Published on Tuesday 5 June 2012 00:00
South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has written to more than 75 former and current senior government officials asking them to return an estimated $4 billion in stolen funds to the country.
Corruption has plagued South Sudan’s government since the 2005 peace deal that ended more than 20 years of civil war with Sudan. In January, South Sudan’s auditor general reported that nearly $1.5bn in government funds were unaccounted for from the 2005-06 fiscal year.
“We fought for freedom, justice and equality,” the president’s letter reads. “Yet, once we got to power, we forgot what we fought for and began to enrich ourselves at the expense of our people.”
The president wrote that South Sudan’s citizens and the international community were “alarmed” by the levels of corruption and that “the credibility
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