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July 9, 2011 (JUBA) - Salva Kiir was officially been sworn-in on Saturday as the first president of the newly-created Republic of South Sudan, moments after he signed the country’s controversial transitional constitution, watched by tens of thousands of celebrating Southern Sudanese.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir lifts South Sudan’s new constitution to the crowds of people attending an independence ceremony in Juba, on Saturday July 9, 2011. (AP)

Clad in his trademark hat Kiir repeated his offer of an amnesty to the six South Sudanese rebel groups destabilising the new nation. He urged them to join hands in the struggle to move forward the new nation.

“I want to offer public amnesty to all those who took arms against the people of South Sudan. Let them lay down these arms and help us in building this new nation,” Kiir said.

After various last years elections various aggrieved groups took up arms against the Juba government. This year a senior member of the southern army defected sighting tribalism and corruption.

Kiir downplayed the possibility that internal conflicts would tear apart the new nation, describing it was a wish for “detractors of peace, security and political stability”.

During his address, president Kiir appealed to citizens of the new republic to focus on unity based on cultural and ethnic diversity, which he said was a source of pride for South Sudan.

“You may be a Zande, Kakwa, Lutugo, Nuer, Dinka or Shiluk, but first remember yourself as a South Sudanese. There will be equal access to existing opportunities for all,” said the leader of the new Republic.

South Sudan’s president reiterated that his government would remain committed in the fight against corruption and all forms of graft. "Transparency and accountability," he said, shall form the basic foundation of the new leadership.

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A SPLA Soldier raises the South Sudan flag at the independence ceremony of South Sudan in Juba, South Sudan, on Saturday July 9, 2011. (AP)

According to Kiir, effective service delivery in the public interest will be an obligation to all civil servants and that those who are hesitant to comply will cease to be part of the new government.

“In order to move this country forward, sacrifices have to be made in public service. Those who are not ready to make this kind of sacrifice will not be part of the new government,” the president said, amidst cheers.

The new republic, he emphasised, will closely work with development partners and the international community in efforts to steer the country’s progress. South Sudan he added, will abide by the international covenants as it prepares to be part of their membership.

The president further pledged to play an instrumental role in resolving the outstanding issues of Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), citing the Abyei referendum as well as popular consultations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

He further called for a just and lasting solution to the conflicts in Sudan’s troubled western region of Darfur, oil-producing region of Abyei and southern Kordofan.

"I want to assure the people of Abyei, Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan that we have not forgotten you. When you cry, we cry. When you bleed, we bleed. I pledge to you today that we will find a just peace for all," he said.

In his speech, Kiir paid tribute to fallen heroes and heroines of the new nation, saying their tireless efforts, which eventually led to the independence, were not in vain. Reciting a proverb, Kirr said, “The night may be too long, but the day
will surely come”.

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

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A large crowd of South Sudanese look up at a giant South Sudan flag being hoisted during a ceremony in the capital Juba on July 09, 2011 (Getty)

Moments before the president’s speech, James Wani Igga, the speaker of South Sudan’s Parliament had officially declared the independence of
the south, according to a resolution reportedly made by the South Sudan’s Legislative Assembly on July, 07, 2011.

The occasion, which was immediately followed by the signing of the transitional constitution by the president, later climaxed with the raising of the country’s flag as the old one was lowered.

LOW POINTS

Part of the pavilion meant for the guest remained incomplete and at one moment, Pagan Amum, the Secretary General of the south’s ruling party had to request legislators and South Sudanese citizens to vacate their seats in order to accommodate guests.

Also, shortly before Sudan president, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir took to the podium, the public address system went off air, raising speculation of foul play by some southern officials.

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Audio of James Wani Igga, Speaker of South Sudan’s Parliament declaring the region an independent Republic in Juba on July 9, 2011.

South Sudan is declared independent by the speaker of the new country"s parliament James Wani Igga in Juba on July 9, 2011 (mp3)
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  • 10 July 2011 06:40, by Mr. Truthteller

    SELF-DETERMINATION OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    We won!!! We won!!! We won!!! We have won at last!!! We have brought the people of South Sudan to their final destiny of independence through self-determination as predicted by Prophet Ngundeng Bong!!! We have made it across the river!!! We have split the country successfully!!! We initiated peaceful solution to the war and came up with peace strategy that ended the war in 2005!!! The game is now officially over!!! Our vision has been implemented and created the independence!!!

