Wani Igga, will it still be mediocrity, sycophancy & clownism?

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.

34 Comments

  1. kikisik says:

    My question after this is, will Wani Igga become the president of South Sudan one day, or He {Wani} has spoiled his chance after becoming Kiir’s VP? I wish He should have turned Kiir offer down because I was expecting Him to run for the top seat in 2015.

    • Raan Naath says:

      Salva Kiir in his small brain thought by appointing Wani Igga he was bribing the people of Equatoria to support him for 2015 elections since Wani was disciplined and agreed never to contest against King Mayardit’s presidential monopoly. He forgot that the learned Equatorians were more concerned about the dreams of good governance, democracy and development and know that Wani Igga and Kiir as a team will not come close to realizing those dreams.

    • Wani Lo Igale says:

      A party is only represented by one candidate at a time. So if you wanted Wani to run for the top position, then he should first resign from SPLM or form another Political Party. He will become the President. Wait to prove me wrong.

  2. Thomas Omotiang says:

    Mr. Editor,

    You’ve said it all. I can only add a few words: It is almost impossible to believe that the latest high profile appointment, though disastrously late, will bring any significant change to the ‘Oyee’ Nation. And just to make affairs worse….VP or ‘Matat’ in this case had the guts to bestow more powers-apparently projecting his legislative skills- onto his boss from his embarrassing acceptance speech and I paraphrase….”That you’re not only the commander-in-chief of the SPLA but also the Executive and Judiciary.”

    Really, the Judiciary?

    No wonder Wani throws members of the media out of parliament without any justifications. Anyway, I would like to see a ‘Matat’ Wani given a chance of driving the wheels of change and prove his critics wrong…..a change that can be witnessed beginning from his ‘extravagant’ outfits for a start.

    FROM EDITOR: NOT ONLY IS WANI IGGA’S CHOICE OF THOSE SHOUTING COLOURS OF HIS CLOTHES A PROBLEM, BUT THE VERBOSITY OF HIS LANGUAGE, BE IT ENGLISH, LOCAL ARABIC OR BARI LANGUAGE, IS JUST DEPLORABLE AND ARACHAIC. I WONDER IF THESE LEADERS HAVE GOOD SPEECH WRITERS REALLY? DO YOU RECALL KIIR’S LATEST INDEPENDENCE SPEECH, IT WAS AN AWFUL MIX OF ENGLISH, ARABIC AND SOME ALIEN TONGUE…..

    • bolabokdit says:

      Mr. Editor,
      We have not forgotten the history of Archic and homo sapiens in our modern life because that was what made us what we are today. People who talk or advocating their education should know that 22 years which were spent in the bush were bloody years no one was thinking to upgrade his/her education. Let Wani and Kiir use any Language which their own people understand. Let me give you example of world leaders who are proud of their native language and they used it in international meetings. One of these is President of Russia and the another one is president of Iran they used their native languages in international summits and world leaders respect them, so there is nothing unique for our leaders that is not normal. I agree with you that all of them are not fluent in one or both languages but let’s consider their ideas which will build our nation and bring unity among us as Southern Sudanese People.

  3. Gatkuoth Lok says:

    Good enough.

  4. Good Boys says:

    Please, the article is good and reflecting the real factual situations in place, we cannot add up now before the duty is accomplished, let’s wait for them and see, not only Wani Igga but also other cabinet members who are the shoe polishers of Kiir will fail the State more than 2013 index, sorry for them but God will keep peace among our Nation.

  5. majongdit says:

    Apart from your good command of English language, there is nothing else I agree with in your analysis.
    First, you have taken Wani’s loyalty to his party, his struggle, his people as sycophancy. If you are dedicated to your cause then you are not a sycophant. You are very much dedicated to your work, Mr Editor, and work is to bring down SPLM and have the leader of your following at the helm. Can we describe you as a sycophant for Lam Akol or any other party or person that you support?

    Is Wani a coward? How many battles did you fight as a person? Before he joined SPLM/A, Wani Igga had already started a struggle of his own JUWAMA in Egypt, Khartoum and several towns in Sudan. Instead of choosing to look for a job after his univesity studies, he went straight to the bush. Wani chose to a gun over an office job. Can such a person be called a coward?

