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Civil society welcomes the reopening of Sudd Institute

By Emelda Siama John

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has welcomed the reopening of the Sudd institute by the president.

This followed the shutdown of the institute by the National Security Services (NSS) after the Peoples’ Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) unveiled a public campaign demanding political changes in the country 10 years after its independence.

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO said it was good that the President responded positively to the reopening of Sudd Institute after long lobby. Keeping institute such as Sudd Institute is essential and beneficial to the country and society of South Sudan.

“Community Empowerment for Progress Organization welcomed this remarkable act and appreciates the President for this positive act that demonstrates sense of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is high time for South Sudanese at their various capacities to forgive each other,” he said.

He added that freedom of expression should not drive destructive acts against each other but it should allow people to have civic space for check and balance for securing good and democratic governance.

He urged the authority to expand the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation to free the former Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Kuel Aguer Kuel who is under detention and facing high medical challenging situation.

The Executive Director has urged all South Sudanese in various capacities to sincerely forgive each other and utilize the freedom of expression in responsible manner to never lead to fuel or promote violence.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit permitted the reopening of the Sudd Institute yesterday through a letter addressed to the institute board of directors’ Chairperson on dated November 19, 2021.

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