25 May 2019

 

Revitalized Peace Agreement Celebrations Held In Bor

“We, as the SPLM-In Opposition, have come back home for peace, not for war. We have accepted the peace signed and we will not go back to war. This is the message coming from the leader of SPLM-IO Dr. Riek Machar Teny”.

Revitalized Peace Agreement Celebrations Held In Bor
Women Groups at a Peace rally in Bor [Photo by Gurtong | Jo Ngong Akau]
By Jo Ngong Akau

Bor, 25 February, [Gurtong]- The government of Jonglei State organized celebrations for the revitalized peace agreement at Bor Freedom Square last Saturday.

The government Spokesperson and Information Minister Michale Makuei, told the rally: “We came here purposely to disseminate the recent signed Revitalized Peace Agreement. We come to tell you what is in the Revitalized Peace Agreement. You will go out there and inform your neighbour about the return of peace to the country.”
 
On his part, the Jonglei State Governor Philip Aguer said, “We appreciate the presence of peace partners and dignitaries who sacrificed their time and resources to come down to Jonglei State to attend this important event. The civil populations in Jonglei and South Sudan welcome the coming of a long-lasting peace in the country”, said the governor and added:
 
“South Sudan has been in a war of self destruction since mid-December 2013 until the recently peace agreement signed in Khartoum by the warring parties.”

Agok Makur Agok, representative for SPLM-IO, said in the rally: “We, as the SPLM-In Opposition, have come back home for peace, not for war. We have accepted the peace signed and we will not go back to war. This is the message coming from the leader of SPLM-IO Dr. Riek Machar Teny”.
 
Akim Garang Chawuc, who is representing the SPLM Former Detainees (FD), said that “Our returned to Juba as FDs shows that we have accepted this Revitalized Peace Agreement. We politicians had some disagreement in the past but our people have suffered; the suffering of our people made us to accepted peace”.

Akim Garang said to the rally: “Former detainees request all of you to forgive each and every one of us for the wrong we have done in this country”.

Peter Mayen, representative of other political parties (OPP), said that all the  diverse ethnic communities of Jonglei need to work together on reconciliation: “Yes the peace has come but there is need for you to work together to address internal grievances and issues in a very fair way”.

 Alier Aluong Ajak, the paramount chief for Bor Counties, said that “nothing is bigger than peace. Peace makes people live together in harmony. This peace is not for one person, it’s for all of us.”
 
The peace rally was attended by government delegations, including Presidential Adviser on Security and Military Affairs Daniel Awet Akot, Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, Gender, Child and Social Welfare Minister Awut Deng Achuil, SPLM-IO delegation, including Deputy of Army Chief Gatwich Dual, Agok Makur Agok and Stephen Par Kuol. 
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