    May God bless the champions of the vision of self-determination!!! We have used all the strategies to bring every body proudly on board!!! We have been focusing on achieving self-determination and turning unionists into separatists and used them to walk with us to the Promised Land!!! Republic of South Sudan oyeeeeeeee!!! I can now clearly hear you, see you, smell you and taste you!!! Goodbye North Sudan!!!

    Now that through our strategy we have successfully created our own independent and sovereign state, our next focus shall be to bring good governance and development to this nation. There will be no other excuses this time or else….

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    • 10 July 2011 06:47, by Mi diit

      you are absolutely right 100% mr. truthteller. this is the happiest day in my life.

      riek machar has successfully carried the baby president salva kiir and swim him across the river.

      our prophets and forefathers shall bless riek machar who championed self-determination, initiated peace with bashir in 1997, brought john garang and salva kiir on board in 2002, made sure the first protocol was on self-determination, implemented peace sucessfully from 2005 to 2011. made sure the independence is accepted by all unionists in SPLM leaders and brought them clearly to the picture. now the next task is good governance and development.

      WOW, that dictatorial transitional constitution the baby president salva kiir is holding up in his hand is covered with RED cover symbolizing tyranny. i hope it will not fall into the hand of rebels like george athor deng and peter gatdet and use it to fire every body in the government including salva kiir and dismiss members of parliament.

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      • 10 July 2011 07:31, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Hi Southerners!

        Let us start new life of good relationship and unity among ourselves so that we achieve peace and harmony in South Sudan.

        Let us not talk of words of discouragement but encourage each other so that we work better to improve on social relationship within our tribes.

        I urge H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit to immediately disarm all the armed civilians in order to stop their madness of rampant killing of innocent people.
        We bow to protect our nations in all aspects such as domestic issues and sovereignty protection.

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      • 10 July 2011 09:25, by Agutran

        Mi diit and lie-teller, if you guys are the ones to do with this independent of South Sudan, then why are you putting yourselves out claiming credit everyday?

        If you’re really the ones to do with the independent of South Sudan, do you have to let people know that you’re the ones to do with it? Don’t you know that the people of South Sudan will know that you’re?

        Please stop trying too hard to claim acknowledgment! The people of South Sudan know the turncoats and the liberators, so you don’t need to inform them, they’re very well informed.

        You guys are exposing your well known IQs unknowingly to the people and the only way you’ll be seen witty is to keep quite!

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      • 10 July 2011 10:35, by alierm

        Dear Brother,
        South Sudan Independent is remarkable, especially to be achieve with this generation and is very unfortunate for some of us to fail see the truth. who is riek machar, if not for the sake of forgiveness and accommodation in the government. This man has never been part of CPA and you should help, stop talking to the public about a betrayer. All defectors should stay warn.

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    • 10 July 2011 08:00, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Dink since you don’t have a leader in your curs tribe. you must accept what ever Dinkas and their great leader do said tell.
      shame on your fail community. this not a time for talking bad to each other but a time for joy and happiness but you are coming up with your well known stupidity and culture of not stay in one said in the strangle for war.

      attempting to set up a paternalism that will bring the workers of this country even more absolutely under the control of the employers, ... strengthening the chain of industrial tyranny in this country. ... [That is what lies behind these efforts] to sanctify and confirm oppression by waving the South Sudan flag in the face of its victims and by insidiously stigmatizing as unpatriotic any attempts they may make to throw off the yoke of the exploiting interests [that the organizers] represent
      God bless the dead.

      Dr Riek machar was very rude to interfere in the work of secretary general pagan Amum and Mr Agau Jongkuch yesterday . that was very embarrassing indeed.
      How could the vice president interfere with the job of secretary and force himself into something that he is not a part of it?
      this show the world that how greedy and selfishness is this people of south Sudan are.
      first of all Dr riek machar is not a part of this historical day but he try his base to be a part which is not bad since the CPA was for everyone including those who did not fought for it and those who fought for it plus those who stabbed us at the back..
      Dr Riek machar was being humiliated by the secretary generals to cut the power of speaker from him which was really bad in the yes of the world.
      Mr Amum was very sad indeed and he walk a way but Mr Agau jongkuch was polite to stayed since he know Dr Riek machar attitudes of selfishness.
      Dr Riek machar should have be a good person if he keep himself away from south Sudan independent since he killed lot of innocence people of Dinkas in the collaboration with basir in order to get rid of Garang and Kiir.
      I am so happy with south Sudanese people and their dead one and living one may God bless south Sudan and it gov.
      Thank to Dr Garang for this well done job.

