Vice President Dr. Igga roots for justice
By Sheila Ponnie
Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga has urged South Sudanese to practise justice at all times.
“Whether you are a minister, or a vice president like me, let us practise nothing but justice and fairness among us as South Sudanese to learn from Nelson Mandela,” Dr. Igga said.
He made the challenge yesterday in Juba in an event to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day.
“Let us all stand for peace, we can never progress or move ahead not even stability without peace and stability is immediately everywhere and always followed by development and prosperity,” he added.
“If you undermine stability that means you are undermining the prosperity of our people,” Dr. Igga emphasized.
According to the United Nations, Nelson Mandela International Day recognizes Mandela’s values and his dedication to the services of humanity in conflict resolution, promotion and protection of human rights, gender equality and the rights of children.
Ambassador Prof. Jerome Biswaro, AU Representative said Nelson Mandela’s achievement was a symbol of unity not only for South Africa but the whole world.
He added that it was a serious inspiration to fight for freedom, justice, and equality.
Biswaro highlighted forgiveness as one of the lessons South Sudanese could learn from the life of Nelson Mandela.
“Despite having been tortured by the apartheid system for more than 25 years, Mandela sat on the same table with the apartheid leader and he decided to forgive him along with his colleges for the sake of unity of his country,” said Biswaro.
He said Mandela did not use his office to accumulate wealth but saved his people.
Amb. Biswaro said Mandela had respect for constitution and institutions of his country, saying “he never changed constitution for self-interest.”
He challenged authorities in Juba to consider naming one of the streets after Mandela or locate a piece of land as Mandela Garden or Park.
Dr Igga led attendants including African envoys, UN representatives, and some government officials on a tree planting exercise.