New corruption scandals and Mismanagement of funds Plague Development Projects in South Sudan
In a startling revelation from an insider formerly associated with J1, Garang John, who turned rebel after his detention in the infamous Blue House, a disturbing pattern of corruption and mismanagement has been unveiled in South Sudan's development projects.
The insider paints a grim picture of how funds allocated for crucial infrastructure initiatives are being squandered, leaving projects abandoned and the nation in disarray.
One of the areas of scandal where Garang John brought down the curtain is the construction of the Presidential Guards Residence named J3. The construction of this vital facility, located opposite J1, has ground to a halt due to alleged embezzlement of funds.
The project remains incomplete while authorities seek additional resources. The former close aide to J1 in the office of the President further unearths the scenes that are /were never exposed beyond the thick wall of J1.
In a shocking rare exposure, Garang John has come forward with alarming revelations that shed light on a deeply concerning pattern of corruption and mismanagement within South Sudan's development projects.
Garang John, who turned rebel after a harrowing detention in the infamous Blue House, Garang John who miraculously survived death at the hands of the notorious NSS headed by Gen Akoor Kuc, Garang has provided a troubling account of how funds designated for critical infrastructure initiatives are being squandered, such projects left in ruined according the detail provided by Garang include the unnamed entrepreneur a close relative to Kiir who initiated the ambitious construction of a grand Presidential Palace within J1, ostensibly funded by crude oil cargoes.
However, the project has transformed into a breeding ground for corruption, with minimal tangible progress to justify allocating substantial resources.
Another project that came into the spotlight is the Military Hotel situated along Bilpham Road, the project was initially conceived as a strategic military investment, but this project has been abandoned, leaving the building reportedly repurposed as an open-air toilet by nearby residents. It stands as a stark symbol of misallocation and neglect. According to Garang John, millions of Dollars were diverted from the project's money to private bank accounts outside the country.
The other project that never was approved by the national parliament is the National Army Bank located in Jebel Market, Garang said what was originally intended to be a bank for the national army remains in a state of perpetual incompletion, its fate sealed as it was usurped for private interests. Several defense department officials and senior military officials are alleged to have embezzled the cash and the project is stuck from progress.
Another scheme where millions of Dollars went missing or unaccounted for is the Prison Headquarters construction. The critical and pivotal Construction/facility work on the site was abruptly halted, with funds allegedly diverted into the pockets of individuals rather than serving the intended purpose of enhancing the nation's security. Like any other project fund to facelift the John Garang Mausoleum, which was used to host a leading Roman Catholic leader Pop Francis, the work was never done, only little had been used from the allotted fund to renovate or extend part of the structure during the visit of Pop Francis. Till these days despite having received funds, renovation work on the revered Dr. John Garang Mausoleum has inexplicably stalled.
The project engineer who is a close relative of the President calls for additional resources, this however, raises suspicions that this project is merely a conduit for siphoning funds under the guise of honoring the late Dr. John Garang.
Another project that came under the spotlight is the construction of the South Sudan Embassy in Nairobi, to house the mission office. According to Garang John funds were allocated and transferred to the contractor, yet the South Sudan Embassy project in Nairobi remains mired in incomplete status, plagued by reports of corruption during its execution.
Juba - Upper Nile Highway project remained on paper, the construction of this vital highway ground to a halt upon reaching Bor Town, with the ARC company demanding additional funds. The project's exorbitant cost, already standing at a staggering 3.1 billion U.S. dollars, also raises red flags about resource allocation and project oversight.
Finally, Juba - Bahr El Ghazal Road, this vital road construction work was inexplicably halted in Terekeka, redirecting resources to President Kiir's village. This diversion sparks concerns of misallocation and mismanagement of valuable resources. Finally, the Akon International Airport (AIA) located in Warrap, despite an astounding payment of 700 million U.S dollars, the Akon International Airport project has inexplicably stalled, with funds seemingly vanishing into thin air.
The initiation of the Kuajok Airstrip project further raises doubts about the quality of work and allocation of resources. This expose paints a deeply troubling picture of corruption, mismanagement, and embezzlement within South Sudan's development projects. The consequences are dire, with citizens left to bear the burden of unfinished and deteriorating infrastructure. As South Sudan grapples with these challenges, it is imperative that further investigations be conducted to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.