South Sudan: No 11th Anniversary Celebrations Due To Financial Constraints

By Deng Machol

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir attends a meeting on the cutting of the number of states from 32 to 10, at the State House in Juba, South Sudan February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

Juba, South Sudan – South Sudan’s transitional government will not celebrate the 11th anniversary of her hard-fought independence this year due to financial constraints, Information Minister says.

“We have no funds – the little funds available we have to make use of them for the graduation of the unified forces that have been in training centers for long,” Michael Makuei, country’s information minister told the journalists on Friday in Juba.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, following a 2005 agreement that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.

However, violence persisted in  East Africa’s s youngest country and it has not officially celebrated its independence anniversary since 2015, following the outbreak of a years-long conflict in December 2013 that killed nearly 400,000 people and displaced million people from their homes.

“There are so many issues at hand that need to be urgently addressed, and making that big public celebration means making a lot of expenses,” Makuei said, after the council of ministers meeting in Juba.

Makuei, however disclosed that low key celebration will be held at the Presidency level.

The Minister says president Salva Kiir will address the nation on the evening of 8th July.

Makuei added that only authorized states and administrative areas will celebrate Independence Day.

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