Anti-Corruption Investigators complete training in advanced investigation techniques to fight corruption

24 Dec 2012

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Juba:  On 21 December, 20 Anti-Corruption Investigators from the South Sudan Anti Corruption Commission (SSACC) completed a week-long training workshop on advanced techniques in corruption investigation to achieve better results in combating corruption.

Anter Amiro, an Anti-Corruption Investigator from Western Equatoria, who is based at the SSACC headquarters in Juba, said the training will help him to be more effective in his role. “I have a desire to help build my nation against corruption and malpractices, and trainings such as this has equipped us with new ideas and practices to fulfil our duties in a more effective and productive way”. Rodo Kayanga, who spoke on behalf of the trainees said: “Through this training we gained an in-depth understanding of investigation procedures and linking several streams of investigations – police, attorneys, investigators and judges. We have acquired knowledge and skills that will help us for the rest of our lives.”

In his closing address, Hon. Justice John Gatwich Lul, Chairperson, SSACC, thanked UNDP for supporting the workshop which he said would bring a lot of benefit to their fight against corruption. “With UNDP’s continued support, we will find more courses and training programmes for you to be more effective in your work.” Hon. Johnny Saverio Ayik, Deputy Chairperson of the SSACC, restated the resolve of the SSACC to fight corruption and gave details of the progress made in investigating corruption cases.

Lealem Berhanu Dinku, Team Leader of Democratic Governance Unit, UNDP, praised the SSACC for taking capacity building of its staff seriously, and reiterated UNDP’s commitment to support South Sudan in its anti-corruption efforts. “We believe fighting corruption is an important endeavour to establish a legitimate democracy which is essential for successful state-building in South Sudan.”

UNDP has been supporting the institutional and staffing capacity of the SSACC to investigate corruption cases, which includes support to the recruitment and training of its staff. UNDP has also supported preparation of the new SSACC Bill in 2011.

For further information, please contact:

Murtaza Shibli, Communications Specialist, United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan, email: murtaza.shibli@undp.org, Cell: +211 95 6213014