VP Wani Igga Arrives in New York to a Dry Reception
Sept 24, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s Vice President James Wani Igga who has travelled to New York to attend the UN meeting on South Sudan arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport terminal to a dry reception and forced to pull his own luggage through the crowded and standard arrival section of the airport like any other traveller to the embarrassment of many.
Wani Igga who never made it to the airports VIP lounge which is often reserved for VIP’s and heads of state was instead received by the South Sudanese Ambassador and two other officials at the standard arrival section.
The Diaspora community in the USA and Canada did not turn up to recieve the regimes Vice President, but are instead said to be busy preparing a huge welcome reception for the SPLM-IO Leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
In addition to his meetings at the UN General Assembly, Dr. Machar the designated First Vice President of South Sudan is expected to address the Diaspora community in North America about the IGAD compromise peace agreement and his leadership’s commitment to the implementation of the agreement.
The Vice President Wani Igga who was accompanied by te Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin and Awan G. Riak who is the minister in the office of the President were initially all expected to be welcomed by a large crowd of jubilant South Sudanese, but on their arrival were shocked to see only the country’s Ambassador to US, Mr. Garang Diing Akuang, two other embassy staffs and the Ambassador to the United Nations, Francis Mading Deng, awaiting them at the airport’s ordinary arrival reception.
Wani Igga has traveled to the UN meeting with what one observer described as the ‘whole South Sudan cabinet’ in New York to beg for funds from the international community.
The VP’s entourage includes the Minister in the office of the President, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of finance, Minister of Education, several oter ministers and officials, and the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs who found himself fired by a decree on National Television on the next day upon his travel to New York.
A senior official in he regime said President Kiir had sent most of the officials to the New York meeting so he could have a free time and space to clear out those he didn’t want to be in the new upcoming government.
“Most of those in America now…they will not be coming back to their same offices” the Senior official in Kiir’s office who gave his name as Lual told this reporter.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Mon had invited South Sudanese warring party leaders President Kiir and SPLM-IO chairman Dr. Machar.
Also invited are all the other political forces and stakeholders in the country, including Former Political Detainees leader Pagan Amum, Opposition alliance leader Dr. Lam Akol to attend the special UN General Assembly meeting on South Sudan to support the current IGAD peace agreement.
The UN General Assembly 70th session meeting is expected to have a sideline meeting on South Sudan to discuss ways on how to support implementation of the recently signed IGAD compromise peace agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan.
The UN sideline meetings on South Sudan are expected to be attended by several world leaders.
Wani Igga who will be officially representing Salva Kiir’s regime at the UN meeting had said he initially had reservations about the peace agreement, but has now accepted the agreement and pushed the reservation aside in order to give peace a chance and stop war for the sake of peace.
Salva Kiir meanwhile decided to boycott the UN meeting after complains of being treated like a “Schoolboy” by the International Community.
The leader of the Armed Opposition Dr Riek Machar who has accepted to attend the UN meeting on South Sudan is expected to arrive on Saturday in New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting.