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IPU-IGAD Root for Swift Intervention in South Sudan Conflict

Kadaga addressing the IPU-IGAD Conference of the Speakers Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday

The conflict in South Sudan has taken centre stage at the ongoing Inter-Parliamentary Union of IGAD (IPU-IGAD) meeting in Addis Abba, unhealthy http://davescheapbikes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-connection-banner.php Ethiopia with member states calling on parliaments to complement the efforts by the African Union Heads of States to ending the war, viagra http://chemspec-api.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php which has so far claimed over 300 lives.

The Conference of Speakers IPU-IGAD meeting also expressed concern about the humanitarian toll on innocent people and the disruption of trade between South Sudan and states in the region.

“Without peace, http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-platform-jetpack.php there cannot be any development or integration and the objective of IGAD cannot be achieved easily,” the Secretary General of the IPU-IGAD member states,  Mohamed Adam Mohamed Ismail said.

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In her remarks to the meeting today Monday, the Speaker Parliament of Uganda, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, was apprehensive of the instability in South Sudan having a potential to destabilise the region if not addressed appropriately.

“We should show our commitment to engage with Parliaments from IPU-IGAD to assess on-spot the situation in South Sudan and also show support to the South Sudan people,” Kadaga said.

The country has been struggling to cope with renewed fighting in which hundreds have died.

Vice President Riek Machar remains in hiding, saying he fears for his life.

Regional leaders have since called for swift intervention to save the country from sliding back into a civil war.

On the African Union’s move to introduce the African passport, the Speaker welcomed the idea saying it was worthy of support by member states and that this would bring about free movement of people in the continent.

So far, two countries, Rwanda and Mauritius have implemented it. The plan for a single passport for Africa is part of the African Union’s 2063 Agenda.

Crisis

Hon. Abadulla Gemeda, the Speaker of the House of the Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia, and also President of the Executive Council of IPU-IGAD noted it was important for the Union to act fast in responding to the crisis in South Sudan.

Speaker Abadulla took a swipe at the International Criminal Court, which he said is increasingly becoming a threat to elected Presidents in Africa by targeting them inappropriately.

He cited the case of Presidents Omar al Bashir of Sudan and President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President Ruto of Kenya.

With regard to the challenge the region is facing such as terrorism, human trafficking, migration and deforestation, Speaker Abadulla urged parliaments to pass laws and legislations to combat the problems.

He also urged member states to pass laws and regulations to encourage investment in the renewable energy sector, which he said has a huge potential. He cited Kenya as one of the countries that have made commendable progress in embracing use of renewable energy.

The Protocol establishing IGAD Inter-Parliamentary Union came into force on 28th November 2007 after being ratified by IGAD member states.

The Conference of the Speakers of Parliaments of IGAD member states is the highest organ of the Union. The meeting is being attended by Speakers from Parliaments of Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti from 18th – 19th July 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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