Vice President Gen. James Wani Igga’s folly

BY: ELHAG PAUL, South Sudan, SEPT/23/2013, SSN;

Gen James Wani Igga does not disappoint. He lives up to his reputation of being a clown and a joker of the powers that be. On 4th September 2013, Sudan Tribune reported that Igga had identified a strategy to promote unity in diversity as well as enhance peaceful co-existence and consolidate efforts to build the new nation ravaged by decades of conflict.

Sounds great. Everybody in South Sudan is longing for peaceful co-existence and if Igga at last has truly found a solution, then this should be taken as a stride in the right direction.

Reading the report further I found myself scratching my head. I could not believe what I was taking in.

Basically, Igga’s strategy is premised on respect of the law and intermarriage. He argues, “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.” “Nobody should be released for killing somebody because he is above the law. This is wrong.”

What Igga is saying here is something that each and every South Sudanese knows is wrong and this is why people seriously criticise the SPLM government.

Igga’s words are weasel words. He and his colleagues are responsible for the breakdown of law and order in South Sudan. How comes he is now talking of law when his party knowingly failed to provide security to people in the country?

The previous minister of Interior, Alison Magaya, confessed publicly that the organised forces were/are responsible for the rampant killings in the country. The current minister of Interior last month reiterated what Magaya said firmly confirming that members of the organised forces are responsible for insecurity in the country.

Again, how can Igga talk about respect for law when they in the leadership of the SPLM Oyee fleeced the coffers of the state without any accountability leaving the masses to suffer?

Igga and the entire SPLM leadership have no moral standing in the country to lecture the South Sudanese people about respect of the law. For three decades they have been practising and committing crimes against the people of South Sudan to the extent that even children in the country know about it. Their greatest achievement to date has been in destruction of social norms and legal structures.

Tainted with corruption and crimes against humanity, Igga should be the last person to talk about the virtues of good governance. If Igga valued freedom, why did he detain late colonel Martin Kejivura for years ending with his demise for no reason at all? So far he has not apologised to the family, can he explain this contradiction?

It is open secret in Juba that Igga has acquired over 28 plots of land in Juba where he has built massive mansions costing millions of dollars. How did he get his riches? Did Igga respect banking laws when he and other Oyeeites siphoned the capital of the Nile Commercial Bank leading to its collapse? Has Igga accounted to the people?

Igga had all the time in the world to put his strategy of unity in diversity and peaceful co-existence to action when he was the speaker of the parliament, a position more powerful than the ceremonial post of the vice president.

As you all know he invested his time with the assistance of John Luk in enacting a tyrannical Interim Constitution; sabotaging the enactment of necessary legislation such as the media bill and the anti-corruption bill which crippled the able and capable Dr Pauline Riek from doing her work.

So if he could not help then why should he be taken seriously now? Do you see the politicking here?

Igga needs to stop playing with emotions of the masses on such a very painful subject of law and order that neither his government nor himself are committed to deliver on. This is a foregone conclusion. SPLM has failed the people of South Sudan in all areas of governance.

The vice chairman of the ruling party Dr Riek Machar himself has come to that conclusion when he told the politburo on 5th March 2013 that his beloved party and by implication the government is dripping with “rampant corruption, tribalism, economic problems, insecurity, poor international relations and the party’s loss of vision and direction.”

Although Igga is just playing politics with this issue, he is right to identify it as an important area to be addressed. But addressing law and order is not simple and straight forward. We need first to rebuild our broken society by changing the system in Juba. Once we have done that and we have a new responsible government then we can put in place mechanisms necessary for realisation of a society at ease with itself.

Now let us turn to Igga’s second element in his strategy to promote unity in diversity and enhance peaceful co-existence. Igga argues that “we must revise the system of marriage. Makaraka should marry from the Latuko, Latuko should marry from (the) Kakwa and the 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.”

To any reasonable person, this is just folly. What national identity is the vice president talking about when South Sudan is not a nation?

Inter-marriage has been happening in South Sudan since time immemorial. All the tribes Igga mentioned have been inter-marrying freely in South Sudan. For example, a royalty from the Chollo kingdom is married to a Kakwa man in Yei district and there are many Chollo people married to Bari speaking people. Marriage based on genuine love is welcome. People should be unconstrained in pursuing their happiness with whoever they choose to spend the rest of their lives with.

However, I am deeply concerned with Igga’s proposition. What does he mean by “we must revise the system of marriage”? It sounds as if he and the SPLM Oyee machine intend to force people to inter-marry to produce a new breed of South Sudanese to foster unity and peaceful co-existence.

How is this going to be promoted? It is crucial to note that there are 63 tribes in the country and the customs of marriage may vary from one tribe to another. Are Igga and the SPLM Oyee going to standardise the customs of marriage? Or, will it be by rape as the SPLM/A has been doing for the last three decades. If so, what would be new?

