NewsEast & Horn AfricaBroke South Sudan cancels independence day celebrations

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Posted on Thursday, 30 June 2016 12:09

Broke South Sudan cancels independence day celebrations

By Godfrey Olukya

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir. Photo©Thomas Mukoya/AP/SIPASouth Sudan will not celebrate its fifth independence anniversary on July 9, as it grapples with a financial crisis and instead, President Salva Kiir will issue a speech.

Government spokesman, and Information and Broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said the government would rather use the funds for other more pressing issues, adding the celebrations would require millions of dollars.

Because we do not have enough funds, we have decided not to have the July 9 independence day celebrations

"Because we do not have enough funds, we have decided not to have the July 9 independence day celebrations. The little resources that can be used will be spent for other things other than spending it for that day," he said on Tuesday night at a press conference in Juba.

Individual states that can afford to hold their own independence festivities, according to Makuei Lueth, are free to do so. He said Kiir was expected to address the nation.

South Sudan is struggling to keep its economy afloat following the fall in oil prices.

There is also a marked decrease in oil exports after a number of its oil refineries were vandalised during the recent civil war, which saw the displacement of over 1 million people.

South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan, its northern neighbour, on July 9, 2011 after decades of conflict.



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