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      • 10 July 2011 13:17, by Mi diit

        dinka dominated in spla or whoever,

        it was pagan amum and abdoun agau who violated the protocol wordwide. the vice president dr. riek machar was the one supposed to invite the presidents, not those secretary generals.

        good that you have exposed them to have cut the power intentionally to sabbotage the speech of their vice president in the government and in the party. now who is rude in the face of the world? are they not the indisciplined secretary generals who violated the protocol and cut the power after they were caught red-handed to sabbotage their vice president?

        riek machar has successfully brought all those crying for unity to independence through his self-determination. wait for his next move.

        we the people of south sudan will either reject him if he doesn’t move this time to bring security, good governance, rule of law and development and stop all those shadows from messing up the new nation.

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    • 10 July 2011 08:02, by Mach Achiek

      Truthteller,

      Dr John is the founding father of the RSS according to president Kiir and SSLA. Dont waste your time talking about Riek.

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      • 10 July 2011 13:25, by Mi diit

        mach achiek,

        salva kiir was just falsely trying to appease rebecca nyandeng who disappeared and never seen during the independence celebrations. he didn’t mean it in his heart because he knows technically john garang died six years before independence. even salva kiir is just a carried baby president used by riek machar to convince his dinka people to accept independence. the champion of self-determination dr. riek machar is truly and technically the founding father of south sudan independence, not just false words to appease bor people.

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        • 10 July 2011 13:49, by Mi diit

          one more think mach achiek. if you just believe in whatever salva kiir said about john garang let me ask you these question.

          did salva kiir give one minute of silence in memory of late john garang during the independence celebrations? no.

          did salva kiir gave rebecca nyandeng a special place to appear during the celebrations? no.

          technically john garang’s vision was contrary to the vision of self-determination which brought the independence. even the true date independence will be changed to either january 30 or february 7, of the result of referendum. that is as a result of self-determination.

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          • 10 July 2011 16:51, by Justice

            Please brother me diit, if you are indeed me diit in your reasoning then why don’t restraint yourself from tribalism mentality? This is least possible thing to think of for those who are indeed me diit in their reasoning.

            This is a time for jubilation and commemoration of the birth of our young nation.
            This is not time for fabrications or proactive insults to the president of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, or anyone else in that regard.

            This is a special moment in our country history. This is a time for your and my independence
            . This is a time when peace and love should be felt at every corner of this new nation. This is a time to forgive each other and forget of the yesterday and work together for a better tomorrow. This is a time to let peace prevailed.

            This is a time to let love override hatred and tribalism in our land. This is a time for all the Southern Sudanese communities to unit stronger than ever before. This is a time to remember those who sacrificed their precious lives so that you and I can be free. This is a time me diit e long brother me diit!

            Thanks for you understanding
            Mwalimu Kuol in USA
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          • 10 July 2011 21:12, by Agutran

            Mi diit

            There is a different between Memorial Day and independent day; Memorial Day is the day where fallen heroes are honored whereas independent day is the day where people celebrate the birth of the nation.

            I felt so sorry for you guys that you’re still have a lot to learn. This is why no one is going to worry about you in the South at all.

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    • 10 July 2011 10:47, by Nhomlawda

      Truthteller and the likes

      Let us celebrate our collective achievement as people of South Sudan first. It is time for celebration and thanksgiving to God for delivering us a nation we have been looking for.
      History will tell who deserves what credit.
      Thank you for not spoiling our party.

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  • 10 July 2011 07:03, by Michael Angelo

    Mr president Kiir & ur cabinets,

    Congratulations for your hard work guys. Special thanks goes to those who have painstakingly working along side you. Without their hard work, South Sudan couldn’t have reach the final destiny.

