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New S. Sudan vice-president uncovers strategy to foster unity in diversity


September 4, 2013 (WAU) – South Sudan’s new vice-president, James Wani Igga, has identified a strategy to promote unity in diversity, as well as enhance peaceful coexistence and consolidate efforts to rebuild the new nation ravaged by decades of conflict.

South Sudan’s new vice president James Wani Igga (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

Speaking at a function organised by elders and intellectuals from Central Equatoria state in his honour, Igga identified an application of the rule of law, regardless of social and political status, which allows for intermarriage and the introduction of an educational system in which school age children from different ethnic backgrounds can study together.

“For us to unite South Sudanese, we must respect the rule of law. Nobody should be jailed and released because he is above the law. We must appear as equal citizens before the law”, said Igga in an address broadcast by the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Tuesday.

“Nobody should be released for killing somebody because he is above the law. This is wrong,” he added.

The former speaker of the national legislative assembly stressed that the educational system must be revised to encourage pupils and students from different tribes to study and mix together, adding that intermarriage could also improve relationships between communities.

“We must revise the system of marriage. Makaraka should marry from the Lotuko, Lotuko should marry from [the] Kakwa and Kakwa should marry from [the] Shilluk. Why not? This will unite us honestly. If we don’t appreciate this, we will fall and end up seeing ourselves as tribes, instead of taking our national identity”, said Igga.

The proposal has received overwhelming support from the general public, as well as within academic circles, with some calling for the immediate implementation of the plan.

“Such a bright idea and comical statement could only come from nationalist leader. James Wani Igga exhibits a character of [a] national figure. He has said it all. This is how the new identity can be forged in such a diverse country”, Abraham Deng Kuir, a native of Jonglei state presently living in the Western Bahr el Ghazal capital, Wau, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

He was reacting to a question put to him on whether he has different idea about how unity could be forged differently from the views expressed by the new vice president.

Kuir, who holds master’s degree in strategic studies, majoring in peace and conflict resolution from the UK’s prestigious Oxford University, pointed out the importance of introducing an inclusive educational system, thus making it possible to forge greater understanding and enhance relations between the different ethnic groups.

“The importance of introducing an education system is to forge a common nation and destiny from the tremendous ethnic, cultural and the language diversity. Doing so would build upon the cultural strengths and characteristics that we see today from the diverse groups”, he said.

“At the same, it helps students acquire knowledge, skills and values needed to become an informed and better citizen. The problem our people are facing now is that they do not know each other. There are people I know have never crossed beyond their tribal boundaries. Such people do not know much about other people and see them as enemies”, he added.

Kuir said such a system would help develop understanding of the ways in which institutionalised knowledge within lower and higher learning institutions, as well as popular culture can perpetuate stereotypes about certain ethnic groups.


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  • 5 September 2013 06:13, by Dau-network

    Go ahead we have hopes in you as man carrying a flags of South Sudanese unity until you will proved yourself as a failure but not now. Public eyes are on you to do somethings better unlikely former vice who been in official for 8 years without single achievements

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    • 5 September 2013 07:35, by Naath

      Dau network.let we respond honestly and brightly like normal human.How many criminals has been released in the passes?Why do they do that?Well caword Igga is talking nonsense,I think SPLM party choose the wrong people in the right jobs,from president to vic and judges are useless too,I know they are qualified judges,but they followed the wrong order from hopeless president,two brothers were kills

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    • 5 September 2013 07:53, by Naath

      Yes two brothers were kill,police officer was shut dead,Aids workers were kills,daily basis killing in city’s continue,tribal war in lake state and jonglei,foreign policy is dead,looting and corruption are none stop.Former vice president try very hard to resolve those problems but hopeless kiir say no by cancelling the reconciliation process.I’m feeling the fear right now about Abyie,

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      • 5 September 2013 08:31, by J P Puok

        welcome to our planet earth mr VP if at all u are from the blue moon. I think he was the right person to table a debate on the issue of Kuol Athian when he was released by force from jail after him emblazing almost the entire country economic? actions are louder than words! how can send my Rumbek for example when H/masters teachers and students from the very area’s lives are not spared?

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        • 5 September 2013 08:39, by J P Puok

          what about my son from western upper state when a passing bye trader is savagely killed? so bad start mr vp? priorities are the important things. Rule of law, accountability from subjects,good governance democracy and above all respect for every one regardless of where he held from big or small tribe, educated or illiterate, all are equal before the lwa

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          • 5 September 2013 08:44, by J P Puok

            can marry from shilluk bla bla bla. are shilluk only recognized when we want to marry from them while they are not seen in the big mirror the south sudan government? not represented? come on mr vp? set your priorities.

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  • 5 September 2013 09:24, by Joseph Canada

    This is a great idea VP. For me, I will just talk about education intergration. There should be a top Government high school where all the best students (with high Marks) in the national Exam should go. thats, one girls school,one boys school, and one Mixed. NO school fee for this. then top state schools with less fees. Then you will see how Education will go.

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