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S. Sudan VP says opposition should be excluded from interim government

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June 14, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese vice-president James Wani Igga said members of the SPLM-In-Opposition should not be allocated seats in the proposed interim government.

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South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga, speaks at a press conference in the capital, Juba, on 28 December 2013 (AP)

"We cannot make a mistake neither to accept the rebels demand for president [Salva]Kiir to step down. This is very wrong and can never and ever happen in this world", Igga told thousands of South Sudanese at International University of East Africa (IUEA) in Kampala on Saturday.

He described as "unwise" any decision by government to share power with rebels, further arguing that it could spur more rebellions among the maginalised in the country.

The vice-president reiterated his government’s commitment to the ongoing talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa mediated by regional leaders from the East African regional bloc (IGAD).

"As a government, we are committed for peaceful settlement to South Sudan conflicts. If the other side are faithful to the negotiation, why not us taking bold decision to use it, or buying the same way to reconcile our people?" he asked.

MIXED REACTIONS

Daniel Lual Kuon, a pastor from the Episepocal Church of Sudan, said it was unfair for government to rush into forming an interim administration without bringing to justice perpetrators of the violence.

"You know justice should prevail and people should be brought to justice. We must address the root causes and I think that one will help us a lot", Kuon told Sudan Tribune.

Deng Gai Gatluak, a student at the Uganda-based Cavendish University, said people at the grass root needed to be sensitised on any national drive by leaders to promote peace and reconciliation.

"If I tell we are studying in Uganda as students but we also have people whose parents are in the forests, people whose parents rebelled against the government. If we want to have peace as South Sudanese, we must involved people from opposition side and from the government in order for us to sit down and see the root cause of those conflicts", said Gatluak.

"So we will look on how to solve it, but not only the government side to come and tell us how the peace and reconciliation is to be conducted", he added.

Gatluak Khot, a South Sudanese living in Kampala, said government’s insistence that the country witnessed a failed coup attempt undermines any peace and reconciliation efforts being undertaken.

"The reconciliation teams from the start are being biased because they cannot drop the ward of coup and they cannot put more blame on the other side and that means there is no reconciliation that will happen at all ", he told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

Igga, accompanied by the environment minister, Deng Deng Hoc, was on mission to advance government’s initiative for dialogue, peace and reconciliation among South Sudanese citizens.

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  • 16 June 07:41, by Mi diit

    Ahahahahahaaaaaa….A useless comedian like Wani Igga does not even represent the voice of his constituency, let alone that of his master Kiir Kuethpiny. He doesn’t know what is in the mind of his master (BABA JAA LELELE). He is making empty noises and will be embarrassed.

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    • 16 June 18:21, by Bravo Nuer

      the likes of Wani Igga as well as Makuei Lueth are very big disgrace to academia as dwarfed intellectuals in general and to people of S.Sudan’s national ignominy and liability in particular.they act and behave like teenagers even the village elders are better than them in reasoning capacity while they hold high posts and claim high degrees without intellectual wisdom and honesty.God help S. Sudan

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      • 16 June 18:32, by Bravo Nuer

        what ought to necessitate Interim Govt in the place if Opposition are non essential actors? was wani drunk or mentally disturbed? did he come for reconciliation or for reopening these freshly genocidal wounds? his mission is worthless and this will be his last official mission for him to Uganda and the next coming he will be an ordinary and banished elder of Baria an asylum seeker.

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        • 16 June 19:08, by Force 1

          Midit and Bravo
          Whatever happened to you as being the 90% of SPLA army and because of that you were going to take the leadership from President Kiir by force! Now you’re shamelessly reduced to saying you need peace and interim government! What happened to your stupid lie that you own 90% of the SPLA army? You pinhead never ashamed of lies!

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  • 16 June 07:46, by Akol Liai Mager

    It’s either a Journalist reporting error, or Mr VP does not know the reasons why the country needs an interim government and which parties should take part. It should be a broad-based interim or a technocrats government. And in either, the parties to agreement must participate otherwise, let’s wait for the outcomes of the dialogue.

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  • 16 June 08:00, by Malou Manyiel

    Taban, you are also bias. Why did you interview only Nuer students while that meeting was attended by thousand students from different tribes of South Sudan? The fact is that our vice president did not tell us anything good, he was boring us saying business as usual. Better for someone who did not attend.

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  • 16 June 08:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I strongly agree with comrade Igga,
    when government is share power with rebels, it, seem like joke. It is not wide rebellion or compositions of rebellion it is excluding other tribe except ALFRED LADO GORE AND DAU ATURJONG these are only people who joint Nuer rebellions.

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    • 16 June 08:23, by Akook

      That is exactly Kiir’s supposed VP, reasoning here! If oppositions were to be excluded, why then the interim government in the first place? Panicking of being stript off position, no way you are a comedy and going to go sir!

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  • 16 June 08:34, by Letigolight

    Wani Igga has no constituency in Equatoria, we don’t support him either; the words that he speaks comes from the master (BABA) - Kiir!. Remember we Equatorians have warned him to keep silent about Equatoria’s affairs or resign and he has listened! Kiir MUST GO! Wait and see how we will handle these Ugandans plus their UPDF here in Juba, you will see the mess!!

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  • 16 June 08:55, by Niggorota

    Mr. VP your days are numbered Brother. SPLM IO are going to be a strong partner in up coming government. For you start looking for place to hide in because Lobonok will not take you this time.

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  • 16 June 09:47, by Mapuor

    Coup attempt was thwarted militarily and their program is now being put forward by rebels.Why include saboteurs in teh government when they will never stop corruption.Now the dichotomy between political reforms and job seeking is indeed confusing.In any democratic setting,if your party fails to win you wait for the next elections,SIM in disguise as SPLM/OPPOSITION should wait for 2018 electio

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  • 16 June 10:16, by Jalaby

    He described as "unwise" any decision by government to share power with rebels, further arguing that it could spur more rebellions among the maginalised in the country
    HAHAHAHA
    I told you those guys are nothing but completely dumb visionless!
    Absolutely incompetent to have a country!!
    The south will never feel the rest!

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    • 16 June 12:56, by Malakal county Simon

      Puppet JWI already panic in regards of losing his position, he should have said it in opposite that him and Kiir should not be part of transitional government, because both of them created a fake coup which led to massacre of innocents Nuer civilians in Juba!!!!!p

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  • 16 June 13:58, by wang

    I think comedian Wani Igga has misinterpreted the word interim government….Mr. Wani, the definition of the word interim government: it is an emergency response to prevent the collapsing of the state government….and to exclude the opposition group from this outcome interim government as you fully thought it, then who are you going to form the government with….? And how will you recuse this jungle s

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  • 16 June 13:59, by wang

    And how will you recuse this jungle so called Juba from collapsing?

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  • 16 June 14:43, by Positive Thinker

    VP James Wani Igga, you are becoming small like your body. why do you like uttering words which bring death?

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  • 16 June 15:05, by hamil

    I am from Central Equatoria but Wani Igga is one of those i totally resent

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    • 16 June 16:49, by Joseph Canada

      I start to wonder what school and what kind of education system this Iga has gone. The man have been raised in Dinka land and truly embraced Dinkaism! As an Equatorian, I refuse this pappet in the Govt. He doesn’t represent the voice of peace in South Sudan and definitely not in Equatoria. He’s a disgrace!

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