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  • 10 July 2011 07:11, by Kon Ajith Deng

    It is not the first time for our President to give amnesty to rebels,he did it before,we want him to be honest with his words,he must to learned from the past,
    He is the President of the Republic of South Sudan now,not president of South Sudan, whole the world are seeing him now,we don’t want him to deal like a sultan for his tribe,we want him to deal like president of the Republic of South Sudan.

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  • 10 July 2011 07:27, by George Bol

    Dear brothers & sisters,

    I want to give special to our leaders for their efforts that they made on behalf of our new nation. I thanks president Salva Kiir for his hard work since the signing of CPA. I personally trust Salva Kiir that he can never give up our struggles for the remaining Issues like Abyei, consultation for the two states and the border. With no doubt Dr John Garang de Mabior open eyes of innocents for his great vision and political knowledge has and this is why we endure the heavy weapons the Khartoum used against us while North buy those weapons from China, Russia,and Iraq.

    This historical day has been our focus,now we achieved it and we have seen it. The next step will be development. Dear my people we do not and will not afford any one to think about disturbing the ROSS at this time. This time is a time that the South has laws and someone who has been the fond of destruction will be judge according by all the means he really want in the ROSS.

    May God help us and wash the mind of traitors who always distracted our mind during the time of peace. Thanks

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  • 10 July 2011 07:41, by dakin

    All your comments are good but you missed something. You guys can call him president and blame him for whatever but I don’t agree,this man is just a pretender. Yesterday,he was just reading out a note rather than giving a speech! Look at this barbarism, microphone system was sabotaged by Cowboy himself as he confirmed later in his speech and I quoted:
    He said today is weekend and I will not talk much because all of us are thirsty and want to go and drink.
    I am sick of him

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    • 10 July 2011 07:59, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Dink since you don’t have a leader in your curs tribe. you must accept what ever Dinkas and their great leader do said tell.
      shame on your fail community. this not a time for talking bad to each other but a time for joy and happiness but you are coming up with your well known stupidity and culture of not stay in one said in the strangle for war.

      attempting to set up a paternalism that will bring the workers of this country even more absolutely under the control of the employers, ... strengthening the chain of industrial tyranny in this country. ... [That is what lies behind these efforts] to sanctify and confirm oppression by waving the South Sudan flag in the face of its victims and by insidiously stigmatizing as unpatriotic any attempts they may make to throw off the yoke of the exploiting interests [that the organizers] represent
      God bless the dead.

      Dr Riek machar was very rude to interfere in the work of secretary general pagan Amum and Mr Agau Jongkuch yesterday . that was very embarrassing indeed.
      How could the vice president interfere with the job of secretary and force himself into something that he is not a part of it?
      this show the world that how greedy and selfishness is this people of south Sudan are.
      first of all Dr riek machar is not a part of this historical day but he try his base to be a part which is not bad since the CPA was for everyone including those who did not fought for it and those who fought for it plus those who stabbed us at the back..
      Dr Riek machar was being humiliated by the secretary generals to cut the power of speaker from him which was really bad in the yes of the world.
      Mr Amum was very sad indeed and he walk a way but Mr Agau jongkuch was polite to stayed since he know Dr Riek machar attitudes of selfishness.
      Dr Riek machar should have be a good person if he keep himself away from south Sudan independent since he killed lot of innocence people of Dinkas in the collaboration with basir in order to get rid of Garang and Kiir.
      I am so happy with south Sudanese people and their dead one and living one may God bless south Sudan and it gov.
      Thank to Dr Garang for this well done job.

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      • 10 July 2011 09:09, by dakin

        I dont like your anguement of praising yor theif Kiir Lual who canot be fit to be a good Sultan leave alone president. I think you are just a mad gogrial animal being fed on Nuer blood. You can not even learnt civilisetion there in UK!
        Shame, Shame on you gogrial drunkards!

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        • 10 July 2011 10:55, by Toney Toney Matot

          Dakin and the likes,
          Can you stop your stupid and barbaric tribalism and nepotism for the sake of nation building?at this juncture,we have no room for such behaviuors.we should focus on how to build our South Sudan nation.no one have denied Riek Machar to be A PRESIDENT OF South Sudan but is turn have not yet come.try to respect each and every community.

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  • 10 July 2011 08:26, by Bush

    Everything that happens in this world, happens at the time God chooses.
    There is time for cultivations and time for harvesting.
    Time for joy and time for sorrow,
    There is time for war and time for peace.

