Ten Anti-Corruption Investigators take Oath to Stem Corruption in South Sudan

16 Jul 2012

imageNew anti-corruption investigators taking oath inside the SSACC office

The South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC) has recruited and trained ten new anti-corruption investigators, to boost the capacity of the Commission to broaden its work and efficacy in the fight against corruption.   The investigators, which include six men and four women, took their oath at the SSACC office in Juba on 13 July, pledging to discharge their duties with honesty and integrity, abiding by the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 and the SSACC Act 2009.  The oath was administered by Commissioner Elisama Wani Daniel.  UNDP has supported the SSACC in recruitment of the investigators, strengthening its capacity and providing technical advice to the drafting of the SSACC Act.

Honourable Johnny Saverio Ayik, Deputy Chairperson of SSACC, in his address to the investigators highlighted that corruption threatens good governance and equitable service delivery.  Welcoming the new investigators, Deputy Chairperson Ayik emphasized the added importance of the role of the SSACC to fight corruption in these times of austerity, “tackling corruption is more important now during this time of austerity to ensure our resources are used appropriately.”

Stressing the importance of the Commission in fighting corruption, Deputy Chairperson Ayik noted that USD 60 million was recovered during the last year.  He emphasized that the Government was committed to fight corruption and mentioned that South Sudan was the first country to include the fight against anti-corruption in its transitional constitution. Lastly, Deputy Chairperson Auik thanked UNDP for supporting the recruitment of these investigators and commended its support for the Commission.

Two of the female investigators, Paska Achiro and Nyadijok Samual, explained their motivation for their new job as front-line fighters against corruption. “I want to help my country and secure the future for our new generation. We are now a free country and we should also be free from corruption” said Nyadijok Samual.  Michael Kuichiang, a lawyer and a former police officer with 16 years of experience, explained why he is joining the fight against corruption. “I chose this field because I know I have something valuable to offer and this makes me feel very proud.”

Lealem Berhanu, Senior Programme Specialist at UNDP reiterated UNDP’s commitment in supporting South Sudan in its anti-corruption efforts.  “As we go forward, credibility and visibility in tackling corruption will be an essential component to build public trust, establish legitimacy, and deepen the "social contract" necessary for successful state-building in South Sudan.  UNDP is proud to continue its support to the SSACC and looks forward to supporting the Commission in its anti-corruption efforts.”

UNDP has been supporting the institutional and staffing capacity of the SSACC to investigate corruption cases, which includes support to the recruitment and placement of the current ten Corruption Investigators.  In 2011 UNDP supported the SSACC by placing six investigators who have increased the SSACC’s capacity to investigate corruption cases. In the same year UNDP also supported preparation of the new SSACC Bill.