SPEECH BY PRESIDENT MUSEVENI OF UGANDA ON PEACE CELEBRATION DAY IN JUBA, 2018

Attended the Peace day celebrations in Juba, South Sudan.
I would like to thank South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his colleague Riek Machar for leading the people of South Sudan into a new journey of peace by signing the revitalised pace agreement.

Thank you very much for attending to logic in the end and signing. The grinding stone that the people of South Sudan have been carrying has now been put down. I am sure this is the end of the conflict in South Sudan.

War is wasteful. South Sudan has lost a lot of development time. In 2005 during the interim period, Juba was a very small town near the river. Now it has grown wide. If we had not had this war between 2013 – 2015, there would have been even greater development. Make covenant like the one Israel made with God. War should never be used again to solve political arguments between brothers and sisters. Political arguments can be solved by discussions or free and fair elections. It is ideologically incorrect to use war for an argument. Also make sure state institutions are national to build peoples confidence.

Uganda will continue to support South Sudan as we look forward to the concretisation of the truly powerful ceremony we have witnessed in Juba.

I want to thank President Bashir who took the last initiative in peace making. I am glad we have done it. Am happy you shunned foreigners who want to establish hegemony over Africa by using weak enemies to divide us. Foreigners wanted South Sudan to become a vacuum like Libya and Somalia. Somalia is now coming up.

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