Slow peace

This is part of adjumani town. The town is about two hours drive, from South Sudan border. Arguably half the population of Adjumani district is South Sudanese refugees. Picrure by Ochan Hannington | 18 Oct 2019

South Sudan peace is coming rather too slow – and this has set many, including Ugandans, into frustration and disappointments. Many arguments suggest lots of things, including lives are at stake. Mostly businesspeople as well as politicians complain South Sudan’s insecurity and mayhem that is still at large across the country continue to take a heavy toll on citizens, in both countries to a point where they may not be able to live a dignified life anymore.

The chairperson of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uganda’s West Nile region, Jackson Atima, blames stakeholders in the peace process of South Sudan for ‘delaying to bring it’. He went ahead to say business community he represents is suppressed. He says cross-border businesses between Ugandan and South Sudan cannot pick up gain, until the situation in the country improved.

Meanwhile, Uganda’s opposing political Democratic Party echoed concerns of the business community. According to the Publicist of the party, Fadhil Lemeriga, leaders; especially politicians in both countries can do better to improve South Sudan’s situation. He argues if ‘total peace’ came to the country, people’s lives – not just in South Sudan, but in both countries would improve dramatically. Take a listen to his comments: