SPLM leaders in Wau to prepare for grassroots visit
WAU (June 28, 2012) – SPLM leaders were expected to begin holding a series of meeting in Wau, Western Bahr El-Gahzal on Thursday with state party officials to plan their visit to grassroots constituencies.
The team from the SPLM National Secretariat was headed by National Liberation Council member Cde Nartisio Loluke and included Cde Efisio Kon Uguak, Cde Francis Milla and Hon. Mary Emilio Bafuka.
They were scheduled to meet and devise strategy for the mission with the Western Bahr El Ghazal State Secretariat, the Youth and Women’s Leagues and the Legislative and Executive Caucuses, amongst others.
Sources in the team said it also planned to confer with representatives of the civil society, religious and community leaders as well as with other interest groups and hold public rallies and seminars in Wau before moving out to the counties, payams and bomas
SPLM leaders began heading to grassroots constituencies Wednesday to express gratitude to the people for their relentless support during the liberation struggle and throughout the implementation of the CPA, the 2010 general elections and 2011 plebiscite.
Cde Nartisio Loluke
Eleven teams, each led by a member of the Political Bureau, will visit all 10 states of South Sudan and Abyei and spend a minimum of one week with party members, supporters, well-wishers and South Sudanese from all walks of life in their states, counties, payams and bomas.
The main objective of the mission will be to “thank our grassroots membership and supporters for their trust and support for SPLM and congratulate them for choosing freedom.”
However, the teams will also use the opportunity to “involve SPLM state and grassroots leadership in discussion and decisions regarding nation and state building.”
They will also try to “rally support for our grassroots constituencies around SPLM policies, programs and leadership” and brief them “on the current political situation with the Khartoum government” and to “enlighten the people and SPLM members about the extraordinary Convention and upcoming SPLM reorganizational process.”
The visit comes just days before the country’s first independence anniversary and only weeks ahead of the SPLM’s extraordinary National Convention.
Submitted by: James Deng Dimo