The Profiteers – Looting of South Sudan Uncensored
Scroll down to watch part 1, 2 & 3 of The Profiteers Video Documentary Expose: The screening of The Profiteers happened at Pawa 254 today. This came after the documentary was canceled by KTN which had earlier agreed to air it. The censorship and silence forced by the Elite and manipulation by the Media that seems not to care about the well being of a whole country, is seen at play here.
This is a summary of The Profiteers – Looting of South Sudan by Africa Uncensored. It shows peoples comments on KTN’s canceling, looting in South Sudan, links to the full documentary, reasons behind the South Sudan civil war, media censorship, silence by the ignorant perpetrators and the next plan of action.The screening of #TheProfiteers, canceled by KTN, happened @Pawa254. Censorship and manipulation can never stop the truth. #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet
Person of Interest: Paul Malong Awan: Former Chief of Staff – South Sudan
The first person of interest in the South Sudan Looting expose is Paul Malong Awan. He is former Chief of Staff of South Sudan. Infamous for wielding extreme influence, he was once thought to become President Salva Kiir’s successor.
Paul Malong is powerful, well-connected and dangerous. If you live in Nyari, Nairobi, he might be your next door neighbor.Paul Malong is powerful, well-connected and dangerous. If you live in Nyari, Nairobi, he might be your next door neighbor. #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet
General Paul Malong Awan aka “King Paul”, the former Chief of General Staff of the SPLA, is known across the region for his immense wealth, allegedly from his ownership of various businesses in Uganda and South Sudan.
He is currently accused of embezzlement of millions of dollars from South Sudan by none other than his former boss, President Salva Kiir.
This story of wealth amassed by South Sudan’s political and military elites can barely be told without mentioning Paul Malong Awan’s name. Known to use power brutally and with no remorse, he has taken advantage of his own people and the nation’s resources.This story of wealth amassed by South Sudan's political and military elites can barely be told without mentioning Paul Malong Awan’s name. #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet
Also to note is that this injustice has spread across neighboring countries and institutions, especially banks in the region that have aided them in their quest to plunder their motherland and its long-suffering people who have never known peace.
President Kiir fired General Malong, widely seen then as his successor, from his position in May 2017. Malong was then placed under house arrest before he was allowed to seek medical treatment in Kenya, where he enjoys refuge till today.
Despite the sanctions, Malong roams freely in Kenya. His home in Nairobi’s affluent upmarket suburbs is supposedly guarded by members of Kenya’s armed forces.
It is not hard to see why General Malong has found a home in Kenya. In December 2016, when he was hospitalized, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his deputy, William Ruto, visited him at the Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.Wondering how General Malong found solace in Kenya? In Dec 2016, when he was sickly, Kenya's President, @UKenyatta, & his deputy, @WilliamsRuto, visited him at Nairobi Hospital where he was admitted. Click To Tweet
Person of Interest: Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr. The South Sudanese Billionaire
Another person of Interest is Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr., a South Sudanese Billionaire who is also said to be one of South Sudan’s top Richest people. The source of his wealth and net worth is questionable and his stepfather is said to have made money out of the Civil War in South Sudan. Lawrence has been quoted to saying that he is like Donald Trump, with reference to the US presidents wealth.Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr. has been quoted to saying that he is like Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump, with reference to the US presidents wealth. #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet
Lawrence openly flaunts his wealth on social media and videos of him can be found on Facebook and Instagram. Above is a picture from a Facebook video showing him literary in bed with $1 million in $100 bills. We are not sure of his net worth but it is questionable how someone from civil war-torn South Sudan can accumulate such wealth.
To understand the context and reality of The Profiteers and compare it with the lives of South Sudanese refugees, watch this video from Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr. facebook page.To understand the context and reality of #TheProfiteers and compare it with the lives of South Sudanese refugees, watch this video from Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr. facebook page. #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet
The picture above can pass for a recreation of the popular scene from the TV show #BreakingBad. So as to make a clear statement on the depth at which his family is swimming in wealth, he did just that. Malong’s son recreated this famous scene on social media, while his countrymen languish in poverty in refugee camps:
Person of Interest: Stephen Dhieu Dau – South Sudan’s finance minister
South Sudan’s finance minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, earned $6,600 a month while petroleum minister. That translates to $79,200 per year but in 2015, he bought a new family home in the exclusive Buziga suburb in Uganda estimated to cost between $150,000 and $300,000.
