May 15, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has called on political and military leaders to end all forms of violence and steer the country to peace and stability.
Kiir made the remarks on Friday while addressing the nation on the occasion of the SPLA Day Anniversary, which is marked on May 16th, on an annual basis.
“Enough is enough, the peace we must pursue at all costs and to silence all the guns as this is the demand of our people, the order of the African Union and the world,” said President Salva Kiir Mayardit in a written speech.
“I, therefore, call upon the SSPDF, SPLA-IO, and SSOMA, especially NAS, to observe the terms of the Rome Declaration and Resolution strictly, particularly the ceasefire provision. We must close all the files of war and open new files for dialogue and peaceful resolution of grievances. This option is cheap, fast, and saves lives.”
“Those of us entrusted with the responsibility to lead must do so with a great sense of humility and duty and give our people hope. The banner of freedom, justice, and progress under which many lives were martyred must continue to guide our actions. We must now shift our focus away from old enemies to new enemies. These new enemies are illiteracy, poverty, diseases, underdevelopment, and famine.”
[16th -May] is commemorated yearly in honor of the country’s fallen heroes and heroines
16th, May marks the day the SPLM/SPLA was established to wage a war against various regimes in Khartoum, advocating for a secular state.
In 1983, a group of mutineers led by Major Kerubino Kuanyin and Yusif Kiir Tang from the army garrison in Bor opened fire on their Sudanese counterparts, sparking the outbreak of conflict in Ayod, Pibor and other parts of the then Southern Sudan.
Major William Nyuon in Ayod garrison and Capt David Riek Machuoc in Pibor garrison also mutinied, and Capt. Salva Kiir and Lt. Col Francis Ngor in Malakal followed suit.
South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation could be a country full of hope following its independence from Sudan. However, it’s now mired in political conflicts, exacerbated by an economic meltdown and endless violence that has so far caused widespread displacement across the country.