Juba, 07 January, 2020 / 12:31 am (ACI Africa).
As the combined armed forces of Government and Opposition group kick-start military training as envisaged in the September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), the Archbishop-elect of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, Stephen Ameyu has called on South Sudanese soldiers to put the past behind and invest in peaceful co-existence through reconciliation.
“You should forget the past and let’s go in for reconciliation,” Archbishop-elect Ameyu told soldiers during the launch of the transportation of forces to the Owinykibul Training Centre in East Equatoria in the world’s newest nation.
“What separates us is that everyone wants to eat alone but from today we need to know that this country belongs to all of us,” the South Sudanese Prelate appealed while addressing forces at assembling point of Ibalany residential area in Torit Saturday, January 4.
“All of you are our soldiers; we need you to stand in front of us as people who defend the country,” Archbishop-elect who has been the Local Ordinary of Torit diocese since March 2019 told the army men and added, “If you put this poor person first, even God will be happy with you.”
Last December, President Salva Kiir and Vice-President designate Dr. Riek Machar agreed to intensify efforts to implement the outstanding pre-transitional tasks and pledged to form a unity government in February.