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ALEK MOSES (SMITHFIELD) In the wake of the sorghum corruption allegations against him, Aweil State Secretary-General, Dominic Kang Deng has doubled down on corruption, taking steps to hide more than 700,000 sacks of sorghum that was meant as State subsidies by outgoing State Governor Tong Akeen Ngor.

After being exposed, the Secretary-General has gone on a hunt for those he suspects of exposing him with five commissioners already on the run, fearing for their lives.  This retaliatory behavior has had many people in Aweil town and surrounding areas unable to have peace and tranquillity.

A Government store within the Ministry of Agriculture in Aweil town

As the stalemate on the appointment of Governors continues, the Secretary-General has begun a despotic behavior of bullying state officials. For instance, yesterday afternoon, former County commissioners were purged in an attempt to cover up the worrying sorghum scandal. If not stopped, Dominic Deng will attempt to create further chaos in the county and the State in order to create sufficient space to cover up this blatant corruption.

A recent incident in the political cover-up is the scam in which the former county commissioner of Ariakriak County, John Akuei Lony, has been taken as the fall guy and placed behind bars in a false accusation that he is involved in the embezzlement of sorghum, a claim he personally refuted justifying that he has not had any access to public properties since the repeal of 32 states and subsequently the County that he led.

Fascinatingly, no one seems to accept responsibility for his detention. Both the Secretary-General and the state Director for Security have distanced themselves from his plight. Who then could have ordered his arrest? The fact remains Dominic is the caretaker administrator in charge of government properties and if there is anything of such, he must be knowledgeable. Five commissioners have since been on the run since the detention of John Akuei Lony.

Inside one of Kang’s depots where sorghum has been stored away and manned by armed guards.

Kang has purchased more than one plot and two cars. He bought a house in the Naivasha residential area near Mudiria at the hefty price of SSP 3.5 Million, riches he only just acquired in little over a month since the disbanding of the 32 states when he became the Administrator of Aweil. Kang has also bought a large piece of land worth SSP 1.5 million. The plot is located in Gabat, a few meters from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound.

Yesterday afternoon, a government insider explained to the Northern the process of getting the grain. The process is difficult and only a select number of businessmen have access to the grains. These businessmen have a special relationship with Dominic Kang who encourages them to limit supply in order to increase demand and subsequently balloon the prices.

A case in point is when a local merchant Akot Akot, known as Akot-Malou was on Wednesday morning, given a truckload of sorghum after having obtained an ”approval” letter from Dominic Deng and his cronies, but not everyone is entitled to this opportunity.

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