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Not going anywhere: President Salva Kiir sees corruption allegations against him as part of a scheme to remove him from power. (Photo: Stein Ove Korneliussen via https://www.flickr.com/photos/steinove/)
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South Sudan presidency calls corruption report “a recipe for regime change”. “Don’t expect the president’s family to rent a house in a slum in Nairobi”

“Don’t expect us to live beneath our status”. That’s the reaction of South Sudan’s presidency to an explosive corruption report released earlier this week. The report, with meticulous detail, illustrated how president Salva Kiir, former vice president Riek Machar and the country’s military top brass have profiteered from civil war by siphoning off the proceeds of the young nation’s oil wealth. Kiir’s office called the report “a piece of Hollywood theatre” and has threatened to sue the people behind the exposé in the US

President Salva Kiir (Photo: Aljazeera English/Flickr via https://www.flickr.com/photos/aljazeeraenglish/)
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Blood and greed: How Kenya and Uganda are cashing in on death and plunder in South Sudan

Whatever happened to African countries looking out for each other? Some Africans love talking up the existence of a vast Western conspiracy to loot the continent by fueling ethnic conflicts. Turns out African countries are just as good at that game themselves. A new explosive report by watchdog group The Sentry, has revealed how Kenya and Uganda have for years looked the other way as South Sudan’s leaders have stashed billions of stolen wealth in their banks and real state markets, all the while spilling the blood of innocents back home. If President Salva Kiir, former vice president Riek Machar and their generals, all have blood on their hands (which they do), then so do Kenya and Uganda for taking their money

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And justice for all

Africa has a very serious justice deficit. That should really be the lens through which to view the controversy about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its alleged bias against Africa. Justice simply cannot keep up with atrocities on the continent. This was again brought home forcefully by the horrifying details that are now officially emerging from the Obasanjo report into the civil war in South Sudan.