JUBA – The Azande Kingdom in Western Equatoria State on Saturday launched a one-year registration campaign for its subjects in Juba.
The campaign initiated by King Atoroba Rikito who succeeded King Gbudue in February 2022 after 117 years of sincere death of King Gbude aims to know the total number of Azande people.
Prince Badagbu Daniel, one of Monarch of late King Gbudue’s grandsons and a member of a royal family said the Azande people residing in Juba turned up in large numbers for registration.
“Is really very important the Azande people must number their numbers because when you know your numbers and the number of people you have, you will be able to plan toward development,” Prince Badagbu told reporters after launching registration in Juba.
The registration was launched by Azande elder, Angelo Beda in an event attended by Minister of Public Services, Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Mary Nawai Martin, tycoon Amin Akasha and Taban Emmanuel, Central Equatoria State Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
It was held under the theme “Let us know our People for Development and Support to the Azande Kingdom.”
Prince Badagbu said the registration will include Azande people living in other parts of the world.
“I call upon everybody to register. We will also register people of the kingdom in Diasporas as well. Diaspora committees will be formed that will register Diaspora community so we know ourselves and work for the social development of the social kingdom,” he said.
Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, Minister of Public Services said the registration is critical for planning the Kingdom’s development.
“We are registering today (Saturday) in order to plan for our future and the future of our children,” Bakosoro said.
Bakosoro urged his kinsmen and women to turn up for massive registration.
“I am also appealing to most of the Azande community especially in Juba to turn up for registration and the registration has been decentralized, there is a team in Hai Thoura, Atbarah, Gudela, and where they are.”