South Sudanese lawyer says former presidential affairs minister should be held accountable

Former Minister of Presidential Affairs-Mr. Mayiik Ayii Deng |Courtesy of Radio Tamzuj

A South Sudan see lawyer says former minister of presidential affairs should be held accountable if found guilty of mismanaging country’s road project. Mayiik Ayii Deng was replaced with Nhial Deng Nhial on Tuesday last week in a presidential decree.

Philip Anyang Ngong told radio Tamazuj on Friday that people who mismanaged public projects should be held responsible.

“If public resources, tax payer money and public projects are being mismanaged or single sourced by brokers or cartels as it is the feeling we are having with the roads and main projects to be undertaken by government, then people should be held accountable,”

Phillip Anyang Ngong told Radio Tamazuj on Friday.

President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir cited improper manner in road construction as reason for his removal. Ayii was in charge of Juba-Bahr el Ghazal high-way construction.

Crude oil has been paid for the construction of the 394 KM tarmac road. Shandong Hi-Speed LTD, a Chinese company was contracted by South Sudan government to do the work. Recently, part of this high-way was washed away by heavy rains.

Many South Sudanese government officials have walked away with public resources after their removal from positions. According to Corruption Perception Index 2019 reports, South Sudan is ranked among the most corrupt nations in the world.