South Sudan Marks 4th Anniversary Of Independence

“It is the day we stood together united as one people watching our beautiful flag rise with our hopes and dreams for this great nation, turned the page of injustice and inequality over and began a new chapter of high aspirations for building a prosperous nation”

South Sudan Marks 4th Anniversary  Of Independence
President Salva Kiir Mayardit wave at the citizens at Dr.John Garang Mousleum during the 4th Anniversary of Independence of South Sudan . [Photo| Jok Mayom]

By Jok P Mayom

JUBA, 09th July 2015: [Gurtong]-Tens of thousands of South Sudanese on Thursday turned out in Juba despite the on-going crisis in the country to mark the fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence.

Among international delegate who were presaent during the occasion were the Ugandan President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as the only Head of State and other Foreign Head of States representatives.

South Sudan’s Vice President, James Wani Igga together with Central Equatoria State Governor Clement Wani Kong’a, National Members, Legislatures and Executives, Heads of the Diplomatic Corps were all in attendance.

The commemoration of the fourth independence anniversary for 2015 was under the theme; “Together for a United and Peaceful South Sudan.’’

President Salva Kiir Mayardit said the occasion is a reminder of what was experienced four years ago when South Sudan seceded from Sudan.

President Kiir describe the Independence Day as a day in the lives of South Sudanese when the struggle for liberation came to an end and freedom and liberty was achieved.

 “It is the day we stood together united as one people watching our beautiful flag rise with our hopes and dreams for this great nation, turned the page of injustice and inequality over and began a new chapter of high aspirations for building a prosperous nation” said President Kiir.

 “Today, I want you to revisit the significance of that moment. The same vision and spirit that kept us together throughout the decades of struggle must now be revived”.

“Today is the opportunity for a change and new beginning of forgiveness and embracing one another in order to move our country forward.”

“As the theme of this 4th Anniversary of Independence is “Together for a United and Peaceful South Sudan”, I urge you to join hands with me to stop this senseless war and work together for Peace, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in our country” he said.

In a bid to reunify the SPLM party that split into factions when violence rocked South Sudan in mid-December 2013 the National Liberation Council (NLC) in South Sudan in an emergency meeting chaired by Salva Kiir Mayardit in June 23rd revoked a decision it took last year to remove Pagan from his position.

The Catholic Archbishop, Paulino Lukudu Loro congratulated the people of South Sudan for the celebration marking the day for the commemoration but decried of the unfolding situation of the 2013 December crisis tearing the new nation apart.

“My dear people of God, four years ago we celebrated on this ground the independence of South Sudan with great joy, after sixty years of liberation struggle, we finally obtained our freedom” said the Arch. Bishop Lokudu.

“The people of South Sudan were united and were full of hope for the future. Our new country begun to develop and we are very grateful today for the development that has happened in our country” he continued.

The Arch. Bishop however, said that the fourth celebrations come at a time when thousands have been killed, displaced from their homes due to war with others facing food insecurity.

“We are seeing atrocities against human life and dignity in a scale which we have never seen before” said Lokudu.

“While we lament the problems in our Nation, lets us vow to renew the peaceful future of South Sudan” the Bishop said.

The Central Equatoria State Governor, Clement Wani Konga, welcomed international dignitaries who turned up for the occasion especially the Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

“Your coming means a lot to us as a Nation and a State. This is the good spirit of African Nationalism and Pan Africanism” he told Museveni.

“Those who came from other States are equally welcomed and wishing you a good stay in Central Eqautoria State here, Juba” said Konga.

The Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was the only Head of State attending the commemoration extended his solidarity and congratulated the people of South Sudan for the fourth anniversary.

“I want to extend my solidarity and congratulate you people of South Sudan for the deliverance from slavery on the fourth anniversary. I wish you good luck” said the Ugandan President.


 

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