Jonglei State government officials and partners shake hands after the occasion marking the Seventh Independence Anniversary at Bor Town Freedom Square on 09th July 2018 (Photo by Manyuon Mayen Manyuon):
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
Thousands of residents on Monday gathered at Jonglei State Freedom Square to celebrate the seventh independence anniversary Day.
Addressing gathering at the occasion Jonglie State Deputy Governor, Dr. Agot Alier Leek said that the independence of South Sudan should be celebrated annually despite economic challenges.
He stressed that the road to the independence was not easy and its attainment was very historical that should always be commemorated.
”It was not easy to attain this independence. It was not got in a golden plate. People died for it and many were captured alive and sold to different parts as slaves and also hanged over their rights so it was not easy,” Dr. Leek said.
He reiterated that it was a great day of remembering all those who died along the road to freedom.
Dr. Leek appealed to all South Sudanese not to regret the choice they made to live as independence nation despite ongoing challenges the country was witnessing.
“We have got rid of colonization, domination and now we should be in a complete standby to manage ourselves and resources without issues. We have lost many lives to attain our freedom,” he stressed
Dr Leek described the ongoing war in the country as “war of greed and selfishness” without meaningful reasons.
Jonglei State Head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) field office Deborah Schein congratulated the people of Jonglei State for commemorating the seventh anniversary of their independence.
She said that there was need for the citizens to be courageous and committed in order to manage whatsoever scenario they were going through.
“South Sudan should build trust amongst them in order to have a better future,” Ms. Schein said.
It is three years in row that the national government had failed celebrate of Independence Day due to economic crisis.
The state celebration was possible through the contributions of many well-wishers including Fine Jet Company Limited that contributed 100 cartons of Soda, Delbin Petroleum Company donated 200 liters of fuel.
Other business firms such as Park Palace Hotel and Garden Resort Hotel contributed in cash. The Ethiopian and Eritrean communities in Bor donated 20 cartons of clean drinking water.