US welcomes The Sentry report, vows to slap new sanctions on South Sudan’s corrupt officials and corporations
September 29th 2019 (Nyamilepedia)-The US Department of State in a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, has welcomed the newly released report by The Sentry entitled, “The Taking of South Sudan” which accused South Sudan’s officials and international corporations of profiting from the country’s deadly civil war.
The United States government commended the role played by the US-based think-tank group, The Sentry, in conducting in-depth investigations into mass corruption in South Sudan, and noted that the administration is reviewing alleged corruption allegations and will soon take tough measures against the top government officials allegedly involved.
“We welcome The Sentry’s efforts to bring light to corrupt practices in South Sudan. The relationship between corruption and conflict in South Sudan is of long-standing concern to the U.S. government, and we are troubled by the numerous allegations of corruption cited in the report,” said the US Department of State.
Adding that, “The United States maintains a robust sanctions regime targeting individuals and entities responsible for undermining South Sudan’s peace process. We will review the allegations cited in The Sentry report and will carefully consider the recommendations to strengthen efforts to end illicit financial flows to and from South Sudan.”
The Trump administration called on South Sudan’s government to investigate its corrupt officials involved in amassing vast wealth at the expense of the country’s vulnerable population, and hold them accountable for their actions.
“The international community invests billions annually to assist the South Sudanese people. We urge the Government of South Sudan to demonstrate similar concern for the well-being of its people by taking significant steps to deal with corruption, increasing accountability, and implementing policies that reduce violence and promote peace.”
In the last few weeks, The Sentry released a comprehensive investigation report, exposing an array of foreign profiteers from the United States Asia, Africa and the United Kingdom, who have benefited off South Sudan’s protracted conflict that has killed thousands of people and left millions homeless.
Last week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that South Sudan’s baseline on internally displaced persons exceeded 1.5 million.