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December 23, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s government denied on Monday that vice president James Wani Igga had submitted a resignation to president Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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South Sudan’s vice-pesident, James Wani Igga, speaks at the opening of the SPLM building in Juba on 15 November 2013 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

"It is not true that the vice president has resigned. I have spoken to him and he was surprised about these reports. He has now asked someone in his office to inform the public about this misleading information. This is the part of the propaganda to divide our people,’’ presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Ateny said the he was not aware of any resignations from the government and that the vice president had told him that he would be with President Kiir under ‘‘whatever circumstances.’’

There had been reports that the Wani had submitted a resignation letter to Kiir which the president is said to have rejected.

"I just heard that he [Wani] had tendered his resignation as the vice president of the republic of South Sudan but the good thing is that our president did not accept. He rejected it and instead appointed him as the chairman of the crisis management committee", a senior official told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

South Sudan has been in a crisis since Kiir accused his former vice president Riek Machar of orchestrating a failed coup attempt last week.

It remains unclear as to what could have triggered speculation about the resignation of the vice president which began to dominate public discussion on social media platforms on Sunday.

Some attributed the rumours of the vice president’s resignation to claims that president Kiir was studying a proposal that would create a position of the second vice president, a proposal said to have made some Equatoria politicians unhappy.

Wani, who hails from South Sudan’s southern Equatoria region, stepped aside for Machar in 2002 when was reintegrated into the ruling SPLM after splitting from the movement in 1991 during the civil war with Khartoum.

"This time we will not accept Wani to become the second vice president. It will be better he resigns instead of becoming the second vice president. We don’t want it," said Moses Dukua, a native of Yei River county in Central Equatoria state.

"This was what the Arab used to do for Southerners when we were still part of Sudan. So the Dinka and Nuer want to do it again for us so that we become second class citizens in the country we all fought for it. I will personally not accept and will rather go to become a Ugandan citizen if some Equatorians accept [the proposal of a second vice president]", argued Duku

But President Kiir’s spokesman said there was no such proposal, adding that the rumour was propaganda meant to divide the people of South Sudan.

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  • 24 December 2013 04:53, by Tutbol

    I have been saying all along that we must keep our spears sharpen because we are going to battle it out with Europeans, UNIMISS & US mercenaries. The corporate Europe & US wants a puppet that they will use to control our country. But that is not going to happen as we know it. Those mercenaries must first get rid of S Sudanese before the corporate Europe & US are allowed to control our country....

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    • 24 December 2013 05:01, by Tutbol

      they can use their SUDANTRIBUNE propaganda bullshits to feed S Sudanese with lies, but we already know the devil behind these mess are our so-called US & Europe, but they will be bloody nosed badly. Their intrigues of creating division among African communities games work well else where in Africa, but it will not work in S Sudan. plain & simple.

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      • 24 December 2013 05:11, by Tutbol

        The Europeans & US mercenaries want a war with S Sudanese very badly to get our oil to go & prob up their corporate greed in their own countries, but that will not happen. Who says that every oil in the world belongs to Europeans & the US. they using their propaganda machine that here is a tribal war in S Sudan which is a big lie for them to meddle in our country....

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        • 24 December 2013 05:16, by Tutbol

          they used that same tactic in C.A.R & it works for them & they think can extend it to S Sudan! What do these evils beings think they are?

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    • 24 December 2013 08:46, by Wicdail

      There are two things which made Kirr and his Dinka circle to create the second VP position. Firstly, Kirr knows that Igg is a soft man and wouldn’t help. Secondly, Kirr knows very well that his time as the president of RSS is in limbo after when Dr. Rick survived the assassination attempts planned by him (Kirr). So he want to put a Dinka man or women as first VP to take it over when he gone.

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    • 24 December 2013 13:51, by Darkangel

      !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
      They fooled you Southerners in leaving the North, now they will fool you to give power to a non dinka or nuer. But a Zionist - Israeli/American worshiper.

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  • 24 December 2013 05:36, by Bentiu son

    What a denial ya! one eyedman aka Ateny Awek Ateny? It is true that James Wani Igga had submitted his resignation letter to incompetent Salva Kiir but due to his submissive n cowardice attitudes,he recant from stepping down.This is for two reasons:First,the ethnic cleaning waged against innocent Nuer civilians by Salva Kiir’s Guelweng militias.Second,the importation of Ugandan mercenaries without

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    • 24 December 2013 05:43, by Bentiu son

      his noticed n South Sudan Legislative Assembly for approval. The Greater Equatorians politicians met n unanimously agreed not to back up genocidal government but their stance had been hijacked n betrayed by Yesman or womanizer Wani Igga who has no weight among Equatorian people.Greater Equatorians are with their weighted politicians like Alfred Lado n Joseph the Governor of Western Equatoria State

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      • 24 December 2013 11:47, by Toney Toney Matot

        Bentiu Dog,
        Those who died in Juba are not Nuer alone ya Jana kelip.this is the war you have been preaching all this time but it is not for any benefit. Nuers believed in seeing only. they don’t digest things before taking actions. when will you people learned and avoid this savage thinking’s. this war is purely between the government and disgruntle group who want to remained in power for ever.

