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New Church leader vows to spearhead peace, reconciliation

By Nema Juma

The newly elected chairman of South Sudan Council of Churches has promised to continue spearheading peace and reconciliation.

Fr. Arkanjelo Wani was elected chairperson of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) yesterday at the end of the church leaders’ general assembly of the SSCC.

In 2015, the Council of Churches designed a framework for peace which has been helping in resolving conflicts in the country.

Fr. Arkanjelo vowed to continue implementing some of the remaining tasks in the plan.

He said he will continue with advocacy within and outside the country to spread the message of peace.

“As the chairman I would like to continue with the neutral forum which will bring together leaders of political forces that have had problem among themselves and the space to be able to discuss as a way to bridge the gap in hostility and conflict among them,” Fr. Arkanjelo said.

The newly elected chairperson of the SSCC added that he will continue to spearhead issues of reconciliation and peace especially in the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

“I have come to this position in the very critical time for political history of this country because we have peace agreement which is a road map agreed upon by all our political forces that were in conflict and implementing it has been a task that is so difficult but we want to be able to follow it up,” Fr. Arkanjelo said.

He further urged the political forces in both government and opposition to implement the peace agreement.

“For those who have not signed the agreement we will continue to engage them by asking them or to listen to them and see how God will direct them,” he said.

The church leaders also re-elected Fr. James Oyet as the Secretary-General of the South Sudan Council of Churches.

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