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S. Sudan’s VP decries lack of international condemnation for alleged “failed coup”


December 28, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga, expressed concern on Saturday over the lack of international condemnation for the failed coup attempt the government alleges occurred on 15 December in the capital, Juba.

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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)

“I don’t know why the international community is not condemning this coup”, Wani said.

Those accused of being behind alleged coup, including former vice-president Riek Machar and 12 others from South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM), have dismissed the allegations. Many accounts of the evening of 15 December allege that the fighting broke out among rival factions of the presidential guard unit within South Sudan’s army (SPLA).

According to the former minister of education, Peter Adwok, the fighting was triggered when soldiers from the Nuer tribe realised that their Dinka colleagues were being rearmed after the entire unit was disarmed earlier in the day, when a tense meeting had been held between senior members of the SPLM.

Eleven of the 13 SPLM figures accused of masterminding the coup have been in custody since 17 December, while Machar and former Unity state governor Taban Deng have fled Juba.

Reports that members of the Nuer ethnic group were targeted in Juba in the days after president Salva Kiir declared that the infighting had been a coup attempt led to reprisal attacks in other parts of the country.

Jonglei state fell to soldiers who defected from army ranks, although the state capital, Bor, and other areas have since been retaken by forces loyal to the government. The SPLA is now trying to retake Unity state, after the commander of the army’s division there also defected.

Regional leaders have been trying to negotiate an end to the fighting, which the United Nations says has killed over 1,000 people.

Speaking at a press conference in Juba, Wani, who replaced Machar earlier this year following a major cabinet reshuffle, says his government is ready for dialogue and the cessation of hostilities.

Machar, who is now heading the rebellion, said on Friday that Ugandan fighter jets had bombed the positions of his forces in Jonglei state.

However, the former vice-president says he is willing to take part in regionally supported peace talks with president Kiir, on the condition that his alleged co-conspirators are released.

Kiir said he is open to talks so long as they are without preconditions. On Friday, two detainees were released and Wani said that the government is ready to release further political detainees as it waits to kick-start dialogue.

“This is not an SPLM problem anymore, it is a national crisis that started as a coup by power thirsty Dr Riek Machar”, Wani said.

Machar and his supporters say that Kiir used the army infighting as a pretext to silence political critics.


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  • 29 December 2013 06:22, by Mayom County Boy

    Wani is wasting is time for no thing.
    one thing he may know Riek is coming to Juba with is forces to take Juba by force instead of talking for no thing.
    no peace again because dinka kill more than 6780 nuer civilians in Juba .
    who may allow peace now while our family die ?

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  • 29 December 2013 06:23, by lakoda

    The only way to save you is to resign don’t involve so much. you didn’t even condemn the mass killing, now what are your talking about, if you realize your mistake please release those detainee to allow peace to our Country.

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  • 29 December 2013 06:25, by dude

    Why should the international communities decried this as a coup when they actually did not hear the other side’s passion position? Maybe the government is lying because many innocent civilian of Nuer Ethnic groups were killed in the Capital Juba by the bodyguards of the president Salva Kiir Mayardit. The government is lying big time. There was never a coup that is why the oppositions were jailed.

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  • 29 December 2013 06:31, by dude

    Wani Igga is a big lier. Why did you and Kiir Killed innocent civilians of Nuer ethnic group in cold blood and you did not condemn it. Is it because you are a killer or what?

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    • 29 December 2013 06:51, by Malakal county Simon

      Stupid Equotoria slave (Igga).. You can’t force people’s to condemn an inside designed coup to get rid of Kiir opponents from SPLM, and expected International community to side with you.... They are not stupid like you and your likes, cry somewhere else.... Kiir stupidy has kills his chance to lead this country from now and next year!!!!

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      • 29 December 2013 13:02, by sanduksanduk

        Wani is no slave u idiot. In Equatoria, u r are all the same (Nuer and Dinka). Blood thirsty, cannibals, rapists, looters and lacking respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life and value. Take ur wars to ur backyards. KOKORA NOW. Go away. We are ashame sharing this country with u. Idiots.

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  • 29 December 2013 07:08, by dude

    Salva Kiir will be forced to eat his own relative dead body because he ordered his bodyguards to make the Nuer civilians eat their own relatives dead bodies whom they shot and killed.

