EDITORIAL ANALYSIS: AUG/26/2013, SSN;
One commentator on this SSN aptly summed it up for me: “Wani Igga will not do anything or change anything in the country to what we expect.”
Let’s go on a little bit more serious, fellow citizens, and sincerely ask ourselves whether anything new or different will transpire with the nomination and confirmation of then Honorable Speaker James Wani Igga as new deputy to the already severely incapacitated President Kiir.
First and foremost, for those who’re now piously jubilating at Vice-president Wani Igga’s ‘promotion,’ especially Wani’s Bari-speaking people and so-called and once ‘Greater’ Equatorians, they need to critically ponder why it’d taken President Kiir exactly one whole month of hesitation, consultation and political horse-trading before finally nominating Wani Igga?
More disturbingly, especially again for those exuberant Wani Igga’s apologists, it’s now been revealed that the ruling SPLM decision-making Mafia first had to force Wani Igga to cede any ambition of ever contesting against president Kiir and then to promise that he’d faithfully abide by the ‘unholy’ rules of the party.
In a nutshell, Wani Igga’s clearly a deflated, lame duck vice-president who’s now politically compromised, and so long as Kiir’s alive, Wani Igga will always be the mediocre and sycophant as vividly attested in his acceptance speech which was depressingly slavish.
Secondly, and more importantly, since the dejection of Machar as vice-president, Wani Igga, as per the SPLM constitution, should’ve automatically become the next person after the president in the SPLM/A hierarchy, and as per precedence and constitutionality, he’d have automatically ascended into the vice-presidential seat without any question.
But, without specifically stereotyping the Dinka and Nuer tribes, believe you me, had Wani Igga being either one of them and the Speaker at the same time and by protocol, the second man in the SPLM hierarchy, Hell would’ve broken loose not only in Juba, if president Kiir had dithered or delayed his ‘automatic’ appointment for the post.
Let’s pause again and get the truth out. Admittedly, it has emerged that despite those mitigating points, Wani Igga was a last choice name on Kiir’s mind, because the top priority was to get a Nuer first, like Machar, as a replacement so as to politically placate the Nuers.
That’s the dilemma President Kiir and his tribal clique of advisers got bogged down with for one long month; seriously, Wani, the Bari and Equatorian who this tribal clique knew well since the bush days, won’t have the stomach to either resign, rebel or reject his “Master’s” decision.
So, in pursuance of the tribal replacement policy, Kiir had persisted on people like John Luk Jok to take up the Vice position, but disappointingly for Kiir, it became apparent that the well-coordinated tribal conspiracy prevailing among the Nuer dissuaded all potential Nuer nominees to tactically reject the vice presidency post.
Nonetheless, after one month of futility, president Kiir and his tribal aides finally revisited Wani Igga’s name and that’s how the political embarrassment was finally averted and resolved as the always easily persuaded and malleable Wani Igga became speedily pasted to the job.
For general information, it’s almost certain that ex-minister of Justice, John Luk Jok is to be the new Speaker, and if we factor in the stereotypical Dinka-Nuer tribal animosity, the Kiir-Wani Igga government must now be prepared for a more questioning parliament than the past stale one of Wani Igga.
In 2002, against serious objections followed by disappointments from these same once ‘Greater’ Equatorian SPLM/A adherents, the same Wani Igga inexplicably surrendered to Machar his top spot in the Movement’s hierarchy.
For those Equatorians now dancing the Bari dance with president Kiir, especially those who aren’t old enough to remember the past, Wani Igga is an aberration, he’s more or less an incarnation of a bygone era that saw better educated and politically astute Bari and Equatorian politicians being thwarted and relegated by imperialist British and the colonizing jellaba North Sudanese and up to Abel Alier dynasty.
Now, although we must admit that Wani Igga historically blundered by surrendering his seat to Machar in 2002 which wasn’t the first for a Bari to commit the same (Late Uncle Luigi Adwok was a beneficiary of another Bari short-sightedness of a long begone era), we might kindly forgive Wani Igga specially now since the ever gracious ‘Ngun lo Bari’ has now interceded favourably for him.
However, despite his elevation now, there are still many people, including the Equatorians, who’re deeply disappointed by Wani Igga’s political naivety and lack of leadership competence by not seriously demonstrating that determination, persistence and quality.
Anyway, back to the current issue, what’s questionable is why did president Kiir have to stoop so low to blackmail and intimidate his SPLM Caucus and other Members of Parliament and force them to approve Wani Igga’s as vice-president instead of spontaneous, overwhelming and unanimous vote for him?
If there was going to be a potential opposition against Wani Igga’s nomination, perhaps one may conjecture that it related to Wani Igga’s appalling record of political subservience to Kiir and utter incompetence as Speaker of the parliament for eight long years.
Inarguably, Wani Igga’s tenure a Speaker saw the so-called ‘august’ House as the ‘graveyard’ of un-passed and stalled democratic legislations for which Wani Igga literally bears the greatest responsibility.
For instance, even with the political assassination of Isaiah Abraham that was unquestionably sanctioned by the State, and despite all the dust that was raised after his funeral, Wani Igga’s parliament just sat on the press legislation till today.
Corruption, absolutely sanctioned by the Kiir’s government and the insignia of the SPLM/A hegemonic rule, continued to eat deeply into the soul of the nation, thanks to the leadership impotence of Wani Igga’s Speakership.
Nowhere in the entire world except South Sudan, where bodies of victims murdered by State security organs have been brought and displayed in the parliament for the Speaker specifically, presumably to seek his sympathy and political support, but what has Wani Igga done in spite of faking tears?
How many commissions of inquiry have been formed to investigate various incidences and supposedly presented back to parliament their findings, has Wani Igga’s parliament ever come out with any results?
The list of failures and failed legislations goes on and on, and as the commentator remarked at the opening of this piece, “Wani Igga will not do anything or change anything in the country to what we expect.”
Finally, if there is only one thing and only one, that most Wani Igga’s supporters could humbly ask their man to immediately desist from and stop it now, is the shameful display of his zany antics in public, that annoyingly borders on psychopathic clownism.
At least for once in your lifetime, Mr. Wani Igga, you’re the nation’s vice-president, and should Kiir die from possible heart attack tonight….walele…Wani, you’ll be the nation’s ‘Matat,’ Mr. PRESIDENT.
And by all rights and protocol, you, Wani Igga, will forever be ‘liberated’ and won’t ever be anybody’s mediocre, sycophant or clown. Just give back the once-great Bari Nation of Pitya Lugor, it’s deserved past honor.
Ajo, my best wishes to you also. I end here, no Oyeeeee from me.