When Dau was petroleum minister, over $225 million from the sale of South Sudan’s oil was being transferred from his ministry to a government-owned oil company that was paying a militia which was unleashing terror on civilians in South Sudan.
“Based on the period that he (Dau) has actually served as a minister for both finance & petroleum, he’s unable to raise the money that can pay for this house,” says Joseph Lagu, an investigative journalist from South Sudan who has focused on investigations on South Sudan’s elites
Kikukulacho Ki Nguoni Mwako – The Saddest part of this expose is that the plundering of South Sudan is being supported by her immediate neighbors: Uganda and Kenya!
Kikulacho Ki Nguoni Mwako - The Saddest part of this expose is that the plundering of South Sudan is being supported by her immediate neighbors: Hello @KagutaMuseveni and @UKenyatta #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet
Artificial Famine in South Sudan – Influenced by Civil War and Conflict
In South Sudan, one of the poorest nations in the world, 1 out of every 10 people is a refugee. Since 2013, South Sudan’s political elites have been fighting over the country’s vast oil resources, once the source of tension with Khartoum.
South Sudan has experience famine several times recently. From 1993 up to the latest famine and drought in 2018. However, the causes of this famine and the resulting deaths have not always been natural. Statistics are not clear because of the conditions, but facts about the famine point to civil war as the main cause.
This is sad considering the conditions of millions of people who this money should be keeping alive. To make matters even worse, the large life lived by the profiteers is not even hidden.
Kenyans have reacted to this because they can identify this life within their own leaders. As much as The Profiteers reveals money laundering from people like Lawrence Malong, the big question is: What are we doing about the same issues happening in our own country and why are people ignoring it?#TheProfiteers The cause of drought and famine in South Sudan and resulting deaths have not always been natural. Facts point it all to civil war as the main cause. Click To Tweet
The Profiteers – Part 1 by Africa Uncensored
South Sudan – Years of Civil War, Plunder and Underdevelopment
Rose Luka is one of the over 800,000 South Sudanese women and children living in Uganda as refugees. Her story, as shared in our investigative documentary #TheProfiteers, is not only heartbreaking, it makes us stop and question our humanity.
For more than two hundred years, people in the worlds newest nation, South Sudan, has experienced civil war and plunder as a norm. This comes after thousands of years of slavery by Northern Sudan & Egypt.
South Sudan has also experienced intentional under-development and colonization by the British who took them through years of turmoil post the greater Sudan’s independence from Britain in 1956.
From 2013, the people of South Sudan have taken up firearms and fought against each other. The Profiteers are the elite and powerful people who’re behind the bloodshed and seem to put profit above human life in South Sudan.#TheProfiteers: For more than two hundred years, people in the worlds newest nation, South Sudan, experience civil war and plunder as a norm. This comes after thousands of years of slavery by Northern Sudan & Egypt. Click To Tweet
Uncovering the Profiteers in the South Sudan Civil War
Brother against brother, sister against sister, a people against their own. However, what is the cost? Why is this happening? With almost half a million people dead, who gains from the civil war and plunder?
This story follows the wealth from South Sudan to the banks that illegally transfer it to the property purchased. How often do you spot vehicles with South Sudanese number plates on the road in Kenya and Uganda? Have you ever been keen to note a trend? Like the make and model?
How does the South Sudan’s elite pay for these top of the range vehicles and buy prime properties abroad? Two words: money laundering.
For several months, Africa Uncensored’s journalist, John-Allan Namu, sought answers to these pressing questions. He traveled to different locations within Kenya, across the border to Uganda and within South Sudan.
The result is The Profiteers which seeks answers and reveals truths behind the civil war in South Sudan, the connection of other countries and the people involved.For months, @AfUncensored’s journalist @JohnAllanNamu, sought answers to questions about money laundering from South Sudan. Watch #TheProfiteers which reveals truths behind the civil war and it's connection to other countries and… Click To Tweet
The Profiteers – Part 2 by Africa Uncensored
Media Censorship in Kenya and Africa
The media has freedom in Kenya. However, freedom after the speech is not guaranteed.
