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Gov’t should take National Dialogue to grassroots

The government has been urged to extend the national dialogue down to the states to address the cattle raiding, border boundaries and communal fighting in the country.

Speaking at the workshop organized by UNMISS on Wednesday, the Governor of Gok state, Madhang Majok Meen said the national dialogue that is being led by the  government should also be used as a mechanism for resolving the challenges facing the people at the grassroots.

“National dialogue gives us a chance to resolve issues of cattle raid as the basis of national unity to address issues of diversity and strengthen the social contract between citizens and government,” Meen said.

“That is why I am urging you (religious and political leaders) to champion this important peace mission,” he said.

On Tuesday the Steering Committee of the National Dialogue said  they would increase the number of topics in the agenda for discussion in search of solutions to the problems of the country.

The new agenda to be added include  peace building; healing and reconciliation, reform of national army, return of the refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), land grabbing issues, resources distribution, social cultures and cattle raiding.

The agenda set  by President Kiir earlier, during the declaration of the national dialogue includes; security, system of governance, addressing power struggle, communal conflicts, democracy, national economy, issues of boundaries and national identity.

Governor Meen encouraged politicians and religious leaders to work together as advocates for peace and reconciliation across the region.

Meanwhile, Bishop Deer Changurek, a participant at the workshop said religious and political leaders need to work together to build peace across in the country.

“Peace needs a collective effort. We (clergies) need to collaborate with the government and other stakeholders to ensure our people live in peace,” he said.

By Kidega Livingstone

 

 

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