South Sudan Speaker tackles issues in an exclusive interview

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - The Right Honorable James Wani Igga, the Speaker of the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly was in Calgary recently on a tour of South Sudanese communities in Canada after attending the Inter -Parliamentary Union’s Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

On November 4, 2012, Wani sat down for a rare and exclusive interview with the NewSudanVision.com in which he discussed government's development priorities and defended the National Legislative Assembly from the charge of being a rumber stamp for cabinet decisions.

“We weed out what is bad,” Wani said with a laugh disputing the charge.

“Some of these people may be ill informed,” He charged. “If you see the types of activities we have been carrying out, we are very far from being a rumber stamp.”

Based on the results of the auditing chamber, he said, “We have recommended some people to be taken to court.”

“We recommended 75 people [on the President’s list of corrupt officials) to be suspended,” he added.

On the approval of the cabinet appointment last year, Wani said the list of the appointees might not have been “sufficiently scrutinized,” but there was a review, stating that people were satisfied as there was regional and gender balancing, among others.

Wani said the Government of South Sudan’s first priorities include food security, roads, energy (hydro power) and social services (education and healthcare).

And what are the government policy instruments to achieve these priorities? He stated the government would use oil revenues and loans to achieve its priorities.

Wani revealed the parliament has passed 20 laws this year alone. He also added that during the budget approval, the parliament usually demand ministers to identify priorities before the budget is approved.

On the skills repatriation from the Diaspora, Wani stated that the government is focusing on bringing home those in neighboring countries before thinking about the Diaspora people.

“Our government is only one year old. Let us not talk as if this government has existed for the last 50 years,” he said with a laugh.

The Right Honorable James Wani Igga has been the Speaker for seven years. His first six years were spent as the Speaker of the autonomous Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly before the region gained independence in July 2011. Wani spent about 21 years in the bush fighting for the right of South Sudanese, and on July 9, 2011, made the formal declaration of independence on behalf of the people of South Sudan.

For details, click below to listen to the interview

 

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Rt.Hon. Wani's Calgary's public rally in pictures.

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Rt. Hon. James Wani Igga, the Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan addressing South Sudanese in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on November 3, 2012. He treated the audience to an impecable sense of humor that kept everyone cracking up throughout his three hour lecture about the History of the People of South Sudan which he did with the purpose of making the young generation know their roots.Wani said people who know their history are patriotic and have high sense of self-esteem. ( (c) Dr. Mark B. Durieux)

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The captivating and charismatic Deng Achiek Alith performing during Wani's lecture. Deng has been inspired by one of Wani's history lectures in the past which made the young musician to develop an idea of who he is, and has composed a song which he performed in honor of Wani. ((c) Dr.Mark B. Durieux).

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Rt. Hon. Wani (in the middle) being showered with appreciation by members of Bari Community during the public rally on November 3, 2012. ((c) Dr.Mark B. Durieux).


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