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SPLM extraordinary convention to only discuss basic documents – Itto


January 24, 2013 (JUBA) – The deputy secretary general of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Anne Itto, has strongly denied rumours the party will expand its agenda beyond reviewing basic documents at the upcoming extraordinary convention next month.

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SPLM deputy secretary general Anne Itto (AP)

Reporting on a meeting she had with SPLM leader Salva Kiir, South Sudan Television (SSTV) last week quoted Itto as saying the SPLM extraordinary convention would also discuss “problems within the leadership of the party.”

The convention, which is the first since the independence of South Sudan, is scheduled to take place on 25 February.

However, Itto called a press conference on Wednesday in which she categorically denied any other agenda besides reviewing SPLM documents after the secession.

The documents she said include the party’s manifesto, constitution, rules and regulations and the code of conduct.

She further explained that any other matters would be discussed at the third SPLM convention due to take place “later this year.”

Rumours circulating in the streets of Juba suggest the party plans to review the performance of its top leadership, as well as confirm the next candidate for the 2015 elections.

The regular party convention is supposed to take place after five years, with the last convention held in May 2008.

According to the schedule, the next convention should take place in May 2013.


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  • 24 January 2013 07:00, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    It is better for the ruling party SPLM,to review every points during their convention meeting as they have put it otherwise SPLM Party soon will not be recognised although they are the one who brought the independent to this new Nation,because of their bad rule system no respect in human right status.

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  • 24 January 2013 07:54, by pabaak

    Tried to wake up from deep sleep, the SPLM party has never been clear about the role of its members serving in Government in one hand and those who are running the party in another, because too many issues of mismanagement and scandals has surfaced since by very members of the party but no action has been taken to safe the party image, there should be a clear distinction between those serving the

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    • 24 January 2013 07:58, by pabaak

      party ticket and one that run the party affairs, at least we should expect the member serving the government interpreted the party norms and regulations otherwise

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  • 24 January 2013 08:03, by master

    "review the performance of the party top leaders "
    that impossible
    this one -man -show
    kiir could be the leader and president of south sudan unless we intervene to help south get ride of him

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    • 24 January 2013 11:28, by 4Justice

      remember? I told you to do us a favour and you refused, now we are stuck with a useless person.

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  • 24 January 2013 08:09, by wvodthwl
  • 24 January 2013 08:33, by Nuer Empire

    We need term of limit for the President,Vice President...It should be your discussion.

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    • 24 January 2013 08:51, by Ahmed Chol

      Nuer Emperor,
      I agree with you on the term limit. Lot of southerners don’t know about it and I encourage them to read it here
      It will solve a lot of problems so that people would not resort to force.

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      • 24 January 2013 13:35, by Nuer Empire

        Thank Amhed Chol for the link

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  • 24 January 2013 08:40, by Jalaby

    Well, as far as I know, SPLA-N will be attending this convention, if they do then that’s a clear evidence which proves the south didn’t cut ties with SPLA-N as they consider to be a foreigners and sitting with people who don’t belong to their country anymore!!
    If that’s going to be the case then SPLM/A and Mr. Kiir are nothing but lied to AU the same way they breath!!

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    • 24 January 2013 09:35, by Morthon Akol

      My dear friend, that is not the issue if its than why Dr. Lam Akol use to attend the meetings in Khartoum he is a Sudanese? and rebel of Yauyau who supy them with weapons is not Khartoum? and how do you think South Sudan can disarm the rebel in another county? south sudan didn’t disarm his own rebels in his country.please brothers think like a human.

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    • 25 January 2013 07:01, by Tiitrot

      Mr.Visionless and brainless Jalaby,
      It will never and never happen in South Sudan to support rebels as you peole do,we are strong and we too respect the treaties as members of international community and AU which do not aim at mistreating others.

