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National Dialogue Secretariat plans for inclusive conference

By Kidega Livingstone

The leadership and the Committee of National Dialogue Secretariat is on the process to call all the political leaders for conference next month in order for them to discuss their mind inclusively.

The conference that will take place on the 18th October 2019 will involve political leaders in a decision making that they will come out with the type of inclusivity that the citizens need for the development of the country.”

Speaking to Juba Monitor, the Co-Chair of National Dialogue, Angelo Beda said plan is underway for the conference because the leadership and members of the secretariat have already agreed to organize the conference next month.

“The Meeting today (yesterday) held by the planners of the National Dialogue discussed that we should have a conference of the heads of all political parties in order to discuss inclusivity of the National Dialogue and its affairs,” Beda told Juba Monitor after the meeting in Juba.

“We also put down some mechanisms to implement the programme. We have picked up one project to hold the conference of all political parties on the 18th October 2019 so that we involve them in the decision making and in the type of inclusivity that we need,” he added.

The political party leaders include President Salva Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar for SPLA/M in Opposition, Onyoti Adigo for Democratic Change Party, Labour Party South Sudan and many others.

It was not clear whether those who recently formed their political parties outside will attend the conference like Oyai Deng Ajak, Pagan Amum Okiech, Chirino Hiteng Ofuho, Paul Malong Awan and Thomas Cirilo Swaka for  South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA), the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM), and South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) respectively.

According to Beda the committee also discussed the time frame for the conference which will be in the first week of December before people break for festive season.

“We also discussed the date of the next national conference and we have agreed that we should work hard in order to have it in the first week of December before Christmas,” he said.

“We discussed the way forward in line of the Equatoria conference which talked so much about inclusivity because it was open and transparent with resolutions about the affairs of the people,” he emphasized.

He further stated that the leadership of the National Dialogue and the committee have put the way forward in order to implement the resolutions and recommendations from the three regions of Equatoria, Bahr El Ghazal and Upper Nile.

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