Mbabazi, Archbishop Odama call for cease-fire
Posted Friday, December 27 2013 at 02:00
In the face of continued bloodshed in South Sudan, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Gulu Archbishop John Baptist Odama have joined world leaders in calling for a cease-fire in the world’s youngest nation.
In a statement issued on Christmas, the prime minister appealed to fighting groups in South Sudan to lay down their weapons and engage in dialogue even as Archbishop Odama called for an end to the violence that has resulted into the death of more than 700 people and leaving many stranded.
Archbishop Odama used the Christmas prayers at Holy Rosary Catholic Church to ask Riek Machar and his political nemesis president Salvar Kiir to seek peaceful means of ending violence and save South Sudan from breaking up.
“Peace talks should be initiated to help the world’s youngest nation to desist from killing one another,” Archbishop Odama said. “Change of government should not be violent; there are electoral processes that should be followed.”
Also speaking during Christmas prayers at Karubeizi Parish Church in Kanungu on Wednesday, Mr Mbabazi said the only way forward was protracted talks within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to close the rift between President Kiir and the splinter group of Dr Machar, Kiir’s former vice president.
“The people of South Sudan got independence just two years ago but they are already fighting on ethnic and tribal lines,” Mbabazi said, calling upon the Church of Uganda to lead prayers for peace in South Sudan.
Mbabazi also clarified that the UPDF did not go to South Sudan to fight but to stop the carnage there.