    Yes, Wani Igga stepped down for Dr Riek in 2002 but he did that for peace. You need to know that there was pressure from the international community for South Sudan rebels to stage one united struggle and negotiate for peace on one table. That is why the CPA was brokered.

    Some other failures can not be attributed directly to Wani. As you know very well, the Speaker does not pass laws on his own. In fact, must be very (im)partial in the debates of the Assembly. It is the reason why all laws that you wanted passed were not passed in one day. Procedures of the Assembly can be long.

    Dear Editor, instead of having a go as early as this at the new VP why can we render him our support first, give him time and evaluate him later. It is from the evaluation that you could rightly choose what to say for or against him.

    Anyway, I also can’t end without saying ‘thank you’ for also taking in all our views in the forum whether they go for against your analysis.

    FROM EDITOR: THANK YOU, ALSO, MR. MAJONGDIT. PERHAPS THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF FREE EXPRESSION WHEREBY YOU HAVE YOU POINT AND I HAVE MINE, AND WE CAN NECESSARILY DISAGREE ON NEARLY EVERYTHING AND YET WE REMAIN AT PEACE WITH EACH OTHER AND SHARE IN PEACE OUR COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING INTIMIDATED OR WORSE, BEING KILLED OR INCARCERATED. THIS IS ONE IMPORTANT QUALITY OF THE SOUTHSUDANNATION.COM WEBSITE I INTEND TO PROMOTE.
    ONE CAN FREELY CRITICISE SOME LEADER WITHOUT UNNECESSARILY DISRESPECTING THAT PERSON. ONCE ANYONE BECOMES A PUBLIC FIGURE SERVING THE SAME PUBLIC, HE/SHE MUST EXPECT CRITICISM, GOOD OR BAD, AND THAT SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A DISRESPECT. BEST REGARDS.

    • Elhag Paul says:

      Dear Majondit,
      You wrote and I quote, “Instead of choosing to look for a job after his university studies, he went straight to the bush. Wani chose to a gun over an office job. Can such a person be called a coward?”
      Are you sure of this statement? When Wani obtained his bachelor degree in Commerce from Cairo University, he returned to Juba and worked with Sudan Insurance Company for nearly 8 years before going to the bush. Wani’s record as a hopeless being is indefensible.
      Please stop the spin. The RSS deserves better than being led by semi illiterates like President Kirr and sycophants like Wani Igga.

      • majongdit says:

        El Hag Paul,
        Ok. I agree with you that Wani Igga worked with an insurance company before he went to Bush. But that again makes my point even stronger. How many people would quit a paying job for a bush life? It makes Wani Igga a hero. I also joined the SPLA IN 1987. I was going with many people and I found a lot others in Ethiopia. Many of those who joined did not have jobs. Wani Igga is among vey few that left their jobs and chose a bush liberation struggle.
        Brother El Hag, it is not fair to call Igga a sychophant. Wani Igga is not a sychophant. Having accepted a job is good for him, for SPLM, for Equatoria and for the entire South Sudan.
        Look at how intelligent you are. Do you think anyone like me who have been reading each and everyone of your articles would agree with someone calling you ‘dull’? No. Similarly, the strong principles of Igga should not be mistaken for sycophancy.

      • LL Reuben says:

        Elhag Paul,

        “Wani’s record as a hopeless being is indefensible” surely sounds like typical you. Democracy will not arrive in RSS by the way of demonizing those perceived to be thwarting it. It can only be achieved by employing the best brains, truly courageous and determined types. You’ve won few friends by constantly spewing venomous mixture of hatred and contempt. It appeals to a “bird of a feather”, the well majority don’t buy cheap stuffs from a very an undisciplined punk like you.

        Our country needs a true opposition party not a stuck-in-a – briefcase sort like the one you’re advocating for under an unspecified basis. When you referred to Igga as “hopeless being” I’d assumed you considered yourself the opposite of the hopelessness. The question is then, where are your records for everyone to see and be compared with those of Wani’s.