    From today onwards lets try to be a dissent citizens of the new country, respect each other and avoid abusive wards towards each other. Let’s unit and build our new nation.

    Let’s show to the world that we are united and that we are able to build and defend our country so that they can keep on helping us and supporting us to develop.

    May Almighty God bless all of us and bless our new nation too.

    Happy Independence day!

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  • 10 July 2011 09:47, by Billiu Puoch

    Mr.Dinka

    Shame on you twice double and nothing change and nothing add if you feel that way.This time a round,Nuer people will not forgive you Mr.Dinka.I guest you are out off topic.

    Dinka,how many team we defeated you its uncountable and no change from that,definitely genocide is a round you, and don’t oversleep all the nights.

    Riek Machar is the man of Nation a part from Mr.Cowboy ( Mayar Diit) who pretend to be the host of Republic of South Sudan,shame on him.

    Dinka you are good once we are in food supply,not the action like the political Issues.Cowboy (Kiir) will not be leader its just a temporary for this short time to cool the weather of South Sudanese.

    Don’t bring that traditional behaviors here because this Forum is well organize instead of using your mother adaptation on it.

    Riek Machar will be permanent leader by any alternative otherwise no compromise by these days.The genocide will be the best solution and that will be the time that,all Dinka will convince and says"Male Mi goa" in Nuer language believe me,you will prove that one day one time.

    If I will try to greet Dinak in his/her language definitely there will be no response unless Nuer language.

    Dinka am still coming for the more details that will reach to Mr.Cowboy (Mayar Diit) and get the news papers there in South.

    Best wishes to my citizens mates live in S.Sudan

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    • 10 July 2011 15:42, by Justice

      First and foremost, my thanks go to almighty God for hearing our prayers and granted us our young nation the Republic of Southern Sudan.

      Also my countless thanks go to all our freedom fighters who sacrificed their precious lives for the sack of our freedom. The birthing of this very young nation is not a gift, it is a price paid for all the precious lives lost in the struggle.

      To Tribalists:
      It is very disgraceful and deplorable seeing you folks still continuing posting your feckless and pre-mature comments even on this day when all Southern Sudanese should all be exuberated for the birth of our young nation the Republic of Southern Sudan.

      Please for God’s sake, restraint from your precarious strategies of hatred, division and tribalism. This is a time of jubilation, love and forgiveness. It is time to let peace be felt at every corner of the Republic of Southern Sudan. It is a time to let peace prevailed.

      Your figments and fabrications to bring shambles to this young nation base on tribe line will be not tolerated either by God, the giver of this new nation and the by constitutions of this very new nation. You will all be punished accordingly and sent to your own sanctuary away from general public if need be.

      I promised you all tribalists, you will be deal with one by one and you will be brought to books because your comments manifested that you are the next enemy of peace in Southern Sudan.

      May God’s blessing be upon us all and upon our young nation the Republic of Southern Sudan.

      Republic of Southern Sudan Oyeee!
      Our Independent Oyeee!
      Southern Sudanese united Oyeee!

      Mwalimu Kuol in USA
      Kuol20@yahoo.com
      Thanks

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    • 10 July 2011 17:20, by Rommel

      Billiu Puoch:

      This is not the time to spew your tribally motivated vitriol; defer your abrasive, poisonous and divisive rhetoric for the time being.

      I ask that you defer such sordid behaviour for a mere week. You can do, can’t you? After the week has passed, you can then continue to censure the Dinka people as a whole and issue threats of genocide.

      If executing a successful Coup d’état, one with tribal dimensions was straightforward... Riek would be President by now, wouldn’t he? Even with Khartoum’s assistance in terms of logistics & supplies and joint military operations, Riek was unable to dislodge Dr. John Garang de Mabior > and was by extension unable to replace the Dinka who were ostensibly accused of ruling.

      Your derisive remark concerning Dinka and food has me somewhat baffled; Dinka areas were completely denied relief of any kind during the war, since we were not deemed to be sufficiently compliant or cooperative. I am sorry to say, but the Khartoum Government did not apply this same policy in Nuer areas, particularly after the split in the movement.

