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South Sudan Parliament Acts on Corruption

The south Sudan parliament has passed a resolution clearing way for an official investigation into corrupt deals that robbed south Sudanese of billions of US dollars worth subsidised grains

The parliament of South Sudan passed a resolution yesterday clearing the way for an official investigation into corrupt deals that allegedly robbed the south Sudanese people of billions of US dollars worth of subsidised grains back in 2008.

The grain, popularly known in South Sudan as dura, was supposed to be sold to the hungry population in all ten states at a fixed, low price. The businessmen supplying the grains would then get subsidies from the government. But many of the companies allegedly took the subsidies and never delivered the grain.

The parliament summoned the care-taker minister of finance, David Deng Athorbei, and the former minister of finance, Kuol Athian, to explain what happened. Kuol Athian says he is innocent and explained to members of Parliament that he paid companies who had proof of delivery and acknowledgement from the states that they had received the grain. However, reports from the states refute this claim, saying most of the dura never arrived.

To learn more, I got in touch with Ngor Ayuel Kacgor, a business executive and former chairman of south Sudan chamber of commerce.

Click the link below or at top right for an interview with Ngor Ayuel Kacigor by VOA’s John Tanza.

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    John Tanza

    John Tanza works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is the managing editor and host of the  South Sudan In Focus radio program.
    Before joining VOA, John worked in Nairobi, Kenya where he established the first independent radio station (Sudan Radio Service) for the people of Sudan. He has covered several civil wars both in Sudan and South Sudan and has been engaged in the production of civic education materials for creating awareness about post conflict issues facing Sudanese and South Sudanese. John has interviewed South Sudan President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, Vice President Wani Igga, leader of Sudan’s Umma Party Sadiq Al Mahdi in addition to other senior United Nations and U.S government officials in South Sudan and Washington. His travels have taken him across to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, DRC Congo and parts East Africa where he reported on the South Sudanese diaspora and the challenges facing them.
    A South Sudanese national, John enjoys listening to music from all over the world, reads academic books, watches documentaries and listens to various radio stations on the internet.  You can follow John on Twitter at @Abusukon