President Salva Kiir has ordered an investigation into two key ministers, finance minister Kosti Manibe and cabinet affairs minister Deng Alor, over the transfer of almost $8 million dollars to Daffy Investment Group. The money was purportedly for the purchase of anti-fire safes.
Kiir issued the order on Tuesday. He lifted the immunity of the two ministers and asked them to report to the investigation committee to answer queries regarding the transfer.
“The two national ministers are to report to the investigation committee to answer queries relating to the transfer of $7,959,400 to Daffy Investment Group Limited,” said the order.
It also mentioned that the two ministers should cease to exercise their duties from the coming into force of the order and their deputy ministers will take over their functions.
The President issued another order for the formation of a committee to investigate the alleged transfer of the amount.
The five member committee is composed of Justice John Gatwich as chairman and James Mayen as deputy. Members are Justice James Alala, Dr. Kuyok Abol and Ochan Livingstone.
“The committee shall summon Wani Buyu, the Under-Secretary for Planning, and Simon Kiman Lado, the acting Director General for Accounts in the finance ministry, to ascertain who ordered and instructed them to write to the Bank of South Sudan to transfer the amount to the company and whether they had any bad faith,” the order read.
The committee needs to investigate how the purchase of the anti-fire safes was made. It should identify those who approved and authorised the transfer of the money and find out if procurement procedures were followed.
The committee also needs to establish whether the Council of Ministers approved the purchase and whether the Minister of Cabinet Affairs had the mandate to request such purchase on behalf of the Government.
The committee is further instructed to find out if the anti-fire safes were actually purchased and delivered to the Government and why the finance minister approved payment without scrutinizing the contract.
The committee should establish whether there is an element of fraud in the process of the transfer, which can lead to the establishment of a criminal offense, according to the order.
The committee is also instructed to find out whether the amount in question went through the cash management committee of the finance ministry and how the company reached such agreement with the Government. The committee is ordered to submit its findings within 60 days.
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Friday, 7 September 2012