This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
State SPLM Chairperson, Dok Koak Dok said the day was under the theme, “We Salute Our Martys’ and Vow to Protect Our Nation.”
The occasion was attended by SPLA Sector II Commander in Division Seven Lt. Gen Johnson Gony Biliu and Cabinet Affairs Minister Yiec Puoc Lur who was the acting governor.
The widows’ representative Elizabeth Nyawal Biet challenged the state government of not performing and delivering services to the citizens.
She said citizens lack basic services including health care, education, and quality water amongst others.
“I wish the governor was present so that he listens to my speech because last year the state government promised but they did not put things into action,” said Biet.
She raises concern of widows not being considered as if there husband were not killed through the struggle of the liberation of the country.
The Legislative assembly acting speaker Mr Chuol Dep thanked the citizens of the state for the commemoration of the day and urges them to celebrate peacefully.
The acting governor promised to deliver services like building of schools with the Sector II Commander Gen. Gony Biliu reassuring the citizens of strong security and protection both internally and at the border line.
He assured citizens not to be worry any more asking them to remain calm and continue with their social activities.
Representative from other political parties in the state Mr. Chol Deng Guet condemned the killing of civilians by the rebels led by David Yau Yau and called on the rebels to put down arms and resort to nation building to foster peace and development.
The Martyrs’ Day is marked as remembrance of Dr John Garang De Mabior, Leader of the South Sudan ruling party SPLM, who perished in a helicopter crash on the 30th July 2005.
Dr John Garang died in plane crash with some of his aides while returning home following his visit to the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
His sudden death shocked South Sudanese and the international community as to whether the peace accord, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, CPA he signed with Khartoum on 9th January 2005 would be accomplished successfully.
His successor President Salva Kiir declared 30 July for every year to be a remembrance day for his death and the death of all South Sudanese during the more than two decades of the civil war.
The celebration is a demonstration of the fact that even though the martyrs are dead their memory lingers on in the hearts of all South Sudanese who appreciate the sacrifice they made for their homeland.
The day is marked in commemoration of all those who sacrificed and lost their lives to realise freedom and peace in South Sudan.
Over 2.5 million South Sudanese are reported to have died and at least four million others were displaced during the over two decades of civil war that ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.