Toppled South Sudan Vice President Dr Riek Machar has been exposed for profiteering in dubious arms deals and stashing away millions of dollars in offshore companies.
An investigation undertaken by The Sentry suggests that Machar and members of his family have engaged in “several questionable transactions and business ventures”.
According to the 2013-14 budget book for South Sudan, the salary for a Vice President is about $54,000 per year.
But the uncovered wealth shows Machar can hardly explain the source of his vast wealth.
The shocking details are presented in the Sentry reports, an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our
Under the theme, ‘War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the looting and destruction in South Sudan,’ the report digs deep into several South Sudan officials’ secretive business transactions.
Investigators took keen interest in Machar and his family’s offshored wealth, its business engagements, and apparent links to international arms brokers.
When war broke out in December 2013, Machar quickly mobilised troops and arms to take over government.
His mission was blocked by the elite Ugandan Special Forces who arrived in the country a few days after the failed coup, according to Chimpreports.
But his source of artillery especially anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons shocked South Sudan’s top military brass.
Machar would continue to put up a stiff and protracted military resistance for a staggering two years, bringing the South Sudan economy to its knees.