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South Sudan Vice President calls to release political detainees


April 13, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Vice President James Wani Igga has issued a statement calling for the release of all political detainees. He also warned that the country would collapse if no immediate action was taken.

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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)

“If we allow South Sudan to collapse in our hands, we the leaders of today without exception being undersecretary or director, it means you are a leader in that particular government institution,” said the Vice President.

Vice President Igga, an ally of President Salva Kiir in the Equatoria region is also a high ranking member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), controlling majority members in the cabinet, the army, judiciary and the national legislature in areas under the SPLM.

While speaking at a public lecture at the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in Juba on Wednesday, the Vice President warned that the ongoing war in the country was tearing it into pieces, stressing that the leaders would be held accountable if the country collapsed.

He also admitted that the 2015 peace agreement signed between the armed and non-opposition group was now standing on “one leg.”

“No, we cannot allow our country to be destroyed in this way. We really have to do something, especially the leaders of today. There is a need for a general amnesty and release of all detained civilians,” said Vice President Igga.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to hold the national dialogue without saying when the process would commence and whether they had resolved whether the armed opposition would be allowed to participate without any preconditions.

“We should be committed as members and leaders of this government, and transparency is needed in the country,” he added.

Igga is the first high-ranking official to publicly admit that the peace agreement was facing challenges and to call for the release of those who have been detained by the government on grounds that linked them to the armed opposition, under the leadership of the exiled former Vice President, Riek Machar.


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  • 14 April 2017 00:51, by Kush Natives

    Great approach Mr. Wani, I hope that this statement didn’t just just pop out of your mouth. We would as normal citizens give you a hands of applause, if this was a negotiated settlement from within your leadership. Otherwise, I will remained looking forward to hear from the two bosses, Taban and Kiir. I hope you folks will make happen!

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    • 14 April 2017 06:12, by Bol Malual

      Igga, you are a great leader and the only patriot among your comrades. You always relinquish your position in the country for sake of peace. Now, we have only two options: we let the country collapse and it will happen in less than five months and we start planning post regime arrangements or we call inclusive dialogue. Either way, we got less days left.Taban should get out. He has no IO with him

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      • 14 April 2017 06:43, by Eastern

        Bol Malual,

        So you are now coming to the realisation that Taban Deng is Taban without any SPLA-IO with him? The nameless arrangement between Kiir and Taban is not ARCISS; it is just a come together to hoodwink gullible and ignoarant South Sudanese. Kiir was forced to sign the ARCISS; he didn’t like it at all! Wake up!

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      • 14 April 2017 09:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        If he is, then Kiir must imitate him on this. You should not fool people by this foolish praise.

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        • 15 April 2017 17:05, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          I can help with tough political problems but this economic thing is complex to find a solution to. simply because economic need free people to keep it afloat. our people are in camps and pocs. even sound economic policies will not work at this time of turmoils.

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    • 14 April 2017 06:48, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      The sooner Kiir and Taban leave the limelight, the better for South Sudan. Kiir was opposed to the ARCISS; he signed the agreement begrudgingly, Taban is siezed the opportunity created by Kiir in July 2016 to claim SPLA-IO leadership; but SPLA-IO is really in the bush with it’s supreme leader Dr. Machar "parked"in South Africa, just to borrow Taban’s words.

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  • 14 April 2017 03:09, by garrak1520

    Resign to show your seriousness!! may be after resignation your boss will follow your bravura stand. You fail South Sudan. Your future, Kiir future and that of your children is bright, I am talking wealth so better go now than waiting for the worse to happen. Run while you can and this declaration is a good start.

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  • 14 April 2017 04:59, by Lumaria

    Igga still acting like a normal human being there’s nothing new the country has already ccollapsed, there’s no alternative you better quit before the blood of innocent citizens hits your grandsons.

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    • 14 April 2017 05:10, by Nyesi Ta

      When Igga and Kiir Al Awiir collapse that shall be when they may declare the collapse of the country because they do not see the country from the perspective of the people but throught themselves. We, the NAS have already held them accountable for everything that have gone wrong since 2005 to date under failed gov’t, and it is a matter of time we, the NAS will bring them to book.

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  • 14 April 2017 05:48, by Angelo Achuil

    The presidency dragged whole country into civil war-the presidency however wants a solution to solve presidency problem without touching presidency in any way. I think this isour predicament!!!

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    • 14 April 2017 09:17, by Eastern

      Angelo Achuil,

      Agreed. Kiir and Taban cannot eat their cake and have it.....!

