The Draft Agreement on the Reunification of the SPLM in Arusha,Tanzania.

South Sudanese leaders in Arusha Tanzania, signing SPLM Reunification document(photo: file)

South Sudanese leaders in Arusha Tanzania, signing SPLM Reunification document(photo: file)

Jan, 21/2015 (Nyamilepedia) —SPLM party is set to reunify today in the Tanzania city of Arusha. Most  Eastern African country leaders are set witness the reunification of the party as Dr Riek and his rival Salva Kiir are set to sign the below document as a way forward of unifying the disgraced party. Here is the document:

Table of Contents

I. PREAMBLE 2
II. ON POLITICAL ISSUES 4
III. ON ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES 6
IV. ON LEADERSHIP ISSUES 7
V. PENDING ISSUES 8
VI. WITNESSES AND GUARANTORS 10
VII. ANNEXES (TIME-TABLE, FRAMEWORK & COMMUNIQUES) 12

I. PREAMBLE

The Intra-SPLM Dialogue took place in Arusha, Tanzania, and was attended by three SPLM groups from January 8th until January 19th under the auspices of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) chaired by the former Vice Chairman of CCM, Dr. John Samuel Malecela and facilitated by the CCM Secretary General, Mr. Abdulrahman Kinana.

The signing of the agreement took place today in Arusha. The following has been agreed to:
II. ON POLITICAL ISSUES

  1. Implement and comply with the provisions of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and use this Intra-SPLM Party Dialogue in Arusha, the report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on the Conflict in South Sudan and the IGAD mediation process in Addis Ababa to expedite the conclusion of the Peace Agreement in order to end the war.
  2. SPLM Leadership shall make a public apology to the people of South Sudan for what has happened since December 15th 2013.
  3. There shall be established new transitional structures of SPLM.
  4. Develop and implement a comprehensive programme for national unity, peace, reconciliation, healing and promoting harmony amongst the People of South Sudan.
  5. Commit all the three SPLM Groups to reunification and reconciliation of the SPLM Leadership and Membership.
  6. Combating the culture of militarism and sectarianism in the political life and open up a space for achieving a political environment that promotes genuine political pluralism.
  7. Embrace the values and culture of democracy, unity and development and commits to undertake and implement urgent comprehensive democratic reforms, reorganization and transformation of the Party.
  8. Ensure that the SPLM redefines its ideological direction, developmental path, the nature of its democracy, system of governance and the nature of society it aspires to build.
  9. The SPLM shall formulate and provide policies and programmes to be implemented by its Government with the aim of achieving a democratic developmental state.
  10. Revocation of decisions for dismissal of party cadres from party membership and leadership positions resulting from the internal conflict within the party. (This because you are establishing new SPLM transitional structures actions prior to this are irrelevant).
  11. The SPLM commits to redefine and implement its vision of state and nation building in order to achieve a peaceful, democratic, just and prosperous South Sudan of equality, freedom and respect for human rights and dignity.
  12. Any individual SPLM member convicted by a competent court or tribunal of crimes against humanity, war crimes, crimes against peace or gross human rights violations and abuses during the crisis that erupted in the country since 15th December 2013 shall not be eligible to hold public office in the Party and the Government.
  13. Ensure exclusion from participation in the SPLM structures of categories such as the armed forces and other organized forces and judicial personnel in accordance with their respective constitutive laws.
  14. The SPLM shall uphold the principles of accountability, transparency and good governance and to combat corruption and malpractices in the Party and Government.
  15. In order to ensure peace and security in the country and guarantee public safety, the SPLM calls for the implementation of comprehensive reforms, transformation and professionalization of all the security sector institutions and to ensure that their composition reflects national character.
  16. SPLM commits to and supports the establishment of a comprehensive system of transitional justice, (the core elements of which are truth and reconciliation, criminal prosecution, reparations and institutional reforms), to look into the issues of atrocities, human rights violations and abuses in the country.
  17. The SPLM shall develop mechanisms for resource mobilization and management to ensure transparency and accountability and to combat corruption. Undertake robust mobilization of resources and shall ensure transparent and prudent management of such resources as well as conducting annual independent audits.
  18. (Moved to Pending issues)
  19. In order to ensure that executive powers in Government are not negatively used to influence or determine Party matters, all decisions affecting the Party shall be taken only through the Party structures;
  20. (Moved to Pending Issues)
    III. ON ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES
  21. The SPLM General Secretariat shall be restructured and reorganized in order to streamline its offices and functions to ensure efficiency and effectiveness benefiting from experiences of sisterly organizations. In order to implement this, the SPLM leadership shall:

