This is a summary of The Profiteers – Looting of South Sudan by Africa Uncensored.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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