        Don’t democracy allow fair game? Is democracy about the intention of who’s shouting about it or is it about what the majority see as fair? The hatred, envious, and contempt, the usual central theme of your writing will not bring democracy to RSS, you can choose to disagree with that on your own terms but most of your writing is drawn from insinuations and hearsays which culminate lack of integrity after all. Majokdit has laid it out precisely and the *Editor* shows civility as always. Igga ended up in the bushes whether after 8 years or right before he left Cairo University…

        • Elhag Paul says:

          Dear LL Reuben,
          My difference with Wani Igga is simple. I don’t know killing people or arresting and detaining people, for example Late Col. Martin Kejivura who Wani arrested and detained for many years without any reason and then finally getting murdered by your criminal organisation the Oyee.
          Also Wani recruited hundreds of young Equatorians who were then murdered en mass by late Agwang and Koul Manyanh Juuk. Wani coiled his tail and wagingly followed Benys without asking any questions of people he had responsibility for.
          It is because Wani is doing your dirty job that is why you love him. In short, this is my refined difference with your much loved sycophant, the promotor of Dinkocracy, Gen. Wani Igga.

          • majongdit says:

            El Hag Paul,
            In the first place, there is nothing called Dinkocracy. Is it because the President comes from Dinka that you that you call the government of RSS a Dinkocracy? It is very unfair to target Dinkas when the government is very inclusive. Analyse the cabinet, and you will see that all other tribes have been reprsented well except the Dinka. Lakes State with 8 counties has a single minister, rejected as well, and one D/minister. Go compare what the Dinka state of Lakes got to what each state of Equatoria got then come tell me if you can call it Dinkocracy.
            Equatoria shall forever be grateful to their greatest man in history, Wani Igga. Wani Igga, a brave man indeed, took to war and also encouraged his Equatorian brothers and sisters to join the struggle. If he had not done that, we would still up to this time been referring to Equatorians as traitors, cowards and non-patriotic.
            But thank God, courtesy of the wisdom of Wani, the Equatorians joined the struggle and lost their lives in it just like all other tribes in Barh el Ghazal and Upper Nile.
            El Hag Paul, there is nothing you can do about Wani. You may describe him as sycophant, but we shall remain not knowing who you are, what you did before to remember and what you can do today to earn you any respect, let alone any following.
            Wani in the upcoming SPLM national convention, which I am attending as a delegate, will be elected the The Party Deputy Chairman. Riek will contest for chairmanship and will fail. Wani will either go unopposed or win by a landslide.
            Wani in some years to come is going to be President of this country. He is going to be the first President of the Republic of South Sudan and Salva Kiir Mayardit is going to give him strong support.
            By that time we will have gone other levels dealing with issues of the South Sudanese people and just leave you to continue barking like a dog, Mr El Hag Paul.

  6. Choromke Jas says:

    What the government and civil service will miss in South Sudan is the seemingly limitless energy and astuteness of Dr Riek Machar. It is well known among diplomats that Kiir does not want meetings with international visitors talking about difficult and completed matters as democracy, human rights, probity with public finance etc. It has always been the thankless job of Dr Machar to sort these out. Physically, Riek Machar can sit for many hours awake attending meetings, conferences and seminars. I have never heard of our Gen Wani Igga doing that.

    What I foresee now will be a downgraded quality of governance (as if it was high) in the nation. The blind (I have nothing against real blind people) will now lead the blind, the lazy will lead the lazy and the charlatan will now lead the charlatan. We are in for a very difficult pre-election time. I wish Wani would have had a Pauline Damascus road conversion to see things clearly and stop being a clown.

    • John Khot says:

      Jas,
      I guess you are one of those fools that buys into cheap propaganda of vile killer and traitor Riek Machar. What human rights had he been engaging the international diplomats whilst he is the number one human rights violator in the country? The Lou Nuer white army that he formed in 1991 is currently trying to exterminate the minority Murle people in Jonglei. What democracy is your Arab stooge talking about? Didn’t he sack Lam Akol, Kerubino Kuanyin, William Nyuon from his disgraceful SSIM/A in the 1990s?

