Renown Bishop Franklin Mondo Mugisha of Empowerment Christian Prayer Center International – Kampala had a prayer meeting with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the State House in Juba on Wednesday .
Speaking to the press after the meeting, the Minister of wildlife and conservation Jemma Nunu Kumba said, Bishop Franklin brought a special message to South Sudanese to support their leaders by praying “and encouraging them to make positive decisions for peace to prevail in the country.”
He came from Uganda to celebrate Easter with the South Sudanese, Mr Jemma said, his mission is to pray for peace and love of the nation.
Mr Jemma added that Bishop Franklin expressed his humbleness on South Sudanese cries for peace, love and unity.
The Chief administrator in the Office of the President Marol Mayuol attended the prayer meeting.
This development comes as the African Union and the UN Security Council threatened to impose sanctions on those who are blocking peace efforts in South Sudan, which this year entered its fifth year of war.
The talks, which began on February 5 under the auspices of Ethiopia, are aimed at finding a solution to one of the worst conflicts in Africa.
Reports show the fighting has killed tens of thousands of people, uprooted nearly four million — roughly a third of the population — and raised the risk of famine.
The country descended into war in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup, only two years after his partition with Sudan.
In 2017, Kiir called for a national day of prayer for peace, repent and forgiveness “for the problems that we might have committed against one another.”
“Our time is now ripe to turn to God and ask Him for forgiveness and blessings. We have not been that prefect and we need to submit ourselves to Almighty through prayers,” he said.
By Paul W Dennis.