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    • 29 December 2013 08:27, by Dinka Nhialic

      u are kidding, look at Nuer, they accepts there is nothings bad like eating dead human, and they accepts to eat their relatives.
      Do they have no power to fight?
      That is why we says in Dinka proverb that, Raan Kuuc Muongjang acit raan Kuuc angui ke yen kooc caam.
      SPLM oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      Salva Kiir Mayar oyeeeeeeeee

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  • 29 December 2013 07:23, by hellonearth

    because you imbecile it was not a coup de tah.

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  • 29 December 2013 07:37, by Naath Raani

    Stupid Wani and your husband Kiir! You both need resign soon before Nuers get your ass out.

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  • 29 December 2013 07:50, by The Republic of South Sudan

    I am just wondering for how long will it take for the Equatoria to decide their direction in South Sudan politic. Being neutral doesn’t yield any fruit. It is clear to the world enlarge that innocent Nuer civilians were butchered by Dinka because they said "No to Dinka State" or injustice Kiir, Telar, Malong and Kuol Manyang have been working on for years.

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    • 29 December 2013 08:16, by Dinka Nhialic

      I wonder how u chose that name, and what u are saying is Republic but tribalized words shame on u, when the men fought according to bravely Dinka, they are allowed to fight, as per now, Nuer Thoughts they were men also to fight Dinka now where are they here in Juba? u left the Capital to Great Dinka and Equatorian, shame on u, why leaving the City and stay in outdoor mosquito forest?

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  • 29 December 2013 07:54, by The Republic of South Sudan

    the injustice were are fighting for is for all South Sudanese including the marginalized Dinka and minority. If you people (Equatorians) are keeping quiet while you fellow country men and women are being killed for collective reason of which all of us should fight for, will you not be affected when the trust revealed?

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    • 29 December 2013 08:34, by Dinka Nhialic

      There is no marginalized Dinka, Dinka is great all over in South Sudan, u have the respect towards Human dignity, u kill the Dinka bor of which that prostitute Rebecca Nyandeng Garng is supporting Riek, why killing them again>? Now we didnot kill the Nuer which are in Bahr El ghazal we protect them here bcse they are innocents we deal with traitors but u did that, which means u are fools

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  • 29 December 2013 07:59, by The Republic of South Sudan

    Nuer lost Juba firghting becuase of two reasons; 1. they were not ready for fighting but for 2015 election
    2)betrayed and killed by James Hoth Mai(2 of his bodyguard were killed), Dr. Riek Gai, Joseph Nguen( while 5 of his body guards were killed), Simon Kun (has been chased and refused in UNMISS at Malakal)- these are traitors and they will be hunt internally by Nuer

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  • 29 December 2013 08:29, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Mr. Wani Igga, what happened is not coup. you and your boss can name it what ever you want but, you are not going to put word on anybody’s mouth. You and Kirr can fool S. Sudanese and other stupid Africans but not international community. they have their representative with you there and they know everything you do on daily bases. put your acts together and regain your true legacy.

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    • 29 December 2013 08:39, by Dinka Nhialic

      what do u think was that? if it was not acoup, why is Riek Running away and he doesn’t want to stay in Juba like those who are in Juba? He attempted Coup but he failed then he decided to run away, let accept the reality than covering the traitor, u cannot hurt the power by violence, we have seen per now, he was interesting to repeat 1991 but we show him who we are. Shame on u

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      • 29 December 2013 10:26, by choldit

        Dinka nhialic, who are u and what did u shown to Dr. Riek? Did u mean the killing of unarmed Nuer men, women, elderly and children? If at all we are brave as u expressed why do we call Uganda to help us? Believe no peace loving nation with a sound minded leader will support that tribalism govt we have in Juba. Ugandan govt is withdrawing its military support to Dinka Gorial govt today. And the nue

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      • 29 December 2013 10:29, by Malakal county Simon

        Dinka Nhialic just drink your whiskey, because you don’t know what you are talking about!!!!

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        • 29 December 2013 10:31, by Malakal county Simon

          Dr Machar was once the founder of self-determination, which result of South Sudan independent today. The same Dr Machar will be crown and name the founder of democracy in South Sudan soon!!!!

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          • 29 December 2013 10:36, by Malakal county Simon

            South Sudan started wrongly in first place. to be honest the Jaang/slaves have no hearts of nation building, what they want is to enrich themselves through corruption, grab the land of Equatoria with the view of colonizing the people of Equatoria. I believe many Equatorians now regret, why they voted for the separation.

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            • 29 December 2013 10:45, by Malakal county Simon

              moreover, Senior Equatorians’ officials are assassinated, murdered, abducted, poisoned and burned with hot oil by their new masters. James Wanni Igga has been successfully dinkanised by the SPLM/SPLA-Dinka-extremists. He has been worshiping unwanted president Kiir as his Lord and Saviour, since the establishment of the so-called Government of South Sudan in 2005!!!!