      Of course he is currently playing innocent and good guy antics to fool idiots like you but once he reached the helm, the criminal is going to reveal his true colour. The man is pure evil. He united with the enemy for eleven years and our people succeeded in his absence. Dr Marial Benjamin who is far well spoken than your Riek Machar will handle the foreign diplomats. That is the role of foreign affairs ministry.

      SPLA/M succeeded in the bush because of John Garang, Wani Igga, Kiir Mayardit, Kuol Manyang, Pagan Amum, Hoth Mai, and so many others. You can wish James Wani to fail but I can assure you that he will succeed and one day he will be president of South Sudan.

      As for this editorial, I think the editor confused the role of the speaker for the role of parliament. All NLA parliamentarians failed the people of South Sudan. I have never heard of a parliament where the speaker raised all the motions/issues, discussed by them by himself and passed them into legislation. This is what the editor implies when he blamed all the failures of the parliament on VP Wani Igga.

      Can’t SSN website be positive about something about South Sudan. I don’t think the editors of this website had been to Sudan Sudan since CPA was signed otherwise they would appreciate something about our homeland. There are huge problems facing our people but it is not all doom and gloom as constantly depicted on this site.

      FROM EDITOR: MANY CONTRIBUTORS AND COMMENTATORS, INCLUDING THE CHIEF EDITOR, HERE HAVE BEEN TO THE HOMELAND AND ARE DAILY IN TOUCH WITH THE COUNTRY. I HOPE THAT YOU ALSO HAVE BEEN HOME ESPECIALLY TO YOUR PARTICULAR STATE OR VILLAGE AND CAN AVER SINCERELY IF ANYTHING WORTH CALLING DEVELOPMENT HAS TAKEN PLACE.
      ALL THAT YOU SEE IN JUBA IS A MIRAGE, THEY ARE THE PRODUCT OF THE EXTRACTIVE SYSTEM PERPETUATED BY KIIR AND THE SPLM AND NOT FOR THE GENERAL BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE. ALL THE HOTELS, BUILDINGS AND BUSINESSES ARE EXTRACTIVE AND BENEFIT THE CORRUPT LEADERS AND FOREIGN INTEREST PARTNERS. ALL THE INSTITUTIONS ESTABLISHED BY KIIR ARE EXTRACTIVE AND BENEFIT THE OLIGARCHY.
      WAKE UP, BROTHER, YOUR VILLAGE MIGHT NEVER SEE ELECTRICITY OR EVEN A SCHOOL IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE IF YOU DON’T GET RID OF THE CORRUPT KIIR SOONER.

      • John Khot says:

        Dear editor

        I had been home as recently as Jan. 2013. To be honest with you, I was pleased and proud of my country I entered the country at Nimule for the first time since late 1994. South Sudan side of the border at Nimule could be mistaken to those of developing countries like South Africa. You could see shiny cars picking up passengers, busy hotels and well-built restaurants, busy markets, healthy looking people, black market dealers with bundles of American dollars, Kenyan and Ugandan shillings, as well as the local currency, beautiful tarmac road and a busy Nimule town by all standards. That’s the beauty of travelling by road and reading to repeat it next time.

        In contrast to what I saw at the Kenyan border town of Malaba, and both sides of Ugandan border before crossing into Nimule I couldn’t hide my joy and pride, and later spoke to my brother whom we traveled together about it. Juba is not Nairobi nor Kampala, Jinja or Kisumu but I am mindful of the fact that those cities didn’t start developing in 2005/6. My journey ended in Juba and Iam appreciative of what I saw.

        I got confidence in my South Sudanese people that we will achieve development even in rural areas as in my county but I am mindful that it won’t happen overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day, they say. So, brothers why don’t we be patient instead of expecting Juba to be like Addis Ababa in less than a decade. We must still hold leaders to improve governance and weed out malpractices in the system such as corruption, tribalism/nepotism. We must press for insecurity to be brought to end in the country. No any sound minded South Sudanese would blame you guys for pressing for the above issues to be implemented by the government, but going over the top and painting everything as doom and gloom like on this website is unacceptable and unpatriotic.

        I am very awake brother and ready to contribute to my country at any time of my choice. Stay blessed
        Thank you.

