Returnees arrive in Rumbek
RUMBEK, 25th March (Gurtong) - The Governor of Lakes state, Daniel Awet Akot and local chiefs received about 264 returnees coming from Khartoum in Rumbek last Friday evening. The digntaries were accompanied by officials from the United Nation International of migration (UN-IOM) and South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation commission (SSRRC) with some few police accompanied the returnees.
By Manyang Mayom
One of the returnees Rebecca Yar was quoted saying, "I am happy because I have reached my homeland, my motherland Rumbek; I will not be worried again that i will miss the census because I thought that i would be caught up in Khartoum and my name will be taken and used by the Nation Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum to win the South Sudan during the up coming election.Although I don’t have a house to stay in here in Rumbek, I will put up with my relatives."
However, Daniel Awet Akot, while speaking during the reception of the returnees said that the State may boycott the current population census if the question of ethnicity was not included in the Census questionnaire form. He stressed that the data on ethnicity is very important to determine who is a south Sudanese to vote during the referendum in 2011.
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