NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government on Monday denied
allegations by the UN special advisory on genocide that
Kenya has been trafficking large quantities of weapons
and ammunition into South Sudan.
Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade said Nairobi is distressed by the
recent comments published in the international media
attributed to Adama Dieng, the UN Special Advisor for
Prevention of Genocide, alleging the Kenya role in the
prolonging of the conflict in South Sudan.
allegations by the senior UN official insinuating
Kenya’s complicity in trafficking large quantities of
weapons and ammunition into South Sudan, are not only
unfortunate and misguiding, but lack facts,” Juma said
in a statement issued in Nairobi.
the allegations came at a time when all regional
countries have embarked on rigorous process of
revitalization of the Agreement on the Resolution of the
Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan signed in August
quoted in the media accusing both Kenya and Uganda for
contributing to the conflict, saying that large
quantities of weapons and ammunition are flowing into
South Sudan through the two countries.
special advisory said peace will be achieved in South
Sudan only “if we have concerted regional and
international efforts to leave no further options to the
South Sudanese leaders to stop and start negotiating.”
the situation in South Sudan remains extremely complex
and such unhelpful statements must be avoided at this
critical time in pursuit of a credible and all-inclusive
its principles of peaceful co-existence with its
neighbors and other nations, and the resolution of
conflicts/disputes by peaceful means, Kenya’s record is
clear with regards to efforts in search for peace and
stability in the Horn of Africa,” the statement said.
reaffirmed Kenya’s longstanding commitment in search for
stability and lasting peace in South Sudan as a
precondition for economic, social and political
Kenya’s relations with South Sudan and her role in the
Peace Process are of utmost interest to the mutual
well-being of the peoples of the two countries, and to
the regional peace, security and economic prosperity.
remains committed to peaceful resolution of the South
Sudan conflict and will continue to play its rightful
mediation role bilaterally and within the framework of
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD),” she
Nairobi was instrumental in the establishment of the
IGAD initiative to contain the situation and persuade
the Parties to settle their differences peacefully
following the outbreak of the conflict in South Sudan on
December 15, 2013, and the ensuing political and
Kenya has relentlessly engaged the political leadership
in South Sudan besides asking the two main warring
factions of SPLM in Government and SPLM/A-IO to end
hostilities, enforce the ceasefire, and resume the
implementation of the peace process.
efforts paid off with the de-escalation of violent
hostilities, intermittent ceasefires and tranquility
within the capital Juba and other areas in the country,
offering an opportunity for political dialogue among the
Parties,” Juma said.
African Parliament to
discuss curbing illicit firearm trade
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- The Pan-African Parliament
(PAP) will this week host a regional seminar with the
Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)
in Johannesburg to curb the illicit trade in firearms in
scheduled for March 2-3, is meant to increase
parliamentary engagement, understanding and ownership of
regional and international arms control instruments.
President, Roger Nkodo Dang said there is a need for the
continent to fight the illicit trade in firearms in the
continental Parliament, the PAP needs a strengthened
mandate in order to effectively facilitate and provide a
platform for continuous parliamentary action and
engagement on the risks posed by SALW,” he said.
countries have not ratified the Malabo Protocol which
will give PAP legislative powers.
full legislative powers, it will be challenging to
effectively harmonize and coordinate national and
regional efforts and legislations for silencing the guns
in Africa by 2020,” he said.
Olofsson, secretary general of the Parliamentary Forum
on SALW said violence and prolonged conflicts in several
African countries are fuelled by the availability and
misuse of illicit SALW.
arms flows negatively affect sustainable development and
pose a threat to human security and sustainable peace.
Effective steps to tackle the uncontrolled proliferation
of SALW are crucial to prevent and reduce armed
violence, hence the need to empower law-makers to
reinforce their legislative, oversight and
awareness-raising functions for national implementation
of international arms control frameworks,” Olofsson
from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, the Democratic
Republic of Congo and Malawi will take part in the
seminar with other PAP members.