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Salva Kiir urges Sudanese to fully participate in the fifth census

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April 11, 2008 (JUBA) — The Sudanese First Vice-President and the President of southern Sudan government urged all the Sudanese to participate the fifth census and to give the correct information.

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First Vice President and South Sudan leader Salva Kiir opens a six-day meeting of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Khartoum on February 16, 2008. (AFP)

In a message that will be read in all churches in southern Sudan on Sunday, Salva Kiir says "I urge every citizen, not only to be counted, but also to give correct information. It is a national honour to be counted!"

Kiir "assures the Sudanese that the collected data only will be used for the benefit of the population."

The 5th Sudan Population and Housing will be conducted for two weeks from 15 to 30 April 2008. It is the first-ever comprehensive and all inclusive population census to be held in the south.

"This is a very important national event, especially for us here in Southern Sudan [….]. It is therefore critical that we do it right and in a transparent manner," he says.

"If it is conducted well, the population census will provide us the data we urgently need, not only to plan for our socio-economic development, but also to ensure equitable allocation of resources, political representation and participation of our communities." The head of southern Sudan government stressed.

Kiir also asked the census official to conduct the enumeration operations with " diligence and respect of our communities."

The 2008 census will be conducted through the traditional approach. It will be a de facto census and will count all persons who spent census night in Sudan.

Sudan has come out of two decades of civil war. A Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan and Sudanese People Liberation Movement (SPLM) was signed in January 2005.

Thus Sudan’s population census is needed not only to generate data for socio-economic development planning but also as a tool for sustainability of peace as called upon by the signed CPA.

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  • 12 April 2008 11:18, by Toposa Boy southerner

    Best S,S all that energy will go down to 0000000000000000
    There is nothing you can tell us Mr President tell your non feed able information to those primitive who some how can believe national census is very important than there daily life
    Let just say census is fully implemented so what next do you seriously believe Mr President that can change daily life of our people

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    • 12 April 2008 14:54, by Ngongdit

      Toposa, i’m not sure anyone with a sense of national duty would argue against national census - something we have not had for as far as you may know. I think if you ask your father how many children he has and tell you he doesn’t know, you wouldn’t be too please with that answer. so,don’t mislead the mass in southern sudan because not everyone is hopeless like you.

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    • 12 April 2008 15:12, by JOHN CHOL

      Dear Toposa Boy,

      There is no point of you being too rigid in taking President Kiir’s advice
      on Sudanese ’fully participation’ in the forthcoming census because it has all the reasons as to why we need to have our own identity as southerners in addition to our social life as well as equitable power sharing and political representation in the national rein .

      Although your comment as written above is not comphrensive yet to be understood,you still have a chance to be corrected that this census is for all Sudanese in regardless of their status wether primitives or elites,each and every citizen has to be counted. lastly but not the least,the three upcoming census does not belong to the SPLM or NCP,Salva Kiir or Al Beshir,by the Sudanese and for the Sudanese.However,you are involved in the process through your national identity less not Sudanese.

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  • 12 April 2008 19:37, by MITENG THOMAS D

    Dear members,with all due respect to our president,i would like to say thanks for the concern,what we need from you is now to work hard to ensure the Abyei problem is sorted out with no small land of abyei going any where.i just want to thank Mr Chol for the cool advice to our Toposa boy but i know that is not a toposa boy.
    I also want to thank the SUDAN TRIBUNE MANAGEMENT FOR GIVING US THE CHANCE TO AIR OUR VIEWS.
    IN GOD I PUT MY TRUST FOR SUDAN TO HAVE AN EVERLASTING PEACE,AS WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE WHO DOES NOT LOVE PEACE,THEY ENJOY KILLING IN THEM NAME OF ALLAH.
    YOURS IN KURMUK

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    • 12 April 2008 22:07, by Ladu Ladu

      Toposa Boy is NOT a Southern SUdanese. He is a NIF/NCP/Islamist/Arab in disguise. Long live South Sudan and the SPLM!

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