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      • 24 December 2013 16:12, by Dinka Nhialic

        Bentiu and Kim Deng
        Looks at the ways u idiot talks, if u were men with that Machar Defector/nyigat/food lover/traitor/
        Why did he run away if u were men enough? why don’t stand to face ALMIGHTY DINKA NHIALIC?
        Shame on u all, such mindless and backwards tribe cannot compete with us we Dinka the great.
        Wani Igga cannot resign he will be the real vice president he is not greedy like idiot Riek Macha

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      • 24 December 2013 17:06, by sanduksanduk

        Son of Bentui, We like Wani Igga in Equatoria. He is the best compared to all of u. He symbolises what Equatoria stands for, i.e, PEACE. Now we want all of u (Dinka and Nuer) out. Take ur wars to ur backyards. Talks to be held must include provision for a separate nation in Equatoria. It is a shame sharing this country with a filthy gang of killers who have no respect for human life and dignity.

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  • 24 December 2013 05:37, by dude

    Tutbol, you are very wrong. You got it all wrong brother. Ask your Gogrial kitchen president for failing to democratized the government of South Sudan. He is the one who should be blamed. Tell you president from gogrial that being a military leader is very different from being a politician.

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    • 24 December 2013 06:59, by allan

      to kim deng ur name sound like woman name come suck dinka son cock we fuck u up in juba got question come to warrap n our warrap sons are on there to ur primitive uncle gedak will never live again mark word im mile away from bor too
      this time u got choice u wanna war we give it to u wanna peace we r ready
      this war will never be forgoten

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  • 24 December 2013 07:29, by Knight In Shining Armor

    If Wani wants to remain as true hero, he has to resign from this dirty game. Wani, you do not want be part of this dirty, bloody, game of conspiring to kill your fellow party members. Very good minded person knew what happened was not a planned coup as clamed. Mr. Kirr wanted to kill these fellows so he can remain as president of South Sudan for life. This is dirty and unacceptable.

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  • 24 December 2013 07:47, by Nyesi Ta

    If it is true that the v/p tried to resign, it is because the presidency is sitting in a bath tab full of blood of innocent children, women, and men massacred by Kiir’s security apparatus. That said, Wani has the right to dissociate and distance himself from this crime against humanity, in which if the full report is concluded is subject to referral to international criminal court of justice.

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  • 24 December 2013 07:52, by Nyesi Ta

    This magnitude of crime will not go unpunished. My advice to my brother Wani is, resign and stay clear of this criminal and tribalistic acts of Kiir’s security apparatus for history to put you honorably in your rightful place.

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  • 24 December 2013 08:02, by kimo

    if igga resigns or remains in office is the same,he is a weak easy going person,president salva selected him carefully because he can be easily dominated and manipulated

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  • 24 December 2013 08:37, by munene

    wani and kiir shall one day put our state on fire
    we better fight for our right instead of runing away, who do u think shall liberate you the equtorian, you only like food, wani is the only man, he should go if he want to do so, cuz he alradey know hw they have fall the of our struggle

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  • 24 December 2013 09:09, by Joseph Canada

    DON’T WORRY GUYS, THE VP HAVE RESIGNED!! LISTENING TO WHAT GARANG’S SON SAID ABOUT KIIR’S ADDRESS TO NUER YOU IN REGARDS TO THE GIHTING WITH MURLE YOUTH, IT’S CLEAR DINKA PEOPLE ARE DANGEROUSE. THE LIKE TO SEE THE NATION GO DOWN SO THAT THEY CAN LOOT. SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN JUBA RIGHT NOW. WHO WOULD LIKE TO LIVE WITH THESE PEOPLE AS NEIGHBOURS? NOT ME.

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  • 24 December 2013 10:34, by wang

    So, who is going to be a first VP? Hope not Riek Gai Kok…let Kiir cleans up his mess alone…anyway Riek Gai Kok and Barnaba Marial Benjamin Bil are in the Nuer suicides watch lists…even I heard of one them calling the Kiir’s government…our government…

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  • 24 December 2013 11:15, by Juma El-Saidi.

    Excellent,the Dinka were even scared coz without the help of the Equatorians things will not run the smooth direction,i wished that Wani Igga step down so that we watch how their government will progress. Oh before i forget when will the capital city be relocated to Ramsiel coz equatoria is not the battle field for uneducated Dinka who are killing people including the inoncent civilians.Kiir sorry

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  • 24 December 2013 11:27, by Juma El-Saidi.

    Hukuma bita nas Dinka ma bi rua gidam, Yakwana fata ta kum ena bita kum.
    Especially the cool blood that u have murdered God is there watching for you.
    I paid a visit as a journalist in the camps where the displaced persons are and i was suprised to see the suffering of the people of South Sudan Oh God help South Sudan.
    We are back to zero point. Shame on politicians esp.current GRSS for the action

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  • 24 December 2013 11:52, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The debate that South Sudanese intellectuals should have is the question of forging a true democratic constitution by all South Sudanese civil society and not a president nominated appointees. Presidential term limits and federal system of govermment. Military coup was just a ploy to rally support to fight Machar and his supporters who have constitutional right to question wrongs GOSS has created

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