I guess the only thing Igga wants to do now is to legalise their criminal behaviour. But I think what is missing in this proposition are the questions: why is there no unity and harmony among South Sudanese people? What are the factors causing this disunity? These hard questions need to be asked for the right solutions to be identified. It is not just a matter of recommending intermarriage as a solution without studying and understanding the causes.

Social engineering will not provide solutions to disunity. Even in families people differ and can become bitter enemies to the extent of killing each other. Our problem lies in deeply rooted negative behaviour in no more than three tribes out of the 63. So what is needed is the development of positive cultures and behaviours with respect that fosters unity and co-existence.

The responsible thing for Igga to do is to confront the one or whatever tribes destabilising the country by being honest and telling them that they must change for their own good and the common good of South Sudan.

From 1956 Khartoum worked hard to change the identity of South Sudanese from African to Arab through intermarriage. The Ingaz government of president Bashir from 1989 took this policy to another level. They promoted social engineering with massive incentives. Khartoum openly preached to people in the north that if they joined Jihad in South Sudan and helped in Arabising the country through marrying South Sudanese women they would be rewarded with war booty including allocation of large pieces of land in south Sudan.

This policy saw the members of the Sudanese armed forces and the NCP militia flock to South Sudan in their thousands to fight.

Each Jihadist or soldier was allowed to marry four South Sudanese women with or without consent. In addition they were allocated the promised land to procreate. Did this policy succeed in bringing unity and peaceful co-existence with the Arabs? No, in fact the children of the Arabs by the South Sudanese women became the avid haters of the Arabs than the indigenous South Sudanese children.

Why was this? Because, women are the transmitters of culture. Although their children are fathered by the Arabs, their South Sudanese mothers transmitted South Sudanese cultures into the of-spring. The same situation can happen with Igga’s proposal. Why has Igga failed to reflect on this?

Unity in South Sudan can not be socially engineered. It has to develop organically and nurtured culturally. On the other hand the disunity in South Sudan is essentially a result of poor interaction from people with predatory behaviours. So any responsible leader in the country needs to acknowledge and understand this fact in order to address it.

Unity has to be allowed to emerge from a free people’s interaction and conversation in the social and political space. Central to such development is the acceptance of values such as respect, honesty, empathy etc which form the essence of a true democracy.

Jan-Werner Muller, professor of politics at Princeton University in United States inspired by the work of the German philosopher Jurgen Habermas on ‘constitutional patriotism’ in my opinion provides better solutions to issues of unity in diverse societies like South Sudan.

In his book ‘Constitutional Patriotism’, Muller argues that in our ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse communities political belonging needs to be centred on universal norms enshrined in a constitution as opposed to 20th century ideas of nationalism which Igga wants to impose in RSS.

Espousing the theory of ‘constitutional patriotism’ enables South Sudan to embrace its diversity without having to think of it as a bad thing. We should be proud of our tribes and our diverse society. That is what makes our country unique, beautiful and potentially strong. Our unity must not be achieved at the destruction of our tribes, but rather it should be premised on protection of every South Sudanese by a democratic constitution in which we all place our trust.

In Africa, Julius Nyerere promoted unity and patriotism in Tanzania along the lines of ‘constitutional patriotism’. Also the post-apartheid South African constitution arguably was hammered out based on the same theory and it is helping that country to overcome similar problems of disunity.

United States of America, Canada, Switzerland, Australia… etc, all highly diverse countries with linguistic and racial differences are now trying to use the theory of constitutional patriotism to unite their highly diverse societies.

Patriotism, love for one’s country becomes the element for bringing citizens together or to put it in plain terms, it is the idea that everybody has a vested interest in the effective functioning of the state. This then fosters a conducive environment for the citizens to develop an attachment and allegiance to the state through the constitution. These countries do not need ‘national identity’ because they are not nations by the nature of their diversity.

Just like South Sudan which is not a nation but a series of nations. This is evidence by the fact that we have 63 tribes many of which can be grouped into nations. Therefore, we too do not need Igga’s call for national identity and social engineering.

Operationalising ‘constitutional patriotism’ is not a big problem if the will exists to promote a peaceful co-existence. All the countries I have mentioned developed federal systems embedded in their constitutions to address the issue of diversity.

South Sudan could do the same but the SPLM Oyee which promotes the interest of the ‘born to rule’, would not like federalism because it is not in their interest. Many South Sudanese have written extensively about the benefits of a federal system to South Sudan but all this fell on deaf ears.

It would be helpful if Igga could take their advice in order to re-build a real unity in South Sudan rather than latching on to hopeless, outdated and inhumane theories.

The down side of Igga’s obnoxious proposition is that he tries to use women as machines to engineer unity in South Sudan. Sounds like the European racists with their eugenics in 20 century. Seriously, Igga’s proposition is a refined form of eugenics and that is what makes it awful and unacceptable at any cost. Such chauvinistic and misogynistic attitude which considers women as vessels without feelings is unacceptable in this day and age.

South Sudanese women should speak out against this reduction of their feelings and bodies to machines of social engineering to suit some patriarchal ideology of the SPLM Oyee.

