South Sudan gov’t pushes peace celebration day to October 31st

By Deng Machol
Juba – South Sudan’s revitalized Peace celebration has been pushed to October 31 due to technical reasons, official said.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar shake hands
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar shake hands

The pushed was reached on Friday in Juba during the weekly transitional government council of ministers presided by president Kiir.

South Sudan minister of information, telecommunication, and postal services, Michael Makuei, who is also government spokesman said the celebration has been moved to another day to allow the completion of remaining work.

According to minister Makuei, the venue and time remain unchanged.

“For this practical and technical reasons, it’s decided that the celebration should be pushed for a day, that the celebration will not be on 30th, as its being announced but it will be on the 31st, at the same time, in the same place.
This is to give chance for any technical work which is incomplete, to allow it to be completed so that the celebration come out the way we expected,” Makuei told the press after a Council of Ministers meeting on Friday.
President Kiir and rebel leader Machar signed the revitalized peace deal in 12 September, aimed to end five years of a conflict that has devastated the East Africa youngest nation.
The peace celebration is aimed to forge forgiveness, unity and reconciliation and building trust and confidence among South Sudanese.
However, Machar, leader of SPLM – IO has accepted to attend the peace celebration but demanded the release of a remaining political detainees and PoWs and lifted of the state emergency in other part of the country.
The new deal mentioned the release of political detainees and prisoners of the war (PoWs). But of recently, President Kiir administration has freed 20 political detainees and prisoners of the war, then following by five others freed on Thursday.
Kiir and Machar first reached a power sharing deal in 2015, but was unworkable, just collapse within a months after the renewed fighting on July 2016 in Juba. The lifespan of this new peace is yet to be predicted.

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