WBGS Commemorates Anti-Corruption Day

Western Bahr el Ghazal State (WBGS) residents turned out in large numbers last Friday to celebrate the International Anti-Corruption Day under the theme “zero tolerance against corruption in the Country.”

WBGS Commemorates Anti- Corruption Day
Police band marching during the Anti- Corruption day in Wau [©Gurtong]

By James Deng Dimo
WAU, 11th December 2011 [Gurtong] - Western Bahr el Ghazal State (WBGS) residents turned out in large numbers last Friday to celebrate the International Anti-Corruption Day under the theme “zero tolerance against corruption in the Country.”

The celebration was characterised with a colourful procession including police band, fire brigade and civil society groups marching from the peace playgrounds to Issac stadium where the speeches were delivred.

Key State government officials including the Minister for Physical Infrastructure, Juleit Raphael Maki and Government state Advisor for Gender Monika Luis Mawein along with Mr. Francis Bassan, the Anti- Corruption States Director General and donor groups in the Republic of South Sudan representing the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC) attended the occasion.

On behalf of SSACC Mr. Francis Bassan called on Government officials in the Country to desist from Corruption.

“You’re now aware that SSACC is mandated by the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011 to investigate and to prosecute those involved in corruption, you must take care not to embezzled public money,” Bassan warned.

“This new mandate empowers us to recruit more trained investigators to prosecute the corruption suspects without favour,” Bassan added.

Bassan urged the government officials across the Country to eliminate bureaucracy while investigating corruption cases.

“We are convinced that there is a political will to fight corruption by some of our leaders and we would like to commended our president for rejuvenating the commission by bringing in the new leadership to lead this herculean institution,” Bassan explained.

The vision of the South Sudan Anti – Corruption is to see a corruption free South Sudan. This can be realized if the government, public and everybody joins hands to fight the vice.

Francis Bassan described corruption as a vice internationally abhorred, hence the global fight because it impedes development, marginalizes, creates inequality, a source of insecurity and instability in the Country.

SACC is currently having discussions with the Supreme Court and the Commission also toured Uganda to gain experience on the issue regarding the establishment of a division of the High Court for Anti- Corruption.

He also told the occasion that SSACC is now an observer member with special status in the East Africa Association of Anti- Corruption Authorities (EAAACA) of which South Sudan will soon adopt the full membership.

The Commission is also working on the accent by the Country president to the UN convention Against Corruption and the African Union convention for the prevention and combating of corruption.

Referred to the limited power given under SSACC act 2009, the Commission received 66 cases of which 38 were properly investigated resulting in the closure and referral for further action.

“With the powers to prosecute granted, we will ensure that cases investigated will all be submitted to the Supreme Court for speedy prosecution immediately our bill is enacted,” Bassan assured the public. 

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