The Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, has said that Uganda is key to the achievement of lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region.
The Deputy Speaker said that having gone through armed conflicts for long and also been active in resolving conflicts in different countries in the region, Uganda is a model of what peace should be.
“The Great Lakes Region is a hotspot for conflict; Uganda should sound a peace call. As a country, we should do whatever we can to ensure that there is peace in the region,” Oulanyah said.
Oulanyah made these remarks while meeting a delegation from the Global Peace Foundation led by the former President of Zanzibar, H.E. Abeid Karume, Thursday, 29 June 2017.
The Global Peace Foundation is organising a peace conference, which will take place in Kampala in 2018.
Oulanyah added that the Peace Foundation aims at bringing people together and finding solutions to insecurity and its related problems.
“Leaders are brought together to think together; we would rather avoid things that bring conflict other than seeking peace later,” he added.
Dr Karume said that it is important for Uganda to host the peace conference because Uganda has always been at the forefront of peace building in the region.
“Uganda has a lot of experience; this is a call for action for peace. Doing this is to make sure that the dream for peace is turned into a reality,” Karume said.