EES Marks International Anti-Corruption Day

Eastern Equatoria State joined the world to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day last Friday under the theme ‘Zero tolerance for corruption in South Sudan’

EES Marks International Anti-Corruption Day
Thousands gathered at Torit freedom square to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day [©Gurtong]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 11th December 2011 [Gurtong] – Eastern Equatoria State joined the world to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day last Friday under the theme ‘Zero tolerance for corruption in South Sudan’
 
The State Governor Hon. Lobong Loroje said he was launching an action plan which aims at integrating anti-corruption efforts into Government programs.

While calling on State citizens to cooperate in the fight against the corruption, Lobong said that the action plan’s intention is to prevent corruption within the State. This included a series of trainings for civil servants and staff on how to combat corruption.

Lorna Sadia Anthony, the Senior Inspector for Corruption Prevention & Education in the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC), read the speech of SSAC’s chairperson, Justice Jihn Gatwech Lul.
 
Sadia lamented the challenges her Commission is still grappling with and also reminded the public of the Commission’s mandate by Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan to investigate and prosecute corruption suspects.
 
The Inspector called for political will from the Government of the South Sudan to fight corruption.
 
She noted that corruption was persistently affecting the new nation and becoming a barrier for development hence an obstacle in eradicating poverty in the country since the few who have control over resources rob and deprive the masses. 
 
Sadia narrated that in order to prevent corruption in South Sudan, SSACC has implemented a number of key measures among them are;
1.
Administration of wealth declaration forms which begun this year. These forms are filled and completed by senior civil servants and constitutional post  holders across the country as stipulated in article 120 of the Transitional constitution 2011,
 
2. SSACC organized workshops on social accountability for civil society organizations and government organs which deliver service in 8 States with an exception of two States which shall be covered,

3. SSACC also organized workshops for senior Government officials and the media on systems audits and corruption risk assessment and management, among others.

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