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S. Sudan VP rules out standing aside for rebel leader Machar


September 2, 2014 (WAU) – South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga, said on Tuesday that he will not step down again to accommodate his predecessor Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga, speaks at the opening of the national reconciliation and peace conference in Wau on 2 September 2014 (ST)

“Our people have been saying I made a mistake for accepting to step aside for Riek [Machar] to become the second deputy chairman in 2002 when he returned to us in the movement (SPLM), following his defection in 1991,” he said.

“I did it so for the sake of peace and out of patriotism, but if he comes back this time and wants to return to the same position, I will stand with our people to not step aside again,” he added.

Igga, who was addressing the opening ceremony of a national peace and reconciliation conference in Western Bahr el Ghazal state capital Wau, said he previously stood aside for Machar after the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended more than two decades of civil war between north and south, paving the way for South Sudan’s secession in 2011.

“This is a third time now for Riek with his similar behaviours of switching side to side,” he said.

“He did it to Dr John Garang when Garang was leading [the] liberation struggle of South Sudan from Sudan,” he added, referring to the founding leader of the country’s guerrilla movement turned ruling party (SPLM).

Machar served in the Sudanese government until the signing of the CPA after which he returned to the SPLM, with Igga subsequently agreeing to vacate his post.

“Instead of him (Riek Machar) waiting for the struggle to achieve its objective first, he went to Khartoum with the same claims that there was no democracy and human rights and joined the same Arabs we were fighting with. But what happened, did he achieve anything in Khartoum? Did he achieve democracy, human rights? No. His group actually committed more atrocities than what he claimed he wanted to promote,” said Igga.

“He became the worse human right abusers and when he realised he was not making any progress, he decided to return to us in the same the movement he stabbed at the back and we welcomed him back because our people wanted peace,” he added.

However, observers have argued that Igga’s decision to step aside was in line with the leadership’s line of succession, as determined by each individual’s seniority in the movement’s political-military high command council, then led by Garang.

At the time Igga was placed 12th behind Machar, who was in ninth position.

Igga’s comments come after South Sudan’s warring parties agreed on the formation of a transitional government and signed the protocol of agreed principles in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in front of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating peace talks.

The agreement proposed offering Machar the position of vice-president and the creation of a prime minister post in the country.

The document was presented as a guideline for discussions aimed at ending the country’s political crisis.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict since mid-December last year after an internal rift in the SPLM party turned violent.

The fighting has pitted government troops loyal to president Salva Kiir against pro-Machar rebels.

Igga has welcomed the IGAD’s decision to support Kiir as head of the transitional government until the planned 2015 elections take place, criticising Machar over his refusal to sign the protocol agreement on the transitional government.

“We, the Government of south Sudan, are very keen to make peace, that is why we agreed on all principles proposed [by] the international communities and [in] the interests of our people to restore peace in the country,” he said.

“But now the problem will be between and international communities and Riek Machar who refused [to] ink the paper,” he added.

Igga called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis, saying it was unnecessary for the people of South Sudan to continue fighting among themselves for the sake of Machar’s political interests, saying there was no place for nepotism, tribalism and corruption.

“Let us hold our hands together to bring peace back to our nation,” he said.

“South Sudan is our country; let us all be equal before law,” he added.

Igga was appointed vice-president after Kiir sacked Machar last July.


