Rumbek Joins South Sudan In Marking Martyrs Day

Thousands of people gathered yesterday at Rumbek freedom square in Lakes State to celebrate South Sudanese Martyrs Day. Members of Parliament, secondary and primary school students in Rumbek joined others in marking the day.

Rumbek Joins South Sudan In Marking Martyrs Day
Ager-gum primary school marching during the celebrations [©Gurtong]

By Gabriel Mayom
RUMBEK, 31st July, 2011 [Gurtong] - Thousands of people gathered yesterday at Rumbek freedom square in Lakes State to celebrate South Sudanese Martyrs Day. Members of Parliament, secondary and primary school students in Rumbek joined others in marking the day.

Speaking during the celebrations, Lakes State Acting Governor Daniel Ayual Makoi, donated 23 huge bulls to various folklore groups, widows and wounded heroes.

Hon. Ayual appealed to the entire Lakes State citizens to work hard and help in building a strong foundation for the Republic of South Sudan.  He called upon all political parties of South Sudan to join in developing South Sudan to be a better nation in the world.

Ayual, said that, “We must not be over-confident, we have a long march ahead. We need at least a decade of hard work and sustained growth to realize our dreams. We have to bridge the many divides in our society and work with a unity of purpose. We need to think of the future and be steadfast in resolving issues as we capitalize the dynamism that pervades our people, our youth, our farmer and our businesses. 
 
This is the first martyrs since the Republic of South Sudan was declared an independent State on July 9.

A widow with mixed feelings cried when three flowers representing the late William Deng Nhial, the late Dr. John Garang and the other represents all fighters who died during the liberation struggle of South Sudan.

According to Lakes state Warden Commissioner, Colonel Mangar Majak Malok, said that during the long struggle, Lakes State had lost 25, 195 people (Those on official reports).

The Lakes State Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) acting secretary Malou Moses Majok said that SPLM party is ready to serve widows and orphans in the new Republic of South Sudan.
 
“Our brothers and sisters who died during the struggle never died in vain – we are proud of those who died during the black days of struggle – we are proud that this independence day was achieve through their blood that cements the foundation of South Sudan” said Moses.
 
Lakes state has never been stable since the CPA was signed in 2005 – The state s been hit by inter-clan and inter-state conflicts as well as cattle raids that acts as a setback in development.
 
Moses added that, “those who died during cattle raids in various locations in Lakes State Counties are not heroes, they are crooks and shall not be recognized by the SPLM party”.

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