Media Censorship in Kenya and Africa has been on the rise recently. The most common type of censorship is Political Censorship during or after rigged elections. The suppression of communication prevents information sharing is based on fear and influence from the elite who want to protect their interests at the expense of the people.
Freedom of speech and expression in Kenya is not as bad as compared to other African countries, as long as you do not touch the self-proclaimed ‘untouchables’. A good example of censorship in Kenya is what the Kenya Television Network, KTN did by refusing to air The Profiteers. Perhaps they considered the content objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or ‘inconvenient’.
The Internet Laws in Kenya and Media Censorship
The internet laws in Kenya are sketchy just like other African countries, so it was easy for the Africa Uncensored team to share The Profiteers online. This should not be the case because people deserve the truth and as has been seen in history, truth an never be suppressed – it always sprouts out stronger.
This screening of the full documentary will be available during an upcoming journalists conference. We hope more spaces get to share this and more truth.
If you would like to organize a screening of The Profiteers, please contact the Africa Uncensored team here.
What is Africa Uncensored and Who are the Investigative Journalists behind it?
Africa Uncensored is a well established independent media center. It was installed by one of the most celebrated investigative journalists from Kenya. Their main target is to secretly dig out and reveal information that will empower the public.
With extensive experience in the investigative journalism field, the team set themselves apart to cover stories that add value to the people of Africa and the general public. The mission behind the Africa Uncensored team is to reveal the African Continent as it actually is.
Africa Rising – Countering the False African Narrative
The narrative of Africa as a continent has for long been an incorrect collection of facts that are laced with fiction. This African narrative does not represent what Africa really is. Despite this, there is a lot to be said and presented about the rich African continent.
Africa Uncensored believes in the strength behind well done investigative journalists can paint out a clearer image of the true African Continent.
The team of Investigative Journalists is ready to reveal evil and injustice while reporting news that actually means something to the African people. Africa Uncensored have a brief and direct three-word editorial policy: Simply, The Truth.
The Profiteers – Part 3 by Africa Uncensored
PROFILE: John-Allan Namu’s Biography
At only 35 years of Age, John-Allan Namu is already a household name in Africa’s Investigative journalism and reporting world. His work goes within and beyond South Africa in the south, to Egypt in the North, Senegal in the West and Kenya in the east.
In the midst of live bullets and death threats, he is also a father to four children and husband to one beautiful and equally tenacious wife. Many people who ask how to manage the perfect work-life balance could learn something from John-Allan Namu.
John Allan Namu, married to Sheena Makena are one of the few power couples in Kenya who work together. Their love story started when they both worked at KTN. They have since both left KTN and work with Africa Uncensored.
John Allan Namu’s Investigative Journalism with Mohamed Ali
His reputation is built on a portfolio of untold stories that are often censored by media. Many recognize him from his work with Mohammed Ali on Jicho Pevu and Inside Story on KTN. They did a series on investigative stories that uncovered corruption in Kenya.
John-Allan conceived the idea of Africa Uncensored, which was started in 2015 alongside like-minded investigative journalists. These were Kassim Mohammed, Mohammed Ali and Wanjala Were. They all believed in the foundation of truth for any journalistic story. But how did his career in Investigative Journalism Start?
His first big story was an expose done with Mohamed Ali called The Rogue Tracker. It was about car-tracking systems. This was a serious and scary story because it touched the untouchables who had even threatened to kill anyone working on the story. Despite the death threats, John-Allan was partly proud to be involved in something that really mattered.
How John Allan Namu started as an Investigative Journalist:
John-Allan Namu’s career into investigative journalism started and was inspired by a story of injustice and fake news. A friend of his was wrongly accused of corruption in a well-detailed story that was published in a national newspaper. This convicted John-Allan to do a degree in journalism at the United States International University. He later got into KTN as an intern and being a TV news anchor and the main reporter was one of his biggest dreams at the time. However, after getting there, he did not find the fulfillment and instead yearned for something more.
Félicien Kabuga’s story was another life-changing experience for John-Allan Namu. Félicien Kabuga was an alleged genocide supporter, financier, inciter and weapon supplier during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He had disappeared into hiding and no one knew his location. After investigations, they did a story and used a picture that placed him in Kenya where he was being hidden and protected by high-profile people.
