Southern Sudan has been declared an independent state at a colourful ceremony held in the capital Juba, today.
ÂThe Head of State and Government and Commander in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe was among the over thirteen heads of state and government who are witnessing the countryâ€™s independence celebrations.
The independence declaration was made by the speaker of the countryâ€™s legislative assembly, Honourable James Wani Igga and saw the hosting of the new Flag and singing of the National Anthem.
General Salva Kiir took oath of office as President of Southern Sudan signalling the full implementation of the 2005 peace deal that ended Africaâ€™s longest civil war.
President Kiir is also expected to adopt a new constitution.
Meawhile, South Sudanese Minister of Information, Dr Banabar Benjamin said President Mugabeâ€™s presence at the official independence of the country is inspiring.
Dr Benjamin described President Mugabe as a close friend of the late Chairman of the Sudanese Peopleâ€™s Liberation Movement, Dr John Garang.