      As a consequence of the continious Government and murahaleen attacks on Dinka areas, particularly in Bahr el Ghazel... the Dinka as a whole, but specifically the Dinka of Bahr el Ghazal, became the backbone of the movement.

      This is a fact beyond dispute; and if we are threatened with genocide yet again, this time by brothers... you should expect us to resist, you should expect us to respond; we will not kneel, we will not be dominated and we most certainly will not accept abjection!

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  • 10 July 2011 10:02, by alierm

    Congratulation to all the Sons and Daughters of the Republic of South Sudan. May Almighty God bless HE. Salva Kiir and be with him in the next phase of South Sudan evolution, that is Nation Building. South Sudanese, I challenge all of you to come together, united regardless of your ethnic groups and develop your country. To the opposition and the rest of rebels groups, I beg of you to come back and join the Government, or else your generation will pay the prize of your satanic acts. By the way, where were you, the rebels, when HE. Salva Kiir, some of his current Generals and cabinets, like Wani Igga, were in the bush feeding on leaves of trees. Defectors, stay warn, for leadership is never achieve that way and to you, the insider, who is insinuating issues behind the government, we have seen you and stay put with your plans. Republic of South Sudan oyeeeee.

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  • 10 July 2011 10:25, by Chol de Kwot

    The Republic of South Sudan (ROSS) Independence Celebration and what next?

    Fellow countrymen and women
    Today is a momentous day in the history of the people of South Sudan. I remember vividly from mid 1991 to 1998 when people of South Sudan and especially SPLA/M leadership and soldiers were crisscrossing South Sudan large territories largely on foot trying to salvage SPLA/M from complete collapse and eventual defeat of South Sudan and other marginalized peoples’ aspiration for justice, long lasting peace, meaningful political participation and development. It was a trying moment for SPLA/M, however, the marginalized people of the Sudan’s hopes for justice, meaningful political participation, long lasting unity and peace, and development managed to survive dreadful internal divisions and jihadist onslaught at the time. The SPLA/M strong reemergence after disastrous internal divisions and jihadists onslaught of the time was mainly due to people’s determination not to surrender what they knew and believe was rightfully theirs – our rights to live in dignity and long lasting peace, and to pursue happiness in our land were not negotiable and couldn’t be surrendered to the mercy of anyone or institution while we the people of South Sudan still live on earth. That was the drive that made us to triumph over all odds against us at the time (mid 1991 to 1998) and the same determination guided our leaders in difficult and lengthy negotiation of CPA and eventually throughout its implementation. That people’s determination not to surrender their fundamental human rights for short term absent of physical and emotional pains brought us this wonderful celebration of South Sudan independence today.
    As I watched the Republic of Sudan flag being lowered and the Republic of South Sudan flag being raised high and the ululation of women and girls that followed; I was moved and reminded about the prophetic songs of our gallant soldiers throughout the liberation struggle, the relentless sacrifices and tremendous achievements of my people throughout the devastating civil wars that culminated into this day’s celebration. It was a joyous time to see the flag of South Sudan being raised high as a symbol of freedom from oppression and intentional subjection to abject poverty of the South Sudan people by the Arabs dominated government in Khartoum.
    I am absolutely delighted that we had made it at last and our human and material resources sacrifices to achieve independence from Arabs dominated Government of Sudan in Khartoum since 1947 had not gone in vain.
    As we celebrate, we should not forget to thank people of the free world who had supported people of South Sudan spiritually, politically, financially, and morally to achieve South Sudan independence being celebrated today.
    But more importantly as we celebrate our hard won independence, we must also start to think of what comes next after the celebration of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We are now masters of our own destiny and we must show greater responsibility from now onwards in what we say, do, and believe to be doing as citizens of the Republic of South Sudan. We must now unite and work hard more than before to bring forth all the benefits we envisioned from the freedom we had been seeking for several decades now. I have many points to discuss on what we should do and be believed to be doing in the Republic of South Sudan but that will be a subject of separate discussion in the future since today’s jotting is just a congratulatory note for the work well done.
    As I conclude, let us always be guided by the selflessness of our fallen heroes and heroines in whatever we do for ourselves as South Sudanese now and in the future.
    Long live the Republic of South Sudan
    Long live the people of South Sudan
    Long live the spirit of liberation to guide us in the second phase of the liberation of our people from abject poverty, illiteracy, and diseases.
    May God bless the Republic of South Sudan.