        FROM EDITOR: GOOD FOR YOU, MR. JOHN KHOT, THAT YOU’VE ACCEPTED THE MANY TRUTHS WE’VE BEEN DELIBERATING ON THIS WEBSITE, AND THAT SHOULD BE A COMPELLING REASON FOR YOU TO ALSO ACCEPT OUR PATRIOTISM IN OPENLY EXPOSING AND SUGGESTING SOLUTIONS FOR THE POLITICAL MALAISE THAT HAS SEVERELY AFFLICTED OUR BELOVED COUNTRY WE SHARE WITH YOU. KEEP ON DOING YOUR BEST.

    • majongdit says:

      Jas,
      Wani Igga was not a VP by then and it was not within his jurisdictions those years as a Speaker to hold long meetings with diplomats on human rights, on anything at all when there was a VP in place. He would have encroached into the powers of others if had done that.
      Moreover, Dr Riek used those that you described as long meetings with diplomats to tarnish the image of South Sudan and advance his own quest for leading the country.

  7. Kuot says:

    your writing is clear and full of reality because I believe that Wani is not capable of being Vice or leading the nation as president in the future. These two guys can never come up with popular decision for leading the country we claim to be for South Sudanese.

  8. Bul mayom says:

    Nuer are waiting for 2015 either to takeover the president post or vice presidency and if they get president post, than VP will automatically go to greater ber galzal region and if they fail, the greater upper nile will automatically take over the VP since Equatorian have spoiled their good time.
    and according to analysis there’ll be serious war on election dispute which many predicted.

  9. Mr. Editor,

    I agree with some of your opinions. However, I disagree with you that Dr. Riek took Wani’s spot. This is untrue statement but it is not the first time to hear this. I have been hearing this from many Equatorians people only. I never hear it from anyone alse that is not an equatorian.

    Let me prove to you today, you those who believe Wani Igga surrendered his post to Dr. Machar that you are liars.

    SPLA commanders were divided into three groups: Highest, full, and young commanders.

    Highest commanders were Dr. Garang, Kerbino Kuany, William Nyuon, Salva Kiir, Arok Thon, Majer Gai, Kawany Makuei, John Kulang, Dr. Riek, Dr. Lam Makol, Kuol Manyang, Yosef Kuok, Gordan Koang, Wet Akot

    Full Commander were Chigai Atem, Pual Dor, Atali, John Kong, Galario, Oduok, Lual Ding, Bonna Malual ETC

    Young commanders who were promoted in 1992. They were James Hoth, Bol Madut, Oyai Deng, Majak Agoot, Bior Atem, Wani Igga, Mobutto Mamur, Ping Deng, Mager Achiek, Malek Agar, Pernyang, and many others who were in Bar-El-Gal.

    When Kerbuno, Arok thon Arok, Majer Gai, Kawai Makuei, and John Kualang were arrested, then Dr. Riek became number 4 in seniority. When Dr. Riek, Dr. Lam, and Gordan Koang defected from the SPLA in 1991, Kuol Mayang became number 4. When William Nyuon Defected in 1992, Kuol Mayang became 3. Yosef Kuok became 4 and Wet Akot became 5 and so forth. Wani Igga was far behind these Commanders.

    In 1992, Dr. Riek began peace talks charter with Dr. Garang in Nairobi. In their agreement in Nairobi in Absence of Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek was going to take the second position. While the two leaders agreed to resume talks in Chukudum in two months, the SPDF forces led by Commander Par Jiek left Pangak for Chukudum. When the SPDF forces arrived in Chukudum, Dr. Garang and Dr. Riek left Nairobi for Chukudum for the final talks. In Chukudum, Salva Kiir attended the meeting and opposed the idea that Dr. Riek would take the second position. However, Dr. Riek agreed to take the third position and that was supposed to be his exact position if he did not defect.

    Wani Igga was 100 miles away behind Dr. Riek. In fact, Makuol Manyang, Wet Akot, Chigai Atem, John Kong, James Hoth, Oyai Deng, who were behind Dr. Riek but were also higher in ranks than Wani Igga.

    Wani Igga was young and weak commander no doubt. However, Dr. Garang promoted him in affirmative action because him (Wani) and Mabutto Mamur were the only two commanders from Equatoria in the SPLA after Galario died.

