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Machar says new vice-president a long-time comrade in SPLM/A

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September 5, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, has reiterated his congratulations to his successor, James Wani Igga, saying the latter was his long-time comrade in the struggle for the independence of the new country.

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South Sudan’s new vice-president, James Wani Igga (Photo Moses Lomayat)

This is the third time Machar had publicly expressed his congratulations to the former speaker of parliament who was appointed as new VP on 23 August; a month after he was relieved by the president of the republic, Salva Kiir Mayardit, after eight years in office.

Machar on Wednesday remarked to the press that he has known James Wani Igga as a comrade since 1985, when Igga joined the struggle, which was championed by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).

“I was the one who received him in Addis Ababa,” Machar said, referring to the time when his colleague joined the struggle while he [Machar] was in charge of the SPLM/A office in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The former VP before joining the movement in 1984; a year ahead of Igga, was a political activist while pursuing his engineering studies in the United Kingdom where he obtained his PhD in Strategic Planning in Industry.

After joining the movement, the late chairman of the SPLM, John Garang de Mabior, put Machar in charge of the movement’s head office in Addis Ababa before he was given a military training and deployed at the rank of major as a zonal commander in 1985 in Western Upper Nile.

Machar quickly rose to the rank of Alternate-Commander and then to the rank of a Commander before he then disagreed with late Garang in 1991 on how the movement was being run.

The issues of contention centred on his call for self-determination, democratisation of the movement and respect for human rights, while the late chairman wanted the movement to maintain its objective for a new Sudan; secular democratic and united.

Igga who was a junior to Machar in the movement’s hierarchy by then rose in the mid-1990s and became the third in command after the late Garang and current president of the republic, Salva Kiir Mayardit. This promotion followed the 1991 split in the SPLM/A and the death of many senior officers and founders of the movement.

In 2002 when the movement reunited under the Nairobi Declaration, Igga accepted to step down for Machar, partly in respect of the original hierarchy which prevailed in 1980s.

Between 2002 and 2005 before the untimely death of the late chairman, Garang, Kiir became the SPLM/A deputy chairman for military affairs; Machar became the movement’s deputy chairman for administration while Igga was tasked with political affairs in the third deputy position.

After a regional power-sharing arrangement between the SPLM/A and the Khartoum government in 2005, Igga became the speaker of the southern Sudanese national legislative assembly, a post which he held until 23 August this year when Kiir appointed him as Machar’s replacement as South Sudan’ vice-president.

Machar said that, if he had been invited, he had been ready and willing to personally attend the handing over of the vice presidency to Igga at a ceremonial event in Juba on 26 August.

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  • 6 September 2013 03:51, by Naath

    Dr Machar, well done for your understanding, that is why Southern sudanese want you to be next president,because you know the fact,hopeless kiir will not understand,public understand you,just keep it up greedy dictator kiir will understand last mi ba Rusch no that’s one day

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    • 6 September 2013 04:57, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Desperate Nyagateans, ""Machar said if he was invited to take part he was ready to personally participate in the handing over of the office to the new VP in a ceremonial event on 26 August.""
      You are not welcome to ceremony fool, I hate nyagateens and I’m happy that my favour has been made, Godbless me, I’m not in the country right now but will be back soon,

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      • 6 September 2013 05:54, by dude

        Machar Knew that he was not welcome by you Dinka Greed of power that is why he said like this. Also your desire and happiness for the remover of the former Vice from is position is just a short lived. There is time when you will not be talking like this anymore. We know what we are doing just wait and you will see with your own eyes.

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      • 6 September 2013 05:58, by Dau-network

        Dinka domina..
        We should not generalized former NYIGATs instead blaming 2 masters Dr Risky Machar &Dr Lamb as you knows "majority of those" are simply to brainwash in less than minutes according to omar Bashir 2002 (some nuers) descriptions, and that Bashir’s words will be seconded or discarded in 2015
        But to me, some are rlly good but force by seasonal guys to follow and regret before mission end

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      • 6 September 2013 06:01, by Naath

        I know when things turn hot all hopeless,looters are leaving the country for safety and that happen too to brainless kiir and now again to you.doctor machar will the selection from party.

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      • 6 September 2013 13:30, by Adok Wolu

        Machar congratulate Igga for the 3rd time, were where u mr stupid dinka dominating SPLM/A, u are now running outside the country using looted public money with your idiot uncle, don,t u know that your days are numbering ? shouldering a heavy burden on your york will soon end mark my words.

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      • 7 September 2013 23:54, by Pure Nationalist

        (Desperate Spoiled Poor looters Agent Dormant) DSPLAD, live in peace, martyrs blood you have been sucking will one day skid you in.

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    • 6 September 2013 05:39, by Dau-network

      Dr Riek. Why took you so long to congratulated your comrade successor Wani Igga if you were sincerely to congratulated him ? Dr Riek. many people are wonder why you not "paid back" what Wani Igga did to you when surrended to SPLM by his step back for you? Its took u month before fake congratulation, while it’s took Wani "one day" to give you his position.who is the man of unity betwn 2 in ppl eyes

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      • 6 September 2013 07:14, by wani

        So called Dau-net, Dr Riek Congratulated Wani the first day he was passed by Parliament in person. He is not greedy like your likes. Dr Riek is a statesman and not fool like some we know in our structure.
        Wani did not just step down; the SPLM just reunited its ranks again and if you know the ranking of the movement, Dr Riek was senior to Wani.
        I am so pity for those who do not tell the truth.

