The International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) Uganda chapter was launched on Thursday at the Parliament building.
The inauguration of the association which provides a forum for parliamentarians across the globe to bring their experience and knowledge to bear in the search for solutions to world’s problems was officiated by the state Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo.
Speaking at the launch that was attended by about over 20 legislators, Fr. Lokodo stated that MPs do not only handle political challenges but are also very instrumental in tackling social problems in the community.
“Many people around the world tend to think that Members of Parliament only concentrate on political matters. In reality Members of Parliament also deal with individuals, families, groups and others with social problems very different from politics,” he stated.
IAPP is a project of the Universal Federation for Peace (UPF) founded in South Korea by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, closely working with parliamentarians from around the world to build a world of lasting peace, based on universal principles.
According to the UPF Uganda Chapter Secretary General, Moses Gimeyi instilling the spirit of peace in MPs is paramount in achieving a sustainable world of permanent peace.
“When we have peaceful MPs, we also automatically have peaceful societies because they take the message to their constituents. MPs regularly deal with families and individuals,” Mr. Gimeyi said.
He stressed that though MPs represent the interests of their political parties like NRM, FDC, UPC and others, they also encounter many people daily who look at them for solutions.
Gimeyi concluded that Universal Federation for Peace Uganda is majorly aiming at creating a one peaceful nation under God.