South Sudan discredites corruption rumour of official in UK.December 14, 2008 (JUBA Juba, city, Sudan
Juba (j`bə), city (1993 pop. 114,980), S Sudan, a port on the White Nile. ) -- The Ministry of Regional Cooperation of the
Government of Southern Sudan Southern Sudan is a region of Sudan, comprising ten of that country's provinces. The Sudanese government agreed to give autonomy to the region in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (GOSS) refuted a corruption allegation
stemming from a purported news outlet called IRS An abbreviation for the Internal Revenue Service, a federal agency charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing internal revenue laws. and circulating over
the internet. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a message from IRS received by Sudan Tribune, dated December 5, Stephen Madut Baak, identified as an
advisor to President of GOSS Salva Kiir Mayardit Salva Kiir Mayardit (born 1951) is the President of autonomous Government of Southern Sudan and the successor to the post of Vice President of Sudan, following the death of John Garang in a crash on 30 July 2005. , entered London's
Heathrow airport with $3 million in undeclared cash and was
subsequently questioned by police. The article implied that Baak had stolen the money from his country. But the Ministry of Regional Cooperation explained Friday that Baak
was indeed carrying money into the United Kingdom, though considerably less than $3 million. GOSS indicated that Baak was advanced the amount of $137,000 for him
and his three staff in order to establish a GOSS office and purchase a
vehicle in London. "Comrade Stephen Madut Baak was also given assistance by GOSS and took loans against his monthly pay LS 200,000.00 (two hundred thousand sterling pounds only) to settle his family and resolve some of his personal problems," said the GOSS ministry, alluding also to his
health problems. As it was pointed out by some commentators, the IRS
article plagiarized pla·gia·rize
v. pla·gia·rized, pla·gia·riz·ing, pla·gia·riz·es
1. To use and pass off (the ideas or writings of another) as one's own.
2. phrasing directly from unrelated articles written
years ago at The Independent and other news outlets. There likely is no news organization called IRS. These facts indicate that someone with specific information about
Stephen Madut Bak's activities fabricated fab·ri·cate
tr.v. fab·ri·cat·ed, fab·ri·cat·ing, fab·ri·cates
1. To make; create.
2. To construct by combining or assembling diverse, typically standardized parts: the news article by mixing
general truths with misinformation mis·in·form
tr.v. mis·in·formed, mis·in·form·ing, mis·in·forms
To provide with incorrect information.
mis . "It is a living historical fact that Comrade Baak is a very senior
person in the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), who
served the movement in various capacities with dedication and
diligence," said the GOSS statement from Juba. The statement also acknowledged, "Given his health problems, he will
serve from the GOSS Liaison office in London due for official opening
in the early FY 2009." "It is true that any amount more than ten thousand sterling pounds
should have been declared at the port of entry to British Customs and
excise according to international practice. This is an admissible
mistake because the money should have been wired using the accounts of the Ministry's offices abroad," it continued. (ST)
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