CAR Warring Groups Sign Peace Deal in Kenya

Kenyatta congratulating the CAR warring factions after signing a peace deal on Wednesday in Nairobi

The passing of Kampala Capital City Authority budget for the coming financial year 2015/2016 has currently stalled at Parliament due to a confrontation between government and as the opposition side on the fate of embattled Authority’s Lord Mayor, patient Erias Lukwago.

The controversy erupted at Parliament Wednesday afternoon when the clerk to the house announced the tabling of the KCCA Policy Statement that contains the budget to run the only city in the country for next financial year.

Many opposition members immediately took to the floor of Parliament asking whether the Lord Mayor has been accepted back to his seat as agreed by Parliament in December last year.

Header advertisement

The Leader of Opposition Hon Wafula Oguttu reminded Kadaga that her Deputy Jacob Oulanyah had ruled on December 19, this last year that this matter and any other concerning KCCA would not be touched again on the floor of parliament, health before the issue of the Lord Mayor is resolved.

In response, the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who is leading government side on the negotiations with the opposition told MPs that there is progress going on and the policy statement should be passed by Parliament.

Rugunda noted that they have held several meetings with the Leader of Opposition and that there is a new Bill being presented to streamline KCCA governance. However, the opposition rejected his submission saying there is no breakthrough.

“The issue is an office [of the Lord Mayor] not being filled, not a new law. For as long as the House honors itself, we should stand by our word,” insisted Sorori MP Angeline Osege.

But in an unusual turn of events, Speaker Kadaga went ahead and overruled her deputy’s earlier decision and allowed the KCCA budget to be tabled.

This was done by Ethics and Integrity Minister Hon Fr Simon Lokodo, amidst furious contestation from opposition members of parliament.
Warring groups in the Central Africa Republic have signed a peace agreement to stop hostilities and open a new chapter of political stability in their country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto witnessed the signing of two agreements between Anti-Balaka led by Joachim Kokate and Ex-Seleka led by former president Michel Djotodia on Wednesday.

The two agreements, nurse Nairobi Agreement on Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities between Ex-Seleka and Anti-Balaka, approved and the Nairobi Engagement Declaration Adherence to the Transition Roadmap in Central African Republic, drugs were signed at State House, Nairobi.

Speaking after the signing of the Agreements, President Kenyatta urged the stakeholders to adhere to the agreements and avoid being derailed from their objectives by outside forces.

“There will be many who will try to bring divisions amongst you for their personal benefit. Your principal interest should be the wellbeing of the Central Africa Republic citizens” he said.

President Kenyatta pointed out that the signing of the peace agreements was a first step and there are still many issues that have to be tackled for the stability of CAR.

“The spirit of brotherhood which you have developed here in Nairobi should continue even to Bangui forum,” the President added.

President Kenyatta told the leaders of the two groups to protect the agreements they have reached because there are malevolent forces who want the violence to continue.

“Peace is not something that makes everybody happy, there are those who prosper through the misery of others,” said the President.

He assured the delegations that Kenya will continue standing with them even as they strive to join hands to build their nation.

The President said rapid and substantial progress has been made towards a political settlement which will restore CAR into the community of peaceful states.

The leaders of the two rival groups thanked President Kenyatta and the Government of Kenya for the efforts put into bringing peace in CAR.

They said their country has been in political turmoil for the last 20 years pointing out that the commitment by the Kenya leadership will definitely bear positive results.

“We came here for peace and to agree amongst ourselves. The time we have spent in Nairobi has made us learn and understand the efforts made by Kenya in reaching this agreement,” said Djotodia.

President Kenyatta urged Central African leaders to build on the understandings reached in Nairobi and continue using brotherly dialogue to address every issue.

“I thank you for the patience, understanding, restraint and commitment you have shown.  These are the hallmarks of mature leadership which can usher in progress and happiness for the people of CAR,” President Kenyatta said.

Deputy President William Ruto commended the warring factions for agreeing to set aside their differences and engage each other on a peaceful process.

He said the signing of the agreements will help the Central Africa Republic people to come up with an all-inclusive, effective democratic, elected Government which will carter for the interests of all citizens.

The latest conflict in Central African Republic broke out in December 2012.

Some 5,600 African Union peacekeepers and about 2,000 French soldiers are deployed in the country.

The mediation process which began last year November is spearheaded by Kenneth Marende and Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Njuki Mwaniki.

The signing of the agreements was witnessed by CAR civil society group leaders led by Mahamat Ali. Others were Mahamat Ibrahim, Alexix Ngoya and El Mackine Mansour.

Also Present were Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohammed, Interior and National Coordination Cabinet Secretary Maj Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery and National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.


Header advertisement
To Top