Active Citizen sensitizes communities on corruption mitigation
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
Active Citizen South Sudan, a youth led organization has embarked on sensitizing communities on corruption mitigation mechanisms in Juba and its suburbs in order to eradicate it.
The group said, it was high time the natives and stakeholders in the country be educated on the dangers of corruption in the socieities.
“We are actually trying to champion these awareness campaigns on how we can eradicate corruption in South Sudan because it is affecting our people’s lives and economy,” said Peter Gatduel, Monitoring and Evaluation officer for Active Citizen South Sudan.
“So we are concerned that it should be eliminated because it is rampant in the country. It needs our collective actions and responsibility to tap the leaders to accountability to ensure that corruption is got rid of,” he added.
The campaign dubbed “Advancing civic engagement in South Sudan” was conducted by Active Citizen South Sudan (ACSS) through financial support of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).
Gatduel revealed the practice was affecting the civil population and it would continue to affect if it is not given much attention by different stakeholders in the country. According to the campaign team, the country’s leaders should gear up measures to mitigate frauds and deceits in managing the country’s resources.
“Our message to the government and other civil servants is that corruption has been a problem, and as a nation, we need to work together to ensure that we don’t allow this practice to continue in the society we are living in, because it is causing more harms to our country’s economic growth,” Gatduel concluded.
Peter Majok Deng, a resident of Mia-Saba disclosed that few people were enjoying State’s resources as natives grapple with lives due to corruption practice.
“With only few people in the society who get the natural resources or the national cake, I must confess that the local population is really suffering. The burden is disturbing and it effect can endanger the disadvantaged population lives further,” Mr. Deng added.
Angelina Stephen Ban, Project officer for ACSS said corruption damages were visible and that is why the group was championing campaigns to educate people on its negative effects in the less developing States.
“It is actually something that exists Worldwide but as a national NGO in the context of South Sudan, we are trying to aware the society since corruption is not a good practice,” she explained.
She added that “If we really want to strive as a country, we need to put measures in place to ensure that corruption is eradicated in our societies we are living in, and that’s why we are delivering messages on how to overcome it in the society.”
Different campaign messages used include “Let’s us fight corruption. Corruption is not a good practice in the society. Corruption should not be allowed in the societies.
The areas covered include Mia-Saba, Mangateen, and Eden, Mangateen, all under Juba County, Central Equatoria State.