We all have got daughters and sisters and they should be who they are, comfortable in their skin and making their own choices based on their feelings and likings without any constraint created by state sanctioned policies to suit short sighted personal interest of attempting to unite South Sudanese on proven failed patriarchal ideology.

So women should live as they want. If they want to marry, they should be able to marry the persons of their choice without anybody or policy putting obstacles on their personal decisions.

Presently, it is absurd that a whole vice president is engaged in thinking that women are “things” or “tools” for promotion of outdated ideas hatched by naive men without their input. Women bodies are precious to them as men’s bodies are to them. Women as the prime transmitters and protectors of culture by virtue of their position in society should be appreciated as our equals and not be thought of and treated as machines for re-making society.

Has Igga asked South Sudanese women whether they want to be Guinea Pigs for realisation of his would be engineered unity in the country? Why should this unity be engineered in the first place? Are there no other ways of forging unity in South Sudan than using women? Has he tried to explore what other countries have done to solve problems of divisions in their societies? Is Igga afraid of pointing out the truth about why unity has been unachievable?

Social life is not simple. You cannot tinker with society and think the outcome will miraculously be as expected. There are issues of environment, social relationship, child rearing and cultures which all impact upon the outcome on individuals in society in different ways.

It is just sheer idiocy to recommend something without any evidence from either credible studies or experience and then talk about it as if it was a fact with certainty that it will produce unity. What evidence does the vice president base his recommendation on?

Apart from the theory of ‘constitutional patriotism’, what about the application of cultural and behavioural approaches as tools to solve the issues of disunity and identity of the country? Why did Igga not recommend this?

The answer is simple. Igga is following the instructions of his masters without even thinking/studying the issue carefully. It is unfortunate that he has now exposed his ignorance not only to South Sudanese but to the world.

The real problem with Igga and the SPLM Oyee is that they do not have skills in managing diversity. They have no clue of what to do since SPLM Oyee itself is constructed on a foundation of tribal interest against the general common interest of South Sudan as a country.

Although the tribal beneficiaries will go bonkers on reading this truth and will attempt to complain about this piece, the evidence is overwhelmingly in the open and it is indisputable. They delusionally think the rest of the people in South Sudan are blind. Ironically they look to Khartoum’s racists policies for help, and hope that by re-introducing them in the country they will be seen addressing serious issues. What a pity?

Addressing the plight for unity and other problems in our country needs an enabling atmosphere. An environment free of fear where freedom of expression and freedom of speech allow vibrancy in growth of beneficial ideas for dealing with these issues.

In other words the people of South Sudan in their diversity need to freely interact discursively and socially among themselves to find that equilibrium of unity and co-existence.

However, with president Kiir and Igga’s reign which curtails freedom in all its forms, it is impossible for genuine unity to organically develop among the people of South Sudan. It is important for SPLM Oyee to know that development is not only about social engineering and the construction of beautiful mansions and buildings at the expense of others. It is about “valorization of the people’s potential” that actualises the peoples’ ability to appreciate the importance of humanity above all as opposed to the fallacy of tribalism.

Because Gen. James Wani Igga is the Vice President, the Sudan Tribune report appears to promote his idea by writing “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.”

The whole of this sentence has huge implications in promoting something that borders on eugenics in South Sudan. This sentence is only based on the support of one Abraham Deng Kuir “who holds master’s degree in strategic studies, majoring in peace and conflict resolution from the UK’s prestigious Oxford University.”

Well, the truth is that this topic has not been debated in the country and I do not know where Sudan Tribune got their evidence from. Abraham’s fanatic support does not equate to “overwhelming support from the general public.”

Igga has come up with this worn-out idea to please his masters. He knows that social engineering has always been the most coveted idea by the ruling ethnic groups and so if he sings it loud it will cement his position as the Vice President for a long time to come.

The challenge that the Vice President should actually invest his energy on is to take on the individuals or tribes which are the generators of disunity in the country because of the alien mentality that they hold and their wish to impose themselves offensively on the majority.

This is the real problem. The new “cattle camp” imperialism. If Igga is afraid of naming it to save his bread, we have now helped him to have a name for it.

If he is to be taken seriously, he should pick himself up and begin to address the real issue as his agenda in his new office. Rather than placing the burden on the innocent oppressed majority, he needs to talk to his masters to: first accept a true democratic constitution; and secondly change their predatory ways for the sake of unity and peaceful co-existence.

Else he should just shut up and let the people struggle until these issues are solved by whatever means available.

To sum up, the solution to South Sudan’s problem of disunity must lie in crafting a truly democratic federal constitution that takes the concerns of every indigenous South Sudanese on board.

In this, Justice Peter Sule and honourable Dr Richard Mulla can be viewed as foresighted thinkers with the country at heart when they passionately argued against the current interim constitution before its enactment into law prior to the day of independence.

