By Kidega Livingstone
The umbrella of other opposition political parties (OPP) has started conducting peace rallies in order to disseminate the Revitalized Peace Agreement to the citizens across the country.
The umbrella of political parties is the fifth signatory to the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed in Addis Ababa on 12th September 2018 by the government of South Sudan and other Opposition political and armed groups.
The rallies that started from Hai Referendum in Juba on Saturday were headed by the President of Opposition Political Parties, Peter Mayen Majongdit.
Speaking to Juba Monitor during the rally at Hai Referendum in Juba, Spokesperson of the parties, Daniel Akao said that the parties started the rally in Juba in order to reach all the people across the country.
“It is time to say let the umbrella be for everyone,”Akao said. “We started from Juba and we shall reach all parts of South Sudan. We have made our mind already to preach peace,” he added.
Chairperson of organizing committee, James Aleu told the gathering that they will continue with dissemination of the peace agreement without any obstacles from other political parties.
“These series of rallies will involve everybody to participate. We are moving forward with peace because peace is the only thing that can move this country forward,” said Mr. Aleu.
In his part, Peter Mayen told this this newspaper that they have started peace rallies because they have agreed as one of the principal parties to the agreement not to go back for war.
“What we have agreed on is peace and anybody who want to go back for war, we shall tell him or her to go fight with God because many people lost their lives in this senseless war,” Mayen said.
He emphasized that their parties will work closely with other parties including the ruling SPLM party to make sure that peace is achieved in order for citizens to embark on development.
The Paramount Chief of Hai Referendum, Luka Kuot Dengdit welcomed the initiative by the leaders of the other opposition parties to preach peace in the area.
He advised that other opposition leaders staying in the hotels should also start moving to people in the residential areas and States to preach peace.
“The peace is not for hotel people, it is for us who are in the grassroots and those in refugee camps and IDPs,” Dengdit said. “We want you to come to us so that we shall be happy that peace is now coming,” he added.