Corruption and mismanagement of public funds in GOSS
BY: Mabor Yiel Naih,
YIROL, SOUTH SUDAN. June 17th 2011
The economics of
has unquestionably gone on the decline due to financial
mismanagement going on by the poor economical planners
who regard themselves qualified for the positions.
It is for the first time in the
, during former finance minister, Mr. Kuol Athian
leadership to find young boys having been granted
independent tickets for approval of Companies which are
not really put into right position, use and well managed
South Sudan has been
involved in serious corruption whereby people are
employed according to technical know-who while those
with technical know-how are suffering with their
It is also in the case of
Deng Athorbei, the
current GoSS Minister of finance where huge numbers ofForex money exchange centers for individual
benefits are seen everywhere in Juba city.
Where are we going,
people? Did we fight against our common enemy so that
only a few people benefit? Or did we fight to Employ
Ministers for Economic retardation? I belief these guys
know answers to these questions better than any citizen
When I see such things, I fervently blame the government
of President (Salva Kiir) Mayardit; this is the
government without accountability or whatsoever.
Because it demonstrates
that those corrupt Ministers who were exploring the
meager resources from the hands of the communities are
still being put into right positions whereby you find
somebody with more than 75 wives a leader. Imagine, this
guys with such number of wives, have more than 75
brothers, sisters, mothers and father-in-laws which will
make him difficult to serve the population in a right
way because half of the budget from the government is
taken by such relatives.
The ministry of Finance has trained the tax officers to
control the taxation in the whole South Sudan but yet
there are other regions-States where tax officers are
not operating, especially,
, which is well known for this blockage. This shows too
that the government of Mayardit is lacking
Southern Sudan is contending with problem of
underdevelopment since colonial period through post
independence and during the independence era in the
. The economic backwardness and inequitable distribution
of wealth is also contributing to the underdevelopment
It’s totally worse in
Southern Sudan although economic imbalances have caused
the South 22 years of civil war with the Khartoum
Government which ended in
on 9th January 2005.
The CPA is almost diminishing just a few weeks to left
to close the CPA book and nothing has been achieved so
far with exception of roads network to some rural areas
which have also contributed to reduction of transport
cost throughout the country.
The economy during these
six years is still doomed when we look at how public
funds are being mismanaged by those people in power.
The interim period tells us that
the underdevelopment in
has been subjected to high levels of corruption which
has affected the proposed developmental projects in the
The world now recognized
corruption to be one of the world's greatest challenges.
It is a major impediment to sustainable development,
with an inconsistent impact on poor communities and is
sarcastic on the very fabric of society.
The impact on the private
sector is also considerable - it impedes economic
growth, distorts competition and represents serious
legal and reputational risks.
The historical review of corruption for the last six
years shows that SPLM as a ruling party in the
is losing popularity it had gained for the last 29
years. The majority of the people are subjected to
embezzlements of funds from their GOSS in the few
A hungry man is an angry man. The corruption has caused
the citizens in the
to be subjected to hunger which has contributed to its
insecurity in various states. When also looking at the
gap between the poor and the rich within six years, it's
The day when corruption is stopped in
will be the day we shall say goodbye to greedy ministers
and stand with those who will eradicate poverty,
conflicts, crimes, etc.
The question shall always
circle in our minds that corruption can't be
stopped because the people who are supposed to create
awareness on corruption are the people practicing it.
The poverty created by
corruption in the
has really affected the citizens in one way or another.
The dream of achieving good governance, development, and
stability in the independence of the
shall remain in question to its citizen unless Mr. Salva
Kiir Mayardit the GOSS president removed the Greedy
Ministers from their ministries and replaced them with
people’s ministers to bring about change in our society.
The corruption and underdevelopment
of the Southern Sudan may take another century unless we
accept our failures and give chance to those who are
willing and able to work as ministers as we achieve our
independent body comes in July 2011.
The writer is
of Economics and social studies,
Bahr el Ghazal
. Can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org