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  • 14 April 2017 06:58, by Eyez

    Mr. VP Wani,
    Ita wahid awir sakid, belai asukut ma sunun taki ze korek del. where were you when civilians were being killed, raped and burned in their huts, ya maharas ita. Know that, you are part and parcel of the suffering imposed on the Equatorians, what good are you to us, apart from being a Jienge tool that Kiir uses to tickle his own ass, as he pleases.
    Join the people or shut your mouth.

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    • 14 April 2017 08:44, by Runrach

      Ya comrade SPLM/A akuma bitana! It is too late to acknowledged that the country is collapsing and the leaders are to be blamed for the mishandling of the country’s political and economic strategic plans. The peace you guys are preaching is already dead and not yet buried. You & Kiir have to think twice, or else 3 of you has to be buried a long with peace.

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    • 14 April 2017 17:09, by jubaone

      I dont understand VP Wani. He should not call for the release of these political detaines, he just has to ORDER their release period. Who else is above him? He should hit the table and tell the Kiirminal, look either you release thesep people or I quit, period. The Kiirminal will shake and do it, that simple. He should NOT fear a jienge at all.

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    • 14 April 2017 21:42, by Garang Akeen

      Eyz, plse don,t try to abuse the man of peace. This is my advices to you.

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  • 14 April 2017 09:50, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Wani Igga is a comedian and a big fool. He and his master Kiir are those in charge. He should just sit down with Kiir and take decision rather than lamenting in public lecture.
    A big fool.

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    • 14 April 2017 16:10, by Justin Chicago opiny

      The Presidency without the influence from JCE has the Ball in their court. What they say carry more weight than the heaviest material that there is.Act and take action and press the button.Do not let your people suffer peace is what we need and not want there is no place for war as war is destructive.When there is peace everyone is happy how poor they may be.Deliver peace and reconcile.

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  • 14 April 2017 10:26, by Wau son

    What this Lotoley is trying to tell you is that ; he is not a part of what his master is doing. He is trying to beg your forgiveness,by saying so,as if he is not part of that gov’ment.Anyway,he must shade the crocodile tiers on the fallen milk cup.He should be in passion to grape the cup before it falls.fake VIP.

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  • 14 April 2017 10:33, by Gabriel KK

    Whom is the Vice President talking to and he is the second most powerful man in the Country? blaming Kiir for the mess caused by everybody will not solve anything.

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    • 14 April 2017 14:02, by Lino Gai Akok

      The VP James Wani Igga is really a very important and high ranking in the SPLM as well as in the government but it surprised me why he wants to point his fingures and he is part of this same government that he wants to blame his colleagues.

      Will releasing of detainees help in bringing peace?
      Why don’t you call for quick trial of those detainees instead of releasing perhaps the commit crimes?

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      • 14 April 2017 15:03, by Eastern


        James Igga is in the government just to hoodwink the gullible and ignorant Equatorians that they are also represented in the government. Wani Igga is just redundant!!!

        It is noble to oppose from within; if he moved out and opposed from outside, you will be among the first people to lebel him a rebel!

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  • 14 April 2017 14:40, by Nationalist

    spla/splm and all their co-horts are bunches of robbers who does not have SS at heart. War or armed affairs can never bring development to our country. Those responsible for selling arms to SS robbers both the government and rebels will never be forgiven by almighty God because they have contributed greatly to the mass killing in our country.

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    • 14 April 2017 16:51, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      even a good president will fail if the system he/she is sitting on is teemed with interest groups.it is better to talk rather than keeping quiet to play it safe. issue of power allocation, lack of transparency, intimidation and cold blood murders. these ill need to be address when reforms are instituted first.

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      • 15 April 2017 06:28, by Eastern


        Have you just woken up from your deep slumber...?

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        • 15 April 2017 14:00, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          I have been quiet for a while to let the national government work free from interruptions. only to realized recently that they are sinking in a covered boat. economic has dealt a blow to them, they better rectify something early before the hell break loose.

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  • 14 April 2017 21:31, by Garang Akeen

    What? Are you not in the same basket? Don,t try to jump out while you are the decision makers. Act now befor it too late.

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  • 15 April 2017 07:37, by Mi diit

    Venerable leader,how did u call for "the releases for the releases of the detainees"? while the power is at your hand or your being there in the presidency is just a symbol without exercising orders ? Another one can calls for,but u as a member of presidency, u would just said that I released the detainees without begging Kiirdit to hear your calls.act as a man with his own words not as a fake v p

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