By Anila Murtu Charles
President Salva Kiir has said total peace cannot be achieved overnight. He said working for a peaceful country or region is always encountered by a lot of challenges. “We all know from our experiences that working for peace is not anything easy and a total peace can’t be achieved overnight,” he said. Kiir made the statement yesterday during an occasion organized by the African Peace Awards 2021, where he was awarded peace award by the African Private Televisions Union.
“I am urging all of us to rededicate our efforts at individual and collective levels to overcome obstacles in confronting the challenges we face honestly,” President Kiir said. He appreciated the African Private Televisions Union for recognizing his contribution towards the Sudan peace deal signed last year in Juba. Speaking at the same event, Deputy Chairperson of the Sudan Sovereign Council Gen. Muhammad Hamdan Daglo said the award received by President Kiir did not come as a surprise. He said President Kiir deserved the award.
Gen Hamdan lauded the Sudan peace mediation team; Tut Gatluak who is also the Presidential security advisor and Dr. Dew Mathok for restoring peace in Sudan. He said they cannot do anything without the existence of peace in their country. Gen. Hamdan said they were happy to see the Transitional Government of National Unity was trying its best to implement the revitalized peace agreement. “All the government were formed, all the forces are in cantonment and remained only the Transitional Legislative Assembly. I wish the Parliament, God’s willing to be formed,” he said.
The chairperson of the African private televisions Union Abubaker Muhammad Abdullah said the union was formed in 2014 and comprised 63 TV channels from 25 African countries. Abdullah said the union has decided to award President Kiir for his efforts in bringing peace in Sudan. He named Kiir as man of peace in African continent in 2020.