Western Equatoria State Celebrates Independence Day

The 9th July South Sudan Independence Day celebrations started in Western Equatoria State's Capital Yambio as early as 6am with rapturous cries and ululations as cars hooted while thousands of people flocked the roads.

Western Equatoria State Celebrates Independence Day
Acrobatic entertainers from Kenya grace the occasion in WES [©Gurtong]

By Clement Gbatanawo
YAMBIO, 13th July, 2011 [Gurtong] – The 9th July South Sudan Independence Day celebrations started in Western Equatoria State's Capital Yambio as early as 6am with rapturous cries and ululations as cars hooted while thousands of people flocked the roads.

Thousands of people including the government officials trekked to visit the tomb yards of King Gbudue and pay homage to him as a leader who repelled the British colonialists.

The march then took to the State secretariat via the State assembly buildings on to the venue of celebration at Gbudue Sports Stadium; where people paraded including all the armed forces, students, businesspersons, religious groups, and traditional dancing groups.

The event included speeches from the State Governor, State Assembly Speaker and other invited guests including those that came across from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Acrobatic entertainments from Kenya and many other events coloured the day to mark South Sudanese Independence Day.

When it clocked exactly 1:00pm, the Speaker of Western Equatoria State Assembly, Hon. Edward Bukulu declared the country independent drawing excitement from the crowd.

Then at exactly 01:45pm, the Governor led the citizens in witnessing the lowering of the Sudan flag and the hoisting of the flag for the new Republic of South Sudan.

During flag hoisting session one old man said that, “This flag has been raised today through many difficulties and lots of lives being lost coupled with destruction of property. Am happy to witness the flag of oppression lowered and the flag of freedom raised,” he said while shedding tears.

Thereafter, part of the jubilant crowd joined the police jazz band in singing the National Anthem of the new nation, as others just clapped and ululated. Most people living in Yambio had not heard the new anthem drawing a lot of attention and excitement

Goveoner Joseph Bakosoro then delivered his speech while appealing to the people of Western Equatoria to be security conscious and warned security organs against intimidating civilians.

Bakosoro said that his government will exercise the rule of law and emphasized that nobody is above the law.

He said that food production and infrastructure improvement complement each for the benefit of the farmers and pledged his State government’s commitment to rehabilitate the roads using revenue collected by the Government.

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