Government Not Ready For Change: VP

James Wani Igga, South Sudan’s vice president says the government cannot accept any change as demanded by the anti-government forces [File]

James Wani Igga, the South Sudanese Vice President told journalists in Juba that, the legitimate Juba government cannot discuss any change of the government with rebels.

South Sudan government and rebels loyal to ex Vice President Riek Machar are set for a second round of peace talks in Addis Ababa late this week. 

“Here is an elected government. if we have to vow anybody dreaming at night and gets up in the morning and said you the elected government you must now sit down and move aside and we give into that and another one comes the following day. I think we will be as unstable as Somalia,” Igga said.

“We are not going to accept that.”

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir had earlier on insisted on unconditional peace talks with the rebels. Riek had also in his first condition to accept talks with the government called for resignation of President Kiir.

Fortnight ago both parties, following mediated talks by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), strake a deal on cessation of hostilities after over a month of military battles. Thousands of people have been killed and displaced.

South Sudan, on December 15 last year, was plunged into one of its worst political crisis when sporadic gunshots broke out in several military barracks including the Presidential Security Force barracks.

Government immediately accused Riek Machar and other ex and senior politicians of masterminding a coup d’état.

The crisis arose after members of the Country’s ruling party; SPLM disagreed over internal party affairs. 

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