Rumbek community in Kampala marked Independence Day
Government delegates and Rumbek community leaders pose for group photo during the commemoration of South Sudan Independence Day on 14th July, 2018 in Kampala (Photo by Martin Manyiel Wugol):
By Martin Manyiel Wugol
Rumbek Youth Union (RUMYU) based in Kampala last Saturday commemorated South Sudan Independence Day under the theme “Promoting Unity, Peace and Reconciliation”.
South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011 but two years later the country descended into a civil war. The government had cancelled the Independence Day’s celebration for three years in a row now due to economic constraints.
Speaking during the event at Hotel Golden Chambers, the Leader of South Sudanese Women in Kampala Roda Ayan Manyuon congratulated the citizens and President Salva Kiir for his tireless effort to bring lasting peace in the country.
“South Sudanese women in Kampala are for peace and we support the Entebbe proposal and the signed Khartoum documents because we need peace and the unity of our people as soon as possible,” said Ms. Manyoun, adding that there was no time to be wasted.
Deng Gai Galuaak a member of National Dialogue Committee accused some politicians for the continuous loss of innocent lives in the country due to what he called “their political interests.”
He urged all South Sudanese to denounce culture of violence and embrace peace and harmony.
Mr. Galuaak hailed the Agaar community for the great role they played during the Sudan People’s Liberation Army war of liberation.
“To host South Sudanese in Rumbek for good twenty one days was not an easy support shown by the Agaar community given that difficult moment,” he said.
Dharuai Mabor Teny, a Member of Parliament at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) urged the women to teach their children to be law abiding citizens.
According to Mr. Teny, anyone who kills someone with ill intention must also be killed.
The former commissioner of Rumbek East County Marial Gumke has praised President Salva Kiir for signing a Permanent Ceasefire Agreement with rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar saying it has paved ways for peaceful settlement of the political turmoil in the country.
“Peace has come and it is our collective responsibility to support and forgive each other for the sake of those who are suffering but expect the political leaders to change their lives,” he said.
Mr. Gumke appealed to all women in Kampala to continue supporting peace effort since they were engine of human civilization in the world, saying South Sudanese women are not an exceptional.
He humbly requested all South Sudanese to forgive their political leaders for the mistakes they committed during the twenty-one years’ South Sudan war of liberation.
President Kiir’s envoy, Akot Lual Arech during his address to the gathering, called on citizens to respect their political leaders. He said it was they (citizens) who elected the leaders in power.
He revealed that president Kiir’s was planning to visit Western Lakes State to appreciate them for their continuous support to the SPLM led government.
He said Kiir was much happier with the Western Lakes Sate authorities and the community over the peaceful execution of the disarmament Order.