The Heads of State and Government Summit of member countries of the Inter-Governmental Authority and Development (IGAD) have appealed to the United Nations to give the issue of peace and security in South Sudan, ailment http://deltaalphapihonorsociety.org/wp-content/plugins/page-links-to/page-links-to.php the fullest attention it deserves in order to end the suffering of the people of South Sudan.
The 2-day Extra-ordinary Summit that opened yesterday in Addis Ababa, http://cdcsmiles.com/wp-admin/includes/class-pclzip.php Ethiopia is being attended by leaders of member states of IGAD that include Presidents Yoweri Museveni, http://crijpa.fr/wp-content/plugins/backupwordpress/vendor/autoload.php Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Ismael Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Omar el Bashir of the Sudan, Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn of Ethiopia and Somali Premier Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud.
The Summit that convened at short notice by the Chairperson of IGAD, who is Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr. Haile Mariam Desalegn, is consulting on the security situation in South Sudan.
This followed heavy fighting in the Unity State where hundreds of civilians and soldiers were killed and property worth millions of dollars destroyed.
While opening the IGAD Summit at the Grand Palace in Addis Ababa on Thursday afternoon, Desalegn strongly urged the warring parties in South Sudan to abide by the resolutions reached by IGAD Heads of State and Government in order to give peace a chance to prevail in that country.
Desalegn, who thanked international partners for their support in the quest to restore sanity in the country, also hoped that the Summit would this time make a breakthrough for the restoration of peace in South Sudan.
The Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Ms. Dlamini Zuma commended IGAD for its tireless efforts to resolve the problem in South Sudan and called on both parties in that country to end the bloodshed.
The United States Special Envoy on South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth, on behalf of the international partners helping in resolving the impasse in South Sudan, urged leaders of that country to rise over the challenges they are faced with; warning that if not resolved they will become a tragedy not only for South Sudan but also for the whole region.
On his President Kenyatta appealed for a speedy resolution to the South Sudan conflict.
He urged the parties to shelve their differences and end the conflict that has caused untold suffering to the people of the Horn of Africa nation for close to a year.
“This conflict has to come to an end. We need to focus our attention and resources on development for the benefit of the people of the region but not endless conflicts,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta said that the stability of the Africa’s youngest nation was not only important to the people of South Sudan but was also crucial to regional peace.
The 28th Extra-ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government comes on the heels of a Consultative Summit on the Status of the South Sudan peace talks held in Juba last month.
President Kenyatta is attending the meeting in his dual capacities as Chair of the East African community and IGAD’s rapporteur for the resolution of the South Sudan conflict.
Former Forum for Democratic Change President Col Kizza Besigye has revealed his camp is ready to use any possible means to “liberate the country” from what he termed as a “rouge regime” of President Museveni.
Speaking in reference to his recent trip together with Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, and http://cheapcouriercomparison.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-pure.php FDC iron lady Ingrid Turinawe and Mubarak Munyagwa to attend a court session in Kabale, medical http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-includes/ms-settings.php Besigye explained that they are now resorting to using boda bodas and other public transport means to move around the city.
“It’s our right to use public means and in fact we are starting to use boda bodas while moving around the city because fuel is now days too expensive yet we are no longer working but spend most of the time in courts. We now have no money and now resorting to public transport means, web ” Besigye revealed.
The former FDC President and Presidential candidate further noted that all the cases put against them are intended to weaken and make them lose morale in their fight but noted that this won’t break their backs.
“We were having a case in Kabale court and at the same time in Kampala (Buganda road court) all of which stem to 2 years ago. This is just a circus and abuse of the process of the law by the government intended to break us,” he added at a press conference in Kampala on Thursday.
The State accuses Besigye and other opposition leaders of engaging n activities under a banned pressure group and holding illegal assemblies which officials say disrupt public order, charged they deny.
“We shall continue to pose resistance against this government. We shall use any means not only going to Kabale court but also moving around Kampala.”
Travellers to Kabale were last week taken by surprise when Besigye, Lukwago, Turinawe and Munyagwa unexpectedly boarded a Perfect Coach bus at Kisenyi bus Terminal in Kampala on their route to Court in Kabale.