21 Aug 2019


Kiir Mourns With Plane Crash Victims

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday joined hundreds of mourners to pray for the souls of the plane crash victims.

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 18 September 2018 [Gurtong]-On September 9, a plane carrying 23 people crashed in to Lake Yirol under unknown circumstances killing 20 people while only three survived.

President Kiir was accompanied by the First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, and cabinet ministers. Families and relatives of all the victims of the Yirol plane crash also attended the memorial prayer service at All Saint Cathedral in Juba.

President Kiir said he was deeply shocked and saddened by the death of the innocent people in the plane crash.

“I am here to share with you the agony and the pain that we lost the lives of our dear people. I am deeply shocked and sadden by the death of my people,” Kiir told the mourners.

“Death is not good totally. If one happened to survive a plane crash, then it was out of the will of God. One could not believe to survive when there are such incidences,” he said after one of the plane crash survivors was brought to him.

An eight year- old-girl was among the three survivors of the Eastern Lakes plane crash.
“When I saw this little daughter with her right hand up broken, I remember the situation I previously had when I survived the plane crash,” he recounted his experience in 2009.

The president revealed that he has directed the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority to quickly investigate the cause of the plane crash.

“I instructed the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority to quickly investigate the matter, suspend the operation of South West Aviation until further findings,” Kiir told families of the victims.

He said the Civil Aviation Authority should authorize n all airline companies to provide their service books as soon as possible for inspections to avoid any further deaths.

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