Gov’t says no public occasion to mark independence

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit/Courtesy photo

By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei

The Minister of Information and Government’s Spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth disclosed to the media on Friday that the government will not be celebrating the Country’s 11th anniversary due to limited resources the government has at hand.

However President Salva Kiir Mayardit will be expected to deliver his nation address on the anniversary eve that’s the evening of 8th July2022.

 He added that the rest of the States including the three administrative Areas have been Authorized to celebrate in their Local Areas.

Speaking to the Media after the council of Ministers Meeting on Friday, Makuei explained that the limited resources that the government has currently will rather be used for the graduation of unified forces and the implementation of the Agreement.

“We will have to make used of the little resources we have on graduating the forces that have been in the training centers for very long,” he said.

“So instate of us celebrating, the Cabinet has decided that this year celebration will be limited to President Salva Kiir, he will see how best he will address the nation on the 8th of July, but the States including the three Administrative Areas have been authorized to Celebrate at their Local Areas,” he added.

However, he revealed that the celebration budget approval was cancel after the Minister of Cabinet Affairs had requested the Cabinet to approve the Country to celebrate the 11th Anniversary.

“The Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr. Martin Elia has requested the cabinet to approve the celebration, but after thorough deliberation, the Cabinet found that yes there is a need for us to celebrate, but the celebration will be of a different type,” he mention.

“There are so many issues at hand, that we need to address and making a big celebration means a lot of expenses, but at the present we don’t have funds, this is what have been agreed upon and was passed,” he stressed.

South Sudan had not celebrated most of its independence Anniversaries as the country plunged into a political crisis barely two years when it attained it independence from Republic of Sudan in July 2o1. Since then the young East African Nation had been experiencing serious economic crises characterized with high inflation.

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