Anti-Corruption Commission Bill to appear in Parliament

By Bida Elly David

The Chairperson of South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission said that they have laid strategies to table their laws before the August House for further deliberation.

Recently, government institutions and other agencies have been punched against malpractices in the country where mismanagement of financial resources, nepotism and despotism have been noted and registered being some of the key elements practiced by officials in the government sector.

The Anti-Corruption Commission of the country that would have handled such matters was also blamed for having not carried their mandate rather remained quiet and mute over such matters.

Dominion of 90% jobs by one group of people at one ministry to the other has been some of the challenging concerns raised by concerned citizens yet the anti-corruption commission has been muted.

Speaking during the closing day of the workshop, Ngor Kolong Ngor, Chairperson of South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission said that the laws were prepared and are ready to be presented for amendment by the Legislature before its final approval.

Ngor said that despite the duties, there were number of challenges they faced in regards to their activities at the national level.

However, he did not mention some of the challenges that impeded the anti-corruption commission with reasons best known to him.

“I want to remind the national members of parliament that our law in two weeks or three weeks will be tabled before you. We have brainstormed and made very good amendment. Our persecuted powers are bestowed there and embodied everything according to the region and international standard. I am aware that the amendment of the anti-corruption laws 2009 is one of the important things but we are facing issues as the commission’’ he said.

The Chairperson for the Anti-Corruption Commission said that there were number of issues facing the commission that needed to be resolved as soon as possible through the intervention of the government.

He however appreciated the speaker of the transitional national legislative assembly for being committed in rendering legislations that support the commission to stand with strength and hope.

“Finally, after the presentation of the laws, we would be able to exercise our powers without blockages,” he added.

Meanwhile the representative for the United Nations Missions in South Sudan (UNMISS) Samuel Wambugu reiterated the need for reforming the 2009 Anti-Corruption Commission Act while calling on the parliament to give special consideration for the Anti-Corruption Bill to ensure that it relates with the constitution of South Sudan as well as the revitalized agreement.

“Once the bill is approved, it would give the anti-corruption teeth to bite as well as appreciated all the participants for the turn-up. the fight against corruption the only for the commission but a collective responsibility for all and said that UNMISS remained committed in supporting the fight against corruption,” he said.

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