriel Mayom,
BOR, 10th December, 2011 [Gurtong] - Thousands of people turned out in Jonglei State yesterday to celebrate the Global Anti-Corruption Day at Bor Freedom Square. The occasion was characterised with traditional dances and poems from schools challenging the State officials to seize from corruption.

Pupils from Bor Girls primary school presented a poem criticizing the State government officials of being corrupt. Shadrack Kueirot, a pupil representing Royal Junior Academy primary school presented a poem on how they lost confident in their leaders because they cannot provide clean drinking water and good roads as part of government campaign promises during the election in 2010.

“We have voted you into power and now you are enjoying V8 cars with full air condition – you left us suffering in classrooms under trees –we are still drinking the dirty water which you promised to change if you were elected by us –” said Kueirot.

While addressing the gathering at Bor Freedom Square, Jonglei’s acting Governor Mr. Hussien Maar Nyuot was speechless after the poem. He promised that the council of Ministers will organize special sessions for all primary schools and all churches to present their poems in the presence of all Ministers and Director Generals from various Ministries.

“These poems have touched my dreams and I believed all Ministers have taken note of this powerful criticism.” said Maar.

He added that corruption is a big enemy which needs collective efforts of both the community and the State legislatures to combat.

During the celebrations Mr. Maar donated 5,500 South Sudanese Pounds to various school children and churches activities’ as well as local artists to boost their campaign against corruption in the State.

Maar emphasized that corruption liberation will be realised through monitoring of funds allocation and to address community concerns. 

The Jonglei State Chairperson of Anti-corruption Commission, Daniel Deng Kut ensured the public that new transitional constitution of the Republic of the South Sudan gives the Anti-Corruption Commission the powers to prosecute and to investigate corruption cases across South Sudan.

The speech read, “This new mandate now implies that we must recruit more, train and build the capacity of our investigators and prosecutors to meet the challenge of the added function.” Deng urged public to strongly believe that corruption is evil.
 

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