    Chol de Kwot

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  • 10 July 2011 10:41, by dakin

    Alierm,

    I can agree with you if you could call Riek Machar or Wani Igga H.E. but not this cowboy cattle raider.
    Where on earth do you call a theif H.E., only Gogrial?
    Hmmmm! You are bad mannered!

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  • 10 July 2011 10:50, by Nhomlawda

    Truthteller and the likes

    Let us celebrate our collective achievement as people of South Sudan first. It is time for celebration and thanksgiving to God for delivering us a nation we have been looking for.
    History will tell who deserves what credit.
    Thank you for not spoiling our party.

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  • 10 July 2011 13:25, by Dau Mawut

    No More Forgiveness to those who are against this Blessed Nation (South Sudan).

    We must work togather as ONE to build this Newly birth Nation and avoid so many division within ourselves which are not benefiting to all of us.

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  • 10 July 2011 13:29, by Lamija Milaja

    Brother & sisters,

    It is time in the meantime to forgive and appreciate all our leaders for the work done (attainment of independent), not forgetting all south Sudanese who voted almost 99% in favor of separation.

    Let us close the old page and start as a fresh. There are time for everything. This is time for celebration, time for forgiveness and time for unity in diversity and recognition of every south Sudanese for this independence because each one of us has contributed directly or indirectly.

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  • 10 July 2011 14:37, by mass

    Alright people this is the moment we have been waiting for generations. Now our one day old nation is at hand and so let us celebrate it in harmony with great ecstasy. This is the time to offer great gratitude to God for guiding us through positive directions that led to the achievement of our new nation.It is also a time to thank all those who have sacrificed their lives to build our new nation and those who have externally made positive contributions towards the establishment of our new nation.

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    • 10 July 2011 14:51, by Mi diit

      why salva kiir did not give one minute of silence for john garang and other heroes and heroiness who died since british time.

      kiir did not give rebecca nyandeng de mabior a special consideration to appear during the celebrations.

      and the president just joked that john garang was the father of this nation when he knew that he died six years before independence. he was trying to talk about himself indirectly trying to sneak himself in to fit as baby founder of the nation.

      no sane minded person will believe whatever he said.

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      • 10 July 2011 15:08, by Lamija Milaja

        Mi diit,

        Give time for other things. Let the blame game be put to rest until new government is formed and see its performance. It is not about the founder but peace at last and freedom.

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      • 10 July 2011 18:11, by dakin

        Mi diit,
        I seee! Your name explain it. You just outperformed me today - a minute silence, giving Nyandeng a chance to talk. Those are simple logics beyond political rhetorics.
        You are good!

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  • 10 July 2011 15:28, by mohammed ali

    We must congratulate all Southerners for this day and wish them progress, peace and prosperity.We feel very happy for you as long as this is yuor choice to achieve your aspiration

    Let this day bring peace to all of the people of Sudan and to remain in peace within our two countries and with each other without interference in whatever way in the internal affairs of the other.We should respect each other and build a strong relationship for the mutual benefit and interest of our people.

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  • 10 July 2011 16:52, by zandara

    why don’t we put aside the greediness, selfishness and remain happy for our new nation. shame on you those who talked against Kiir and Riek. Grow up and think carefull. Do you think any of you will be apointed as a leader even in your own tribes with that stupid though? let us come together and be one nation of ROSS.

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  • 10 July 2011 17:05, by Martin Muong

    Hey South Sudanese let us put hostility aside and work hand in hand in order to catch up with the world. Feudalism we have with each other is nothing but a disaster. I wish you unity and mutual understanding.South Sudan oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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  • 10 July 2011 18:23, by Mi diit

    well, from reliable official sources the true story of what happened yesterday goes like this. abdoun agau the secretary general of the government was supposed to be the master of the ceremony. unfortunately pagan amum the party secretary general suddenly grabbed the mike from abdoun agau from the start of the programme and took charge of the task. the vice president riek machar was in the official programme to be the one to invite both omer bashir and salva kiir to speak. but he was to be invited first by abdoun agau.
    then pagan prolonged talks and refused to give to abdoun agau while the time was running out for foreign presidents to leave. the vice president dr. riek machar then intervened to give abdoun agau the chance to do his work.

    pagan amum was disappointed and went to disconnect the mike from the power while the vice president was inviting bashir to speak. that was funny and embarrassing at the same time in front of the dignitaries. then salva kiir came and denied that the issue was technical due to poor preparations.

