Archive for June 24, 2012

Madam Awut Deng Publishes Bank Account Details in Denial of Corruption

Posted: June 24, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary

June 23, 2012 (JUBA) – Awut Deng Acuil, a senior member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), on Saturday published a list of her bank accounts and invited her wealth to be investigated. Acuil is one of 75 top-level government officials who received a letter from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir asking them to account for $4bn in missing government funds, since the SPLM took power in South Sudan in 2005. She denied involvement in the allegation and is one of the few South Sudanese politicians to declare their innocence after the existence of Kiir’s letter was made public

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Awut Deng Acuil MP letter to Salva Kiir,43024

Madam Awut Deng, who resigned sometimes back but was recently reinstated in her former ministry, is not sincere, but just selective: what is the proof that those are the only accounts she got? If clearing one’s name is as simple as publishing unverified account numbers, then all the supposedly thieves will go off the hook on day one.

If she is serious about clearing her “clean” name, why doesn’t she take the President to the court of law for alleging that she is corrupt? She would not only clear her names; she will also be compensated for the damaged done unto her “sparkling” names and the records that “speak for itself.”

For the record, Madam Awut Deng, just like most if not all South Sudan ministers and their assistants, is said to have bought a house in Nairobi Kenya, worth about $1.2 million dollars. Is that from her salary and allowances?

It is pointless, if not hypocritical, to publicize selective information when there is no information to the contrary that one has only and only that information–the bank accounts.

And where is the pin number?

By PaanLuel Wel. 

Islamist Morsi wins Egypt presidential vote

Posted: June 24, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Africa, Commentary

CAIRO (AP) — Mohammed Morsi was declared Egypt’s first Islamist president on Sunday after the freest elections in the country’s history, narrowly defeating Hosni Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in a race that raised political tensions in Egypt to a fever pitch. The country’s last four presidents over the past six decades have all came from the ranks of the military. This is the first time modern Egypt will be headed by an Islamist and by a freely elected civilian

Congrats to Dr. Morsi of the Freedom and Justice Party–the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood–for his victory. Dr. Morsi has a PhD from an American University–University of Southern California, and his two children are American citizens. Still, he is as radical as a radical can be: his views on women and the Jews are particularly shocking for an American-educated, former professor.

Recently, on one of his campaign stop, he was introduced with the battle cry of “kill all the Jews” in reference to the “HOLY” Quran verse.  There is also (unfounded) fear that the Muslim Brotherhood may turn Egypt into Saudi Arabia where women don’t drive and don’t go outside their homes without male relative escort and permission. My guess is that they would be modeling themselves after the Turkey’s AKP party–which is an Islamic-based party.

While that might be the case–his radical ideas based on narrow interpretation of the Quran (Quran has many verses that talk fondly of the non-Muslims) that should have no place in a globalized modern society–he is still entitled to his democratic win and the presidency.

He will have to contend with the resurgent Military and the all-powerful Judiciary and the police, besides the usual five prayers a day!

By PaanLuel Wel.