The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has appealed to South Sudan legislators to continue pushing for peace to prevail in their country, if socioeconomic growth is to be realized in the young nation.
Oulanyah made the call while interfacing with MPs from South Sudan under the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus who had paid a courtesy call to his office at parliament.
The group was led by the caucus chairperson, Dusman Joyce James Lesuk.
A lot of issues were discussed in the meeting which included the welfare of women in parliament, women’s rights in the country, the different economic policies that have favored women in Uganda, as well as the role of MPs in peace keeping, enactment of bills, gender equality, peace perseverance in the country among others.
Oulanyah told the group that without peace, business will remain on standstill in the country, and that those who hold guns will always make decisions.
“When Idi Amin took over power in 1971, the first causality was Parliament. Peace is central, if there is something which as you MPs must fight to achieve, it is peace; in the absence of peace, there is little you can do and you may have no business,” Oulanyah advised South Sudan MPs
Oulanyah said that the conflict in South Sudan has been there for long, affected a number of people and that it’s high time it’s stopped.
The group will be meeting with the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) chairperson, Monica Amoding on Tuesday to further study the operation of the association as well as borrowing principles that could be applied in South Sudan.
Lesuk noted that the group will on the subsequent days meet with the Uganda Women Network (UONET) and the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association (UWEAL) on Wednesday; the Leader of Opposition in Parliament on Thursday morning and thereafter meet with the Women Members (PAP, IGAD, CPA & IPU) in the evening.