40 Northern Uganda Elders to Witness Signing of Juba Peace Deal

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A delegation of 40 elders from Acholi, Lango, West Nile and Teso yesterday left for the Southern Sudanese capital of Juba to witness the anticipated signing of the final peace agreement between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army. The signing of the peace agreement is expected to take place on April 15th. Julius Ocen, the LC5 chairperson of Amuria who will represent local governments at the signing, said he is being accompanied by the Paramount Chief of Teso, Augustine Osuban. Others from the Teso sub-region are the Bishop of Soroti Charles Obaikol and the chairperson of the Teso parliamentary group, Patrick Amuriat. Ocen said he is optimistic that despite the postponement of the signing ceremony, LRA leader Joseph Kony will append his signature to the peace deal on April 10th as expected. He said it is important for all Ugandans to support the peace process because the Government of Uganda, led by President Yoweri Muesveni, is acting on behalf of the country to finally bring peace to the war-ravaged north. The LRA peace negotiation team is today expected to hand over the peace deal documents to Joseph Kony. The Voice of America reports that two weeks ago Kony committed to signing the peace deal at the LRA assembly point in Rikwangba.