Justice Sule led five parties which did not sign allegiance to SPLM Oyee at the time advocating for amendments of the proposed interim constitution to avoid all the current ills we are now seeing. While honourable Mulla raised the issue at the first Equatoria conference in April 2011 highlighting the dangers only to be opposed by Mr Lawrence Korbandy.

Sule and Mulla, so to speak, are the people who wanted South Sudan to be in peace with itself. This unfortunately was opposed by none other than Igga, John Luk, Lawrence Korbandy and the majority of the rubber stamp parliament. They preferred to have an absolute monarchy with King Kiir in place than a fully fledged democracy.

They are now reaping the fruits of their making and so Igga should stop thinking that he can use our daughters, sisters, aunts and nieces as tools or Guinea Pigs for a farcical unity to secure his position as vice president.

39 Comments

  1. Dear Mr. Paul Elhag:

    Your article is very interesting! You said it all! The Vice President Mr. James Wani Igga, in the SPLM party in the country and other members,THERE ARE NOT WELL UNITED TO THEMSELVES! What kind of unity he would like to tell the South Sudanese people again??!!! The SPLM party in the South has lost the good ground because is faded! We are just waiting for 2015 to come. Thank you! Take care! Good help will come in the South SOMEDAY and Sudan in general! God is great! God willing!

    • Raan Naath says:

      Mr. Elhag Paul,

      I tend to agree with the people who always say that James Wani Igga is weak, stooge, yes-man who only specializes in cracking jokes and telling nonsense while serious issues are threatening the country. The man was brought last by the blind Kiir only to sing such nonsense which he himself did not believe in or know how to address them.
      I used to hear a saying during the CPA negotiation that if you want to fail a project, give it to Wani Igga to implement. It is true that Igga does not believe in the things he spit on the public. As a comedy man, he wants to be heard saying things jokingly. The man was nothing as a speaker of the national parliament for eight years. He shamefully passed Kiir’s loyalty rate when he declared that he would never contest the seat of presidency against Kiir. That is exactly Wani Igga.

    • Kong Puok Tongluot - Finland says:

      El hag Paul
      You see Igga’s face above your article, since his position as zonal commander and SSNA Speaker. How come that so called WANI IGGA still lying to his people Equatoria for postponement of election 2015 and unity? Any constitutional mistakes in 2015, Wani Mayardit, must be punished with his Salva Kiir.

  2. Dear El Haj Paul,
    you have really hinted some good points about the proposal of vice president Wani Igga. as you may know that, erroneous assumptions can be disastrous. the significant problems we are facing in our country can not be solved at the same level when they were created. unity is something that needs social integrity with common purpose, unity can not be forced because it has got certain limitations and steps, as in our case in SS where we have over 63 tribes.
    Intermarriage, yes, it can play a neutral role to unite people but should be taken as a part of govt top priority. unity is automatic if the system is united, it can not take much time to realize unity among the communities.
    SPLM as a ruling party is disintegrated and grouped. Wani should not talk of unity when the central Equatoria he’s hailing from is not in unity. take example Lainya and wondoruba.

  3. Albino Kosti says:

    The vice president Gen. James Wani is a hypocrite. He has two faces.

  4. Joana Adams says:

    The problem with most of our so called leaders is that since they left intermediate school or high school even universities 20 or 30 years ago, they have not bothered to educate themselves through reading. They would rather spent their times playing cards or computer games or indeed gossiping, plotting to eliminate their opponents or perceived enemies or plotting to steal public funds. As such their knowledge reservoir is as ancient as they are irrelevant to meet the needs of modern day society.

    50 years ago some African leaders following on pattern of medieval ages thought inter national or inter ethnic marriages were solutions to the question of national unity. They were wrong. When politicians talk of unity what they mean is surrender of the marginalised groups.

    If intermarriages can bring national unity how do you explain the utter lack of national cohesion in ethnically homogeneous nations like Somalia which to their advantage also share the same religion? And how do you also explain the fact that South Sudan has seen most inter communal violence among members of the same ethnic groups?

    If Prof. Peter Adwok is right in that the fight between the same species is as bad as it can get, how does our new Vice President justify his panacea for national unity in South Sudan?

    In my view, it is clear that the SPLM movement and now government encouraged “national disunity” in South Sudan are therefore a part of the problem and not the solution. If Hon Wani Igga is convinced of what he is preaching, let him start by giving the females in his family in marriage as a sign of commitment to his new found ideology. Otherwise let’s not commoditise love between two individuals.

    Certainly a state, any state at that, however young they want to beleive they are should keep their filthy hands off the sacred institution of marriage. If they care about the well being and welfare of their citizens, they could start by implementing a truly federal system of governance with focus on upholding the rule of law and the universal value of fairness which underlines most modern democratic system of governance

  5. Mr. El Haj Paul,

    Your article is well written and to the points that the little Coo-Coo and Nut vice president and president need to learn. Intermarriage in South Sudan has been there before Vice President Wani Igga was born, yet it does not bring peace to South Sudan. Vice President Wani Igga need to convince president Kiir so they can re-visit and re-write the constitutions so that citizens of South Sudan can have full right to elect and vote out their leaders including president and vice president is the only way that can bring peace and unity to South Sudan.

