NLC meeting enters fourth day
JUBA (March 29, 2012) – The 2nd meeting of the National Liberation Council entered its fourth day on Thursday, as delegates broke up into committees to deliberate on issues crucial to the SPLM’s success as a political organization and ruling party.
The meeting opened on Monday and the session was dominated by speeches by representatives of, amongst others, the United Nations, diplomatic missions accredited to South Sudan, civil society and South Sudanese political parties.
SPLM Chairman Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit delivered the key note speech during the opening ceremony.
On Tuesday the SPLM leader presented a comprehensive political report to the NLC, the second highest organ of the party, detailing a number of key developments since the last NLC meeting in May 2008.
Party Secretary General Cde Pagan Amum also reported to the NLC.
The secretary general’s ‘organizational report’ covered a wide range of issues pertaining to the ‘health’ of the SPLM as a political organization.
SPLM National Secretary for Finance and Economic Affairs Cde Gabriel Alaak presented his report to the NLC on Wednesday and it focused mainly on the sources and management of SPLM finances and resources as well as party assets.
This was followed by a brief discussion and comments on the three reports and the formation of seven committees to discuss key areas of interest in the three reports.
SPLM Deputy Chairman Cde James Wani Igga was selected to head the committee on the party’s organizational structure and Political Bureau (PB) and NLC members Cde Kuol Manyang Juuk and Nhial Deng Nhial were chosen to head the committees on security and foreign policy respectively.
PB and NLC member Cde John Luk Jok was asked to lead the committee discussing party discipline, cadre selection, development and deployment and internal democracy, while his PB colleague and NLC member Cde Awut Deng Acuil was put in charge of the social services committee.
The committee on Governance was entrusted to PB and NLC member Cde Taban Deng Gai and NLC member Dr. Luka Biong was responsible for the team handling issues related to the economy and food security.
The seven committees were due to report to a plenary session later on Thursday.