a. Strengthen and streamline coordination between the General Secretariat and other levels’ secretariats .and provide oversight;

b. Formulate procedures and guidelines for cadre identification, recruitment, orientation, training and deployment to be used at all levels of SPLM structures. to ensure commitment, competence and effective participation;

c. Provide guidance guidelines to the SPLM caucuses in the Legislature and the Executive;

d. Disseminate Party policies;

e. Ensure formulation and implementation of Party disciplinary procedures and regulations;

  1. All processes of holding Party congresses and the National Convention shall be suspended until the reunification and reconciliation of the Party is achieved and the war is ended, so that all members are able to participate effectively and freely.
  • An Extraordinary Convention may be convened for the sole purpose of passing the basic documents agreed by the SPLM Groups to facilitate its registration in accordance with the provisions of the Political Parties Act, 2012.
  • The composition of the membership of the Political Bureau (PB) shall be reviewed and expanded to comprise 35 members to reflect the equitable representation of the three SPLM Groups., equitable representation of the States, SPLM Women League, SPLM Youth League and SPLM Veterans League.
  • The PB shall be restructured in a manner that ensures timely decision making, internal cohesion and collective decision making.
  • A Working Committee of the PB consisting of the Chairperson, Deputies of the Chairperson, the Secretary General, and his/her Deputy (ies) and any other members of the PB to be selected by the PB shall be established to handle critical and urgent matters subject to subsequent approval by a meeting of the whole Political Bureau. (Such a committee was once established but became problematic and resulted into marginalization of PB)
  • The PB shall establish a Standing Committee to vet and scrutinize members of the Party vying for positions in the Party institutions and its decisions shall be subject to approval by the whole membership of the PB in official meetings. Each level should have its own committee guided general regulations approved by the party.
  • The Working Committee of the PB shall vet and scrutinize members of the Party vying for positions of leadership in the Government and its decisions shall be subject to approval by the whole membership of the PB in official meetings.
  • Establishment of SPLM Political School for Party cadres training and development.
    IV. ON LEADERSHIP ISSUES
  • The PB shall develop a Party Leadership Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Procedures to be applicable and upheld by all members irrespective of their positions. Both documents shall be approved and adopted by the NLC.
  • The term limit for the SPLM National and State Chairpersons of the party shall be two terms of 5 years each only.
  • Any member of competence and good standing has the right to contest for any leadership position in the party at any level.
  • In order to consolidate democracy in the party, collective leadership decision-making in the Party structures shall be adhered to and enhanced.
  • The Leadership of the party at all levels shall be elected democratically in a transparent and fair manner.
  • A Standing Committee for national candidates’ selection shall be established by the PB based on competence and integrity, whose functions shall be to scrutinize and vet individual members presenting themselves for election to leadership positions at the Party and General Election. Decisions of the Committee shall be subject to appeal to the PB. The national committee selects candidates for National Chair and deputies only the rest is done at lower levels committees.
  • The Political Bureau (PB) shall establish a Standing Committee at State level Candidates’ Selection Committee, based on competence and integrity, to scrutinize and vet individual members presenting themselves for election to leadership positions at the state level. Decisions of State Candidates Selection Committee shall be subject to appeal to the PB.
  • The State Secretariat shall establish a Standing Committee at County, Payam and Boma levels, based on competence and integrity, to scrutinize and vet individual members presenting themselves for leadership positions at those levels; Decisions of County Candidates’ Standing Committee shall be subject to appeal to the State Secretariat.
  • The PB shall develop rules and procedures to be followed by the Standing Committees for candidates’ selection at national, states and county levels. The General Secretariat shall oversee provide support and follow up the work of the Standing Committees on candidates’ selection and report to the PB.
  • The PB shall formulate policy to institutionalize the care for elderly members of the Party upon their retirement.
  • The SPLM recognizes the need for the establishment of a transitional government in which the SPLM Groups and other political parties shall participate equitably in order to end the war and establish sustainable peace. The reunified SPLM shall abide by the terms and spirit of the IGAD Peace Agreement.
  • The Parties to this Agreement have requested and mandated the CCM Leadership to consult with the respective principals on the way forward with regard to the structure of the leadership of the reunified SPLM.
  • The PB shall establish a Tripartite Committee from the three SPLM Groups to oversee the implementation of this Agreement and the reforms stipulated herein.
  • Guarantors (further consultation needed)