    Intermarriage cannot bring any peace and unity to South Sudan. For example, about 10% of Nuer parents and ancestors come from Dinka and over 10% of Dinka were originally Nuer or Nuer descendants. Is Dinka’s relationships with Nuer is improving?

    Second example, Kerbino Kuanyin Bol and Salva Kiir Mayardit mothers are Arabs. Taban Deng Gai ‘s Father is Arab. These are few example of those who have Arabs parents. Is unity between Arabs and Dinka Bar-El-Gal improve? or Is relationships between Nuer in Bentiu and Arabs improved?

    I think Vice President Wani Igga had a bottle of whisky in his hand when he said the intermarriage is the only thing that can bring unity in South Sudan. Vice president Wani Igga, needs to learn that the Disunity in South Sudan is brought by Salva Kiir Mayardit. The continuation of Salva Kiir Mayardit in power is the existence of disunity in South Sudan. Another road to Unity in South Sudan is the removal of Kirr Mayardit from power period. Unity in South Sudan will never ever happen if Salva Kiir is still in power.

    • Bentiu Ramaran: Dear Cousin and SSN Friend:

      I don’t know if lying is a norm and culture in your home Town, Unity State. Who told you that late general Kerubino Kuanyin Bol and president Kiir Mayardit’s mother is an Arab? Please do not write lies on the National Forum just to mislead people. I know those gentlemen very well and their mothers are not Arabs even though they have light skins.

      Late Kerubino’s mother, Adutdit is a Dinka from Amul section of Twic Mayardit County. His father, Bol Deng is also from Twic Mayardit County, Awedeng section in Atokueel Village. Lat Kerubino Kuanyin Bol is the third born among his siblings. His sister Aluel Bol Deng is the older followed by Ayuel Bol Deng whose Daughter is married to late General Paulino Matip Nhial. President Kiir (Kiir Kuenypiny-Mayardit Lual) was originally from Twic Mayardit but his parents immigrated to Rek Dinka, Awan Chan Nyal section. He was born and raised in Akon. Both of his parents are Dinka even though he has light skin. You have the right to condemn president Kiir for laying off your God Father,Riek Machar, however, it is unfair to false link him with Arabs. It is true that the former Govenor of Unity State, Taban Deng Gai is not a pure South Sudan. His father is indeed an Arab but he(Taban) is a hero and he had done more than Riek Machar whose parents are South Sudanese.

      Please stop fabricating lies on the national Forum. How would you feel if I claim that your mother is an Ethiopian and you are son of Dr. JAC Ramba? Would you be okay with that false claim? I will disown you as a Cousin if you continue to lie on this forum. You used to be a gentleman with good sense of humors until Dr.Riek was booted out of the VP position. Why are you losing your personality and peace of mind over the firing of Riek Machar? Was he the Bread winner of your house? Please accept the fact that your Riek Machar is done politically. You can bitch and whine on the national forum, but you will never see Riek putting his bloody feet in the presidential Palace of South Sudan whether by Bullets or Ballots. He was lucky to serve as VP for 8 years. I will personally support the presidency of Any Nuer or any South Sudanese except for Riek Machar, the killer and traitor. If Riek Machar wins the SPLM chairmanship in October, 2013, I will join Ehag Paul and Dr. JAC Ramba’s party, USSP to block Dr. Riek Machar from winning the presidency of ROSS in 2015. Did I make myself clear, My Cousin Bentiu?
      “The truth must be told even if it hurts”
      Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang!

      • Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang,

        You are known in this forum for denying the facts. I know you have a certification in lying and a bachelor degree in denying the reality. Both uncle Kiir and Keribino mothers are Arabs. Both Kiir and Kerbino were not raised by their mothers, however, they were raised by their fathers only. As you know when someone from some where else live with Dinka, for long time they usually give them Dinka names. For example, there was a Ugandan Man known as Opio who used to live in Buma in 1992, Dinka called him Malual. Malual now became his family name even in Uganda. Another example is that there was white Lady who used to work for UN in Bor, Dinka called her Alueth. It does not mean that Salva Mother named “Adutdit” she is a Dinka girl.

        In fact, Dinka do not name people Adutdit, so she can be named “Adut” but not “Adutdit”. Dinka, add dit to the names of people they admire or respect in the community.

        You are already against any Nuer who tries to seek any position in the Government not only Dr. Riek. It is really obvious that you are against Dr. Riek simply because he is a Nuer….. nothing else.

  6. Bhanyker says:

    Is very good from Mr.Elhag Paul, to remind this confused vice president who do not has any concrete agenda since he came to power. The issue of intermarriage in South Sudan is not a problem at all. If a daughter of the president could marry an Ethiopian national, how could it be difficult for South Sudanese man from Anuak to marry a girl from Acholi ? The language is matter.

