21 Jul 2019

 

Gogrial Marks 8th Anniversary With Calls For Peace Implementation

“What the citizens say they need from the government of South Sudan and the opposition groups is the implementation of revitalized peace agreement to allow the country to achieve conducive atmosphere security and development”.

By James Deng Dimo

Kuacjok 10, July 2019 [GURTONG] - As South Sudan marked the 8th anniversary of Independence yesterday, thousands turned out in Gogrial State and called on the South Sudan Government and opposition groups to fully impalement the revitalized peace agreement.

The colourful event was marked in Gogrial State at the main Freedom Square, attended by high level state’s officials, led by the state’s Governor Victor Atem Atem, members of the state assembly, advisors, the head of UNMISS state’s field officer and religious-based groups among others.

The colourful event included thousands of school children from various schools, traditional dancers, civil society activists and women’s groups and amongst others.

While addressing the public in local languages, Atem Atem, the governor, urged the citizens of Gogrial to put aside any differences they have and focus on peace amongst the communities.

Governor Atem said the implementation of revitalized peace accord should also begin with the local citizens, when they put aside their internal problems.

“What the citizens say they need from the government of South Sudan and the opposition groups is the implementation of revitalized peace agreement to allow the country to achieve conducive atmosphere security and development”.

The people of Gogrial State, the Governor pointed out, expect South Sudanese leaders this time to put aside their differences and focus their priorities on the needs of the citizens; and these include schools, changes in provision of health facilities and infrastructure.

“My name is Asunta Angong, a citizen of Gogrial State. Today I recall the long struggle that we, the daughters and sons of South Sudan, went through. We have encountered and endured great suffering for us to reach a day like this: Independence Day. Unfortunately, we again turned on ourselves and forgetting the vision which we had throughout the war. But what are we enjoying now? The former united southerners have forgotten what we struggled for!”
 

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