The SPLA during previous celebrations in Juba. SPLA Spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer could not state as to when the aborted day will be commemorated. [Gurtong | File]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 16 May 2013 [Gurtong] – The SPLA Spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer told Gurtong that; “what has been postponed is the big celebration that is being organized at the National level. But local celebrations are ongoing.”
Aguer could not state as to when the aborted day could be commemorated.
The SPLA General Headquarters is being quoted by some online media sources to have announced abortion of the day yesterday in the National State TV but did not state as to why the day is being postponed.
Anonymous sources are quoted in the military saying that the cancellation came in view of the security situation, without giving details.
It also reported rebels based in Jonglei State under the command of David Yau Yau have been making claims of imminent attacks in various towns in Jonglei, including Pibor and the state capital, Bor.
A source in the SPLM had exclusively told Gurtong that, austerity measures might have hindered government efforts to hold a national celebration that would invite international dignitaries.
The SPLA day marks commemoration of when on 16 May 1983 Late Dr. John Garang and his team took arms against the Khartoum government in a struggle to liberate South Sudanese from marginalization by the Khartoum government.
The struggle manifested to signing of a peace accord in 2005 dubbed as “Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)” which led to secession of South Sudan in 2011 and establishment of the Republic of South Sudan.