US general demoted for splurging

2012-11-13 22:39

Washington - Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of the US Africa command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorised expenses, a senior US official said on Tuesday.

Panetta stripped General William "Kip" Ward of a star, which means that he will now retire as a three-star lieutenant general.  He also has to repay the government $82 000.

The demotion comes as retired army general David Petraeus resigned last week as CIA director because of an extramarital affair and Marine General John Allen is being investigated for improper communications with a woman who allegedly received harassing e-mails from Petraeus' former lover.

The inspector general found that Ward used military vehicles to shuttle his wife on shopping trips and to a spa and billed the government for a refuelling stop overnight in Bermuda, where the couple stayed in a $750 suite.

The report detailed lengthy stays at lavish hotels for Ward, his wife and his staff members, and the use of five-vehicle motorcades when he travelled to Washington.

  • samuel.mphela - 2012-11-13 22:52

    Our (pseudo) government better take notes from this VALUABLE lesson.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-13 23:01

    See cANCer, this is how it's done in the civilised world.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-14 08:48

      But we are not in the civilized world now are we :-) You cant teach a person a lesson who doesnt want to be tought and you cant make the little ANC piggies drink water on their animal farm if they dont want to

      vusi.hadebe.5 - 2012-11-14 12:34

      relocate then irene, maybe u wil get an RDP house in the states.

  • - 2012-11-13 23:14

    Demoting and paying back. We certainly need the same to happen here in South Africa, but don't hold your breath.

  • asteyn - 2012-11-14 00:40

    in South Africa he would've been promoted to Minister!

      ina.cripps - 2012-11-14 08:45

      When you are head of the Africa Command, you do as the Africans do! LOL!

  • lala.kunene - 2012-11-14 00:59

    could'nt they just fire him

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-14 06:40

    Again the ANC WOULD give him a promotion and call hm comrade!

      leshiba.veli - 2012-11-14 10:50

      Where are they,I mean Gen Bheki Cele and jackie selebi,You are so ignorant the US is demoting while ANC is expelling.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-14 11:14

      Griet, stick to the ANC and leave black people alone!

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-11-14 06:54

    I wish the SANDF and the ANC govt were as squeaky clean on morals and had the replica Code of Conduct

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-11-14 07:48

    No referral to ministerial handbook. Good lesson to SA.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-14 08:17


  • leslie.rabie - 2012-11-14 08:39

    Copy and Paste

  • valkyriaza - 2012-11-14 09:21

    Now that's how one tackles corruption. The revolting practice is everywhere, but it's how the government deal with it is what often separates 1st and 3rd world countries.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-14 09:39

      Spot on..same with violent crime!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-14 09:21

    I find it strange that no similar racial references have been made about the other disgraced ex general Mr Patreus regarding his infidelities!

      tom.poe.12 - 2012-11-14 09:46

      You shouldnt find it strange at all......such is expected from the those on this forum......

      ben.nevis.906 - 2012-11-14 09:51

      Slight difference between having a fling and stealing tax payers money. Well, that's just my opinion...

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-14 11:14

      How is there a difference, especially as far as race is concerned?

      ben.nevis.906 - 2012-11-16 23:47

      Fidel, one is a thief and the other one is a philanderer. Google the difference and then think about it...!

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