V. PENDING ISSUES
1. The Nature of the Crisis and its Genesis (waiting for text from IO)
(moved from Preamble).

  1. Accept that all culprits and all those who aided and abetted violations of human rights, including foreign troops must be held responsible and brought to book. (FROM POLITICAL ISSUES) (para 2)
  • An interim, re-unified and reconstituted NLC whose membership shall be established by the three SPLM Groups (by IO) (FROM ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES)
  • Political Detainees and prisoners of conscience (by IO) (FROM Political Issues)
  • The SPLM takes full responsibility for the crisis in the country and resolved that any individual members of the SPLM who are found guilty for those atrocities or bear the greatest responsibility for those atrocities and human rights violations and abuses during the crisis shall be held accountable for those crimes and violations (REFERRED TO HEADS OF DELEGATIONS FROM POLITICAL ISSUES para 17)
  • A) Suggestion from (IO):
    It is agreed that the National Convention shall adopt a new democratic constitution for the SPLM. The new constitution shall provide among other measures, the adoption of mode of voting by secret ballot and/or consensus. Further the SPLM shall abolish all provisions allowing the SPLM Chairpersons of appointing to the National Convention, Congresses, National Liberation Council (NLC) and PB. The new constitution shall formulate policies and guidelines for the representation of minorities and disadvantaged groups in the National Convention, the NLC and all other structures. This constitution shall be an interim constitution.

B) AGREED Ad Ref
It is agreed that the National Liberation Council (NLC) shall revisit and review the contentious provisions, in the draft SPLM constitution to ensure internal democracy within the Party structures, before its presentation to the National Convention. These issues include, but not limited to the following:

a. Mode of voting: whether by show of hands or secret ballot, it is agreed that the procedure of Voting in SPLM meetings at all levels shall be by secret ballot if no consensus is achieved; and by show of hands on non-controversial issues.

b. The provision allowing the SPLM Chairpersons at all levels to nominate five percent (5%) of the membership of the congresses and the National Convention: The following are proposed:

i. Abolition of the provision on the 5% appointments by chairpersons to the National Convention, congresses and liberation councils at all levels;
ii. Political Bureau to formulate policy and guidelines for the representation of minorities or disadvantaged groups in the Convention, Congresses and Liberation Councils.

c. The size of the National Convention: It is proposed that the total number of delegates to the Convention be reviewed.

d. Nomination of Party leaders by The Chairperson: Regarding the process of election or selection of Party leaders at all levels, it is agreed that:

i. The National Convention shall directly elect the Chairperson of the SPLM and his/her Deputies and members of the National Liberation Council by direct and secret ballot.

ii. The National Liberation Council shall elect the Political Bureau and the Secretary General and his/her Deputies through direct and secret ballot.

iii. The Political Bureau shall formulate regulations governing procedures for the election and selection of candidates for the position of Chairperson of the SPLM and his deputies, members of the NLC, members of the Political Bureau, Secretary General and his/her Deputy(ies), State and County Chairpersons, Payam and Boma Chairpersons

(REFERRED TO HEADS OF DELEGATIONS FROM POLITICAL ISSUES para 17)
VI. WITNESSES AND GUARANTORS

Signatories:


