President Salva Kiir has promised citizens that the country is heading to “a free and fair” election in 2024, stating that his government is committed to ending transitional periods which he blames for causing “problems”.
Speaking to thousands of citizens who came out to welcome him following his arrival from Juba to Western Bahr el Ghazal State’s capital Wau, Kiir told the people of Wau to prepare for elections saying the country should have a democratically elected government.
“I accepted the extension of the transitional period by 24 months to give the political parties ample time to prepare for general elections. We want to bring an end to transitional governments. We should have a democratically elected government, so you, the people of Wau, should prepare for elections,” he said.
“If you win elections as a political party, you can form your government, and if you lose, please do not cause conflict. Power-sharing has brought us a lot of problems. There will be free and fair elections,” the head of state said.
The president urged parents to send their children including their daughters to school so that they contribute to the development of the country.
“No child should stay at home without being taken to school, I urged you to take all the children to school, especially girls.
“Girls are no longer sold for high bride price but must go to school and contribute to the development of the country,” he added.