July 19, 2005(Nymilepedia) – South Sudan’s current Vice President, James Wani Igga, has lashed out at the country’s population, especially those he said were calling on the government to provide food to the country’s hungry population, urging them to go and dig the land and cultivate their own food.
Wani said the government has no money to feed the hungry population.
The controversial Vice President was speaking as a guest of honour at an event organized by South Sudan Muslims on occasion to mark the Eid El Ramadan.
The VP said the government he is serving cannot be blamed for the hunger and starvation facing the country, saying the people are the ones to blame due to their lack of participation in agriculture to produce food for themselves.
Wani lashed out at the cattle keeping community, especially from Bahr El Ghazal region, for damaging farm lands wherever they move, describing them as a “lazy community” despite having opportunities and having millions of cattle, but are not benefiting from it economically meanwhile complaining about the government for their lack of food.
“Stop laziness and work harder to produce your own food,” said the VP Wani while speaking at the Ramadan occasion.
The Vice President went on to say he was ashamed that the country was importing food from outside including things like meat and fruits which could be easily produced locally.
Around 4.6 million people in South Sudan are facing starvation according to the World Food Program.
“South Sudanese should be ashamed of being fed by foreigners” The VP said while addressing the gathering in the capital, Juba.
Mr. Igga, who last week, said he was not ready to give up his position of Vice President for the sake of peace but was instead aiming to go higher to a top position concluded by saying the government of Salva Kiir had no money to feed the country’s hungry population.