However, after the news went public someone showed up and said that he was the man in the photo. This was heartbreaking to John-Allan: First, because the story could have ruined the innocent man’s life. Secondly, because it put John-Allan’s credibility to test – for every story he had ever told.
He almost quit Investigative Journalism for good. It was a hard time but he made it through with the help of a support system. He managed to get back and continue work in spite of this major drawback. After all, media was his world. However, even after many years of learning and growing, John-Allan Namu realized that Media still had its limitations. Especially when one wants to tell stories as they are and not as the world would like to see them.
Limitations to Freedom of Expression and Types of Media Censorship in Kenya:
Although Kenya’s media has made some great strides, high restrictions and censorship still exist. John-Allan Namu realized that the only way to overcome these barriers as a journalist wad to branch out. That’s how he formed an independent media company called Africa Uncensored. Their main focus is telling the story from the point of view of the poor and the marginalized.
Africa Uncensored has since won Journalist of the Year awards for some of their investigative stories. Their vision now is to transform Africa Uncensored into a global media center. In 2015, John-Allan Namu had also won journalist of the year at 2015 annual journalism excellence awards held by Media Council of Kenya. They hope to do this by swimming in stories that conventional African media houses have not managed or are afraid to penetrate.
Along with the Africa Uncensored team, John-Allan Namu seeks acknowledgment for stories, not just African but stories well told. Stories that will perhaps win him a Pulitzer Prize, which is his all-time dream. Possibly on a story about Africa’s Worth. Once African’s know what they are worth by looking back at where they are from they will better map out where they need to go.
John-Allan Namu is now the CEO/Editorial Director of a media company called Africa Uncensored. This was formed after he quit his work at KTN as a features editor, reporter, and crime investigator. His education background runs through 2003-2006, where he was an Undergraduate student at United States International University, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Integrated Studies. After an internship, this was later followed by work as a Features Editor, Reporter and News Anchor at Nation Media Group between July 2010- 2015.
Next Step: Join The Protest: #StopLootingSouthSudan
On Thursday, October 11, 2018, South Sudanese citizens living in Kenya, Kenyans will take to the streets to request the Kenya government to freeze assets of SS leaders involved in the looting and to sanction Kenyan banks facilitating the looting of South Sudan.
You must understand that in South Sudan they don’t have tear gas. When people protest, they get shot. So show up on Thursday and show solidarity.
Let’s speak one voice on behalf of the South Sudanese people.
You can add your voice to the struggle by sharing information about this injustice as well as the upcoming protest by clicking on any of the tweets below:Join the #StopLootingSouthSudan protest at Uhuru Park, Freedom corner this Thursday 9 am. Click To Tweet You must understand that in South Sudan they don't have tear gas. When people protest, they get shot. So show up on Thursday and show solidarity. ~ @Nanjala1 #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet The Axe forgets. The Tree remembers. #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet #StopLootingSouthSudan requests the Kenya government to freeze assets of SS leaders involved in looting and to sanction banks facilitating the looting of South Sudan. Click To Tweet What happens when what's meant to profit a country ends up profiting a few? #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet All wars are about money... #StopLootingSouthSudan Click To Tweet
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Feedback on the Profiteers Documentary:
These are public comments, both positive and negative, on peoples thoughts about the Profiteers Documentary:
Why did KTN refuse to air this documentary as had been promised? Like if you think the Kenyan media is complicit in corruption matters and only highlight stories when it suits them. #Hypocrites! ~ Lukorito Jones
“They say its the white man I should fear, but its my own kind doing all the killing here” – Tupac ~ Kevin Kebaara
Youtube is nowadays available to a majority of Kenyans even upcountry. Shame on ktn for not airing this, we will share it on social media ~ Peter Ochieng
We like blaming the west for our problems but the so-called leaders cause more suffering to us than our colonizers ever did. ~ harun njoroge
The Profiteers is an ingenious Journalistic piece that opens our eyes to the Rot in our country. Thanks John-Allan Namu for the Great work. This shall not go for nothing. We stand with our neighbors. ~ Sam N. Nyamao
This was a hard watch, especially in the beginning, having to witness that hubristic maniac rolling around on cash. He seems to be someone who’s detached from life itself, with his head deep in the sand. Incredible! This documentary was amazingly done. Thanks for sharing. ~ Runi bi
This is a very brilliant piece of documentary ever produced locally in E.A. Thanks to the producers.
