South Sudan’s Vice President James Wani Igga in conversation with SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi. He talks about his country’s natural resources in diamonds, gold, uranium, copper and oil and how India should invest more despite China being the biggest investor. The Vice President also speaks at length about the political uncertainty, the delay in the setting up of a National Unity Government, a Truth Commission to deal with accusations of human rights abuse, sex as a tool of war and child soldiers.
Vice President Igga also takes on questions about freedom of speech, and the issue of 60 South Sudanese students who are stranded in Hyderabad because there is a funds crunch. On internal politics, he says there is a limit to his stepping down whenever opposition leader Riek Machar has demanded his post.
James Wani Igga has been speaker of the National Assembly. He was a member of the South Sudanese rebels since 1985 and trained in Cuba and Ethiopia. He is also known as Professor (he currently teaches in Juba, the capital of South Sudan), has written 10 books and is a double doctorate.