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SPLM’s Amum pledges to restructure the ruling party

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December 24, 2011 (JUBA) - The Secretary General of the South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Pagan Amum Okiec, has pledged the desire and commitment of his party to re-organise and restructure itself into a more responsible and capable political entity.

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FILE - Senior South’s top negotiator Pagan Amum speaks during a news conference in Khartoum (REUTERS)

The announcement is seen as an official attempt to respond to growing internal pressure and calls on the country’s ruling party to adjust itself in order to win back trust.

The SPLM, which through the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement secured South Sudan’s independence this year, has been losing the confidence of some citizens.

Lack of services, insecurity, a poor human rights record and rampant corruption in the six years that the SPLM has run South Sudan are some of the reasons for the former rebels’ dwindling popularity in some areas of the country.

In an official Christmas and New Year message extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday, Amum maintained that his party remains committed to achieving nation-building based on a vision of creating a state of justice, equality and peaceful coexistence between all citizens irrespective of their ethnicities and religious backgrounds.

"The SPLM Secretary General is delighted to affirm that preparations are underway to re-organise and re-structure the SPLM in January 2012," Amum said.

The release further asserted that the SPLM looks forward to establishing a state that provides equal opportunities for its people so as to enable them unlock their energies to create wealth and achieve prosperity.

South Sudan is one of the poorest countries in the world with almost no infrastructure and a low standard and proliferation of health and educational professionals.

The young country is still recovering from decades of devastating civil war with north Sudan than ended with a peace deal almost seven years ago.

As part of the deal South Sudan voted for independence and became the world’s newest country on 9 July.

(ST)

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  • 26 December 2011 08:55, by Sam.Eto

    Are you talking to the South Sudanese people or to the American and European money lenders. Because the people have already lost faith. Your brainwashed, hungry, SPLM Dinaks are hungry for more money, land and cattle. What are you going to tell the remaining tribes you sold 40% of their land to foreign companies?

    Pagan your assassination is coming this year, by god will. End Zionism in Africa

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    • 26 December 2011 09:04, by Snipper

      Son of bitch!!
      Shut up your fucken big mouth! You better rescue your merchants who are being butchered every night and take them to your desert!

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      • 26 December 2011 09:14, by Sam.Eto

        Dirty gerim - mind your own business !

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      • 26 December 2011 23:57, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Mr Sam. Eto!!

        Don’t worry about some bigoted SPLA/M supporters that are giving you big mouths here on ST! Try to ignore them as they are just drunkards like their SG called Pagan Amum whose mouth has been burnt by excessive drinking of alcohol! who needs the restructure of their mafia party! let them go altogether as no one wants those looters anymore! let them go to hell where they belong!

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    • 26 December 2011 09:04, by Sam.Eto
      • 26 December 2011 10:24, by Aarai Baka

        who care about it. done is done. he is a dead man already, no more business about him anymore.

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    • 26 December 2011 20:46, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      What comrade Pagan, Said of restructuring the party into responsible party. to me is a wishful thinking. this party leaders have distributed public funds to themselves and this incident alone will cause our partyleadership lost to opposition parties. Pagan should know frankly, some party’s members will punish our party by giving away leadership to opposition party.

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  • 26 December 2011 11:38, by Deng II

    Amun used to be a good leader, but the ways he handle negotiation is confusing. I thinks his mind is mess up by alcoholic. It is unforgetable he suggestion while back to pay North sudan some billion for Abyei to come to south is dellusional.

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  • 26 December 2011 13:44, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Mr. Pagan need to quit drinking and reduce eating to lighter to move. All those 51 million-5million should be return to build hospital across south. Alway Drinking,set Idle is the disease in southern. open minded Ideology. Public money memebers should think twice. 2 million of can build the best shool, Hospital in south. Those money should get return. They can build 10 University across south.

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    • 28 December 2011 15:21, by Morthon Akol

      you guys are been talking about public fund been eaten by SPLM leadership. where those fund come from?

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  • 27 December 2011 01:25, by George Bol

    Dear Pagan Amum,

    We SPLM/A have 100% trust on you because of the great services that you always do for our nation. Your determination is very high and you are still the SPLM/A loyal. That is what we need. Let this who are disloyal to SPLM/A sing their silence songs of shame at last. We need to our liberators in the South. Without them their would be no ROSS. I love SPLM/A. SPLM/A oyeee.

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  • 28 December 2011 15:22, by Lokeji

    Mr pagan, what sort of restructuring are you talking about? your party is deeply rooted in corruption and other political scandals which have underscore your reputation in the eyes of the southern masses. to be frank to you mr S.G,ur party is already surviving on the past achievements.There is no hope that ur party can make any reformation? just wait to see your ever lasting exit in 2014 election

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