As Africans, this should be our century – Salva Kiir

Kiir and other East African heads of state from Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi and officials from DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania are in Kampala to celebrate Uganda's 60th Independence Day.

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, believes the time is now for African to dispel poverty, diseases and ignorance. “AS Africans, this should be our century to uplift our people from abject poverty, chronic diseases and ignorance,” Kiir, said in his speech in Kampala.

Kiir and other East African heads of state from Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi and officials from DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania are in Kampala to celebrate Uganda’s 60th Independence Day.

Kenya’s president, William Ruto, said the border created the colonial masters to divide East Africans should be erased to enable the people to move freely and share opportunities.

“It is our place as leaders and citizens of the East African Region to work together so that we can transform our borders which today stand as barriers and convert them into bridges so that goods and services can move across this East Africa without impediments,” he added.

The president of Burundi, Evariste Ndayisishimiye, said East Africa can be stronger if they work together.

Civil wars in South Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi and Rwanda have made it hard for the region to stabilize and pursue economic objectives, something the Burundi president says should stop. For the sake of peace, nothing should stand in our way, President Ndayishimiye said.

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