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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday launched the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), Uganda chapter.

The IAPP forum brings together experience and wisdom of Members of Parliament across the globe to hunt for solutions to problems facing the world and agitate for safe, secure, stable and peaceful societies.

Kadaga described the event as “remarkable” since it is going to create a stage for peace promotion.

“It creates a platform for promoting peace which is one of the key guiding principles enshrined in our National Constitution,” said Kadaga.

Uganda is now among the 40 countries under IAPP, which is a project of the Universal Federation for Peace (UPF) founded by the South Korean peace advocating couple, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon.

The State Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo is the Chairperson of the IAPP Uganda chapter and is deputized by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ochan.

Lokodo, an NRM member representing Dodoth County in Karamoja, appealed to his colleagues to forego their political affiliations for the interest of peace.

“At IAPP I am closely working with my sister, Honorable Betty Aol. Let us all work for peace irrespective of our political parties,” said Lokodo.

Meanwhile Aol warned against the use of teargas and what she called manipulation of the constitution to serve the interests of the party in power.

“We should mean peace in practical terms. The use of teargas and amending or manipulating constitution is a recipe for problems not peace,” said Aol.

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