JUBA – South Sudan’s National Audit Chamber has said in a report that the office of President Salva Kiir Mayardit received – in 2016 – at least $1.3 million for reasons unknown to the independent body.
The damning report said oil producing states of Ruweng, Upper Nile and Unity have been deprived of a sum of 50 million dollars from 2011 to 2020.
The corruption scandal presented to the Council of State on Wednesday by the Ad-hoc Committee said the payment of over $50 million, part of 2% and 3% share of net oil revenue to oil producing states, had been made to individuals and business entities by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
The entities include the office of the president $1,300,000 million, South Sudan Supreme Airline $ 4,130,000, and Equity Bank $4,000,000.
According to the Petroleum Management Act 2013, the ministry of finance is required to transfer 2% and 3% share of oil money to accounts of oil-producing states.
Instead of doing what the law requires, the ministry of finance directed the payments to entities not stipulated in the act.
“The Ministry of Finance and Planning directed payment against two accounts entities not stipulated in Petroleum Management Act 2013 and without authorization of relevant state governors or Chief Administrator of Ruweng Administrative Area and communities of oil producing states,” the report of the Auditor General seen by Sudans Post said.
The report accused the ministry of finance of withdrawing money in bank accounts of oil producing states without authorization from state authorities.
“The Ministry of Finance and Planning deposited a total of $60 million to oil-producing communities’ accounts at the Bank of South Sudan between 2014 and December 2020,” it said.
“Of this $59 million has been withdrawn leaving a balance of $597,238.93 as of December 16, 2020. Of the withdrawals made from the 3% account, $50 million has been made to non-beneficiaries,” it added.