The UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan unearthed the misappropriation of a staggering $36 million, the worst since 2016 in the world’s youngest and fragile nation.
Most of the embezzlement by senior politicians and government officials with the aid of unnamed international corporations and multinational banks occurred in the ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the National Revenue Authority. South Sudan’s National Revenue Authority in a recent report to parliament, indicated that over $300 million has gone missing in the last 3 months.
In a September 24 statement, Yasmin Sooka chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to the Human Rights Council said the looting and pillage in South Sudan are not just offshoots of the war but might actually be the drivers of the conflict.
“Our Commission has uncovered brazen embezzlement by senior politicians and Government officials, together with a number of entities linked to the Government. We can reveal the misappropriation of a staggering $36 million US dollars since 2016. It is worth noting this is just what we were able to trace and may not reflect the whole picture.” part of the report read.
“This should be of grave concern to the Unity Government, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the African Union, as well as international donors to South Sudan.” the UN added.