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South Sudanese celebrate the country’s birth (File photo)

By Nema Juma

Preparations for celebration of the eighth anniversary celebrations have started, the Minister of Information, Telecommunication and Postal Services said.

Michael Makuei Lueth who is also the government spokesperson told reporters after the regular Council of Ministers meeting last Friday that plans were underway to celebrate the eighth independence anniversary.

This would be the first time since 2015 South Sudan will have a national independence celebration. In the years, national celebrations were cancelled due to either security or financial reasons.

When asked whether this year there will be a national event for celebration of the country’s independence anniversary, Makuei revealed that plans were under way for the day.

“Yes it will be celebrated,” he said.

South Sudan has now marked over eight years since it seceded from the Sudan in 2011 but hopes of many were dashed when a civil war erupted in December 2013. A peace deal meant to reconcile the warring parties collapsed when violence erupted in Juba in July 2016.

The parties to the conflict are now trying to implement an agreement meant to revitalized the collapsed peace deal signed in 2015.

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