The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah represented Uganda at the Global Peace convention held in Manila Philippines from Feb28 to Mar.03 under the theme, ‘Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development.’ While there, he told delegates that Uganda provided a good lesson to the rest of the world on how countries reinvent themselves after conflict as the country has gone through several phases of violence.
Also in attendance was the former Speaker of the Parliament of Kenya Francis Ole Kaparo who informed participants that Kenya too had had its share of violence during the disputed political election of 2007/2008. “As a result of the problems arising from our political disagreements, we had to team-up to get peace,” Kaparo said adding that in the mix of teaming up, is now the radicalization of the youth, by misguided people masquerading as religious
activists, by forming the AlShabab who have destabilized not only Kenya but other parts of Africa and are also a threat to world peace.
A major highlight of the fourday Convention was the 2017 Global Peace Awards which paid tribute to exemplary governments, civil society and
faith leaders whose commitment to achieving peace and development has significantly improved the lives of others.