South Sudan

SPLA airforce fuels jets for independence fete

Southern Sudanese military helicopters fly an overpass carrying two Southern Sudan flags during a ceremony in the capital Juba on July 9, 2011 to celebrate South Sudan’s independence from Sudan. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE

South Sudan People’s Liberation Army [SPLA] on Thursday commenced airshows in preparations for Independence Day celebrations.

Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, SPLA Spokesperson, said the Office of Chief of General Staff had already alerted members of the Public of the airshows.

According to Koang, two L-39s Jet Fighters from SPLA Air Force conducted air shows to commemorate 5th Anniversary of Independence.

“The exercise starts at 12:30PM today Thursday, July 07, 2016 through to actual independent day, 9th July 2016. In the light of above, members of the public are asked not to panic.”

This cancels earlier reports, which indicated that the youngest state would not celebrate its Independence Day this year due to economic crisis.

The 5-year old world’s youngest nation used to commemorate the day every year on 9 July when it gained its independence from the neighbouring Sudan.

The cabinet chaired by President Salva Kiir had passed a resolution, cancelling the celebrations this year, according to Sudan Tribune.

Information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, in a televised statement he issued to reporters shortly after the council of ministers meeting revealed that the country could not afford to pay for the expensive celebratory event, which used to spend millions of South Sudanese pounds across the country.

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