“It is ideologically incorrect to use war to solve political arguments,” Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said.
President Museveni was one of the regional leaders that attended the celebration of the revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan in Juba.
The celebrations were held under the theme; ‘Celebrating the dawn of peace, appreciating friends, cherishing reconciliation and Unity.’
President Museveni delivered an impassioned plea to the leadership of South Sudan to desist from using war again to solve the problems in South Sudan.
He commended parties for “Attending to logic” and accepting to sign the revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan.
He used the symbol of grinding stone as the weight the people of South Sudan have carried.
“There is no need for war to solve political arguments among brothers and sisters. This is a strategic mistake.”
Museveni was later dressed in a ceremonial white linen loose cloth, green waist ribbon and blue neck lance by traditional women as a gift to his efforts to ensure peace in South Sudan.
The women also set free doves and balloons to symbolize the return of peace.
Speaking at the same event, President Salva Kiir reiterated in front of everyone that the war in South Sudan has come to an end.
He commended regional leaders, The TROIKA, United Nation for dedicating sustained efforts in support the revitalization of the peace agreement.
Kiir ordered security organs to open all routes and allow free movement of the people and asks the opposition to reciprocate.
“Peace has come and it is here to stay.”
United Nations Mission in South Sudan [UNMISS] chief David Shearer said to see parties that have previously been divided by violence coming together here in Juba, in a public sign of unity, sends a strong message to the citizens of this country that you are genuinely committed to end the suffering and build durable peace.
“The key ingredient needed at every step is trust. The personalities who signed the Agreement have in the past been former friends and foes,” he noted.
He added: “This ceremony is a chance for the leaders here today to restore that hope and to secure a peaceful and prosperous future for their people.”
Ambassador Joram Biswaro, the African Union [AU] representative said the Peace agreement is made in Africa, Africa solutions to Africa problems because South Sudan is bigger than an individual.
“This celebration will serve as your legacy for generations to come.”
He appealed to leaders of South Sudan not to shatter the hopes of the citizens saying peace is better than war.
He said AU believes the agreement provides another opportunity to end the war in South Sudan.
“Enough is enough, let us not be prisoners of our own history, embrace each other and rebuild the country. You should not let us down, History will judge you, let us walk the talk.”