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SPLM convention to include armed opposition members: official


December 17, 2015 (JUBA) –The forthcoming extra-ordinary meeting of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) party due early next year will also involve members of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), a top official disclosed.

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Jemma Nunu Kumba at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, November 12, 2013 (NBI photo)

The acting SPLM secretary general, Jemma Nunu Kumba told reporters that all party members who participated in the 2008 convention will be invited.

“The FDs (former detainees) are already here [Juba] and are invited as well as the SPLM in opposition to attend the extraordinary meeting on January 7th 2016,” she said.

“All members who participated in the second convention of the SPLM in 2008 will attend,” she added.

The country’s ruling party held its first convention in 1994 while the group was still engaged in armed struggle with the Sudanese government in Eastern Equatoria state.

The SPLM announced an extraordinary meeting for November, but postponed it for early December before pushing it to January. The party split into the SPLM in Opposition headed by ex-vice president Riek Machar, former political detainees under the leadership of SPLM secretary Pagan Amum and that in government led by President Salva Kiir.

President Kiir chaired Thursday’s meeting, also attended by SPLM states chairpersons and governors as well as other members of political bureau and national ministers.

The South Sudanese leader, sources told Sudan Tribune instructed state governors to receive “any number of advance team” sent by SPLM in Opposition, a shift from 30-member delegation earlier announced by information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth.


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  • 17 December 2015 23:55, by lino

    Khartoum never asked SPLM during CPA implementation of how many will members will go to Khartoum.
    SPLM members from around the world were all received.
    I wish you honest truth-worthy implementation to pass the country forward.

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    • 18 December 2015 04:08, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Splm has become a place where robbers, thieves, murderers & betrayers get armed, to carry out their solid missions successfully. Splm’s good reputation & prestige is taken as a dressing for thieves, robbers & murderers to enter the house & spread viral, bacterial & fungal infections to those inside.

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      • 18 December 2015 04:35, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        If you observe critically Splm-dc, splm-io, splm-detainees & splm in govt, you will know that they maintain word splm b’se reasons & objectives of splm were genuine, respective & liberating. There4 S. Sudanese are cheated by the name SPLM which is used as a uniform but those wearing it, are lions in goats’ skins. They must use detective machines to identify these lions if they are blind.

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        • 18 December 2015 06:03, by Eastern

          .....Shadrack, a change of attitude among SPLM folks is required for it to survive public outrage and condemnation. South Sudanese need to move on with their lives......

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    • 18 December 2015 14:18, by Below the Law

      I am always below the law. But I am not blind to always be under any law, any law that compromises my rightful existence, any law that refuses me a daily meal, a law that threatens to unjustifiably kill me.South Sudanese, until you realize that our leaders are our enemies, you will remain in these sufferings as long as you blindly support them on tribal lines. Let us disown them for our good.

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  • 18 December 2015 06:35, by doot

    Their no number should be in check and balance. That naïve number is unacceptable now.

    Those hungry mouths are unmanageable. This is a time to balance the equation out.
    What if Machar(13138121!) come with few to implement peace..., is that not an economical?.

    It seem non of them care about state of SS.Convention after convention is also waste of state resources as well,but ...

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  • 18 December 2015 06:42, by Bol Bol Bol

    ...SPLM/A has murdered South Sudanese people more than any killing machine gun since inception.

    Its now become a club of mad dogs were they couldn’t recognized the poor majority of South Sudanese who fought the victory war of independent.

    This is very clear that, the 2 million people killed during the war of 55 yrs of struggle are now placed in dustbin by the current leadership.

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