Sudan too young to be compared to other countries: Taban Deng

FVP Taban Deng Gai speaks during the South Sudan National Youth Consortium yesterday (photo by Woja Emmanuel Wani):

By Woja Emmanuel Wani

South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai has stressed that South Sudan was still a very young nation for people to start comparing it with other regional countries.

Speaking during the South Sudan National Youth Consortium, the first Youth Consultative Conference held in Nyakuron Cultural Centre under the theme “The role of youth in peace and nation building”, Taban said that the country was only seven years and five months compared to her neighbors.

“We have not missed the road. Sudan now has 62 years of independence; Kenya is also the same and other African countries. All these countries still struggle to fix their systems of governance and developments so do not be disappointed,” Taban said while addressing the youth.

FVP Taban cited that the citizens had got to mourn the current economic and political crises but requested for inclusive efforts from all corners of the country to recover the current mess.

He said the state through which the country had gone through had been used by some international organizations with vested interests in the South Sudan conflict.

“Last year these international organizations said there were over four thousand huts burnt by the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) in Yei and said they got this through satellite record. They said there was looming genocide that would happen and it would start in Yei. Today they are not denouncing what they said was going to happen,” Taban reiterated.

The FVP said the records of the international agencies were based on vested interests that they fear to denounce the genocide they predicted for fear of losing jobs because the country was returning to a state of peace.

He urged the youth in the country to impede believing information provided by international agencies and information circulated by some South Sudanese in diaspora.

The FVP affirmed the government’s commitment to durable peace to the people of South Sudan and applauded regional and other peace allies for their continuous support in the negotiation processes.




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