Kiir urged to fire NILEPET Director Eng. Bol Ring over corruption, nepotism

Current Managing Director of the Nile Petroleum Corporation, Eng. Bol Ring Muorwel |Photo: File

A group of whistleblowers, South Sudan Anti-Corruption Forum (SSACF) has called on President Salva Kiir to fire the Managing Director of the state-owned NILEPET, Eng. Bol Ring Muorwel over rampant corruption and nepotism.

In an open letter addressed to President Kiir, the group exposed widespread misappropriation and nepotism in the Nile Petroleum Corporation Company under the leadership of Mr. Bol Ring.

“Your Excellency [President Salva], South Sudan Anti Corruption Forum would like to bring to your attention the malpractices that are taking place in Nile Petroleum Corporation under the leadership of Eng. Ring Muorwel. “Bol is an hyena in sheep’s clothing.” Our leadership is fully aware of Bol’s plan to loot the Nile Petroleum Corporation Ltd under the cover of reform.

“We think that it is our responsibility to enlighten you on the massive looting of public resources by the managing director of Nilepet,” the group said in a press statement extended to Thessherald.

“Nilepet Petroleum Corporation Ltd is a national oil company that has a well defined human resource policies entrusted with the recruitment of staffs. The Human Resource Department in Nilepet was functional at the time of the previous Managing Directors. Unfortunately, the roles and duties of human resource department were recently hijacked by the incumbent Nilepet MD Bol Ring through his Nephew Ring Charles Mayen. Upon taking over the roles of Managing Director, Bol Ring began implementing his vision of employing all the members of his Padhieu Clan as well as In laws.

“In less than two weeks in office, he [Bol Ring] recruited more than 70 members of his clan ( Padhieu) together with in-laws. To elaborate on this point. Bol Ring brought in more than 30 relatives from the Village (Wunrock) and employed them in high grades probably from grade sixteen to eighteen. Many of his relatives whom he employed are unqualified. After giving them contracts, he assigned all of them in key and luxurious departments in Nilepet. The leadership of South Sudan Anti Corruption Forum compiled all the seventy names of Padhieu Clan members who were recruited into Nilepet by Bol Ring.”

Established under Section 13 (1) of the Petroleum Act 2012, the Nile Petroleum Corporation is charged with overseeing activities in the country’s oil sector and aims to fully control oil production by 2027.

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State House J1 should remove Ateny Wek Ateny and professionalize its press unit

Press Secretary in the President’s office, Ateny Wek Ateny | Photo: AFP

Opinion | By Chol Duang

Sept 21, 2020 (Thessherald)–Last month or so, I penned a revealing article about Ateny Wek Ateny, J1’s self-proclaimed Presidential Press Secretary. In that article I attempted to help free all reporters under him from his exploitative working relationship. Public reacted with shock, but gravitated towards his complete removal. Inside J1, Ateny has painfully tried to accuse people who never met or spoke to me.

Just to clarify: I do not have any personal vendetta with Ateny Wek Ateny to settle. In fact, he’s a senior member in my community, which gives him a lot of advantage over me — age wise, experience and community contribution or service. Although Ateny is not a trained journalist, he claims to be one, meaning I (begrudgingly) see him as a senior Journalism colleague too.

As a journalist, I’m strongly guided by ethics and laws of Journalism and aware of legal consequences involved. Another point I intend to dismiss here is a view that I may’ve been envious of my colleagues working at the Presidency, that I’m a bitter reporter. It’s not true. I’m a brother’s keep.

With due respect, Ateny Wek Ateny is the reason why many people ridicule J1 Press Office; he’s the source of incompetence, cluelessness, embarrassment and transactional employment of non-journalists. Many more people today make fun of president kiir for keeping scammers like Ateny Wek around him.

For example, Ateny Wek individually attends funerals and weddings, where he would say he’s “representing the President; speaking on behalf of the President; sent by the President.” One wonders why is the president invited to almost all South Sudanese weddings and funerals, including those he might not have heard?

In his most recent interview with a one Ajak Deng Chengkou, following Biar Ajak’s chilling accounts of sodomization and torture at Blue House, Ateny Wek abrasively answered that he would be convinced that sodomization took place if he saw a pregnant male South Sudanese prisoner. Who does that?

J1 should quickly move to send Ateny home, because he’s severally embarrassed the President, staff and exploited his poor J1 reporters for money. As I write this, Ateny Wek is plotting to replace innocent and hard-working Journalists with more non-journalists who’re pliant for use.

The country has media professionals who’re far more experienced to run J1’s media. For how long can you allow him to destroy the image of J1 and President Kiir?

Chol Duang is a South Sudanese journalist, political campaigner, and literacy activist.

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Egypt: More than 100 SPLM-IO members abandon Machar, join Hon. Dak Duop

Members of the SPLM-IO defected, joining Hon. Dak Duop
Former members of the opposition while announcing their declaration in Egypt | Photo: File

July 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–At least 126 members have defected from the SPLM-IO and joined Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, citing what they called ‘nepotism in the movement.’

“We, the undersigned, former cadres of the SPLM/A-IO in the Arab republic of Egypt, who have served the movement for more than six years, do hereby announce our resignation from the SPLM/A-IO with effect from today, July 26, 2020.”

The group accused Machar of practising nepotism and corruption in the movement.

“Reasons are many, but the most obvious ones are as follows:

1- The SPLM/A IO has deviated from the vision and mission by practising nepotism and corruption, leading to a lack of transparency.

2- The implementation of Security Arrangements, one of the cornerstones of the peace agreement is moving at a snail’s pace.

“Therefore, due to the following reasons mentioned above, we the 126 former SPLM/A-IO political Cadres in the Arab Republic of Egypt have joined the government under the leadership of Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok, former minister of Petroleum.”

Former Petroleum Minister Dak Duop Bichiok resigned from the opposition SPLM-IO in April, and joined President Salva Kiir.

Dak was a leading member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-IO headed by Dr. Riek Machar, who is now the country’s first vice president in accordance with the peace agreement.

The former Minister of Petroleum, Dak Duop was the first senior opposition official to abandon the opposition after the formation of the coalition government.

He defected along with other senior members of the SPLM-IO.