EES Governor Commemorates Lokiriama Peace Accord In Kenya

Eastern Equatoria State (EES) Governor Louis Lobong Lojore travelled to Kenya yesterday via the Nadapal border of South Sudan to commemorate the 28th Anniversary of Lokiriama Peace Accord that was signed in 1973.

EES Governor Commemorates Lokiriama Peace Accord In Kenya
Kenyan Pokot pastoralists attend a peace meeting in the past at Lokiriama in Loima district, Kenya [©kenyaweeklypost]

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 20th September 2011 [Gurtong] – Eastern Equatoria State (EES) Governor Louis Lobong Lojore travelled to Kenya yesterday via the Nadapal border of South Sudan to commemorate the 28th Anniversary of Lokiriama Peace Accord that was signed in 1973.

Governor Lobong was officially invited by Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Rescue committee.

Lobong was accompanied by State Legislative’s Deputy Speaker, Hon Paul Napwon Yonae who also comes from Toposa cluster and State Minister for Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Hon. George Echom Ekeno whose origin is Nyangatom of South Sudan, joined by two County Commissioners of Budi Mr. Charles Atul and Kapoeta East Mr. Titus Lokwacuma Lotyam and Members of Parliament alongside traditional leaders from the respective Counties.

The Governor arrived in the celebrations venue; Loikiriama, a place situated between Karamojong of Uganda and Turkana of Lokiriama in Kenya where the celebrations kicked off this morning.
 
He explained that the Lokiriama Peace Accord, originally initiated in 1973 by the Turkana and Karamojong communities as a communal peace accord, is one of the key historical events being adopted to be observed annually among clusters of Toposa of South Sudan, Turkana of Kenya, Karamojong of Uganda and Nyangatom of Ethiopia and the Didinga of South Sudan.
 
He said, “Lokiriama Agreement has upheld peace since its signing in 1973.”

Its main objective is instilling peace and co-existence among these communities. This was a communal peace agreement intended to move these communities’ cluster societies from circumstances of the then perpetual conflicts into unity and peaceful co-existence.
 
Among other key signatories expected to attend are Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga and the former Kenyan president who is among the 1973 Lokiriama peace accord pioneers, Hon. Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, Uganda’s first lady and senior Government representatives from Ethiopia, MPs and Ministers from Turkana County of Kenya and MPs from the Karamojong in Uganda are among the invitees.
 
The Governor welcomes the commemoration and said that since South Sudan was aspiring to join East African Community, there was need to harmonize the neighbouring communities to boost good relations between the member States for enhancing trade ties and to foster economic advancement.

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