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        • 6 September 2013 07:59, by Dau-network

          Wani or nuer boy .
          Why Dr Riek not passed through parliament again instead of public now if he was angry against Wani before? Positions are for S Sudanese not for individuals when U removed, u wandering like you been sacked in your permanent house. Some Muslims brainwashed by Quran to bombing people same to some nuer by Dr Risky and Nyudeng but will not be happened during my life except other nuer

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    • 6 September 2013 06:20, by jijury

      During Nairobi declaration, popularly known as Merge Agreement Dr. Riek Machar warned late John Garang that you must include and accept self determination as part of CPA otherwise I will not be part of this agreement. The later has no choice but to agreed. Had it not been for Dr. Riek the misguided vision known as United Secular Sudan would have been the only option now for Salva and his cronies

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      • 6 September 2013 07:23, by Dau-network

        Jijury. "No short to freedom" as Dr Garang used to says. Without Nubians, Beja &others marginalized areas’ people, would have been defeated like pasts moments or should we had surrended to Khartoum and signed agreement in lions’ den without separate armys, nothing should be called S Sudan independent today ! Dr Garang was using the tactic of "aiming to Stars to landed on moon."

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        • 6 September 2013 07:39, by Dau-network

          "One word enough to wise man."
          Dr Garang 2004 Rumbek’s statement that "l and comrades who joined me in bush have brought u CPA on golden plate" is upto u to determining your fate when referendum come, either to vote to be second citizens in your own land or NOT, would be absolutely free. That quotations only shows Dr John direction unless only fools can’t satisfied with that indirect urgings.

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      • 6 September 2013 07:38, by Naath

        Good explanation from Jijury,well bro they don’t know they are just looting and killing and violating the rules of law,I can’t blame hopeless kiir because he can’t read or write and and also is not choice of people of south,if Riek and Garang disagree than NO south right now Dinka dominant is barking.now south sudanese warn hopeless kiir to be protector not killer or looters,fails to ignore those.

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        • 6 September 2013 08:38, by Konkooc

          Vision of SPLM in their manifesto
          Article III.1.4 There are two, and only two, choices: either the country breaks up into several independent states, or we agree to establish the New Sudan, a new Sudanese socio-political entity to which we pledge our undivided loyalty and allegiance irrespective of race, tribe, religion, or gender.

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        • 6 September 2013 08:41, by Konkooc

          naath
          You always talk of riek the one who brought self determination
          Read SPLM/A vision in their Manifesto

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      • 6 September 2013 07:59, by Mapuor

        JIJURY
        Do you know that people laugh at you when ever you attribute self determination to people who practically fought against it.Dr Riek was once a freedom fighter and he knew the tactics employed by the SPLM to awaken all marginalized non Arab Sudanese.

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        • 6 September 2013 08:15, by Mapuor

          1991 Nasir declaration was an abject surrender which was prompted by Mangistu regime fall,Dr Riek realized that all Nuers were ready to surrender to Jalalba after shocked by events in Ethiopia and decided to declare himself their leader to lead them to Khartoum so that they enjoy some sort of respect and dignity instead on surrendering peace meal.Come on,WA NAATH REY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • 6 September 2013 08:23, by Mapuor

            Correction,I mean instead of surrendering in piece meal.Jijury must stop falsifying the history.Many Nuers in 1991 saw their terrain as bad with regards to the conduct of guerrilla war fare.Their social fabric combined with terrain justified Dr Riek decision .Some argued that surrendering on knees was not good and lauded Dr Riek for the split and subsequent capitulation.

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            • 6 September 2013 08:33, by Mapuor

              Self determination on the other hand,is a product of continued struggle by the SPLA/M after the capitulation of Nasir group.Jallaba negotiated self determination with SPLM/A and not with SSIM OR SPLM UNITED.This is history.We should now cease to handle some nationalities with kid gloves but instead treat them with benefit of the doubt.

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    • 6 September 2013 07:25, by maumau

      Bravo Dr Riek Machar for this outstanding congratulatory remark, keep it up; we are still behind you. Your first statement after your emoval from office without any justification showed how mature and patriotic you are. Patience pays, the big job is yours come 2015, no doubt about that. MAUMAU

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      • 6 September 2013 09:07, by jijury

        1987: Salva Kiir was sent to fight in Rumbek, however due to his poor military tactic; his soldiers started shooting at themselves while the enemies were just laughing at them.
        1991: Salva Kiir was also responsible for the death of 25000 red armies, many of whom were Nubians who couldn’t swim. He forced them to cross Gilo river and only 16000 of them survived.

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  • 6 September 2013 09:03, by Gäär

    1991 move was strategic to clif the wings of the dictator. Without it, you could all be roaming in foreign countries now and fight could still be on between Mighty Nuer and Dinka. Dictator garang saw that and changed his mind for self determination. If he was for self determination, he couldn’t have fought Anya Nya 2 who were the champions of it. Know the history you Bhar el ghazal looters.

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