South Sudan, grappling with the aftermath of a devastating five-year conflict, faces heightened scrutiny over financial transparency as the government's committee overseeing the peace transition approves almost $185 million in spending. 

The internal documents, obtained by The Associated Press, reveal allocations for vehicles, food, and home renovations, raising concerns about the peace deal's funding amid allegations of financial mismanagement.

Financial Transparency and Peace Transition Fund

Fragile Transition from Civil War: South Sudan, emerging from a brutal civil war that claimed nearly 400,000 lives and displaced millions, is navigating a delicate peace transition. The lack of financial transparency in the government's recent allocations could jeopardise international donor confidence crucial for sustaining the peace transition fund.

Risk to Donor Confidence

Experts warn that the lack of financial transparency risks donor confidence, with international contributors essential for supporting South Sudan's journey toward stability. Some donors, like Japan, have already contributed $1 million, but concerns linger about the overall transparency of fund utilisation.

Internal Documents Unveil Spending Details

Committee's Authorization

On November 5, just two months after the signing of the peace deal, the oversight committee, comprising government and opposition representatives, approved substantial spending. This included allocations for 1,000 vehicles and significant quantities of food, raising questions about the priorities amid ongoing peace implementation challenges.

Vehicle Procurement and Food Supplies

The internal documents disclosed approvals for the purchase of 1,000 vehicles and the delivery of 50,000 tons of sorghum to Juba, the capital and President Salva Kiir's home state of Bahr el Ghazal. The scale of these expenditures adds complexity to the financial landscape during a critical peace transition phase.

Home Renovations

Further raising eyebrows, the committee authorised over $135,000 for the renovation of the homes of key figures, including First Vice President Taban Deng Gai and the late revolutionary leader John Garang. These allocations underscore tensions within the peace deal framework, particularly as the May deadline approaches for forming a unified government.

Tensions and Challenges Within the Peace Deal

Deputy Chairman's Concerns

Henry Odwar, the deputy chairman of the opposition and the committee, expressed concerns over authorising home renovations. Despite his objections, the government representatives proceeded with the approvals, highlighting internal tensions and potential hurdles to a seamless peace transition.

Upcoming May Deadline

The peace deal outlines a comprehensive transition plan, aiming for a unified and functional government by May. However, challenges in financial management, coupled with the recent allocations, underscore the complexities of achieving stability and reconciliation within the stipulated timeframe.


As South Sudan grapples with the monumental task of transitioning from conflict to peace, the revelations of significant expenditures that need clear financial transparency raise pertinent questions about the effective utilisation of funds.