The referendum is the beginning of a new struggle – President Kiir

The long walk to freedom is gradually reaching its last mile. The last bullet of the struggle has been released and freedom is nigh. The First Vice President of the Republic and President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, himself a veteran of decades-long struggle, is urging the citizens to remain vigilant and focused.

“Whatever the outcome of the referendum, all will not be milk and honey”, he cautions. He explains that the successful conclusion of the referendum is nothing but the beginning of a new struggle which requires even more resilience and patience. “We are going to be confronted with new challenges that we must all face head-on”, he admonishes. Some of these challenges, he says, include generating adequate revenues, inadequate basic social services, poor physical infrastructure, as well as reintegration of the Southerners coming back from the North and elsewhere.


“All such challenges and many more will demand collective attention and commitment from all of us as a people”, he says. “In order for us to surmount every hurdle and challenge, there is dire need to change our attitudes and behaviour”, he advices. He urges the citizens to work hard to develop an identity. He encourages them to harness the full potential of the natural resources God has given them to satisfy all their needs.

“If it is food, we have the land to produce in abundance and the weather to achieve that; if it is tourism, we have got all the wildlife and world-class sites; if it is fame, we can compete in all types of sports; if it is cement and iron ore, we have got all the necessary stones and ingredients to manufacture; if it is power generation, we have got the Nile water falls; if it is wealth creation, we have got all the natural mineral resources and herds to accomplish that desire”, he explains.

He urges the people not to be complacent in this phase of the struggle if the ultimate freedom is to be won. “Let us all stay calm and vigilant because the future is bright and full of blessings and hope”, he concludes.

This article was updated on Jan 28, 2011

"It is your golden choice", Dr. Garang

Dr. Garang shakes hands with the ill-fated helicopter crew just before he departed on his last trip


"I and those who joined me in the bush and fought for more than twenty years, have brought to you CPA in a golden plate. Our mission is accomplished. It is now your turn, especially those who did not have a chance to experience bush life. When time comes to vote at referendum, it is your golden choice to determine your fate. Would you like to vote to be second class citizens in your own country? It is absolutely your choice".


Dr. John Garang de Mabior
Rumbek, Southern Sudan.
May 15,2005

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