Tens Of Thousands In Wau Town Turned Out To Celebrate South Sudan’s Fourth Independence

Tens of thousands of residents of Western Bahr el Ghazal State capital, Wau town turned out today Thursday 9th of July to mark the 4th anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence celebrations.

Tens Of Thousands In Wau Town Turned Out To Celebrate S. Sudan's 4th Anniversay Of Independece
Wau town celebrates South Sudans's 4th Anniversary of Independence [Photo| James Deng Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, July 9, 2015[Gurtong] - The celebrations which was held at Wau’s main stadium begun with a procession at 8 am from Wau’s Peace Square opposite the South Sudan’s SPLM Secretariat’s Office to where the occasion took place.

Residents joined by the State Special Forces, the SPLA division five, civil society, distinguished guests, school going children and traditional dancers among others turned out to celebrate the day when South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan.

The stadium was filled with tens of thousands of people cheering and singing even amidst humanitarian crisis facing the country.

The day was also marked in different towns in Western Bahr el Ghazal State including Mapel, Raga, Nyin-Akok in Jur River County and Ngo-Bagari in Wau County.

While addressing the multitude, the State Governor, Rizik Zackaria Hassan said that the Nations interest must come before all other interests.

“Put the nation first before everything, this is my message to you all,” Governor Rizik told the crowd while referring to the on-going situation in South Sudan as the country has been engulfed in a civil war that broke out 18 months ago.

“The war can only destroy all of us and our newly independent nation if we cannot stop it,” said Governor Rizik.

Hassan calls on all politicians and the two warring parties to the current conflict to put aside their differences and dialogue for sustainable peace to be achieved in South Sudan and development.

Governor Rizik also urged the rebels fighting the government to compromise for peace rather than striking on what he termed “their unbearable points and demands during the pace talks” which does not have meaningful points for peace in the country.

“The responsibility to restore peace is a mandated action to all of us in the country to stop the continuation of death of our own people,” said Hassan.

Meanwhile the Infantry Division five commander, Major General David Manyok warned the rebels in Western Bahr el Ghazal state to leave the forest and return home or never come back.
“We the South Sudan army, we don’t want war again among ourselves. But if it happens that there are some people who have chosen for war, then we cannot tolerate them. This is a language that we tell those rebels in Western Bahr el Ghazal state,” said General Manyok.

Manyok also said that any army officer who is found guilty of committing a crime will be dealt with according to the law.

“If we get you committing a crime, we will take you to court. And if the court finds you guilty of crime, you will be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison and you will be dismissed from the army,” he said.

General Manyok’s comments comes just after the recent arrest of many army officers in Wau were arrested allegedly for being robbers during night hours in Wau town.

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