Both governments of Uganda and Kenya where these known criminals hide & invest from must also be held accountable for the henious crimes being committed against the civilians (men, women & children) in South Sudan-the world’s youngest nation.
By harbouring and protecting these war generals in their respective countries, they too have become partners in these horrible crimes.
The U.N under it’s mandate must act very fast & carefully look into these matters and devise ways of isolating & punishing these perpetrators and warmongers who have killed, maimed, raped women & plundered the wealth & natural resources of South Sudan to enrich themselves & their families and have subsequently turned into billionares at the expense of the poor population. ~ Michael Okello
Unbelievable!! President Uhuru and his Deputy, his counterpart Museveni should simply pack and go asap!
How can you condone such level of corruption? These stupid South Sudan generals should leave our country and their properties confiscated and sold.
The proceeds should be used to support the south Sudanese poor. ~ Leonard Chege
This piece was just too HOT to handle. I highly doubt KTN Editors had the chance to preview it..esp with Kenya’s President and Deputy visiting a Sudanese money laundering suspect in hospital; Kenya’s Police public resource being used to offer security to foreigners.
In my opinion, it would have been the height of incompetence if the NSIS didn’t flag this story and let it air.
Finally the Chinese have been mentioned , for having facilitated and abetted mass murders in SS through the sale of arms in contravention of an arms embargo… ~ ruffcast
This is so painful to watch, steal all the money, but for HEAVENS sake don’t RAPE and KILL. What have humans turned out to be, and the same people are getting protection in KENYA. ANIMALS ARE BETTER THAN HUMANS. ~ Njeri Muranja
This piece proves that President Kenyatta is not serious about corruption and human right violations. But the God of today is a teenage God. Soon he will serve justice to the people of South Sudan. ~ VICTOR OSWAGO
I hope everyone who participated in the shedding of blood, rape, torture, displacement, poverty, body injuries, and trauma…from the soldiers to the lords to the politicians and leaders of the surrounding countries who enable this atrocity. I hope their children and children’s children pay for this! ~ Carolyne Adhiambo
Then the war/conflict in South Sudan is being managed as the profiteers savor the spoils of plunder, all these talks of peace for South Sudan is a facade, only money matters here, no morality or decency of upholding human life, so sad, a very sad story, good work John-Allan Namu. ~ Peter Kivuti
Namu has humongous balls of steel. I wouldn’t touch this expose with a 10-meter fiber-glass insulated stick. ~ Kinoti9
The same Thing is Happening in Somalia and Congo, This East African Cartels Network is very Big and very opaque.
This Reminds me of the Sugar, Charcoal Racket in Somalia by the Kenyan Defence Force and the Al-Shabaab.
No wonder the East African Leaders don’t want to win the war on terror they are corrupt with blood money from terrorist/cartels. ~ Ben Arfa
If I can only pray to God and he gives me the courage and professionalism that you apply in your line of duty… I would be the happiest man living.
I also hope some other journalists learn a thing or two from you man. You are a blessing to E.A and Africa at large. Cc. Moha former Jicho Pevu. ~ Felix Momanyi
Great, expose! No one in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda (in government) cares about South Sudanese and Somalis! They all care about their stomachs! They forget that no one leaves this earth with anything.
On that note, KDF aka Charcoal Sellers should get out of Somalia! Our brothers and sisters in KDF are there to steal on behalf of a few individuals and are getting killed for nothing! ~ Rutto Tarus
This is why people don’t like peace. War is enriching. Great job J.A.N and team. I always wondered how we have S.Sudanese nationals live Lavish in Kenya’s urban areas.
I bet it is the same case with Congo and Somalia. People know Congo is wealthy in terms of minerals but people don’t realise Somalia is just as wealthy.
And with Somalis, they easily pass off as locals so nobody asks questions. We are truly naive to imagine that we can be surrounded by all this insecurity and instability and not have it affect us.😩😳~ Ru’wang Mtaani