Juba officials to serve life in jail for $14m theft

Tuesday June 14 2016

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. PHOTO | FILE

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. PHOTO | FILE 

By JOSEPH ODUHA

South Sudan High Court on Monday sentenced at least 16 government officials to life in prison for embezzling public funds.

The officials reportedly occasioned the loss of more than $14 million from the Office of the President.

The 16 include an employee from the central bank, another from the Finance Ministry, four Kenyan nationals and staff from the State High Office of President Salva Kiir.

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, has been struggling with major corruption scandals since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.