JUBA, 19th May, 2011 [Gurtong] –South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia’s heads of State have pledged to grace the South Sudan independence celebrations scheduled for July 9th 2011.

This was revealed by Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the Minister for Information in the Government of Southern Sudan late this week at the Juba International Airport when he arrived from an extensive trip to these countries to deliver a special message from President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

“It was a pleasure for me to deliver congratulatory messages on a successful referendum from the leaders as well as good wishes for independence”, he said.

He appealed to the South Sudanese citizens to welcome the key guests during the celebrations.

Dr. Marial also called on all the citizens to maintain law and order and be of good behaviour and extend warm welcome to the guests who will join them to celebrate their independence.

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