    To those preaching that Wani Igga surrendered his position to Dr. Riek you are lying. You need to do research on SPLA seniority before 1991 and after 1991.

  10. Peter Madual says:

    My compatriot editor and I must merely offer you my appreciation for the best comment on Wani Igga. However, the real tragedy in our country is the way in which the Dinka president is able to divide and fragment non-Dinka tribes particularly the Nuer politicians since 2008. It’s worth to mention here that Naath believed that Jaang and Naath are kith and kin. Indeed, Nuer feel Dinka to be nearer to themselves than other southerners. Questions, why Jaang always show greater hostility towards and more persistently work to marginalize Nuer politically and economically? And why Mr. Kiir has become too hostile to Dr. Machar?
    Recapitulation, the long-range causes of the 1991 creeping revolution was the continued inability of the Dinka community to recognize and accept the political rights of other tribes in South Sudan; the antagonism and desire for revenge which had been fuelled by defeats and humiliation in the previous wars, as well as by Naath’s excessive retaliations; Dinka fear of Nuer bravery and expansionism in 18th century that led to the occupation of vast areas of Dinka. Such as Mayendit, Madol and Mayom in Western Upper Nile. Fangak in Central Nuer; Ayot and Acubo in Lou Nuer…etc. And Naath’s “hawkishness”and the determination to maintain military superiority.

    The earliest travelers record that Nuer held both banks of the Nile, but it is probable that the entire Zeral Island was at one time occupied by Dinka and it is certain that the whole of the country from the Zeraf to the Pibor and, to the north of the Sobat, from the confines of Shillukland to the Ethiopian scarp was, with the exception of riverain settlements of Anuak, still in their hands as late as the middle of last century, when it was seized by the Nuer in two lines of expansion, to the north of sobat and to the south of it. This is known from the statements of both Nuer and Dinka, the evidence of genealogies and the age-sets, and the records of travellers, who frequently refer to the struggle between the two peoples, the dominant position of the Nuer among their neighbors, the awe they inspired in them, and their bravery and chivalry.( Evan-Pritchard, p 126)

    • Peter Madual:

      Liar, Liar and Big Liar, your historic information and claim for the Nuer occupation of Dinka lands is bias and baseless. As former Brothers/sisters, Dinka and Nuer had fought and lived side by side before the Arabs entered the Sudan. They lived in Northern Sudan in the vicinity of Khartoum before the Arabs pushed them Southward along side the River Nile. Most of the areas around Khartoum district were named and inhibited by the Dinka and Nuer including Nuba, Shilluk and other African tribes.

      However, most of the places which were inhibited by the Dinka and Nuer in Northern Sudan were all renamed by the Arabs. The only places that the Arabs couldn’t rename until today is Tut Island, which is situated between Khartoum and Omdurman. In fact, Tut Island is still carrying the Nuer name up to present time. Also the other places which are still carrying the Dinka names are Khartoum and omdurman although the Arabs had attempted to alter their original spelling and pronunciations. For instance, Khartoum was spelt as Kartuom and omdurman as Muonydhurman and these are all Dinka names.

      When the African tribes were pushed Southward by the Arabs, the Dinka and Nuer including the other Nilotic tribes moved alongside the River Nile due to the welfare of their cattle. Mostly Dinka and Nuer settled in the Upper Nile Region for many centuries. However the vast majority of the Dinkas decided to immigrate to Bhar El Ghazal Region. Hence the Nuer who were not adventurists or pioneers came and occupied the areas which were willingly deserted by the Dinkas who immigrated to Bhar El Ghazal Region. Cowards, Did you fight and chased away the Dinkas and occupied their lands by force? or Did you assume the areas which were deserted by the Dinkas who moved to Bhar El Ghazal Region? There are sections in Dinka tribes in Bhar El Ghazal who did not know about the existence of Nuer tribe until recently. Some of those Dinka tribes met Nuer for the first time in their lives during the SPLA war. Cousin, If all Dinka tribes gang up against Nuer or any tribe or tribes, you would be washing dishes in Khartoum, Kampala and Gambella-Ethiopia. Please don’t mix up the mighty Dinka with DiDinga or Murle. We have been there in the Bush and we all know ourselves who is who in South Sudan? Declaring war or claiming a fake victory online is stupid, cowardly and meaningless. Cowards! Where were you in South Sudan between 1991 and 2005? The Dinka does not bully the small tribes in South Sudan and that is the spirit of the manhood. When was the last time Nuer fought and defeat the Arabs? Why do you always show your strength and bravery to Murle and not Arabs? Murle fought alongside Dinka and other patriots South Sudanese when you and Riek Machar were busy washing the Arabs’ Dishes in Khartoum. Cowards, you fled to Khartoum in 1990’s in order to avoid the liberation war and now you have returned to fight the war of food and presidency in South Sudan. Please take it from me, you and your traitor Uncle Riek Machar would never put your bloody mouths, hands and feet in the Presidential Palace of the Republic of South Sudan whether by Ballots or Bullets.

