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Greater Equatoria leaders want Igga maintained as VP


January 30, 2015 (JUBA) – Leaders from South Sudan’s Greater Equatoria region on Friday opposed a proposal by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to have rebel leader Riek Machar appointed as the country’s first vice-president.

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South Sudan’s vice-pesident, James Wani Igga, speaks at the opening of the SPLM building in Juba on 15 November 2013 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

At an emergency meeting held in the capital, Juba, the leaders opposed any proposal to have vice president, James Wani Igga become the second vice-president.

“It is our firm position as leaders of the people of Equatoria region and we will stand by it. Our position is clear. We have resolved that James Wani becomes the first vice president because has never waived against any cause, having shown strong loyalty to the SPLM (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement) and the people of South Sudan at all times since he joined the movement. He remained with the SPLM,” said cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomuro.

“We [leaders from Greater Equatoria] have compromised enough,” he said.

An extraordinary summit of the IGAD heads of state and government which convened on Thursday has been adjourned until Saturday in order to give the two warring parties more time to reach an agreement on a document imposed by the regional leaders.

The move comes after South Sudan president Salva Kiir and Machar, the leader of the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) failed to agree on leadership structure and power-sharing arrangements during face-to-face talks on Thursday.

IGAD leaders, however, decided to dictate a principle agreement to the two warring parties, warning it would take unspecified action should the rival leaders fail to accept proposed terms by Saturday.

“Failure to reach an agreement by Saturday afternoon along the dictated IGAD principles shall take firm action before any other body,” leaders from the regional bloc said in a joint statement.

The IGAD-imposed principle agreement has endorsed Kiir as the president of the would-be Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU), saying “this is a non-violating principle”.

In addition to the president, the document calls for the leadership structure to be comprised of a first vice-president (from the SPLM-IO) and a vice-president, which IGAD has dictated must come from the Greater Equatoria region and remain the incumbent Igga.

The imposed agreement, however, fell short of outlining the specific duties of the three principals in the executive leadership, saying this would be left to be worked out by the two parties.


Meanwhile, vice-president Igga said he would abide by the will of the people of the Greater Equatoria region as well as South Sudan.

“When I became the vice president, it was not me who nominated myself. It was the work of the people of South Sudan because they know what I am capable of doing for their interest, not my interest. If they want me to accept what they are saying now, why not. I will not let them down again,” the vice-president told reporters in Juba.

“I have done that before for the sake of peace and unity of our people and for them not to be distracted from the main cause, but some people misunderstood this and think I will do that again,” he added.

Thomas Wani, the head of the parliamentary committee for information, said the Greater Equatoria should be recognised for its contributions and that certain key positions be allotted to its people.

The legislator further warned the East African regional leaders not to reward rebellion, if they want sustainable peace in the country.

“Our position as you heard from Martin Lomuro is clear and simple. We want James Wani Igga to remain in his position and to become the first vice president if this is the new arrangement,” he said.


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  • 30 January 2015 22:43, by Johndumo14

    About this Peace,it clearly shows that ever since Dr Riek rebeled to Dr John Grang is about position,now he rebelled Again about position,Dr Riek is not worried about the suffring of Nuer people. But he was VP for the last 8 years,what difference he will make this time ,when they put Dr Riek as first VP?? Rewarding rebels with top positions,more people will rebel in order to get position.

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    • 31 January 2015 12:19, by Ayuen deng

      Wani Igga must remain in his position,otherwise Equatorian have right protest over Igad resolution otherwise it’s wise for Riek contest in elections.

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  • 31 January 2015 05:47, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Who told you Dr. Machar wants position or the post of first vice president? SPLM-IO never came with a name(s) to represent them in the transitional unit government. Dr. Machar may perhaps stay out of traditional government to prove that he is not greedy for power but may came back later and contest for presidency a d win big. How about that ya wiringoto...

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    • 31 January 2015 06:42, by Peacocktail

      I think the President performance badly in uniting people of South Sudan, this Exodus of greater is a danger of coexistence, he do participate in such lousy secretive meeting echoed sectarianism. what benefits does greater /regional banquet holds? one day South Sudan shall break up in to three independent State if those greater Equatoria Upper Nile and What El ghazal doesn’t cease.

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  • 31 January 2015 08:38, by maumau

    We the people of Equatoria were not consulted on this matter, who said Wani Igga is fit in that position? How many Equatorians have been butchered, tortured, their rights violated and their land grabbed and yet Wani said nothing about that, people loot public money, he know all the bad things, Wani is doing nothing about, he is a yes man. Wani, you are nothing compared to Dr Machar.

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  • 31 January 2015 13:46, by American Missile.

    James Wanni Igga deserved to be the First Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan and former vice president should be a ceremonial Prime Minister and follows by the rest of restructures of the Government. IGAD Must be logics and honest on this agreement, not just bringing peace but to balance the rights of other such as James wanni Igga, it is his right to be the incumbent vice president.

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