While addressing a large crowd yesterday in Juba Pagan Amum who is also the Secretary General of the South Sudan ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, SPLM told citizens and dignitaries that, the virtual Independence State seeks to have close relationship with all her neighbors.
“We need good relationship with the North. We don’t want to go back to war,” Pagan Amum said.
He also called on the Sudan’s ruling party, the National Congress Party; NCP to desist from supporting rebel groups who jeopardize peace initiatives in the region that have now displaced thousands of innocent civilians from their homes.
“NCP should stop supporting militias who penetrate and wage instability in the South,” he said.
Pagan was addressing hundreds of citizens, Key GOSS Officials and SPLM Dignitaries yesterday gathered in Buluk football ground in a rally that SPLM organized to mobilize for unity among the people of South Sudan ahead of Independence Day celebrations.
Among the key dignitaries were the GOSS Minister of Public Service Awut Deng; Minister of Agriculture who is also the SPLM Deputy Secretary, Dr. Ann Itto and the Juba Mayor Alhaj Baballa.
Citizens who attended the SPLM’s public rally themed: “freedom is achieved; let us get together build our nation” were excited to see their leaders building positive relations with the north despite all the wrongs committed in the past.
The SPLM National Deputy Secretary for Finance Duer Tuth who delivered his opening remarks as the event coordinator urged Southerners that, “it is time for us to think of unity and building South Sudan…Southerners must desist from nepotism and tribalism which affects the growth of a new nation like the Republic of South Sudan, ROSS.”
The SPLM Youth Chairperson Akol Kuol Kordit relatively told the mass that, “the Independence of South Sudan is not an immediate solution to the basic problems of the region.”
While Jackson Abugo, the SPLM Secretary of Central Equatoria State critically urged the leadership of SPLM that, “there are other areas we need to liberate ourselves from: food insecurity, illiteracy and sanitation.”
South Sudan is set to become an autonomous State this Saturday of July 9th.
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