September 22, 2023

South Sudan Strongly Condemns Ambassador Nikki Haley’s “disrespectful” and “inaccurate” remarks

Nikki Haley and South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit
Nikki Haley and South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit

South Sudan has vehemently criticized Ambassador Nikki Haley, a GOP presidential candidate for the 2024 elections, for making “disrespectful” and “inaccurate” remarks regarding South Sudan’s efforts to combat corruption and hold perpetrators accountable.

In a statement released by the South Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C. on May 19, the northeastern African nation strongly condemned Ambassador Haley’s comments on Fox News on May 17. The embassy emphasized that Haley’s statements were misleading and disrespectful towards South Sudan.

During a Fox News interview, Ambassador Haley called for accountability within the FBI following the release of the Durham Report, which questioned the agency’s pursuit of former President Donald Trump in the investigation of Russian collusion during the 2016 elections. However, Haley diverged from the topic and stated, “If we can’t hold the FBI accountable for the Russian hoax, we are no different from South Sudan or the Democratic Republic of Congo. This type of corruption should never happen in America.”

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley speaking with the media after a campaign event with U.S. Senator Martha McSally at a home in Scottsdale, Arizona in October 2020 - Photo by Gage Skidmore
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley speaking with the media after a campaign event with U.S. Senator Martha McSally at a home in Scottsdale, Arizona in October 2020 – Photo by Gage Skidmore

South Sudan categorically rejected Ambassador Haley’s assumption that the nation lacks accountability and clarified that while the civil war 2013 weakened institutions, the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) had taken significant steps to ensure that individuals responsible for crimes were held accountable.

The embassy pointed to the Terrain Hotel incident 2016 as a notable example of South Sudan’s commitment to justice. In response to the incident, the government established a Military Tribunal, which successfully convicted the perpetrators of sexual assault.

South Sudan also emphasized the government’s earnest efforts to combat corruption, including implementing Public Financial Management reforms, which have garnered praise from esteemed international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and the United Nations (UN).

The South Sudanese government said it has also demonstrated its dedication to fighting corruption by charging and convicting numerous government officials, and ministers have been removed from their positions due to corruption allegations.

South Sudan said that as a presidential candidate aspiring to lead the United States, Ambassador Haley is expected to refrain from making inaccurate and misleading statements about other nations.

The South Sudan Embassy expressed deep concern over her remarks, calling for her to withdraw her comments and approach such matters with excellent care and accuracy.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan
President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan

“As a presidential candidate who is vying to become the U.S President, it is advisable for her to refrain from wrongly attacking South Sudan. Though we don’t expect her to apologize to the people of South Sudan given what she wrote about the country in her 2019 book entitled “With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace,” as a presidential candidate, she should humble herself and withdraw her statements,” the Embassy said.

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