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PAP slams xenophobia in South Africa

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President of the Pan-African Parliament, H.E. Roger Nkodo Dang presenting the Activity Report covering the period May -September 2019.

The
President of the Pan African Parliament, Hon. Roger Nkodo, has condemned the
recent xenophobic attacks in which persons were killed and property destroyed
in South Africa.

Nkodo,
who was speaking at the start of the 3rd Ordinary Session of the 5th
Parliament, said no one should take the life of another and commended the South
African government for coming in to stop further killings and destruction.

“The
present session is held in a particular context marked by the unfortunate
events of black man’s hatred against other Africans. The African Parliament, by
my voice, strongly condemns the heinous acts perpetrated by the enemies of
peace,” said Hon. Nkodo.

The
3rd Session of the 5th Parliament taking place in Midrand, South Africa,
commenced on Monday 7th October and runs until 19th October 2019. The Session
is being held a little over a month after the latest wave of violence and
killings targeting foreigners in the country.

When
the attacks last happened, the Leader of Uganda’s delegation to PAP, Hon.
Jaquiline Amongin, presented a statement to Parliament condemning the attacks
and appealing to the South African government to take measures to end the
violence.

Uganda’s delegation also includes: Prof. Morris Ogenga Latigo, Hon. Felix Okot Ogong, Hon. Anifa Kawooya (NRM, Sembabule district) and Hon. James Kakooza (Ind., Kabula).

Prof. Ogenga Latigo confers with PAP First Vice President, Stephen Masele, at the opening of the 3rd Ordinary Session of the African Parliament.

President
Nkodo said the Pan African Parliament should play a role in finding a lasting
solution to the violence as well as poverty on the continent. He commended
efforts in various countries aimed at finding peaceful resolution of conflict.

The
Speaker of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hon.
Jeanine Mabunda, said African leaders have the obligation to offer
opportunities to the youth to prevent them from dying at sea while trying to
reach Europe.

The
Japanese Ambassador to the African Union, H.E. Fumio Shimizu, pledged his
country’s continued strengthening of relations with Africa, which will, among
others be through entrepreneurship, enterprise, investment and innovation.

He
also said that Japan would continue to provide technical assistance and
empowerment of youth and women as well as support in combating climate change.

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