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Yirol Communities in Kampala Mark Independence Day

By Martin Manyiel Wugol

South Sudanese in Uganda have continued to celebrate the 8th Independence Anniversary in Kampala.

Last Saturday, Yirol communities in  Kampala marked the event under the theme “Sovereignty is a responsibility”.

The event was attended by members of different communities from the greater Yirol area including Yirol East, Yirol West and the greater Awerial.

Speaking at the event, Makuei Achieck, Chairperson of Greater Yirol Youth Union in Uganda called on leaders to give South Sudanese youth equal opportunity to participate in nation building.

He said young people who double up as the majority are easily manipulated by politicians for their self-interest.

Achieck said despite challenges, his office has addressed some of the challenges facing the communities in Kampala.

SPLM Students’ Youth Representative David Thon Malech appealed to South Sudanese to stop misusing social media.

He said the country can only be peaceful if the youth act responsibly and speak positively about their country.

Ayan Manyuon Rhoda, Chairlady of South Sudanese Women Association in Uganda challenged South Sudanese to put aside their political differences and embark on peace building.

“Enough is enough of senseless war, we viciously staged against innocent citizens people and time has come to move forward and start nation building as well as implementation of the peace agreement,” she said.

Acting Deputy Ambassador to Uganda Clement Deng Akech hailed the people of greater Yirol for standing tall with the ruling SPLM party during the liberation struggle.

Akech said Yirol communities played an instrumental role in keeping peace and harmony amongst South Sudanese.

He advised the youth to be confident in government because they have share of independence dividends.

The diplomat said the government has the capacity to engage young graduates to in nation building.

Mathok Bol Wel, who was the guest of honor, congratulated the leadership of Greater Yirol Youth Union (GYYU) in Uganda for maintaining the cultures of its people.

He said the country was big enough to accommodate all the 64 tribes with all its diversities.

Wel assured President Salva Kiir of the greater Yirol communities’ support.

“Your leadership works extremely hard to reunite the people of South Sudan and that challenge needs support from Yirol community and the entire citizens,” said Wel.


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