Juba, 9 July 2019: South Sudan's President Kiir on Tuesday apologized to the people of South Sudan on live televised independence speech for cancellation of the 8th Independence Day celebration.
South Sudan obtained her independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011, however, this year there is no Independence Day celebration been organized by the government at the national level.
"I want to sincerely apologize to you my people on my own behalf and on behalf of the government for those failures,” said Kiir.
President Kiir blamed the cancellation of the Independence Day on the poor economic crisis in the country, which he said was attributed to bad politics in the country and internal civil war which brought the country's economy on its knees since 2013.
The President, however, acknowledged that there are many challenges his government is encountering including poor service delivery, "my government continues to suffer from weak governance system, which has undermined service delivery and development" said South Sudanese leader without elaborating into details.
Mr. Kiir who was delivering Independence Day’s speech during live televised program, said he has instructed the Ministry of Finance to work hard to improve the economy and pay all the outstanding arrears of civil servants.
"My government undertook several resolutions directing the ministry of finance and planning to pay all the outstanding arrears," said Kiir.
Mr. Kiir said with the implementation of the full Peace agreement, "the country’s economy will improve with the full implementation of the peace agreement," he further added that " the peace mechanisms are working on the implementation process".
The warring parties who are signatories to Khartoum peace agreement were supposed to form National unity government on 12 May, however, there was little progress made, prompting South Sudan's First Vice President designated, Dr. Machar and other opposition parties to ask IGAD to delay the formation of the Unity government by six months, the parties are expected to form the Transitional Government of National Unity in November 2019.