NAIROBI, -- Kenya is urging warring political parties in South Sudan to embrace peace and end untold suffering among its people.

The Kenyan Senate has also promised to offer the necessary support in the realization of peace and development in neighbouring South Sudan, the world's youngest nation.

Senators Moses Wetang'ula, Bonnie Khalwale, Geoge Khaniri and Wangari Martha urged South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and his former first vice-president, Dr. Riek Machar, to put aside their differences to achieve peace.

Wetang'ula recalled the critical role played by Kenya in the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement prior to the peaceful referendum that led to the separation of South Sudan from the Sudan.

The Senators said this when a delegation of women Parliamentarians from the Parliament of South Sudan visited the Senate Wednesday. They are in Kenya for a three-day fact finding mission.

Samburu Senator Sammy Leshore called upon the people of South Sudan to continue living in harmony with their Kenyan counterparts who are providing essential services in different sectors, including business ventures.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly (lower house of Parliament) has expressed grave concern over the prevailing instability in South Sudan, and is calling on regional leaders to move with speed to arrest the situation before it gets out of hand.

Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security Chairman Asman Kamama said credible reports indicated that Machar is mobilizing his troops for a full scale civil war, a situation which will have effects on Kenya's economy.

The optimism of a bright future that engulfed the people of South Sudan after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011 has been shattered by what has been described as selfish interests by the country's top leaders, plunging the country into conflict that has lasted for more than 3 years now.

Source: Nam News Network

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