Azande Kingdom take registration exercise to Juba

Azande Kingdom take registration exercise to Juba
New Azande King, Atoroba Peni Rikito Gbudue, carried by the royal family after his arrival at Yambio Airstrip on Wednesday. [Photo: Confucius Taban]

The registration of the people of Azande Kingdom is progressing well after King Peni Kizito Atoroba began capturing data of his subjects, nearly five months after regaining control of the lost 117-year-old kingdom.

The exercise kicked off early last Monday, in Yambio, the capital of Western Equatoria State (WES) before moving to Juba last Saturday, June 18.

A huge turn up was witnessed in Juba led by Azande elder Angelo Beba and other leaders.

The premiere was quite colourful, as they performed their cultural traditional dances with a lot of happiness and excitement.

The majority of the elders encouraged the rest of the community to register stressing that it is critical for the kingdom’s progress.

Joseph Bangasi Bakasoro, one of the Azande’s politicians, who is also the Minister of Public Service, said for any society to plan for its people, it must know the size of its population.

“Registration is not an extraordinary event, even in the bible or all over the world. People have to register to know themselves, to know the population, and the population has very big reasons, especially how to carry on the development of the particular given country,” Bakasoro said.

In most cases, he added that people fail to provide better services to their people. It’s simple: they don’t know how many people will attend, which makes preparing difficult.

As a result, he believes it is critical for every Azande person to obey the King’s decree and register wherever they are, whether at home or abroad.

“As a result, we’re registering now to plan for our future, particularly the future of our Azande children,” he said.

Another objective for the group’s registration is to determine whether the Azande people are shrinking or growing, as well as what percentage of them are giving birth or producing.