President Kiir Celebrates Heroes Day In Torit

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has joined the people of Eastern Equatoria State in celebrating the South Sudan’s Heroes Day in Torit.

President Kiir Celebrates Heroes Day In Torit
President Salva Kiir Mayardit addressing the gathering at Torit Freedom Square during the Heroes Day celebrations. [Gurtong | Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

 By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 24 August 2012 [Gurtong] –Speaking during the celebrations, the president urged the people of Eastern Equatoria and South Sudan at large to remember their martyrs and most especially the history of the struggle for liberation.

Kiir gave brief account of how the liberation struggle started adding that many obstacles were encountered on the way to gaining independence.

The President cited the processes leading to the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Aggrement (CPA) in 2005, the 2010 elections, Southern Sudanese 2011 referendum and the independence declaration as some of the tough issues that has been witnessed.

The State Governor Louis Lobong Lojore who introduced the key dignitaries, commended the people for their gifts saying this shows love and commitment to supporting the nation.

Numerous gifts from different groups of the people including the SPLA Red Army were offered to the President through the state governor.

The governor said that it shows generosity and demonstrates the spirit of togetherness with the leadership of South Sudan.

Lojore informed the president that his state government is implementing national policies and reiterated that his administration is committed to fighting corruption in the state.

“We are committed to fighting corruption, good governance and democratic principles,” he said.

President Kiir acknowledged the plight of South Sudanese even after attainment of the independence citing health, education, electricity, clean water and roads as key.

During the event, President Kiir regretted the untimely death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi saying that the late had been instrumental in mediating between Sudan and South Sudan to reach a lasting solution.

Equally, the president passed condolences message to the citizens following the death of his SPLA Deputy in command, Paulino Matip who died in Nairobi early this week.

The colourful event was attended by a number of dignitaries notably National Minister of Roads and Bridges Gier Chuong, Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs Dr Aggrey Tisa and Presidentail Advisor on Religious Affairs Mark Lotede.

The National Agriculture Minister Betty Achan Ogwaro, National Youth and Sports Minister Dr. Cirino Hiteng, SPLA’s General Mabuto Mamur Merte, SPLA’s General Oyai Deng, Undersecretary of the National Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs Major General Johnson Juma Okot were also present.

The Master of Ceremony for the event was the Director General Veteran’s Affairs in the National Ministry of Defence Veterans Affairs Aloisio Emor Ojetuk. Ojetuk is also a former governor for Eastern Equatoria State.

He was assisted by Malaak Ayuen of Juba SPLA Information Section.

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