  7. kikisik says:

    Great analysis keep it up! Vice President should first put his house in order before jumping his gun on the unity of South Sudan tribes through intermarriage. Looking on what is happening with his political party falling apart, the Vice president must be living in another planet.
    (Leaders come, leaders go- but South Sudan will remain for ever)

  8. AW Joseph says:

    Dear Elhag
    Although in the recent past you disowned me over who was the worst colonialist and oppressor of the two, that is to say the JALLABA or the SPLM OYEE we are still a family and brothers in the struggle for Justice, Peace, Love and Unity for all in our beloved motherland. Thanks God! You are back with your distinguished master pieces.
    Wani Igga is a disgrace to Greater Equatoria in particular and South Sudan in general. The man can’t speak Juba Arabic properly despite the fact that he graduated from an Egyptian University. Neither does he speak his Bari mother tongue eloquently nor fluent in English.
    Above all, Wani is one of those guys who like a vulture rejoices on the misfortune of others. He talked himself into the Vice Presidency after he addressed the family, friends and mourners of the two brothers from Moru who were murdered in Juba by the security forces. Wani made threats, talked ill of the SPLM OYEE government he was the speaker and his speech was never broadcasted by the country’s media. He promised that he would recall parliament, have the Defence, Security and Interior ministers investigated of what they knew about the unsolved wave of killings.
    Kiir sensed the danger coming and responded by appointing Wani the Vice president who should have automatically filled the position according to SPLM OYEE constitution. Since then nothing has been heard of Wani’s promised justice to the bereaved family.
    Why would born to rule brave tribe consider women and cowardice tribe such as Wani for Vice presidency after the Nuer told Kiir we do not need anything less than the presidency this time around?
    What South Sudan leaders are heading for is a bloodbath, like the one witnessed in Rwanda in 1994 or 2007 in Kenya after the election. In that way, everyone will get back to their senses. Nothing short of national catastrophe will change Tribal attitudes in South Sudan.

    • Elhag Paul says:

      Dear AW Joseph
      Thank you for your comment. I wish to state that I have not disowned you because I do not have that power and right. Yes, we agreed to disagree on an issue but this does not mean that I have disowned you or disliked you. In life we are bound to see some things differently and that is OK.
      Rest assured no hard feelings from my side and if I hurt your feelings in our exchange – my apologies. God bless

  9. Henry says:

    Dear Elhaj Paul,

    What a wonderful piece of article, so interesting to ready, they (SPLM) have failed us and they want to continue fooling south Sudanese, any time by telling lies every where they go.
    But sooner come 2015 whether they like it or not we south Sudanese masses will kick their asses out. Whoever is on driving seat all must leave, enough is enough, same thing like Libya and Egypt will happen.
    God bless you for your nice piece of article post, some more, Mr Elhaj.

  10. Duma Lokiden says:

    VP Wani Igga is just a Joker and a story teller, he can’t and will never convince Equatorians to accept fake unity in which one single tribe is the beneficiary.

  11. Gatchuonyang says:

    Kiir admits that 2015 election be delayed. Dear all readers, this country does not belong to one person, it doesnot belong to Kiir and all of us have fought for it. Let all S. sudanese unite against Kiir, All the lawmakers, the innocent citizens, the army, the police.
    Let all of us unite against the incompetent Kiir, we can not entertain any one who does not respect the laws of this nation.
    The constitution says a new government should be in place before July 9, 2015, therefore, if election is not done before july 9, 2015, Kiir will not be a legitimate president.
    Delaying of the election is a big blunder to this country which will result into chaos.
    He is using the issue of money as a conspiracy of buying time for him to stay in power while he is doing nothing to the nation. The patience of the people of South Sudan will be over very soon and unwanted Kiir will see the consequences.

  12. Choromke Jas says:

    El Hag,

    Hi, long time since I last commented on your pieces. Is there someone out there who can humbly take a hard copy of this article to VP Wani? He needs it badly. Hey, did you report that we in South Sudan are Demons according to one of your interlocutors (see previous piece on Telar being a dark horse)?. Then you can coin another good and snazzy word out of this.
    See, Demos is Greek for people. The government for Demos, by Demos is called Democracy, right? Then, for South Sudan, the Government is now by Demons, for Demons? Then it is, hey presto, DEMONSCRACY!!. If I were Kiir, I would hire you for millions as an adviser. Have a good day.

  13. AW Joseph says:

    Comrade James Wani Igga the DINKA puppet is quite happy to feel his tummy (Nyesi Mugun) and grow rich without making any effort in the contribution of the improvement of the welfare of the people he claims to represent. Well done a boy (‘dupet) from LO’BONOK. What a character…….!!

