Kiir reaches Aweil

President Kiir has arrived in Aweil town, the state capital of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, reported Akol Yam’s Aquilina Adhel.

Adhel, who is covering the presidential peace tour, says Kiir is in the ceremonial car, waving at the residents lined up along the main road there.

“Kiir will not go straight to freedom square for rally, but will first head to the state councils of ministers where he will have brief meeting before addressing the public,” she said.

The reporter stated that since the president arrived in Northern Bahr el Ghazal territory, he received huge reception, with so many people trying to catch a glimpse of him.

Aweil, just like other urban areas, lacks amenities such as electricity and water supplies.

“I appeal to President Kiir have water supplies provided to people living in highland areas,” Dut Majok, paramount chief of Aweil West, told Adhel.

About 4000 people have gathered at Aweil freedom square, waiting to be addressed by the president, according to the correspondent.

The visit to Aweil is part of the president’s peace tour of the Bahr el Ghazal region. He has already visited Wau and Kuajok, the state capitals of Western Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap, respectively.

In Wau, while addressing members of the public, he urged parents to send all their children, mostly girls, to combat the girl-child marriage and high rate of illiteracy in the country.

In Kuajok, he joined faithfuls during the celebration of St Joseph Catholic Church centenary. Missionaries established the Catholic church in 1923.