      President Kiir Mayardit does not hate Riek Machar. However,he is tired of Riek’s stupidity. lack of leadership, greet and betrayal. Riek Betrayed the SPLA/M, Dr. John Garang, General Wani Igga and General Kiir Mayardit and many others in 1991. He was forgiven and readmitted into the movement when he(Riek) returned from Khartoum like a skunk in 2002. President Kiir forgave him and made him his vice president in 2005. After he had settled well, Riek began gossipping and criticizing president Kiir for what he can possibly do as vice president. President Kiir forgave him and gave him a warning to stop criticizing the government in which he is serving as vice president. The educated fool (Riek)did not pay attention to president Kiir’s warning, yet he constantly continued to ask the president to step aside and give him the presidency. In your sound mind, Is this behaviours logic and reasonable? Riek dug his own political grave and kindly asked president Kiir to bury him alive. Is this a hatred against Riek and Nuer? or Is it the stupidity, weakness and greet of Riek Machar and his Nuer Followers/Supporters?

      Please stop fabricating lies about Dinka online. Nuer has never seized and occupied the Dinka lands by force. It had never occurred during their ancestors, it has never happened in our life time and it will never happen in the future. Are you admitting that Dinka has chased you to Gambella, Ethiopia? Dinka does not like the war, but it will never leave it’s land,South Sudan because of war. For those of you who are attempting to grab the Buffalo by the horn, I strongly warn you that you would be screaming on the top of the Buffalo’s sharp and strong horn. Fools, Don’t tell me later on that I, Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang did not give you sufficient warning about the strength and bravery of the Buffalo which represents the Dinka, the mighty Jieng.

      “The truth must be told even if it hurts”
      Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang!

  11. Samauel Lee says:

    I am a south Sudanese and proud to be. Is nice to express your minD whatever way you wanted but this ideology of tribalism and hatred leads us nowhere and we’re gonna hate ourselves, whoever comes describe him/her in any way you want and you feel happy because you released your anger because DR. Riek is fired. It’s not the end of him that he will be forgone for ever. This comment of hatred and tribalism doesn’t move the nation forward instead your gonna kill yourselves like what is happening in Lakes states, Upper NiLe Stats, Unity States etc.,,etc
    So please refrain.

  12. Samuel Lueth says:

    Editor
    The Editorial analysis was outstanding; there is no question about it; but my question is at the Editorial conclusion. Whatever death wishes or heart attack you wished to happen to the president, did you ever think that heart attacked doesn’t happen based on seniority? Do you have any idea that death could happened to anybody regardless of how it happened? I just thought the Editorial team who wrote the piece crosses the line on that statement and it worth an effort to point it out.

    FROM EDITOR: MR. SAMUEL LUETH, I CAN NEVER MAKE SALVA KIIR DIE OF HEART ATTACK, THE POINT I WANTED TO MAKE WAS WHAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO SALVA, THE WANI IGGA WOULD BY DEFAULT BECOME PRESIDENT. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TRAINED TO USE A GUN OR FIRED A GUN IN MY LIFE, SO I WILL NEVER HURT ANYBODY. PLEASE UNDERSTAND MY POINT AND THANK YOU.