  14. Congratulations, bro Paul, for the well stress article. i came across such views of comrade lomudgari (Igga) in my facebook account posted by the radio miraya fm presenter william sebit.
    it was indeed a very dubious ideal, if intermarrying can unite people, why is it the Dinka bor, murle and lou neur are fighting upto now? if schools transfer can attain unity among south sudanese, why is it that those who studied in different regions or states by then, are still harbouring tribal and regional sentiments?
    what we generally come to understand from the SPLM party is that, the SPLM lacks the political will of acknowledging its weakness and accommodating the most reliable sons and daughters of this country in the running the affairs of this country.
    The SPLM sees any one outside their cycle as an enemy. so whatever attempts Mr lomudgari is trying is just a waste of time, because he is trying to scratch something from nothing. hence let them give chance to people who are versed in country management.

  15. Mankien town says:

    James Wani Igaa is great leader but the problem is he’s working for Dinka who later do not want implementation for the interest of all south sudan people rather then dinka as tribe. Dr. Riek was working very hard to bring about unity to people but was hijacked on the process, such as national reconciliation but was hijack on the way,
    James Wani Igga his visions will just be like a song no one will implement this or listen on the ground, people have being killed every night in Juba no one is being prosecuted. he the vice will talk and talk until he will tire like Dr. Riek. the problem of our nation is dictatorship in making is the one i believe brings all these problems.

    Mankien Town.

  16. Gatchuonyang says:

    I have not much to say on the above article because I know Mr. Wani Igga is just sycophant, coward who worships leaders. he has no confidence on himself.

  17. how Could James Wani Igga marrying from Bari bring Peace and Unity in South Sudan and Kiir Mayardit from Jubel in Lakes State? These two people are working at killing our Futures Generation in our Beautiful Young Nation in South Sudan.

  18. Mankien town says:

    he was weak in parliament, he wanted to fool Equatorians to be used by Dinka in election, while after all his people are the ones suffering.
    But for Wani to talk about peace is fine indeed but he should talk to his boss to respect the constitution.

    Mankien Town

  19. Dr JAC Ramba says:

    Oooooop sorry!

    This time the New VP is off queue. He doesn’t seem to follow what is happening within the SPLM family itself. We had over and over again heard this issue of inter-tribal marriages as a way to unity from both the SPLM chairman President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the deputy chairman former VP Dr. Riek Machar. Now Gen. James Wani Igga has taken up the same old song.

    What Gen. Igga failed to see is that while both the chairman and the deputy chairman sung the same song, only that the Chairman married his daughter to an Ethiopian and the Deputy Chairman married his son to a Polish. Where is the leadership by example here if people are to deprived of emotions and just marry according to the New SPLM MANIFESTO?

    My advice is that you better start to plan for your retirement if this is the quality of your new found manifesto!

  20. Dear Readers or articles’ analysts:
    Hahaha, I felt giggling on my own best nurtured, especially while keep on asking myself with a reflection; what a good writer and rivalry activist known as Elhag Paul has written such a wonderful article by describing our South Sudan VP. James Wani Igga? Let those who write an inciting problem among the Junubiin be guided by his good souls and spiritual love for his people, as he has just described our South Sudan VP. James W. Igga’s humanity perfectly.

  21. AW Joseph says:

    WHY argue here about Wani Igga’s public policy which is already at work? Clement Wani Konga, the so called strong man of Central Equatoria from the mighty MUNDARI who the BARI, POJULU, KAKWA, KUKU, NYANGWARA, LOLUBA, MAKARAKA, MUNDU, AVUKAYA and the rest of those tribes found in Central Equatoria look to for protection because of their perceived and unquestionable bravery gave away his daughter to Salva Kiir which he married as wife No. 3, 4, 5……. God knows how many.

    The child was given to a man (KIIR) that is older than Clement himself as a gift to Salva Kiir for helping him steal the Governorship from the true winner Alfred Ladu Gore in the 2010 election.

    Let us live by example. Wani initiated the idea and therefore, he should be the first to give away his daughters to his DINKA SPLM comrades as Clement has shown the way.

    But I doubt if any of his comrades would accept Wani Igga’s daughter…..

  22. Bravo El Hag Paul,

    You left no stone unturned. If you, Dr. Okuku James, Dr. JAC Ramba, Dr. Riek Macher, Tongun Lo luyong, Wani Tombe, Dr. Richard Mulla, Justice Peter Sulle, Dr Lam, Kuir Garang, Dr. Adwok Nyaba, Steve Wondu… could be appointed only for a year in South Sudan’s Cabinet; We would achieve millennium Development goals within 5 Years.

    FROM EDITOR: WHO’S CABINET, CERTAINLY NOT KIIR’S DUE TO INCOMPATIBILITY…. UNLESS SOME CABINET WHEN KIIR IS SOMEWHAT, SOMEHOW….. OUSTED FROM POWER…..

    • Mr. Editor,
      That is what I meant! Of course Dr. Riek Macher and Dr. Peter Adwok plus Dr. Lam Akol Served under Kiir but their efforts were watered Down.
      Thank You Mr. Editor.

