Donations to support the SPLA came in all forms, including livestock. [Gurtong/ Peter Lokale Nakimangole]
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 09 June 2012 [Gurtong] –Communities handed over material and cash donations at a ceremony held in Torit Thursday.
A total of 409,049 South Sudanese Pounds, 475 bulls, 2 camels, 212 goats, 3 rams and assorted bags of sorghum, beans, maize, maize flour, rice, cartons of biscuits, cartons of washing soap and several jerry-cans of cooking oil were handed over to the State High Mobilisation Committee.
Greater Kapoeta handed over 39,387 South Sudanese Pounds, 291 bulls, 90 goats and 3 rams with the Greater Torit handing over 17,300 South Sudanese Pounds, 185 bulls and 101 goats.
The State Government also contributed 130,000 South Sudanese Pounds, 5 bulls and 15 goats with the state civil servants contributing 222,362 South Sudanese Pounds.
Budi County authorities also announced that 560 youth are ready to join the SPLA as are 320 from Torit County.
Contributions are however yet to be received from Magwi County who attributed the delay to logistical challenges.
The State Governor Louis Lobong Lojore expressed satisfaction with the enormous support for the South Sudanese army.
“This tells that you have commitment to your nation, South Sudan. This is a national call, a call to protect and die for our hard won liberation. We must stand together with our brothers and sisters to defend the nation”, he said.
The move follows a resolution passed by the National Council of Ministers in Juba to call for support to the SPLA currently in the frontline to protect South Sudan’s borders.