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Vice President James Wani tests positive for coronavirus


May 30, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Vice President James Wani Igga has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the third vice-president and the fifth member of the government to catch the respiratory disease.

South Sudan's vice-president, James Wani Igga (Photo: Larco Lomayat)Igga informed the country of his infection in statements to South Sudan’s TV on Saturday.

"My samples were taken for testing a few days ago and today it has been found positive for corona," he said.

"I encourage all South Sudanese to really go for testing. This is very important so that we stop the spread of this pandemic to more people," he further said.

First Vice-President Riek Machar, his wife and Defence Minister Angelina Teny were the first to be tested positive, followed by Information Minister Michael Makuei and recently Vice-President Hussein Abdelbagi tested positive.

Health Minister Elizabeth Achuei on Saturday disclosed after meeting President Salva Kiir she had requested him to impose a lockdown in the country. She added the measure is needed to contain the coronavirus spread in the country.

South Sudan’s Inspector General of Police Gen Majak Akech Malok also met with President Kiir on Saturday. After the meeting, he urged South Sudanese to stay home and avoid crowded are.

"If the citizens don’t observe and abide by the preventive measures then the police will take the responsibility to ensure that people respect the orders of preventive measures," he warned.


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  • 31 May 2020 14:39, by South South

    I don’t think those results testing of coronavirus in Juba are correct. Are all these people who are tested positive asymptomatic? We never heard someone is tested positive and have coronavirus symptoms. You are fine Mr. Igga.

    • 31 May 2020 14:54, by Malakal county Simon

      South South,

      You’re fully Ignorance abnormal human being who just want say something justification.... If Vice-President James Wani accept his positive reslut just like two Vice-Presidents recently, who are you to deny it??

      • 31 May 2020 14:55, by Malakal county Simon


        South South,

        You’re fully Ignorance abnormal human being who just want say something without the justification.... If Vice-President James Wani accept his positive result just like two Vice-Presidents recently, who are you to deny it??

    • 2 June 2020 11:06, by Midit Mitot

      Quick recovery Mr Wani,

  • 1 June 2020 11:02, by Kenyang ll

    Wani Igga is good commander and true liberator of our people. No reason he shouldn’t recover and return to his national duties soon possible.

  • 1 June 2020 20:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I wish his recovery soon

    • 2 June 2020 11:35, by Langaar

      One really wonders, if these big fish who have have all luxuries and protections at their disposals are allegedly Corona-virus positive, then what would an average Deng or Gatluak fair? I professed before that I am not a medical doctor. But for all I care, thieving is stack against South Sudan and against South Sudanese people>>>>

      • 2 June 2020 11:40, by Langaar

        My usual detractors would as always spring out of wood as usual and brand me mentally ill or a conspirator theorist. We, they are entitled to their views. But isn’t internet a good thing, where a nobody who cannot dare face you face to face can call you any he/she likes.>>>>

        • 2 June 2020 11:48, by Langaar

          In fact many of these empty headed fools have made South Sudan and South Sudanese people be made a world’s laughing stocks. How many MPs or ministers here in the region tested positive Corona-virus? Nil, its all come to this idea, that South Sudan is the most vulnerable country earth, on everything, hunger, diseases and all and that without the UN, NGOs, the EU or the US help>>>>

          • 2 June 2020 11:56, by Langaar

            there would be no South Sudan or the South Sudanese people. And this piece of bullshit is always cemented by these empty headed fools and some of foolish citizenry who worship the US, the UK, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus (so-called israelis) and bunch of hyenas who ’coveted our country and our people’ to death. The whole cheap and dirty intrigues behind all these vermin>>>

            • 2 June 2020 12:51, by Langaar

              love affair with our country and our people is: To Geopolitically chess game or football played our country and our people like their then *DR Congo, Angola, Central Africa rebulic (C.A.R), Mozambique, some of their Bantuses countries in West Africa, some of their Middle Eastern countries, some of their Asian countries, some of their Latin American countries, Cuba or some of their Eastern>>>>

              • 2 June 2020 13:07, by Langaar

                European countries during their so-called COLD WAR. And the vermins hope that ’South Sudan and the South Sudanese people would be re-united with our arch enemy---their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan just their then (East and West Germany), and the vermins would then run to their capitals and brag that their so-called *Western Civilization and capitalism* has prevailed over their so-called>>

                • 2 June 2020 13:15, by Langaar

                  *communism or socialism*. Our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan was deliberately pick by these vermins as their so-called *agent of Western civilization or capitalist criminals* And South Sudan as their so-called *communists or socialists country*. And many of *my detractors and cowards* here on SUDAN TRIBUNE, who have never ever smelt the stench of gun powder all their lives.>>>>

                  • 2 June 2020 13:23, by Langaar

                    We will find out if *Rebecca Nyandeng, her ugly son, Majak Agoot, Pagan Amuom, evil juus (so-called israelis), their Nuers or Murles piece of trashes and their sleazy NGOs, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, and some of their Masters in the US, the UK, their Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), some of their Bantuses and some of their creeps here in between>>>>

                    • 2 June 2020 13:30, by Langaar

                      will ever ever dare pass here in Bor, Jonglei. Reasons pure HATRED and RACISM. Mr. James Wani Igga ’should raise that magic wan properly’. We want a war fellows. Our so-called *Twic East cowards* don’t belong in our Jonglei or so-called greeter Upper Nile region. We cannot share our state with the low lives. Simple and plain.>>>>>

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