The Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula and a section of lawmakers are in South Sudan for East African Parliamentary (EALA) games that kicked off Friday.
Kenya is among the Seven EAC Member states taking part in this years’ EALA Games which are hosted on rotational basis among member states and aim at enhancing inter-parliamentary diplomacy.
Addressing the press after being received at Juba International Airport by the first Deputy Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly Oyet Nathaniel speaker Wetang’ula said that South Sudan had marked a great stride towards attaining peace and stability.
“Coming to Juba to participate in this games for many of us is like a homecoming since we all know that the Republic of South Sudan was born in Nairobi after a long procreated peace process that many of us participated in. Today we have arrived in Juba for East African Legislative games from all the seven East Africa Community countries”, said Speaker Wetang’ula.
The speaker said that the move was symbolic and appreciation of the peace situation that South Sudan has marked a great milestone.
“This sports bonanza is a very telling story that South Sudan has come of age. That South Sudan can host such an event of this nature in terms of sports. ”, said Speaker Wetang’ula.
I arrived in Juba, South Sudan to attend the East African Inter-Parliamentary Games.
Kenya is among the Seven EAC Member states taking part in this years’ EALA Games which are hosted on rotational basis among member states and aim at enhancing inter-parliamentary diplomacy. pic.twitter.com/cHu2skWiMh
— Rt.Hon.Moses Wetang’ula (@HonWetangula) November 25, 2022
“The coming here of Members of Parliament Speaks volume since it’s the Members of Parliament who legislate policies that unite the East African Region” he added
Members of Parliament drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan will participate in competitive games in various disciplines ranging from football, basketball, athletes, volleyball and darts netball among others.
The games that will take place in Juba the capital city of the Republic of South Sudan will last for seven days.