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  • 3 September 2014 14:20, by wang

    You are nobody to Dr. Riek Wani Igga and stop saying things that you will regret on them later. Dr. Riek and his Naath plus those few individually nationalism that are currently standing with us will bring you down to your knees… Macher will come back to Juba as a head of state, or if not then South would split up into too many sections independence states…

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    • 3 September 2014 15:29, by Projector

      Wang!! We don’t need political Prostitute like Machar,who is always in run when he sees the situation is not in his favor. He fears challenges,how can a person of his charter rule the people of S.Sudan where there is a lot of difficulties? You can’t always get position in silver plate. Iga is right and he offered his post to Machar in the name of peace previously but donkey Machar can’t understand

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      • 3 September 2014 15:56, by Daniel Deng Monyde

        Riek Machar is a total failure and good for nothing. He wasted time visiting IGAD countries hoping they would support him, but it was just a waste of time because his record is clear since 1991 that he betrayed the people of South Sudan and has failed politically, militarily and diplomatically. Even the west has turned against him because he is only fighting selfishly for power. What a shame

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      • 3 September 2014 15:57, by Daniel Deng Monyde

        There is completely no doubt that the problem of South Sudan is Riek Machar and his extreme obsession and greed for power that has driven him to become a wild monster and the number one enemy of the people of South Sudan, since 1991 when he became a traitor, tried to kill Dr. John Garang and selfishly worked tirelessly to destroy the liberation struggle, at the expense of the people of South Sudan

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      • 3 September 2014 15:58, by Daniel Deng Monyde

        If it was not for this traitor called Riek Machar, who betrayed the people of South Sudan, misguided his people and stabbed the liberation struggle in the back, South Sudan would have attained Independence, long time ago during the 1990s. Since Anyanya 1 when Salva Kiir was still a young man, he has been struggling for the cause of the people of South Sudan, not because he wanted to be President.

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      • 3 September 2014 16:00, by Daniel Deng Monyde

        IGAD Heads of State are not stupid and after making in-depth analysis of the situation in South Sudan, they have all clearly understood that the real problem of South Sudan is Riek Machar and they have made the most logical conclusion that South Sudan shall never have a bright future unless Riek Machar, the chief traitor & betrayer of the people is forever removed from the future of our nation

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    • 3 September 2014 17:07, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      WANG, you are suppose to says",
      Salva Kiir Oyeeeeeee
      Wani Igga Oyeeeeeee
      SPLM in government Oyeeeeeee
      Democratic and good governance under Salva Kiir Oyeeeeeee.
      Dear friends ,all people who rebelled will come back shortly.

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    • 3 September 2014 17:36, by Stephen kuach

      Vice president Mr.Wani Igga is absolutely right to say that,he would maintains his position this time no doubt about that.sorry if it hurt your feeling.

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    • 4 September 2014 17:45, by Hardlinner

      Wang, animal riek will only become president after we die, otherwise that motherfucker deserve no place in south sudan. There are thousand of dinka genneral and intellectuals watching riek closely and ready to over throw riek any time if the impossible were to occur. There are more intellectual nuer that can become president but certainly not animal riek.

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  • 3 September 2014 15:07, by Alfredo christiani

    You better to surrender yourself to Kiir administration now before things collapse
    Riek will compulsory sign peace deal or go to ICC, Mark my words
    Peoples are tied of him, below were the atrocities he committed.
    1- In 1983 thousands of recruits from Bhar El gazal region were killed on their way to Ethiopia
    2- In 1991 ,Bor massacred, many civilians were killed including vulnerable peopl

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  • 3 September 2014 15:08, by Alfredo christiani

    1- In 2013 three major cities of greater Upper Nile were overrun and countless peoples were killed, shame on you, this year is one of the two death or surrender. Fools

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    • 4 September 2014 00:54, by Malakal county Simon

      To the stooge Wani Igga, who care about your useless VP?? We are aiming for presidency this time!!

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      • 4 September 2014 08:37, by Nguntap

        I know food lover people in South Sudan like commented above will never appreciate democratic leader in South Sudan because their thief Killer Kiir is smuggling huge amount of money for them.

        Dr. Riek is fighting for freedom of South Sudan people who are suffering of Kiir Dictatorship no human right, rampant corruption, no freedom of speech and media, employment is corrupted..etc

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  • 4 September 2014 10:07, by Ayuen deng

    Wani is not giving his sit again to Riek.If he is a true leader let his wait 2015 elections.

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