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Jonglei State prepares for Seventh Independence Anniversary

Today, the 21-year liberation war comes to an official end as people celebrate South Sudan’s Independence Day in Juba. AFP PHOTO/PETER MARTELL.

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

Citizens in Jonglei State are preparing to celebrate the seventh year anniversary of their independence despite the numerous challenges in the country, Governor Philip Aguer said on Tuesday.

Mr Aguer said although the country was in humanitarian crisis, it was necessary for the State to recognize the roles played by the martyrs who lost their lives during the course of the country’s struggle for freedom.

He was responding to Juba Monitor on the question whether Jonglei State was ready to celebrate the Seventh independence anniversary amidst challenges of humanitarian needs, economic crisis and insecurity in the country.

”We are preparing for the independence celebration and we have already formed a committee headed by Mayor of Bor town. The team is now making necessary preparations for independence celebration,” Aguer said.

He reiterated that they will ensure that all residents in Jonglei State celebrate the Independence Day peacefully.

Governor Aguer explained that independence celebration should be a pride for all citizens, and it should be celebrated whatsoever little resources are available on the ground.

”It is your own freedom and you need not to be hired. People can just come to celebrate and listen to the speeches. It does not need any money and it is our principle here in Jonglei State,” Aguer stressed.

”We have been organizing a lot of events in Jonglei State without involving money. The question of the economic hardship is not a problem to us. What we know is to celebrate the 9th of July promptly,” he emphasized.

Mr Aguer said whether the people were hungry or not they have to do it (celebrate), adding that man does not depend on food alone.

”We can survive on our moral obligations. We must celebrate and glorify those martyrs who died for the sake of this independence. For us though we are hungry but we are still alive,” Governor Aguer said.

For the last two year, the national government skipped the Independence Day celebration. In 2016, it was not celebrated due to the fighting between the forces of President Salva Kiir and his Former First Vice President Dr Riek Machar which erupted on the eve of the fifth year independence anniversary.

Last year the event was cancelled over economic crisis but Governor Aguer reiterated that it was important for the citizens to celebrate their independence to show to the world that they were a free nation.



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