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  • 24 January 2013 10:15, by master

    the world nt going riight
    look the so called AKOL what he said

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  • 24 January 2013 10:16, by Tribe

    What a bunch of mediocres. Even a woman that seem to have grown some balls among men has now been forced to squat and pee when representing what seem to be an important issue. How did she comes with these two words that don’t rhyme together "axtraordinary" and "basic". Is there anything axtraordinary in this convention if it was basically plan?

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  • 24 January 2013 11:45, by Nyakuzuny

    please you waiting now it’s the breaking news SPLM will divided them self In to two what and what? we all know ,Our Cow boy will not act in 2015 again if Dr Anne Itto will not understanding the problem of South Sudan of Upcoming 2015 , there will be division in the SPLM Party it self; leaves the others Parties..

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    • 24 January 2013 11:55, by Twic

      Nonsense ! Who told u that the SPLM will be divided, what’s come to yr mind to say this ? The SPLM are more united since the are happy with cowboy , no matter what?

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  • 24 January 2013 14:36, by Makunon

    Who is next candidate for the party?

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    • 24 January 2013 14:39, by Makunon

      I mean presidential candidate for SPLM party in upcoming election 2015, is it one of the issues denied to be discuss?

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      • 24 January 2013 14:53, by EES Kingmaker

        Presidential candidate can’t be in the next issues of extra-ordinary SPLM convention. The issues are four as Dr. Itto rightly mentioned: manifesto, code of conduct, rules and regulations & constitution of the SPLM. Recently the State Secretariats did their part by going through these basic documents. I was one of the delegates in looking into them. Why shifting goal-posts?

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  • 24 January 2013 16:29, by Young Patriot

    Term Limit or No Term limit, Dr Riek has to challenge Kiir to save the nation from Kiir’ wolves...Kiir and his Abyiei boys have done nothing in the last 8 years.It is either Dr Riek on the SPLM ticket or else SPLM will brak apart and civil war will break out if Kiir rigs the election.That is a clear path for S.South Sudan. By the way I am a Dinka, I am not a Nuer but Kiir is has tarnished our name

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  • 24 January 2013 16:53, by Yic Aye Luel

    If people of South Sudan be fools to elect Riak to be President, I will be a rebel fight with that government headed by Riak.
    you thieves who call themselves SPLM Party top leaders, like Anne Itto please take care you will not be in this party forever even though people fail to remove you old age and death will not leave you. you looters, plunders of our resources doing nothing for the dev’ment.

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  • 25 January 2013 03:12, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Kiir this must listen to people this time, we lost his truth of leadership. He must let other leaders take over in a smooth process without bloodshed again like Riek did 1991. The tribal bloodshed should be prevented not to happen again. Due to weak leadership, it will happen again. We need strong leadership with more intellectual to boost ours SPLA/M liberation again. Never elect Riek M&Lam Akol

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  • 25 January 2013 05:28, by Odingo

    No More Bhar El Ghazal Kingdom in 2015.
    Folk, as the President removed those LT. And Major general from active duty because they very old,him, James hoth Mai, Dr. Riek and John Kong Nyuon should have gone with those generals, if it is time for young officers. In 2015 I would like to see Rebecca Nyadeng Garang runing for presidency or I run myself.I would vote for Kiir if he arrested 75 officials

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  • 25 January 2013 05:42, by Odingo

    President Kiir must arrest those 75 dangerous criminals " known as SPLA officials professional corrupted leaders" for stealing 4 billions US dollars that should be used for the development. I would vote for him if he will take those 75 criminals to court and face charges for pratcing corruption. Folks, if William Nyuon Bany and Dr. John Garang still alive, they can not allow these folks,getawt

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  • 25 January 2013 07:02, by Deng Hanbol

    According to president Kiir and his Goegrial kitchen, everything for the SPLM; nothing against Kiir leadership; nothing outside the the SPLM. No rule of law no political accountability. In fact,Goegrial kitchen has different notion that Dinka of Bahr al.Ghaxil were the ones that lost many people in the battle filed and are destined for SS. domination, and a virulent form of anti-Naath

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  • 25 January 2013 07:05, by Deng Hanbol

    that portrayed Nuer as the formidable foe.

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