07-03-2021, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy for South Sudan, Amb. Dr. Ismail Wais received with great sorrow the sad news of the sudden and untimely demise of Hon. Joseph Ukel Abango, Leader of the United Sudan African Party (USAP), on Friday, 5th March 2021, in Juba, South Sudan. “He was indeed a veteran politician. What a great loss. His wisdom will be missed” said Amb. Dr. Wais. 

Hon. Joseph Ukel Abango selflessly served as a public servant and senior politician having held positions of leadership in the Sudan. His footprint on the politics of Sudan and South Sudan is indeed indelible. The Honorable Ustaz Abango will also be remembered for his contribution to the peace process in South Sudan through his participation in the High-Level Revitalization Forum discussions that culminated in the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) on 12th September 2018, and in which he was a signatory for USAP, one of the Parties under Other Political Parties (OPP). He demonstrated his sincere commitment towards the goals and ideals of long-lasting peace, stability and prosperity in South Sudan. 

Amb. Dr. Wais and the entire IGAD family wishes to convey their deepest condolences to Hon. Joseph Ukel Abango’s family, relatives and friends, members of USAP and the people of the Republic of South Sudan for the loss of this gallant statesman. May his soul rest in eternal peace.