- The wars that broke out since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 saw massive exodus of South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda especially in West Nile and some parts of Acholi Sub-region
- Some of the returnees who attended the rally in Kaya expressed gratitude over the peace agreement where Mr Riek Machar and president Salva Kiir have accepted to work together
- Over a million South Sudanese have been holed up in Uganda especially in West Nile after escaping from the war that dogged the country after ray of hope for peace was quashed
By Our Reporter
Kaya- Leaders in South Sudan town of Yei and Kaya have started the campaign calling for return of South Sudan refugees living in Uganda.
Morobo County leaders in Yei River State led by the Commissioner, Mr Nelson Isaac Duku, said: “Right the journey from Kaya up to Yei is free without someone being tortured by army men or attacked. This is showing for us a clear sign that implementation of the Khartoum peace agreement has started taking shape.”
On August 5th South Sudan President Mr Salva Kiir and opposition leader, Dr Riek Machar signed a peace agreement in Khartoum to pave way for peace to returned in the troubled nation.
“We have instilled discipline in the South Sudan army and if any one of them is found mistreating people unlawfully is bound to be accountable for his actions. We are committed to see a lasting peace so that our people can return and stay safely.”
He noted that religious and traditional should step up the campaign to have the South Sudanese return to develop their country.
Ms Mary Vivian who has been a refugee at Bidibidi Refugee settlement in Yumbe district said having peace awareness rallies in the South Sudan communities has given her more confidence about peace in the country.
“This gives us hope for better business. Many of our children are not studying in good schools because we cannot afford school fees in good Ugandan schools and I wish our leaders do not disappoint us again as we come back to our country,” she said.
Mr Saidi Lokure an elder in Kaya who is one of the recent returnees said there is improved political situation in the area but feeding still remains a challenge to him which has made him to depend on the South Sudan soldiers who are helping him with food to eat every day.