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Civil group to monitor realization of Kiir’s Independence Day promises

Author : | Published: July 10, 2015

The civil society group, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, says it will monitor the implementation of promises President Salva Kiir made during the Independence Day Celebrations.

These include fighting corruption, reviewing the constitution and giving humanitarian access to the displaced people.

On corruption, the President Salva Kiir said he fired some officials who abused the policy of giving US dollars to some companies at a low rate to import basic food items.

The firms received the hard currency inform of Letters of Credit. The President said those who abuse public offices would be taken to court.

“I would like to inform the public that the principle of zero tolerance to corruption will never be a slogan but a reality,” President Kiir stated.

“Those who are abusing public offices will not only be dismissed but will [also] face justice.”

It was not clear which officials he was referring to. But recently, he replaced the managing director of Nilepet and the undersecretary in the ministry of commerce.

The institutions were involved in approving Letters of Credit. The president also fired two officials from his office.

CEPO says it will be reporting on the progress of the promises on monthly basis. Executive Director Edmond Yakani says they will issue an observation report at the end of this month.

“He has said very clear that t’s time corrupt officials are not only being sanctioned by dismissal, but will also be prosecuted,” Mr Yakani said, “We need to see that at least these words hold water.”

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