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The ruling government’s Secretary General (SG) Abdon Agaw says South Sudan fought for twenty three years to achieve independence and so will remain with the fighting spirit.
Agaw told press on Wednesday that this year’s independence celebrations will remain to be very special in the lives and history of the people of South Sudan.
The anniversary, he said, “is coming at a time when the country has had a year and half of hardships, a year in which the people of South Sudan have shown resilience that its worst enemies never expected to see.”
“The second independence anniversary is a very special one, it’s a year to remind ourselves how much we had to pay for our freedom; our people tightened their belts and resisted all types of temptations to cause insecurity in their government and their country,” Agaw remarked.
The Secretary General, who is also the chair of the organizing committee for the independence celebrations said the people of South Sudan have shown to its enemies that it will remain sold and united.
“When we fought for independence, we meant to remain independent,” he said.
South Sudan fought a protracted guerilla war against the government of Khartoum until it got independence in 2011.
The SG said the meaning of being independent means to stay together and achieve stability and development.
Agaw said all is set for the celebrations adding a number of heads of states invited to grace the occasion have already confirmed attendance.
Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Uhuru Kenyhatta, Paul Kagame, Seretse Khama Ian Khama (Botswana), Hassan Sheik Mohamud (Somalia) and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (Ethiopia) will attend the second independence celebrations to take place at the freedom square in Juba.
He called upon all South Sudanese to turn up in large numbers to celebrate the important occasion.
The chairperson for the independence celebrations further called upon all security forces and citizens to ensure that the period to and after the independence remain a period of peace and tranquility.
He said, a number of activities ranging from a marathon race on the eve of the Independence Day, Parades by the army and other organized forces, cultural dances, sports tournament among other activities have arrange to grace the day. The year’s theme is “Towards effective nation build and prosperity for all”.