Home | News    Thursday 20 February 2014

Funeral for E. Equatoria speaker held in Torit

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

February 19, 2014 (TORIT) - The speaker of the Eastern Equatoria state legislative assembly, Emmanuel Ocholimoi, died on Tuesday 18 February in Torit hospital.

While addressing mourners on Wednesday at a requiem mass at Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Torit, Eastern Equatoria state’s Governor Louis Lobong said Ocholimoi was a statesman who deserved a state burial and great recognition.

Governor Lobong said that but because of the meager resources available to the government at this time in the state, Ocholimoi’s burial had been hurried.

Eastern Equatoria, the governor told the congregation, has lost a courageous and out spoken statesmen who was always transparent and never broke any rule or regulation of the SPLM - South Sudan’s ruling party.

A delegation from the South Sudanese capital, Juba, also attended the funeral, including Remy Oler a deputy speaker of the Council of States, the upper house of South Sudan’s parliament.

Oler said that his delegation was there to to celebrate Ocholimoi’s life. He described the deceased as a liberator and a true statesmen and patriot.

The speaker of the parliament in neighbouring Central Equatoria, Naphtali Hassan Gale, said he was deeply moved by the untimely death of his Eastern Equatoria counterpart, especially considering the current crisis in the country.

For the last two months defectors South Sudan have been blighted by conflict between the South Sudanese army and rebels led by the former Vice President has led to around 10,000 deaths and displaced over 700,000 people.

The departure of speaker Ocholimoi is a huge loss to Equatoria and its government at all levels, Naphtali added, as South Sudan needs his leadership at this critical time for the young nation.

Naphtali said that Central Equatoria state’s parliamentary business has been adjourned in respect for Ocholimoi as several of its members had joined him in traveling to Torit for he funeral.

Eastern Equatoria state’s spokesperson, Clement Laku, said they have declared three days of holiday to mourn the state speaker and urged that South Sudan’s flag to be lowered at half-mast for the whole of that period.

Businesses came to a standstill in Torit, while government and NGO offices and schools closed down as civil servants, pupils, students and others moved to pay tribute to the deceased.

Martin Adelino Iya who was doctor treating Ocholimoi said he died from high blood pressure at the state hospital in Torit at around 5am on Tuesday.

Hundreds of mourners turned up at the speaker’s house in Torit, some wailing at the top of their voices, to express grief. Others sang songs of sorrow mixed with tears.

The late state speaker had served two terms in office.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 20 February 2014 09:48, by Johndumo14

    Dr Riek got support from Khartoum in 1991Again he is getting support food and guns from Khartoum inorder to kill our people,let us unite to treat Dr Riek and his generals the same we did to Khartoum during our 20yrs struggle.Most of the rebels are from Nuer,only only one tribe,can one tribe defeatCan we sit by us all the 66 tribes of South sudan? Can We justsiby and let this guy distroy us.

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sudan’s interest in South Sudanese peace 2017-01-23 10:15:06 By Rashid Abdi Sudan and South Sudan’s relationship is of vital importance to resolving conflicts in both countries. Khartoum, and other countries in the region, clearly benefit from a stable (...)

South Sudan: Strategic choice between bribery and right to self-determination for Saharawi people 2017-01-22 22:03:05 By Beny Gideon Mabor, Esq Western Sahara known as Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was Spanish protectorate in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It is situated north of Kingdom of (...)

Armed Struggle and Civil Resistance in Sudan: A catch 22 situation 2017-01-22 08:22:12 By Elwathig Kameir 1. The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) issued a press statement, on Jan. 17, declining a US initiative (of which I have seen a copy) for the delivery and (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Abduction of S. Sudan Chief Justice’s aide illegal, should be condemned 2017-01-16 05:27:50 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16th January 2015 Legal Watch Associates South Sudan has learned with shock and dismay the abduction of Mr Gama Thomas, an aide to the Chief Justice, Chan Reech Madut. (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)

Nertiti massacre in Central Darfur exposes the criminal nature of Bashir’s regime 2017-01-03 11:54:47 Sudan Democracy First Group Nirtiti massacre in Central Darfur exposes the criminal nature of Bashir's regime 2 January 2017 On the first day of 2016, and only one day after President Bashir's (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.