July 29, 2020 (Thessherald)–President Salva Kiir Mayardit has called on the people of South Sudan to embrace peace, reconciliation and unity, noting that peaceful coexistence is of the outmost importance.
This comes as he addresses the nation on the anniversary of Martyrs Day, commemorated annually on July 30th.
“Today is a landmark day in our history. We are commemorating Martyrs Day – a day we have set aside since 2011, to remember those who fell in our struggle for freedom,” Kiir said in an official press release.
Adding that: “While this day was designated to honour the sacrifices of those who lost their lives in the wars of liberation, it was also thoughtfully chosen because of its fitting tribute to our late leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, who died in that fateful Helicopter crash on July 30th, 2005.”
Kiir appealed to citizens to make peace a priority by supporting the ongoing implementation of the peace agreement.
“Fellow citizens, I urge you to use this year’s Martyrs Day to reflect individually and collectively as a society about our nation’s future. I am equally calling upon all of you to support us your leaders, in our efforts to consolidate peace and reconciliation in our nation.”
“As we commemorate this day, let us remember Dr. John Garang de Mabior, his SPLM/A colleagues and all other leaders in our history who died in the cause of liberating South Sudan. Equally, let us also remember all the sons and daughters of South Sudan whose bravery during the struggle brought our freedom.”
“As we work tirelessly to challenges associated with overcome peace
implementation, we would like you to cheer us on by embracing peace in your interactions and by promoting tolerance and harmonious co-existence among our communities in all that you do.”
“ If we all embark on this path, we will realize our aspirations for permanent peace and stability more quickly and demonstrate to skeptics that we can overcome our problems.”
President Kiir urged social media users to refrain from fabricating baseless allegations that are always igniting violence in the country.”