Tonj Municipality Names Main Roundabout After William Deng Nhial

The central round about in Tonj Municipality has been named after the late veteran politician William Deng Nhial who was assassinated in 1968 during the first civil war waged by South Sudanese against the Khartoum regime.

Tonj Municipality Names Main Roundabout After William Deng Nhial
Sir William Deng Nhial Roundabout at Tonj Town [Photo| Ariik Atekdit]

By Ariik Atekdit

JUBA, 16 June 2016 [Gurtong]- Joseph Anei Madoor, the Mayor of Tonj Town said that the decision was reached at in April in honour of William Deng Nhial, the former Head of SANU political party in Sudan (Sudan Africa National Union).

“I thought of building a monument and to be constructed as a roundabout in the name of William Deng Nhial. The reason which prompted the municipal authority to execute this is regarding the remembrance of our honourable patriotic leaders who had made the heroic sacrifices in order to set us free,” Madoor said from Tonj.

“Our leaders went through a lot of struggle for this nation and Sir William remains as a symbol of hope and peace for the people of Tonj State and beyond,” Madoor added.

During the Sudan’s election of 1968, William Deng won his seat by a landslide, but was assassinated just as the results were announced.  Deng and others in his party were killed on 5 May 1968 near Cueibet town, Gok State in a place that is now called William Bridge. He was buried in Tonj his home town.

However, where his grave lies has now been surrounded with activities from the local population.

“I have always presented a memo to the town legislative council to enact bylaws for evicting out those that have inhabited his graveyard and surroundings. This will enable the municipality to build the monument and beautify the premises for tourists and other colorful functions,” Madoor added.

William Deng Nhial is the father to Nhial Deng Nhial, the presidential advisor and leading politician in the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) who has held several positions in South Sudan cabinet since 2005.

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