Peace and Security take centre stage at IPU-IGAD meet
A regional Speakers Meeting in Kamuli has called on IGAD Member States to heighten their fight against forces of instability, terrorism and cross border criminal activities.
The Speakers were meeting for the second day of the 8th Conference of Speakers of the Inter Parliamentary Union of Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IPU-IGAD) at Century Hotel, Kamuli.
The two-day Conference hosted by the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, was held 18 – 19, September 2016.
Delegates at the meeting discussed the worrying state of security in the IGAD Member states. But as the Meeting was being held, violence and conflict played out in varying degrees in South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
The Speaker of the South Sudan Transitional National Legislative Assembly, Hon. Anthony Lino Makana, appealed for help on ending conflict from the grouping.
“We in the TNLA, as representatives of the people, are urging IGAD parliaments to support the Transitional Government of National Unity and its efforts to restore peace and security in the country,” said Makana.
He urged IGAD Member States to appeal, on behalf of South Sudan, to China, Russia, South Africa, Japan, India, European Union, Arab League, IGAD plus “to continue playing a positive and active role in sustaining peace” in the country.
Speaker Kadaga said “Instability in South Sudan has an impact on all her neighbours. We have to work together to see that normalcy returns to the country.”
On the assassination of 18 legislators at different times in Somalia, Kadaga commended the Speaker of the country’s Parliament for the courage and commitment to continue with legislative business.
“We commend you for the courage and resilience exhibited in an effort to take the country back to stability,” said Kadaga.
At the end of the Meeting, Speakers noted “that there appears to be an orchestrated attempt to generate instability in the region.”
Speakers welcomed national dialogue by the political parties and the signing of the road map to peace in Sudan to assure the people of peace, democratic governance and development.
“Much has been done in our region to date to ensure peace, which still remains work in progress; and that people and governments of our region continue to face formidable challenges of peace, good governance and development,” said Mohamed Adam Mohamed, the Secretary General of IPU-IGAD, who read the Resolutions.
He added that “These also constrain peoples and governments of our region to focus on climate change and desertification.”
The visiting Speakers and delegations include: Anthony Lino Makana, Speaker of South Sudan Parliament; Mahammed Sheikh Osman Jawari, Speaker of Somalia Parliament, Ayisha Mohamed Ahmed Saleh, Deputy Speaker of Sudan, Mohamed Adam Mohamed Ismail, Secretary General IPU-IGAD. Other delegations led by Members of Parliament came from Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia.