14 Nov 2011

South Sudan Government Plans Clean up in Public Service

Deputy Information Minister of South Sudan, Atem Yaak Atem, has declared that the government of the newly independent state plans to substitute the majority of the country’s civil servants due to irregularities in their appointments. According to Mr. Atem, around 65% of all civil servants are unqualified and may have falsified their educational credentials to be eligible for public positions.

In the Ministry of Labor and Public Service, for instance, 21 senior employees who have forged academic degrees have already been identified. Mr. Atem mentioned that the government intends to pursue the prosecution of individuals in this situation under charges of fraud.

This is part of the government’s promise to fight corruption in the country. Other anti-corruption measures already announced include requirements for public officials to disclose information about their finances and strengthened regulations of land transactions.

Read the full article South Sudan to Clean Up Civil Service, Oust Unqualified Workers on bloomberg.com.