By Bida Elly David
Eastern Equatoria State Governor Louis Lobong Lojore has pledged to develop Kuron village as part of the Late Bishop Paride’s legacy.
Late Bishop Paride Taban who died last week was finally laid to rest yesterday in Torit.
Speaking during the burial ceremony, Governor Lobong promised to enhance roads and the learning environment in Kuron.
“Kuron Peace Village should be considered important in history. There is a need for peace institute to be built in Paride’s name, the government will try at its level best,” he said.
He said the church ought to prioritize the establishment of a parish at Kuron Peace Village in memory of the late Bishop.
“I still don’t know if they have announced the establishment of a parish in Kuron, if the church opens the parish, then the government will establish a Payam,” he said.
Lobong noted that the establishment of the parish will allow the government of Eastern Equatoria State to assign administrators.
“We need a parish in Kuron, now there are no priests, if you make Kuron a parish it will be easy for the government to focus in developing more,” he said.
Governor Louis after the letter was read noted that he was one of the products trained by Bishop Paride from the seminary.
“I was a product of Bishop Paride from the seminary, Paride did not grow from his homeland and he was a serious agriculturalist therefore I need to support his initiatives,” he said.
Sarah Nene, deputy governor of Central Equatoria State stated the late Bishop Paride was among the great leaders who had the vision to extend town to village.
She suggested the late should be listed among Saints for his good conduct.
For his, Dr. James Wani Igga, the vice president for economic cluster said the late fought a great battle for the liberation of South Sudan to the point of being imprisoned.
He said the international award given to Bishop Paride was due to his legacy and hard work and the government will continue remembering his service.
“Paride did not only teach us to love the church but also South Sudan. He was the toughest liberator through his deeds therefore we must remember him,” he said.
VP Igga said it was through Bishop Taban that South Sudan particularly Torit got global recognition.
He advocated for the Church and government to develop Paride’s ancestral homeland land by establishing an agricultural institution for farmer training.