Breaking: South Sudan ranked the most corrupt nation in E. Africa region

President Salva Kiir Mayardit |Photo: © Thessherald

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has once again been ranked the most corrupt country in the East African region, followed by Somalia in the Horn of Africa.

A 2020 report by Transparency International ranked the country the second most corrupt across the globe, followed by Somalia. Syria took the lead.

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI), ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, drawing on 13 expert assessments and surveys of business executives.

It uses a scale of 0 to 100, zero being the score for the most corrupt. A score below 50 indicates serious levels of corruption in the public sector.

In the latest report, Rwanda was ranked the least corrupt in East Africa with 54 points and was followed by Tanzania with 38, Kenya with 31, Uganda 27 and Burundi 19.

Makuei denies corruption ranking, terms watchdog groups as blood-suckers

Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information addresses the press after the African Union heads of state and government summit held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa |Photo: File

In response to the latest corruption classification released by Transparency International, Information Minister Michael Makuei says that corruption has become rampant everywhere in the world, even in the United States and Germany.

“Even America and Germany are corrupt,” said Michael Makuei in an interview with Sudans Post.

He accused Western watchdogs of making millions of dollars and profiteering from conflicts. “These are people who write like that so that they earn their living on our blood.”

On Thursday, the Berlin-based investigative body released its annual report on corruption perceptions, ranking South Sudan and Somalia as the most corrupt countries in the world, scoring 12 points out of 100.

“Yes. I don’t deny that there is [no] corruption in South Sudan like other countries, but it is not the most corrupt,” Makuei said in an interview this morning.

Makuei admitted that there are corruption cases in South Sudan, like any other country around the world.

“Yes, South Sudan as I said early like other countries, even America is corrupt. There is corruption even in America, even in Germany. So we can’t deny that there is corruption in South Sudan but to rank it as the most corrupt country is unacceptable,” he said.

The South Sudanese Minister of Information, who is also the government’s spokesperson, accused Transparency International and other researchers of making up baseless and nonfactual reports without supporting evidence.

“These NGOs and UN Agencies are the most corrupt and their reports are based on what. So I don’t really believe these are genuine reports. After all, it is after studying the corrupt countries all over the world and then you begin to rank them. Do they make that or they reach their conclusion,” he wondered.

South Sudan slipped into conflict in 2013, and has been ranked first on the list of the most corrupt countries in the world, since 2019.

S. Sudan, Somalia draw 12-12, ranked as most corrupt nations on Earth

A report released by Transparency International says that South Sudan and Somalia are the most corrupt countries in the world, with each scoring 12 points on the Corruption Perceptions Index.

According to the report obtained by Thessherald, the two countries were followed by Syria with a score of 14, followed by Yemen and Venezuela which share the same scores of 15.

“The data shows that despite some progress, most countries still fail to tackle corruption effectively,” the group said in a statement.

Most countries have made “little to no progress” in tackling corruption in nearly a decade, a new report by Transparency International says.
The Berlin-based nonprofit group ranks countries on a scale of zero to 100, with 100 being the least corrupt.

The least corrupt countries are Denmark and New Zealand, with both scoring 88. They were followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, with scores of 85.
South Sudan has been ranked for three years in a row as one of the most corrupt countries in the entire world

The report says that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been used by governments as a tool of corruption

“COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis. It is a corruption crisis. And one that we are currently failing to manage,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International said.

“The past year has tested governments like no other in memory, and those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge. But even those at the top of the CPI must urgently address their role in perpetuating corruption at home and abroad.”

Official’s son shows off luxury car worth $12 million in Nairobi

August 4, 2020 (Thessherald)–A rich son of a South Sudanese official seen on one of Nairobi’s streets, has left onlookers astonished after showing off a superb $ 12 million luxury vehicle, known as the Bugatti La Voiture Noire.

A picture widely circulated on social media on Monday shows Kenyan citizens taking pictures and looking at the luxury car out of curiosity.

The viral image trending on Facebook has drawn criticism from critics, accusing government officials of misappropriating public funds at the expense of the suffering population.

“Surely, how can you own such a machine in a foreign land and be proud of it?. I must confess that this is the most expensive car in Kenya. See how Kenyans are stunned and surprised by this machine. Even President Uhuru Kenyatta does not have this machine, the person in this car must be the son of the most corrupt leader in South Sudan,” wrote a Facebook user identified as Tut Kuany.

“This is a product of public money [embezzled] by whoever has blood relationship with him. May God fight on our behave the marginalised majority,” said Chankuoth Keah in a comment section.

“Some people own such expensive cars while the rest of us don’t even have food to eat. Soon all these looters will be judged,” another Facebook user said.

The luxury sports car with an SSD number plate was spotted in Nairobi, leaving Kenyan citizens in disbelief.

The unique and expensive Bugatti La Voiture Noire first appeared a few years ago at the Geneva International Motor Show with a price tag worth $18.68 million.

A report released by Transparency International earlier this year showed that South Sudan is the most corrupt country in the world after Somalia.