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  • 10 July 2011 21:01, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Long live SPLA/M protect the land of Africa.

    Longer days celebration in Africa.

    Arab Rulers in the North were celebrating the longer years they are living in Africa Land. They separatist Riek and Kiir leadership short minded give the Arab advantage over black Sudanese people for the six years we left behind.

    Now new page to started over with everthing seriously against misrule and onward. New Sudan will not allow non skillsful leaders this time of days.

    It unskills works is the main rootes cause of corruption and tribals remark among ourselves. Instead of using our work skill for position,we would use tribal and Gang praud people to misinformation the people.

    Black people have no right in Middle East even just business in their Land is not allowed by them. But other people have claiming Africa, which is the weakness for African leaders.

    No problem, Kiir and Riek Term will over soon. Sudanese Young leaders will takeover, and upgrade their Long vision for Africa. The Land of Kush is from south kaji keji to North Mediterranean sea with the Europe.

    The Lord of the Nile

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  • 10 July 2011 21:31, by Mi diit

    breaking news!!!!!!!

    riek machar is appointed as vice president of the republic of south sudan by salva kiir. i just watched it on sstv a few minutes ago. kiir knows and acknowledges his right man machar who carried him across the river to independence.

    congratulations dr. riek machar teny for the job you exceedingly deserve.

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  • 11 July 2011 00:20, by Kim Deng

    Separatists,

    Congratulation to all separatists especially their ringleader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon for his vision self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan which split the country into two on July 9, 2011.

    http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article27738

    Shame to Mr. Marxist-Lenininist Garang and his disciples for his self-claimed "United Socialist Secular New Sudan," vision which brought many setbacks to the movement since 1983. Speaking from his underground rally, in a message to his subordinates, he declared that "the first bullet must be fired against the separatists/Anya-Nya II," as an attempt to impose his self-claimed "New Sudan," vision on Southern Sudanese and hujacked the movement from its founders [separatists] altogether, coincidence?

    Now, the South is on its own and the critical question is who are really going to be the King of the Jungle in the South?

    Again, many thanks to separatists.

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  • 11 July 2011 00:46, by Nhomlawda

    Kim Deng,

    Nuer of course will compete with lions for the king of the junglei position in the bush while the Dinkas will be kings in the cities and towns.

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    • 11 July 2011 01:22, by Kim Deng

      Coward Jang,

      From July 9, 2011 - July 9, 2012 if there is no any change, I’ll tell you who are the new King of the Jungle.

      I hope you read me now.

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      • 11 July 2011 05:45, by Rommel

        Declare your tribal war... the North is gone!

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      • 11 July 2011 05:55, by Mi diit

        hero kim deng,

        july 9, 2011 to july 9, 2012 is such a very long one year period if we really want to see radical change in this mess created by nhomlawda’s uncle. let us give him one month until august 9, 2011 or else...

        nhomlawda is a poor analyst but he will learn some striking lessons pretty soon...

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  • 11 July 2011 06:07, by Mr. Truthteller

    Kim Deng,

    Those guys of Nhomlawda and the likes still think that it will be business as usual this time. They think we dragged them to cross the river with us and then allow them to continue messing up this nation we brought through our self-determination which some of their uncles fought against and sought preserving unity with North Sudan. Ah, if they still think like pre-independence thinkers they will soon be surprised unless they change radically. It is time for a radical change.

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    • 11 July 2011 12:13, by daniel deng akacpiny

      Well done Salva Kiir, I assume nobody should underestimate the tough time you and your team been into.
      What count is the result, the fact that you finally inked, sealed and delivered CPA as the late John Garang and other Southern Sudanese intended worth appreciation. This speech has very substantial qualities of good functioning governance. Transparency and accountability are inseparable. The next step is the measuring or monitoring of those qualities to ensure they are up-to-date.
      I hope every citizen of the Republic of Southern Sudan should NOT be drifted away by these slight differences. The difference of ideas, tribal line etc. They will be completely overcome if we united as one, OTHERWISE. Let us Cheer up and be committed no matter of our differences.

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