  13. Jijury says:

    Yes man has been appointed, I hope this time Wani will not embarrass himself calling Salva ‘Papa Salva,’ like the way he used to called Garang. James Wani is a grown person, Garang was not even older than him so is Salva. The vice president position is not easy post, so this time Wani needs to be serious and see himself as a strong man not a follower, or worshipper.

  14. Bul mayom says:

    I’m very grateful for Nuer politicians who all showed the solidarity to the whole community of Nuer, and for their refusal the so called divided to rule policy. and it is just matter of one year we shall show our color who we are in south Sudan, let the president continue violating the so called transitional constitution and time is nearest for us to strengthen the south sudan and show the world that we not corrupt society when right time comes.

  15. Dan says:

    Bentiu Rami Raan:

    Check your source of information again. I know why the Editor did not respond to you. You are not serious.
    Claiming that Bona Malual was an SPLA commander is outrageous to say the least. This claim alone gives away the integrity of your knowledge about SPLA/M. It is true Wani Igga was junior to Riek Machar before Riek and Emma broke away to form their separate movement, but the current vice president (Wani) was senior to all those other mobs you have just mentioned.

  16. Leader says:

    Choromake Jas,
    Please don’t tell us about your Riek. We know him very well. The fact that he likes meetings with the so-called foreign diplomats and investors is a matter of showing off and seeking sympathies from the West. The man is a real stooge of the west and that’s why he always marries white women. He does it ‘in order to get support for his ever greed for top seat. His son Teny has also picked up the habit. The man is a real failure. He failed to lead his faction in the ’90s and instead joined the enemy. South Sudan is better off without Riek. Stop your dream of him becoming a president, you the Ngundeng Devil worshippers.

    • Dear Leader:

      I like your comment and I totally agreed with all you said except for the Ngundeng Devil worshippers. I thoroughly disagreed with you on this particular matter because I’m one of the believers and worshippers of the Prophet Ngundeng, peace be upon him. Believing in the prophet Ngundeng is the only thing that I have in common with my Cousins, Bentiu Ramaran, Gatcharwearbol and Riek Mchar.

      Please leave the prophet Ngundeng alone because he is very innocent and he had nothing to do with Riek Machar’s stupidity and lack of leadership. I sincerely beg you to refrain from insulting the prophet Ngundeng again otherwise I will go after your Dengdit, Cyierdit or Ariathdit. May the almighty God of Ngundeng bless you and give you strength and wisdom to fight the real devils and traitors.

      “The truth must be told even if it hurts”
      Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang.

    • Choromke Jas says:

      Leader,

      I am not even a Nuer. In fact I always thought this Ngun Deng thing can divert attention from real earthly political decision by Nuer leaders. So, I am not a devil worshiper. You even do not know me, how then can you come to that conclusion?. This is what is becoming clear in South Sudan: some cultures do not have restrain in bearing false witness. Policemen from certain tribes can just accuse one of things one has not done or said and nail you on that. People are being killed in the South Sudan because of this absence of respect for truth by certain cultures. Then you choose to call yourself Leader!!

  17. GatCharwearbol says:

    Dear Lukudu Gatkuoth Garang,

    You are wickedly stupid in a nice way! Take care, pal!

  18. Jimmy Gombu Gindalang says:

    Editor:

    You made my day by the following: … Walele…Wani, you will be the nation’s “matat”. For those of you who did not undertstand what the Editor was getting at, you have slided into a malady of misinterpreting his view. Thanks Editor for true look at current South Sudanese VP position and what he would do for his country. Peace be with you.

  19. Issack Deng says:

    Comrade Wani Igga is a true hero and a man of his brand making I truly admire. That is politics in practice, to act like a deadly snake on the grass and strike once at the right given time. He gave in to Dr. Riek in order to maintain unity and peace within his party and people, and he was taken for cowardice, but he is not. All these negative comments said about Comrade Wani Igga will make him more stronger to be people’s servant and fatherly figure for the SPLM party. Greater Equatoria should rally behind this freedom fighter and be proud about their son.

    HATE or LIKE him, Comrade Wani Igga is here to stay with us. If he can survive the harsh and wild bushes of Equatoria terrains, I think he can overcome the new challenges that come with the new office responsibilities.

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