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South Sudan lawmakers pass anti-corruption act

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South Sudan lawmakers pass anti-corruption act
Tuesday 24 March 2009.

By Isaac Vuni

March  23,  2009 (JUBA) — The Anti-corruption Act today passed unanimously with  the  votes  of  eighty-nine lawmakers and the support of the cabinet minister of legal affairs and constitutional development, who is empowered to  implement  the  policy  of  zero-tolerance  for corruption declared by President Salva Kiir Mayardit in 2006.

Hon. Speaker James Wani Igga described the act as being second only to the
interim  constitution  of  Southern  Sudan  in  terms  of  priorities  and
emphasized the act would empower a commission of anti-corruption officials to  enter  any  government  institutions  without  prior notice to conduct investigations   on  government  officials  suspected  of  looting  public properties and funds.

Earlier,  Hon.  Jimmy  Wongo Miji (USAP, Morobo constituency), chairman of the  specialized  committee  on  public accounts, had urged legislators to
pass  the  bill  in  its third and final reading so that looters of public
fund  and  properties  can  be  legally apprehended by the anti-corruption
commission officials.

Meanwhile, Hon. Oliver Mori Benjamin challenged parliament to be exemplary to  other  institutions  by  not  condoning corruption, demanding that the assembly account including funds for chairpersons and deputies be audited.

“We  have  passed  many  vital  Acts  but  our  executive are reluctant in
implementing them; probably they assume themselves to be above lawmakers,”
remarked Hon. Martin Aligo.

Critics  note  there  is little to celebrate as the August House is at the
center  of promoting corruption. Hon. Sebit Abe said corruption is rampant
in  the  south  but  requires  serious  action  by the new anti-corruption
commission without nepotism or favouritism.

He  challenged party leaders to crosscheck performance of their MPs and
their  respective  contributions to debate in the assembly on vital topics
of national deliberation; otherwise, he warned, some MPs are only going to
earn huge salaries without properly presenting their people and parties.


Written by torit1955

March 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

Posted in Corruption

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  1. Hi there I’ve written a post on corruption in India; see what you think of it.


    March 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm

  2. Hi Mostaque,

    Can you submit the posting so we can share the experience with the readers?



    March 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm

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