CPA alarmed by rampant corruption in the Finance Ministry, calls for accountability
May 12, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA), a rights group, has been alarmed by the recent widespread corruption in the Ministry of Finance and condemned it in the strongest possible terms.
“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) strongly condemns the misuse of public funds portrayed by the Ministry of Finance and Planning in a letter dated 5/5/2020. The letter regarding the payment was approved on 6/5/2020.This letter was written by the Directorate General for Administration and Finance requesting for the payment of SSP 30,000,000 The Directorate General for Administration and Finance should never have indulged itself in this misuse of the public funds.”
Last week, a senior government official came under intense scrutiny after being accused of embezzling a huge sum of money totaling 30,000,000 South Sudanese Pounds to cover funeral expenses, while millions of citizens sleep on empty stomachs.
“Government employees are public servants with a public mandate. They are not under any circumstances supposed to use money meant for public services for private purposes.
The payment of 30,000,000 SSP for funeral arrangements falls nothing short of robbing the public of its money meant for delivering services and a very naked form of corruption.
This amount is over a million United States Dollars. This money could have been used and utilized to improve the lives of the poor South Sudanese but not for private purposes.”
The rights group called on the government to investigate alleged corruption scandals and ensure those involved are held accountable.
“The government of South Sudan should investigate and hold the people responsible accountable. Misuses of public money as shown by the Ministry of Finance and Planning are the very reasons why South Sudanese people’s rights to better healthcare, education and food among others are not fulfilled.”
“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) family however would like to register their sincere condolences and regrets the loss of the Minister’s son.”