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Oceans not deeper than blood that connects us- Oulanyah

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Deputy Speaker Oulanyah speaking

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, has asked
Israel to be at the forefront of promoting world peace.

“Our dream is that Israel should provide leadership rooted in
biblical and spiritual heritage,” he said.

Oulanyah was speaking during a meeting of All Nations Christian
Government Leaders summit at the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem on Sunday, 6
October 2019.

He called on the government leaders to take advantage of the All
Nations Convocation to become ambassadors of peace.

“Let us use this opportunity properly so that when we go back,
we become agents of extending the frontline to get people understanding these
principles because the oceans are not deeper than the blood that connects us as
one people,” said Oulanyah.

According to Oulanyah, world peace is determined by choices of
leaders and not religion.

He said that Christians and Moslems alike, use their Holy books
to create fear and torture but it is up to the leaders to make the right
choices which will determine their actions.

“I come from Uganda where a whole war was waged based on the Old
Testament by a group called the Lord’s Resistance Army”, He said.

Oulanyah intimated his experience as one of those who
participated in the peace talks during the war.

“We went to the bushes to meet the rebel leaders for the first
time and the LRA catechist stood up to pray, and by God he prayed. I did not
know how to pray for a month or two because if a man can use the Bible to kill
people, how else can I pray,” Oulanyah said.

The Chairperson of the Israeli Parliament Christian Allies
Caucus who is also an MP, Shareren Haskel, said the Israeli government is
committed and is best suited to promote world peace because of its uniqueness
and democratic values.

“Israel represents freedom, liberty and equality of all. Whether
you are Jewish, Christian, Moslem or the so many minorities we have here; We
are all equal. That is something unique,” she said.

The All Nations Convocation is an annual event which brings
together Government and religious leaders worldwide to pray for their nations.

Ugandan legislators attending the Convocation prayed for
reconciliation and truthfulness to prevail in the forthcoming general
elections.

Hon. Francis Gonahasa who led the 12 lawmakers in prayer said that
to achieve reconciliation, leaders need to return to serving according to the
Motto, ‘For God and my Country’

“We have been selfish and corrupt. The best we can do is
repent and return to God,” he said.

He added that Uganda is a highly religious country and can only
be rebuilt by honoring the Motto.

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