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Religious leaders call for dialogue in South Sudan

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By AL-MAHDI SSENKABIRWA

Posted  Tuesday, December 24  2013 at  02:00

In Summary

In their joint end of year message yesterday, the religious leaders said meaningful development will not prevail in South Sudan, which is emerging from decades of civil war if the current unrest continues.

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Kampala- Religious Leaders have asked the two warring political groups in South Sudan to talk peace if stability is to be restored in Africa’s youngest nation.

In their joint end of year message yesterday, the religious leaders said meaningful development will not prevail in South Sudan, which is emerging from decades of civil war if the current unrest continues.

Condemnation
“As religious leaders, we condemn the violence meted on the people of South Sudan by the parties involved in the fighting and call for cessation of hostilities and dialogue among the protagonists,” said Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga , the chairperson Council of Presidents, Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU).

IRCU is a grouping of religious denominations, including the Catholic Church, Uganda, Muslim Supreme Council, Church of Uganda, Uganda Orthodox Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Pentecostal Movement.

The background
South Sudan plunged into turmoil early last week after President Salva Kiir accused his former vice president Mr Riek Machar of attempting to carry out a coup.

The United Nationals estimates at least 500 people have been killed since the fighting began with the government struggling to keep control of the capital, Juba. There are fears the fighting could trigger a full-blown civil war unless a political deal is struck.

assenkabirwa@ug.nationmedia.com