JUBA – A member of South Sudan’s Transitional Council of State has admitted that the world’s youngest country which has been in a bloody civil war for seven years is really corrupt as international community always put it on top of most corrupt countries.
This comes after the National Audit Chamber said in a report released last week that some government institutions including the office of the president were allocated millions of dollars for unknown reasons.
The report says the money illegally allocated to those institutions and individuals are parts of 2% and 3% meant for oil-producing communities in Unity state, Ruweng Administrative Area and Upper Nile state.
The auditor general later said the ministry of finance and other financial institutions were no providing financial documents making it difficult for the National Audit Chamber to do its work.
Speaking last Wednesday, Nelson Lomatta, a member of the Transitional Council of State, decried the level of corruption in the world’s youngest country as strange and said the international community are right putting
“If only 5% is played within their hands here and there, suppose the 95% of our revenue is audited, I think some of us will become mad because the way money is being used in this country is very strange,” he said according to the Juba-based Eye Radio.
“International communities put South Sudan on top of the most corrupt countries. This audit report explains that we are really corrupt, it is very unfortunate,” he added.
Joseph Aban Deng, another member of the Council of State who also studied the report urged for identification and investigation of the authorities for the corruption which he said has been ongoing for a decade.
“We should identify the authorities who will have to look, investigate, and if possible, incriminate these people who did not deserve to get this money since 2011 up to now,” Aban said.
The report had recommended that the “Council of States to prefer legal ways to enforce the recovery of illegal payments and expropriations.”