Sudanese Students Grace International Day of Tolerance Celebrations in Uganda

A section of sudanese students studying in Uganda have called upon all stakeholders to be tolerant if we are to achieve total peace in communities.

Speaking on behalf of sudanese students studying in Uganda, James Zoal Pekhoa, who is a student of Internations relations and Diplomacy at Cavendish University Uganda, said that there is need for tolerance in the world since war can not usher in peace.

This year’s International Day of Tolerance was celebrated Nov 16, 2011, at Lutengo, Nama subcounty in Mukono District.  The celebrations were organised by the InterChange Uganda Chapter.

Asked after the celebrations about tolerance and the celebrations, which had been initially marred by rain, the students in unison said, “We are in search of peace because our country had for long been subjected to war due to lack of tolerance.”

Zoal Pekhoa, however, urged Ugandans in particular and regional states in general to help their newly created state of south sudan achieve peace. He lauded Ugandans for being tolerant to the Sudanese during the turbulent period their country went through.

Prior to the day’s speeches, a football match was played to symbolize tolerance and unity in diversity.  The chairman of the area, Moses Kasasira, who was the chief guest during the celebrations, urged the youth to always be patriotic and tolerant because this is what every community aspires for.

Kasasira hailed the government of Uganda for according Sudanese sanctuary during the 21 year civil war which pittied northers against their southern brothers.  He thanked the chairman of Interchange Uganda, Issa Kirarira, for always being with the Lubengo community at their time of need.  In a few remarks, Kirarira said that if individuals can not be tolerant to one another, then peace may elude us forever.  He promised to mobilise funds for t-shirts together with the Lubengo community team.  He had earler given a token of shs 100,000 for the purchase of a ball for the community team.

In a statement which coincided with this year’s Day, the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, said that, “At times of change, we must stay true to the ideas and principles that are at the heart of the United Nations charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among those core values is tolerance.”

Ban Ki Moon also noted that UNESCO plays a special role in fostering active tolerance by promoting quality education for all girls and boys and advancing a free and pluralistic media.

Article Written By Denis Cox Emuria

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  1. James Zoal Pekhoa, says:

    Dear Members of interchange for peace ,
    am so great for interchange which promote peace and tolerance in Uganda, since i become the member of interchange i began to trained some in my community in Uganda about peace and building up the community with tolerant i need support from interchange to contact me +256754786480.
    am south Sudanese living in Uganda as Refugee , i thank my senior staff is name Issa, K, the Chairperson of interchange who introduced me to the organization while from south Sudan ,

    i thank God so much to meet with interchange and change my life to be the really a good person in future .
    dear members i need your support i organised the youth from south Sudan who escape away from the danger which happening in south Sudan , indeed i need your support for counseling them and introduce them in future since most of them they lost their parents during the conflict and i want your helps.

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  3. By Denis Cox Emuria says:

    Locals urged to remain peaceful
    By Denis Cox Emuria
    Residents of Lutengo vllage, in Nama Sub County in Mukono District, have been called upon to remain peaceful in this festive season.
    The call was made by the Chairman of InterChange for Peace – Uganda during an exclusive interview with this writer who found him at his home.
    Kirarira said that Christmas and other religious festivals should be given they value and be celebrated in a manner that will enhance unite within the community and also make citizens live a peaceful life throughout the period and thereafter.
    He noted that it is bad for some people to engage in criminal acts like murder and theft instead of upholding good morals on such occasions.
    He added that by some bad elements getting involved in murder and theft, a period which would be for a mirthful of entertainment, becomes a somber one.
    Kirarira however revealed that this year, Interchange for Peace Uganda, did not celebrate Anne Goodman’s Day but visited the trees which were planted to mark her death.
    Anne Goodman, the global peace Ambassador, She is remembered for traversing the globe with her peace partners in peace building and educating people on the essence of harmony, unity and above all, peace. He thanked the whole team of InterChange in the world, more so Canadian team who have sustained the vision of InterChange even when the founder has gone. He stressed that, that is how people keep legacy of they loved ones.
    InterChange for Peace Uganda, is a local peace Organization with its parent organization in Toronto Canada.
    According to Kirarira, InterChange for peace Uganda is committed to peace building in its area of operation and that is why it is involved many activities like soccer which is played under the theme “Play Soccer make peace.”
    The organization has a football team called InterChange football team which apparently is the best in the sub county since it has won many previous tournaments.
    The organization also supports in the area activities like marathon races, peace clubs in schools, youth, music, dance and drama, among others. It also offers computer training, internet surfing to the school children and willing adults in the area.
    In a separate interview with the manager of Interchange Football club, Wamala Joseph, he revealed that his club has not done very well in the ongoing tournament because one of their players, Brian Musisi, is apparently in hospital awaiting operation on the spinal cord.
    Wamala also decried lack of funds to run the club, lack of balls and shoes for players as they depend on borrowed ones.
    The patron of InterChange, Moses Kasasira, who is also the local council chairman, said that their team managed to do well in the previous tournaments because of the discipline and hard work exhibited by their players.
    He added that they are great full for InterChange members who have in the past mobilized funds for funds drilling boreholes to enable people have access to clean and safe drinking water in an area where water is scarce.
    He said that InterChange has so far mobilized funds for drilling two boreholes in his area. Kirarira had earlier told this writer that they have Subletted their office to allow them contributes funds for the rent and they plan to make the organization have more income generation activities.
    The team’s coach, Kasozi William said that he expects his team to perform well in all other upcoming events because they have the team spirit and determination required to win.
    The chairman of the organizing committee of Nama Lutenbo community tournament, where InterChange is involved, Cyprian Othieno Ahenda, however said that they would have organized a much better event this time round but funds failed them
    In an interview, he said that the challenges they have include lack of balls, nets in the goal mouths, the necessary funds to hire experienced referees and failure to fence the play ground.
    The Chief Executive Officer of the tournament, Davis Makubuya, said that they intend not just to play soccer, but equip the youth with the required skills like in carpentry, brick laying and piggery and poultry such that they can sustain themselves.

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