The Eastern Equatoria State Governor, Brig. Louis Lobong Lojore, told a public meeting attended by GoSS President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, in Magwi County (February 2011) that the state’s political history places it as the most suitable to host the (South Sudan independence) celebrations.
“The people of this state are requesting the highest authority that the celebrations are held in the state as it is the cradle of the South Sudanese liberation struggle”, he said. “The beginning of the armed struggle for the liberation of Southern Sudan started in Torit on August 18th, 1955 when the armed forces of Equatoria Corps Garrison in Torit revolted against the military integrations and formed a unified Southern Sudan army. The first bullet shot for the independence of Southern Sudan was fired in Torit in 1955 and the last was equally fired in Torit in 2003 Eastern Equatoria State”, he explained.
Governor Lojore said the Anya-nya liberation movement also started in Torit in which several heroes of the state lost their lives, citing the late Father Saturnino Lohure and Joseph Oduho among others.
Lobong said the historic transformation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-SPLM into a political movement took place in EES in the first convention held in Chukudum in 1994.
“Unfortunately and on a sad note, the untimely death of Dr John Garang de Mabior also occurred in Eastern Equatoria State”, he said. Early this month, President Kiir issued a Presidential decree that established a high level committee to plan and coordinate the celebrations.