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Customs officers denied being corrupt

By Wek Atak Kacjang

Over 36 customs officers who were screened from the department and transferred to the Ministry of Interior have denied all corruption allegations against them

Last month, the Director General of South Sudan Customs Service Maj. General Akol Ayii Madut said he had sent away over 400 customs officers, a move he said was to minimized corruption within the department.

 Ayii said the ongoing reform in the sector involved introducing tax forms for recoding and inspecting details of goods on transit.

The officers were screened from department to Ministry of Interior headquarter one year ago denied the allegation of being corrupt as labeled by to Director General  in a recent statement to the media.

First Lieutenant Benjamin Yom Bol,representing  the 36 officers  who were transferred, told Juba Monitor that the allegations made against them were not true and wondered how corrupt officers could be posted from one point to another without being investigated and claims confirmed either way.

 “We are still confused, and would like to know whether the Ministry of Interior is the best institution for corrupt officers? If  so what is the fate of the Ministry of Interior to have 36 corrupt officers transferred there. It is telling a tale” Yom said.

 “We want the public to known that we are innocent. We are not corrupt and if it happened that we mismanaged the public fund then the director general should come straight forward to sue us so we are held accountable and to face the law,” he added.

“We are requesting the concerned authorities to let the director general produce evidence which would prove that we are corrupt.”

Efforts by Juba Monitor to get comments from the Director General for Customs were futile by Press time.

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