Kenya urges South Sudan to embrace peace

By KBC Reporters

Kenya is urging warring political parties in South Sudan to embrace peace and end untold suffering among its citizens.

The Senate has also promised to offer necessary support in the realization of peace and development in the newest nation.

Senators Moses Wetang’ula [Bungoma], Bonnie Khalwale [Kakamega], Geoge Khaniri [Vihiga] and Wangari Martha [Nominated] urged President Salva Kiir and his former first Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to swallow their differences to achieve peace some years after gaining independence from the Sudan.

Wetang’ula recalled the critical role played by Kenya in the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement prior to the peaceful referendum that led to the separation of South Sudan from the Sudan.

The Senators said this when a delegation of women Parliamentarians from the Parliament of South Sudan who are in the country for a three day fact finding mission paid a courtesy call on the Senate.

Samburu Senator Sammy Leshore called upon the people of South Sudan to continue living in harmony with their Kenyan counterparts who are providing essential services in different sectors including business ventures.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly has expressed grave concerns over the prevailing instability in the South Sudan, and is now calling upon regional leaders to move with speed to arrest the situation before it gets out of hand.

Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security Chairman Asman Kamama says credible reports indicate that rebel leader and immediate former Vice-President Riek Machar is mobilizing his troops for a full scale civil war a situation that will affect Kenya’s economy.

The optimism of a bright future that engulfed the people of South Sudan after breaking away from Sudan has been shattered by what has been described as selfish interests by the country’s top leaders, plugging the country into conflict that has lasted for more than 3 years now.

And months since rebel leader Riek Machar went into hiding in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports indicate he is gearing up for a full scale civil strife with the government forces, a status that now worries the Kenyan Parliament.

Asman Kamama the chairperson of the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security Chairman says there is need for concerted efforts by regional leadership to restore peace in South Sudan.

However, South Sudan’s Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth who is also the government spokesman has denied rumours about an attempted coup being organized by former dissidents of Riek Machar, Equatorians and the Murle tribe in Juba.

Makuei has also refuted rumours about ongoing killings in Juba neighbourhoods as well as those on social media speculating President Kiir’s death.

In the meantime South Sudan’s government is being accused of undermining a U.N. Security Council decision to deploy an additional 4,000 peacekeepers, risking an arms embargo as fighting continues in the world’s youngest nation.

According to a new report by the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) UN peacekeepers were reportedly unable and, at times, unwilling to respond effectively to violent clashes in Juba when fighting began in July.

Since then more than one million South Sudanese citizens mostly women and children have fled the country.


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