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              • 29 December 2013 10:46, by Malakal county Simon

                The Equatorians’land was sold by the people who call themselves first-class-citizens of South Sudan and he never react against illegal activities.

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                • 29 December 2013 11:03, by Bentiu son

                  Womanizer,yesman,submissiver,comedian n Equatorian traitors aka James Wani N puppet minister of Cabinet Affairs Lomboro should shut up their ugliest nattering or rotting mouths by wrongly point their betrayers fingers into Dr Machar who was fighting to restore democracy, human rights n good governance in the RSS.You Equatorians must shown ur position on this crisis now than later otherwise!

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                  • 29 December 2013 12:45, by sanduksanduk

                    In Equatoria, u r are all the same (Nuer and Dinka). Blood thirsty, rapists, looters and lacking respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life and value. Take ur wars to ur backyards. KOKORA NOW. Go away. We are ashame sharing this country with u. Idiots

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                  • 29 December 2013 16:46, by adamu

                    Bentiu Son, please don’t extend your grudges and hand pointing to Equatorians are peace loving. Instead, let us talk about finding ways and mechanism of how to resolve our existing dilemma. Dialogue is the only method that can make us achieve many things in our new country period. I like Dr. Riek Machar as a leader who is struggling for a true democracy in our country and most importantly as a

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                    • 29 December 2013 17:02, by adamu

                      such, he is our son and a southerner for that matter. Our people don’t buy what your two tribes are doing to that Nation. You Nuer and Dinka should abstain a way from bloodshed and give our ancestors some peace to rest in their tombs without having to feel this continuous senseless pain please. Salva Kiir is a good leader, but has been surrounded by selfish power hungry thugs who don’t want him to

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                      • 29 December 2013 17:19, by adamu

                        listen to the people’s voices and doing it their way, causing him the mess we are facing today. As a reminder, we are not power hungry, we can support any southerner who wants to run for that sit as long as he/she is not equipped with tribalism and nepotism cannot be condoned by Greater Equatoria and other small tribes in the ten states of South Sudan.

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                        • 29 December 2013 17:29, by adamu

                          God will come after those who are trying to squander our wealth and spill blood in our land, may this curse come upon them and their children and grand, grand children. Long Live our land, Long Live those who are meek in heart. For this land will soon be in your hands.

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  • 29 December 2013 13:12, by American Missile.

    Mr.Vice-president,lack of international condemnation of fail coup attempted collide on with our Diplomacy in broads who do not also condemns. International also influences by the Groups if your Government is not aware. However, this country is much protected by the God, otherwise, these rebels would have captured the country.
    UNMISS REPRESENTATIVE is involved in this coup attempted.

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  • 30 December 2013 00:49, by Gordon

    Somebody here who is able to do an easy summery? Count together the money which was submitted to South Sudan only during the last 10 years: Oilmoney, UNMISS-, UNHCR-costs, substantial developing contributions from US and EU countries, NGO money out of the pockets of well minded people from countless countries all over the world,

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  • 30 December 2013 00:53, by Gordon

    not to forget these tremendous amounts of other countries, who have to care for the refugee camps of your people in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
    My rough summary: Many billion US-$, quite enough to develop South Sudan to a paradise in Africa: With a net of roads, railways, nice cities with schools and hospitals, an agriculture, who would be able to feed many other African countries,

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  • 30 December 2013 00:56, by Gordon

    tremendous possible income from natural resources, not to forget possible international tourism in one of the most appellant natural resources of Africa.

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  • 30 December 2013 00:59, by Gordon

    What a shame, that all this chances nobody in South Sudan could take, instead they kill their people in not ending tribal wars. Fighting, fighting, hate, hate, money hungry and thrive for domination, nothing else is in your minds. South Sudanese, please leave this country, there are enough people all over the world, who are able to make use of your wonderful country!

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  • 30 December 2013 01:20, by Gordon

    All countries of this world are given from God as a loan to their inhabitants to develop it to the welfare of their people. If they fail do this by their leaders (Kiir/ Machar), they are condemned to disappear from the scenary. Don’t expect further support of the international community.

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  • 30 December 2013 02:42, by Axios

    Everything comes from trial and error Gordon. Rome wasn’t built in a day and nor was any of these other African nations. Kenya for example took 49 years from its independence just to reach its current economic status. You can’t expect people who spent generations as villagers to become civilized in two years.

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