Today is the nineth July 2020, the Independence Day of South Sudan. It is a day that South Sudan got its freedom and became self- governing. It is a day that South Sudanese recognize their identity and have their own leadership. In 2011 on this day, many people came from various countries to witness the raising up of South Sudan flag. Many people were weeping; it was not because of sorrow but happiness, they never expected to become an Independent country.
It is a day nobody should forget in life although many bad things happened after two years’ time. During the time of elections in 2010, in Khartoum, Sudan and referendum, South Sudanese were united and have love for one another. That is why they voted for separation of the country and became Independent. If there was no unity, cooperation and love among them, they should not have voted to reach the Liberation of the nation.
Nobody could believe what happened after two years of Independence. However, if we are celebrating the day today, we need to remember the challenges and the achievement people of South Sudan made. It was not easy to talk about challenges people of South Sudan went through, but that was the history of the country. It was we who voted for the separation and at the same time turned for the destructions, which resulted to thousands of people losing life and others became displaced person within the country and refugees in the neighboring countries.
One of the challenges was the conflict that erupted between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar in December 2013 and it continued up to the time of signing the peace deal. And formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) this year in which Dr. Machar is the First Vice President and other four Vice Presidents to run the affairs of the country. Due to the above mentioned situation, we should remember those who died due to the Independence of this country and those who made success as a result of the existence of the country.
We can also thank our mediators who stood behind peace process, pushed our leaders to reach to the formation of the Transitional government.
Again on this day, I would like to say to my brother Gen. Thomas Cirilo to come home for peace implementation. He cannot continue with the movement in the bush which is causing insecurity. This country is for all of us, that is why during the referendum, almost all people voted for Independence may be including him (Gen. Cirilo). We are still one especially if commemorating such event; and would reflect back to the struggle made by our heroes to achieve the day of today.
May God bless us all.