Former South Sudanese Labour Minister Awut Deng who has denied involvement in corruption. [Gurtong/ Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 30 June 2012 [Gurtong] – Deng’s attempts come in the wake of reports linking her and key former and current government officials to grand corruption.
The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir last month wrote to 75 former and current senior government officials to return 4 billion US Dollars stolen from the government coffers.
Deng told Gurtong in Juba that she had published her personal bank accounts and welcomed viewing from the public to prove her non-involvement in graft.
“I have published it already. It is in the internet, the radio and in the newspapers”, she said.
A letter obtained by Gurtong indicates that the former Minister has four accounts, two in Kenya and the others in South Sudan at Equity and Kenya Commercial Banks.
“For the purpose of accountability and transparency each one of us has to carry his or her own cross. Since receiving the letter from the office of the President, I am inviting the public to review and scrutinise my personal financial information as well as my background”.
“I am not above the law and would therefore welcome any investigations”, said Deng who is also an MP in the South Sudan National Assembly representing Tonj East Constituency of Warap State.
Her latest move followed her statement in parliament mid this month where she said she is ready for investigations into the corruption allegations.