Cde. Daniel Awet Akot


Cde. Taban Deng Gai


Cde. Deng Alor Kuol

Guaranteed by:


Cde. Abdulrahman Kinana,
On behalf of Chama Cha Mapinduzi


Witnessed by:


Cde. John Samuel Malecela

Done at Arusha, Tanzania
On the 19th of January 2015

VII. ANNEXES (TIME-TABLE, FRAMEWORK & COMMUNIQUES)

14 comments

  • Ok, now they seem to solved their problem. What about our problem? I meant the killing of the Nuer community in Juba? I want to reserve my opinion till all details are in

  • Nhial Aciek David

    it so delighted the document which, was formulated to re.united the party it
    impressive ideas but the implement of those farmeable it is the defficult stage.

  • according to my suggestion suppose Dr Riek should not attend such agreement if G10 or pagan group want join juba splmlet them go.what make them to be with Drmachar by then is the plane that may be machar can be killed in the way Dinka design failed coup & machar can the mid of such a war then they can reunited in way they r doing now.Dr don’ t make such a mistake.

  • Bol Kueth Diu

    i therefore appreciate and stand firm for the signing of reunification of three paties

  • We support the see me Drafted agreement to three SPLM warring groups in Arusha Tanzania.it is see me breakout within the quarrels group to come together and remedy their differences we saw many correction and amendment within the SPLM Documents all contested points that cost war have been rectify.By than they were blind they did not considered the law as governance body and it is over all, than at the movement they discovered their tangible mistakes committed before 15 December over violation of constitution and lack of Democratic standing, we have given special thanks to Tanzania ruling party Chama Cha for bringing the three SPLM warring groups together we give special consideration to His Excellency the president of Tanzania for his concerned to South Sudan problem it is very grateful to us we the South Sudan Stakeholders and particularly the political parties, may the three groups of South.Sudan have merciful and respected what they agreed and signed it in front of international community. We add our voices supporting the initiative of Arasha Tanzania. The author the senior member of political party Secretary General Democratic Unionist Part Dup.of South Sudan.

  • I have been made to believe that this website is good in passing information to the members of the public.

  • It can be one of ways to reach everlasting peace if implemented. The problem is that president Malong was not in Arusha during the agreement. I don’t think it will bring peace and only God knows.

  • Gabriel Gatluak Dak

    Kiir will deny when he reach Juba

  • Let Dr.Riek Machar go back to Juba to resume his Hacking.

  • If what a out the Killimg of innocent people, is it by mistake. Ww don’t want to be fool again. We don’t need Kirr.

  • If that ia the case, what a bout the Killing of innocent people( Nuer) is it by mistake. We don’t want to be fool again. We don’t need Kirr.

  • That seem to be perfect, but we learned from previous mistakes gentlemen, started from 1987, 2002, and 2006 where our forces were put under their few rule which cost us 100,000 Nuer civilians death in Juba and other states, if you don’t want other people to die, let Kiir and his wrong group go first before you sign that agreement. talking and reasoning is cheap for that animal regime and his substance smokers generals while their women and children are under government assistance all over the world. let security of SPLA/M – IO check these countries: USA, Canada, Europe, Arabs World, and other countries far East where all general and Killer president children are living right now. I will not go under leadership of Salva again. They took three stars from me and charged me to resume my job because I was Nuer, secondly I was a senior than them, I joined A2 and SPLA June 8, 1983 with William Deng Gai ( Bridg. General) who passed away in Juba, due to wrong regime fault who cannot take care of their own fighters. Look! Salva Kiir, Kuol manyang, Makuei Lueth,etc, this is a government in your eyes gentlemen, nope, nope, nope. IGAD, I consider them like Salva Kiir because of Idiot Ugandans president; who killed Ngundeng children (Southerners not Nuer alone). even if majority are Bieh State and other Nuer sections, they are Southerners.

  • kuol juach

    LO! it isn’t really till we see Rick in juba. How many tyme have they signed ceasefire and yet, the two armies are still exchanging hands in some parts of south Sudan herein. Let see if God had His mighty hands on their hearts.