Juba, October 6, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s government has misused at least $400 million, a portion of $600 million dollars that was borrowed last month to pay salaries of all civil servants for six months, a senior government official who agrees to speak to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal said on Sunday.
The revelation comes as rumors of money from China went missing engulf Juba.
The official discloses that the government did receive the $600 million dollars loan from China last month, but the civil servants only received a two-month salary.
“You know some of us in the government sometimes feel very bad. The corruption here is out of control,” said the source, adding, “I don’t know what my government can explain to the Chinese government if they ask for verification.”
In September, China approved South Sudan’s request for a loan of $600 million. In the application, the South Sudanese government stated that it wants the money to pay the six-month salary of all South Sudanese civil servants.
The source further revealed that the government has already asked two different countries for the very same reason it borrowed the funds from China.
“The government is acting like money-hunter. In my opinion, this government is all about money, nothing else. Look, we submitted two new requests to two other countries that I cannot provide you with their names right now because it will ruin our new loan requests,” the official explained.
“You see, now we have a problem with civil servants again because top government officials with direction from the highest office in the land steal $400 million dollars. This is ridiculous,” the source complained.
South Sudan has a history of not paying civil servants. The government also has a history of borrowing money from foreign governments or institutions to execute non-existing projects.