Wau: Preparations for 9th July Independence Day Celebration Underway

Preparations are underway for the celebration of south Sudan’s Independence Day on 9th July Wednesday in Western Bahr el Ghazal’s (WBGS) state capital Wau.

Wau: Preparations for 9th July Independence Day Celebration Underway
Wau shops being repainted as part of the 2014 Independence Day preparations [pictire by James Deng Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 01, July 2014 [GURTONG]-
Andal Wadatalla Nasir, chairperson for the high committee for the 9th July celebration in the state, confirmed to Gurtong that contractions are working hard to complete works to Wau county Bagari Jur River Nyinakok headquarters, Wau Teaching Hospital’s Women’s Ward and Wau blood bank station, which are due to be inaugurate by the Republic of South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir on the 9th July.

Nasir also said that Wau main stadium, where the celebrations are set to take place, had been well reorganized and that the organization was fully prepared: “We have recently formed five committee which are tasked with making the celebration of 9th July successful,”

Decorations across the town’s markets and government buildings continues, aimed at ensuring a colorful celebration of the birthday of the new nation, he said.

“As south Sudan has gone through difficult scenarios situation since last year December, with massive violence over the Country, I urged the people of south Sudan to mark this 3rd anniversary celebration in 2014 a year of peace, as per the celebration theme “One Nation, one people,” said Nasir.

“The people of south Sudan are tired of war, therefore, we the people of this nation are asking the two warring parties to lower their differences for the sake of sustainable peace nationwide,” he urged. In Wau, people are painting their roofs in white, which is a symbol of peace, to indicate theu desire for an end to hostilities.

Meanwhile, Wau county municipal mayor, Arkangelo Anyar Anyar, called on the town residents not to fire or gun shots during the celebration, as this may cause panic among residents.

This is the 3rd anniversary after South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession from Sudan in a referendum held in January 2011 and thus become the world’s newest nation.
 

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