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SPLM debate ends with calls for deliberation on national issues

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January 11, 2013 (JUBA) – A three-day roundtable debate organised by South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) came to an end on Wednesday with calls for inclusive deliberations on national issues in the country.

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Anne Itto, the SPLM deputy secretary general (AP)

The event, held from between 7 and 9 January in the South Sudan capital, was in preparation for the party’s upcoming extraordinary convention, earmarked for the first week of February.

In attendance were members from the executive organ of the party, the political bureau, state chairpersons of the party and its representatives at the national secretariat. Also invited for experience sharing with the SPLM members were senior representatives from the Labour Party in Norway.

The roundtable debate, among other explored, how the south-ruling party can transform its ideology into practical politics, ahead of a general election due in 2015.

The SPLM has in recent years, struggled to transform itself into a democratic political force and delink itself from the South Sudan army (SPLA); the military wing of the movement during the 21 years of war of liberation.

Almost all the top leaders of the party are still active or reserved generals in the army and maintain direct influence over the national army, making the army appear partisan in the eyes of other political parties.

Anne Itto, SPLM deputy secretary general, told the press that the party resolved, at the end of the three-day debate, to include the other political parties, civil society organizations and the ordinary citizens at large in order to arrive at a "consensus."

She said the party resolutions, among other, included the need to establish a better education system in South Sudan as well as work towards gender balance in building a peaceful and prosperous nation.

All these, Itto added, are due to discussed at next month’s extraordinary party convention, during which SPLM will reportedly review its manifesto, constitution, rules and regulations as well as code of conduct, in view of the new reality as it operates in an independent state.

South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan 18 months ago after its population overwhelmingly chose separation in a self-determination referendum. The vote was a key part of the 2005 peace deal, which ended over two decades of the north-south civil war.

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  • 11 January 2013 12:10, by Paul Chadrack

    SPLM with Kiir as chairman&flag bearer will not win the presidency come 2015 general elections.some of his blind supporters still beleave that they will be supported by majority of south sudanese,which is real false.

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    • 11 January 2013 12:48, by Nuer Empire

      SPLM ’s ticket should be given to Fresh minded individual to lead the country to its expected stages of developments
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 11 January 2013 12:40, by Emporio

    that what you been saying guys sinse 2005 it easy to talk but is hard to work, in order to operate in society emerging from war,need effort honesty,morality and caurrage to transform the militans mentality to ordinary people,i dont think so there is any among the bosses who running the country can be qaulify to do so,south sudan need revolution within,,,,,,

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    • 11 January 2013 13:15, by DDooggaa

      "that what you been saying" (that’s what)*sinse*(since) *it easy* (it’s easy)*need effort* (needs efforts)*who running the Country*(who are running the Country)wrong spellings wrong grammar E.t.c. Please delete, edit and post again shameful to read other people’s comments on line. Who was teaching you English in P.4???

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      • 11 January 2013 15:47, by Rezingving monynok

        your writings are also bad , you need to judge your skills of language before you talk about others ,

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      • 11 January 2013 19:03, by Emporio

        to DDooggaa
        good on you englishman you must be english teacher and graummar to yourself if i write eloquently you will not understand anything at all on this site is shame on you ,if i to try write according your mentality doesn’t means i dont know spelling or grammur,

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        • 14 January 2013 12:46, by DDooggaa

          Look, you still messed up ****on this site is shame on you***
          What does it mean??

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  • 11 January 2013 12:49, by DDooggaa

    “Ideology will not change” it’s good that they have mentioned, that means they will not reform from stealing the Government money. They are retaining the same ideology of looting the country’s recourse.
    Let me tell you, Kiir, Machar or whoever dream of coming back to power should forget.
    NO BALLOTS for you in 2015 elections. All thieves including Itto herself.

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  • 11 January 2013 14:20, by master

    your hero mr kiir of dinka who killed abraham will win next poll
    i pet

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    • 11 January 2013 15:55, by Rezingving monynok

      to mr funky chicken master
      do you have evidence of that , or shall I considered drunkard as you always used to be ,
      illness is really abig problem , most the wrong commentators here on these forum are mentally sick with ill ideas , they go for diagnosing their different diseases ,
      your tribe can nothing , my fools , vision-less,

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  • 11 January 2013 14:52, by Makunon

    SPLM had been incompetent and deformed by it leadership, all members are moving footing on streets at the moment and can never win 2015 election at the present sharp for sure. Atleast strong changes are made for them to deliver anything tangible to the pple of South Sudan. I will never dream of competing for SPLM ticket in my constituency with looming failure, I know will lost to other party.

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    • 11 January 2013 19:38, by Peacocktail

      I will Vote for SPLM in 2017 Election but no visible candidate aspire to serve the People of South Sudan yet. A leader must be Bravo and quick decission maker, Had vision of being Government Servant not the BOSS’
      I will Not vote for a current Leaders because they have looted our resorces/Money and lack accountability, transparency in all aspect,They lack Supervisory skills and not performing well

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  • 11 January 2013 15:33, by Makuey chol

    SPLM deserve to win in 2015. but to avoid political confusion, it is time that the SPLM restricts itself from what was supposed to be national and what is a party symbolic. For instance, the South Sudanese national Flaget can not represent both national and party.

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  • 11 January 2013 18:38, by jaderik

    Dr Itto nominating of mr president as flagbearer is a setback to your party what we need is exceptional n minded leader,we hve seen kiir direction in 18 month which has being in power n am very sure you r going to lost ze election coming 2015 we r washing you closely n am not on tribal we r from ze tribe wiz Kiir.

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  • 11 January 2013 19:13, by barbayo

    am barbayok ,let me tell you that SPLM,is trongly party in South Sudan, but the problem is that some wrong elements jumpped in to it and distroy the name of SPLM,Now SPLM it has not roots to go for election 2015,becuse for follow reasons
    promise
    1 Secruity
    2 Infrustruction roads
    3 food secriuty
    4 to stop corruption
    5 electricity power
    6 provide water
    7 others and etc

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    • 11 January 2013 19:49, by Peacocktail

      If not SPLM, You go and vote for your Mother to be President of ’House’.SPLM shall reforms and got fresh leaders but removes Militarily ranks from the Person. Whoever shall be President will falls in the same loop of corruption and lazy leaders.
      Information Ministry should be monitoring SSTV to Operate 24 Hrs not less hours in aday. No talking now,working harder becoz country need hardworking ppl.

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