Nairobi — Thousands of South Sudanese braced the sun in Nairobi and celebrated the second independence anniversary of their country in a colorful ceremony held at the Railways Club in Kenya's capital city.
According to Amb. Majok Guandong, the Republic of South Sudan Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya, "it is worth mentioning that millions of our people driven by the zeal and spirit of freedom sacrificed their lives to make this day worth celebrating". He added that South Sudan's greatest homage and praise goes to her gallant heroines and heroes among them the late great leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior, who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
He appreciated the new nation under the leadership of H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit saying it is working to provide a constitution that will guarantee all basic rights in the United Nations Charter. He also added that the country is embarking on nation building to create an inclusive, just and prosperous nation living in peace and harmony with itself and with its neighboring states.
He appreciated the cordial relationship enjoyed by the citizens of the two sisterly countries of Kenya and South Sudan and added that this relationship with Kenya is anchored on the historic mutual coexistence between the people.
He appreciated the government of Kenya under the former presidents for helping South Sudan to achieve her independence. He also appreciated the continuous support Kenya's accords South Sudan to facilitate national building especially in capacity building. He commended this long relationship and expressed the hope that the same will continue under the new President H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta. He also appreciated the dynamic entrepreneur skills of Kenyan companies currently operating in South Sudan such as the banking sector, energy and construction companies among others.
The ambassador also commended the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSET) linking three countries of South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. He said it will bring more sustainable economic development to the member countries as well as infrastructural development and regional integration.
Amb. Ngessu, the director of political affairs and secretary to the Minister of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Kenya who was the guest of honor in the occasion, on behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Kenya, congratulated the people of the Republic of South Sudan for their independence. He said Kenya will continue t o stand with the Republic of South Sudan and ensure that the remaining issues such as the border demarcation, Abyei and oil are settled with the Republic of the Sudan in a peaceful manner.
The occasion was punctuated by cultural dance from Bari representing Greater Equatoria, Dinka of Lakes State representing Greater Bahr el Ghazal and the Colo Community dance representing Greater Upper Nile. The occasion was attended by ambassadors from Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as the members of the diplomatic corps.