End corruption in South Sudan before it is too late

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Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 02:21
Written by David Dau Achuoth, The NewSudanVision.com
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Minneapolis, Minnesota - Corruption is a tune of a human soul that invisibly consumes its moral fabric. It is a moral and ethical problem that needs moral and ethical medication to diagnose it from institutional instruments solution. Fixing it requires all civil citizens to rally together and wheeled as a united force to disentangle and agitate its equation without any apprehensiveness. Corruption costs the world trillions of dollars each decade, and it is up to us to decide what to do about it. In many Third World countries, corruption is a big problem because many political elites don't care about their people's needs. They enrich themselves, instead of enriching their populations.

It is distressing for me to say this about my native country, but it is a reality we can no longer ignore. The Republic of South Sudan is speeding its way to the top of most corrupt World newest Nation of this decade. It is beyond dispute that South Sudan has already developed rampant corrupt political practices of immoral leadership. Lack of ethics and professionalism among our leaders show a nervy path for a failed state gripped firmly by corruption. Evidently, the concept of bad governance is already being used by many South Sudanese politicians, as pretext to implement national development projects in which they create favorable conditions for their friends, relatives, and provide micro-business loans to select few. It is these reasons that I fear for our insubstantial democracy which remains unchecked for immunity of bad governance.

In fact, the constant obsession by South Sudan government to use the African Model of leadership will be a major obstacle to eradication of corruption. I said this with empathy to the fact that our independence is still a fragile six month old presumed democracy. However, State territorial declaration of independence in Africa has never granted any good governance by African political elite, but has always served as one way ticket to a failed and corrupt country. Take our nation so call “close allies and good neighbors” Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo, and Uganda for example; their institutionalized and bureaucratic corrupt political system has prevailed for many years as a pathological manifestation of bad governance. For many years, ordinary citizens of these nations understood that corruption has become the antithesis of good governance, pernicious and besmirched that has forever infected the bloodstream of their Politicians.

Nonetheless, the government of South Sudan still has a glimpse of light to earn the peoples trust and integrity on governance and leadership. Although to this end; the government has continuously failed to prosecute all the corrupted leaders. Not only that!  The people in charge of anti-corruption committee heavily suffer from intellectual conflict of interest; in other word, the people in change of anti-corruption committee cannot in good conscience prosecute their buddies. As a result, we watch silently each year as corrupt leaders who were caught in action stealing from the nation are pardoned without imprisonment.

In closing, it is important for the anti-corruption committee chairperson to have a proper perspective on the cause of bad governance and corruption. He must work decisively to reverse this trend before it could do irreparable damage to the integrity of government and public morals. The simple rule of thumb is within the chairman of anti-corruption committee constitutional power to prosecute and imprison those who are stealing from the people. And I grante you this will deter the rest from doing the same.