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South Sudan’s VP Igga tells armed opposition to wait for elections

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February 4, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga, said the government will not accept demands by anti-government forces for president Salva Kiir to resign head of elections, scheduled to take place in 2015.

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Vice-president James Wani Igga (C) addressing South Sudanese in New York (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

"Here is an elected government," Igga told reporters in Juba on his return from Ethiopia where he attended an African Union summit.

"If […] anybody dreams at night and gets up in the morning and said you the elected government must move aside, I think we will be unstable,” he added.

Riek Machar, the leader of anti-government armed group calling itself SPLM/A in Opposition, demands Kiir resign as a condition for reaching comprehensive peace agreement with government.

"We are not going to accept that," said Igga in response to Machar demands.

Talks between the two sides are due to resume on Friday.

Kiir accuses Machar and his supporters of attempting overthrow him in a coup on December 15 when fighting broke out between soldiers from the presidential guard.

Machar has denied the accusation, saying it was the regime’s tactic to suppress opposition within the party. Some senior figures, including Machar had wanted to challenge Kiir for the position of SPLM chairperson, which would put the winner in prime position to contest and win 2015 presidential elections.

Three days before the start of the conflict, Machar, and other critics of Kiir postponed their plans to hold a protest rally against the president ’s leadership and administrative issues that need to be resolved in order for the party to be officially registered.

The rally was postponed as a meeting of the SPLM’s highest decision-making body, the National Liberation Council (NLC), which is composed of around 150 members, was announced on December 12 to discuss the party’s leadership issues, the constitution, and codes of conduct.

Over the next two days the NLC failed to either approve the party’s draft documents, including the constitution, in their current form, or to reach an agreement to amend the existing documents.

The NLC meeting reconvenes on December 15. According to some accounts, Kiir ordered Major General Marial Ciennoung, a commander of the presidential guards, to disarm members of the unit at the main barracks in the capital, Bilpam.

The Dinka elements, it is alleged were immediately and secretly re-armed, but their Nuer counterparts were not and fighting broke out between the two groups after the Nuer soldiers forcibly rearmed themselves. Kiir and the government refute this version of events.

The violence, which started in Juba, quickly spread to Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states where large sections of the army defected along political and sometimes tribal lines.

Both sides have been accused of abusing civilians and much of the fighting has been along ethnic lines, despite the political roots of crisis.

The United Nations estimate that over a million people have been displaced in the six-week-conflict. Figures the number of dead vary, but the International Crisis Group have suggested that around 10,000 people have been killed.

(ST)

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  • 5 February 2014 05:03, by omoni jr.

    Mr. Nigga wani.
    just shut up,everything is already spilled out and out of controlled too. It is too late to opened big mouth for nothing.

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    • 5 February 2014 05:07, by omoni jr.

      you are cursed to our Greater Equatoria people,you are kissing Dinka ass for your own survival and you stupidly claimed that you are patriotic,you and blind president kiir will be hanged in front of your gangsters and husband M7.

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      • 5 February 2014 05:39, by chol

        You very stupid or brain washed if you have any Brian at all to support traitor Machar who put his interest before the country now his own tribe are dying in big numbers,so keep fighting at the end your idiot tribe will be finished.Have ever wonder why you Nuers have no allied in South Sudan.You try to turned all the tribes against Dinka ,but it backfire.what a damp tribe?

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        • 5 February 2014 06:37, by Mi diit

          This worthless adopted Dinka kid called James Wani Igga has no future at all. Where will he go after his father Kiir Kuethpiny is dislodged from Juba soon. Wani Igga has no principles at all. He is a yes-man comedian, acting like a junior protocol officer in front of Salva Kiir. Shame on you for selling out Greater Equatoria.

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      • 5 February 2014 08:20, by George Bol

        SPLM/A explanation of S.Sudan Flag
        DR John Garang
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsilKsy71Qo

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      • 5 February 2014 10:13, by Mr Point

        Sudan Tribune must ask Ping Deng Kuol, Juba’s Inspector General of police, what his force was doing in December when murder gangs were going door to door.
        ST should also ask him what he has done to find and charge the perpetrators of this mass murder.
        ST should also ask what measures he has taken to make sure Juba is now safe.

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    • 5 February 2014 14:29, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar must see the video of how his tribemen the White army were killed in battle in bor and other places and left being eaten by Hynas and vultures,he will notdream about to be a prsident of South sudan.The vultures are feeding on the thousands of death Nuer in Bor and around villages in Jongeli.The vultures are tired of eating the human flesh(meat) they are only eating the EYES!

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  • 5 February 2014 05:39, by George Bol

    Miidit/Omnoi(dor),
    Check this video out. My friend, we are not playing. Stop internet war.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVcXP8IJbZk

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    • 5 February 2014 05:51, by Malakal county Simon

      Mr Stooge Wani IGGa, its not too late for you to switch side now for your political survival in the future.... You have a time now to choose wisely, and make sure you are on the right side of the history, because the current rigeme in juba will collapse soon before next month.... Its your call and your choice to take this piece of advice very seriously, before things get too late....

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      • 5 February 2014 06:06, by Malakal county Simon

        South Sudanese people’s are fed-up and don’t want to be lead by a traitor and murderer president, who kills his own people’s who elected him.... Secondly to that, This illegal president will have to be held accountable for the current massive killings of innocent Nuers civilian in Juba, and destruction’s of other people’s properties.... Thirdly, he must be hands over to ICC, for the lasting peace.

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        • 5 February 2014 06:48, by jubaone

          Thank you,
          What is required of South Sudanese is now to come up with concrete evidence of names of perpetrators, victims etc.. to compile a case to put to ICC. Then, a hunt and arrest warrant for them will begin

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        • 5 February 2014 06:56, by chol

          You are an idiot like Mii Dii and the rest of Nuers fools.If you still believe that you will overthrow the government.keep fighting you will be finish one by one.One tribe fighting 64 tribes.Where is your fake Arabs to back you up? This should be your last rebellion and the Nuers will be smallest tribe in the country.Your prophet prediction is coming TRUE and it doesn’t look good for you guys.

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  • 5 February 2014 07:43, by Black Africa

    Shut up James Igga, we the people of equatoria we don’t need you too. Salva Kiir must resign and you too.Right now the people of South Sudan are suffering because of Salva Kiir leadership. We don’t need Reik Machar too. We need new faces.

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    • 5 February 2014 14:44, by Johndumo14

      All of you are wrong,this is not the time for changing leaderships like changing your underwares.Rubert Mugabe of zimbabwe has been in power for more than 30 years,we south sudanese needs Mugabe`s style,Africans needs to be ruled by dictator,democracy canot,must be on the papers,because you are idiots and stupid,instead to develop you r distroying,no roads,no water,no electricity,no food to eat

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  • 5 February 2014 15:24, by Gatluak

    James Wani Igga how can you said Dr. Riek should wait for 2015, was it not the same Riek Machar who talks of SPLM reform and resolved the differences within the party? Don’t wast time making jokes..........

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