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South Sudan to launch national reconciliation agenda

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October 11, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s committee on national healing, peace and reconciliation is set to launch nationwide consultations with a national agenda for reconciliation to be owned and supported by all, its chairperson has said.

Episcopal Church of Sudan Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul (ST/File photo)

Episcopal Church Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul said his committee will soon orient sub-committees in five of the country’s 10 states, ahead of a retreat workshop earmarked for December.

The Episcopal church Archbishop was appointed by President Salva Kiir in April this year to reconciliation body, with deputised by his Catholic Church counterpart, Paride Taban. Kiir has officially declared national reconciliation as one of the priorities for South Sudan.

The committee, led by its chairperson, recently visited South Africa, where they met key people and institutions that had been part of the country’s truth and reconciliation process.

The South Africans, according Archbishop Bul, emphasised the need for a South Sudanese reconciliation process that will be home-grown and not copied from elsewhere.

The South Sudanese delegation, its chair said, also learnt lessons, both positive and negative, from other countries’ experiences, particularly South Africa.

“Generally all of the South Africans affirmed the process proposed by the Committee,” Archbishop Bul said in a statement.

During their visit, the South Sudanese team reportedly met the Anglican and Catholic Archbishops of Cape Town, Archbishops Thabo Macgoba and Stephen Brislin. The team also held meetings with the inter-faith groups, academics, the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO), the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Alex Boraine, the ex-deputy chair of the country’s truth and reconciliation commission.

(ST)

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  • 12 October 2013 12:14, by Bentiu son

    Dear readers,the national healing or reconciliation which had been initiated recently by Dr.Machar but his idea has been hijacked,exterminated n assassinated by killer President Kiir who killed our national hero Dr.John Garang De Mabior plus Major General George Athor Deng Dut in collaboration with his notorious friend dictator Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.Bishop Daniel Deng Bul quit don’t waste yr T

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    • 12 October 2013 12:27, by Bentiu son

      ime let incompetent President Kiir appointed one from his Gogrial Bishop if they have one.The national reconciliation n healing needs both Executive,civil society n Religious leaders like you as well.Handing you the whole process means assassinating n sabotaging it all together shamelessly.Salva did it when appointed you as peace mediator in Jonglei which wasn’t fruitful at all.

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    • 12 October 2013 12:36, by Naath

      Hahahahahaha,hahaha,hahahah.Deng don’t put your reputation to the line.Hopeless kiir will do any thing.can you tell southern sudanese which state are you going to start first,I think your position as church leader is enough for you,this is my advice to you don’t mess up with hopeless kiir,you deserve respected from church not government politic,if you still continue I will not be responsible

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  • 12 October 2013 12:24, by Ambago

    "The South Africans, according Archbishop Bul, emphasised the need for a South Sudanese reconciliation process that will be home-grown and not copied from elsewhere".
    what did you in SPLM (Politicians & Clerics alike) expect in the first place?
    Stop the police state, release all the remaining political prisoners, open-up for criticism, free press, freedom of expression!Job Done!

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    • 12 October 2013 13:59, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      You talked like human to day Dr Rambo.

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  • 12 October 2013 14:10, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Don’t make it as an un finishing project. It’s now almost six months since you have appointed for the job, why don’t you speed the task that needs to accomplish with out delay. Let it not go beyond December

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