    • GatCharwearbol says:

      Kenyi Lo Equatoria;

      Do not let the great articles written by these men fool you. Putting words on paper and doing the real work are two different things. Action speaks louder than words. But do not get me wrong though, I’m not saying they are lazy or anything. I just want you to be cautious. I personally do not know any of these gentlemen so I cannot form an opinion on them.

      I guess what I am trying to convey is when you give somebody the power, you will not know what the power might do to him until when he begins to exercise the given power. There are many good writers in the current leadership of Kiir and see what the power has done to them. They became spoiled and lost direction regardless of whatever meaningful they can put on paper. But we are all different. What those thugs in power are doing right now might not be what these gentlemen would do if given the opportunity.

  23. Thanks Mr Paul.
    Your article is good and well organised. The so called James Wani is not new to us (South Sudanese) both in government and the splm party. Wani behavior as a clown is questionable by many South Sudanese to why they should trust him, not just his words.
    Wani’s failure as a national speaker of parliament to impeach the unwanted and tribal dictator president, is also another questionable about James Wani capability as public representative or leader.
    So my question goes to James Wani loyalist, or supporters. Why should South Sudanese citizens trust James Wani, who has betrayed their interest as he is public servant? And also not wanting to impeach the unwanted president when he was speaker, on behalf of citizens’ interest?

  24. muraa says:

    Wonderful bro Paul,
    for the article, a fool works best with the fool. When James Igga came to power, he actually came to power with no program; that is why he is now talking of intermarriage which would never move this young nation forward. Keep writing and alerting the south Sudanese.
    Florence

  25. GatCharwearbol says:

    Dear Readers:

    All your comments are good. The inter-tribal marriage is not the universal remedy to our disunity concern. In fact, there is no magical panacea for our disunity. But minimizing the intensity of our disunity is what we would like to achieve. Our VP, Wani Igga, and both former VP and Kiir are not completely out of mark on this intermarriage thing. As we speak, there are many marriages between our communities that took place in the past. These unions between different tribes have helped a little, but it is has not greatly minimized the already deteriorated disunity.

    From my experience, some people who have intermarriage seem to have found different look on their in-laws, either good or bad, but mainly in goodly sense. I bet it is why VP, Wani Igga emphasizes the need for intermarriage.

    Agree with all of you that inter-tribal marriage is not the silver bullet for our disunity. But I think that it helps a little. I partly give credit to VP, Wani Igga for this but I know for sure it will not help immensely.

  26. Mankien town says:

    to Lukudu Gatkouth Garang,
    Dr. Machar for president is not about winning by vote only, whatever it will take us, whether the bullet or ballot box. just get prepared for what u think is right to defend Kirr from being defeated, it will not be easy for dinka this time.
    Dr. Machar is the only person we the Nuer, we think can unite this great nation, no any one else, he is a man of justice, man of Equality, visionary leader, a leader who has programs at hand for this country. he’s non-tribalist, non-corrupted man, a man who doesn’t have an sin in his life, a well grown up Christian who thinks people of south Sudan have equal rights before God.
    Mankien Town

  27. muraa says:

    Hey bro Paul,

    Social life isn’t easy as some may think. social relationship is a process which would definitely continue throughout so long as the marriage is still lasting. marriage in south sudan in most cases are forceful ones in which we, women, find it so hard to marry man of not your tribesmate background, likewise it’s also difficult to behave in the house. Behavior matters much in the affairs.
    we learn in Dinka that the first wife must come from Dinka otherwise you are not considered a married man.

    Florence

  28. Lare Justice says:

    Dear my fellow countrymen,
    Forgive our Vice president, James Igga for he does not know what his is talking about. There is a saying, blind man leading the blind people. What else can our Vice president Igga do other than Yes-man to our cattle keeper coward President Salva Kiir who does’t have any clues about the leadership.
    James Wani once was our weak speaker before becoming the second man Vice President to Kiir. My fellow countrymen, upcoming 2015 will be very nasty believe me, because whether Kiir likes it or not the election must be held on time so that the new government would take over.

  29. Joe. Lo kadi says:

    Cheers Paul,
    You have articulated it all.

    Thanks

  30. LionAfrica says:

    Let us pray to God to bring some changes soon to South Sudan, otherwise we’ll not go anywhere with our current leadership!!

  31. Elijah Samuel says:

    Elhag Paul,
    Man, what a great piece! I have always admired your writings but for what is burning intensely in my heart, this is the greatest of them all, Because in this article lies what is in the bull’s eye, what is killing us as a people, what is leading us into Rwanda scenario and where the solution lies!
    You are a lone voice shouting to the Rabid conductors of the train heading to the abyss, for the love of our country.
    Shout, brother, shout and do not be tired nor disheartened by the noises made by the blind and brainless beneficiaries of the current mayhem!
    May God bless you and may He bless our people in whom power resides!

  32. Atik Rose says:

    Please!!!! let the world sit down and help this SouthSudan,to my analysis,there is no future for this country,tribalism,hate,jealousy,corruption,lack of respect will not take this country anywhere!

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