Rumbek to host extraordinary plenary assembly for Sudan Bishops on referenda.
By Manyang Mayom October 3, 2010 (JUBA) -- Rumbek the capital of
Lakes state will hold an extraordinary Plenary Assembly of Sudan
Catholic Bishops to discuss the referendum process. The meeting will
take place next month at Diocese of Rumbek. Fr. Santino Morokomomo, the
Secretary General of the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference, is in Rumbek
to follow up the ongoing preparations for the Bishops' meeting that
will take place from November 8th to 15th. The plenary conference will
focus on peaceful referendum and other issues facing church preaching in
Sudan. Morokomomo told Sudan Catholic Radio Good News in Rumbek that,
Sudan Bishops plenary was held in Torit last year and in this year the
plenary was recently held in Juba and now Rumbek will host this session.
On Saturday, Morokomomo affirmed that the decision to have two plenary
assemblies this year was prompted by the present situation in Sudan
which he termed as "a very historical moment" as the country
"is preparing for the referendum". Fr. Santino further said
that the meeting will discuss issues pertaining to the referendum, with
focus on a peaceful process. His explain that Bishops have decided to
lobby for peaceful referendum and that the meeting will discuss in this
extraordinary plenary Bishops assembly The forthcoming Bishops'
Plenary meeting will include representatives from the Symposium of
Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the
Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).
LAUNCH OF 100 DAYS REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN On Saturday, Lakes state
government officially declared the launching of Referendum countdown to
100 days for January 9, 2011 referendum campaign at Rumbek freedom
Square, an event that was witnessed by over 2 thousand of people.
Speaking to the crowd, Lakes State Governor, Chol Tong Mayay, described
the day as "historical", announcing the kickoff of the
referendum campaign in the state as the beginning to achieve New Sudan
Country. He said international community should be aware that on the
upcoming January 9, 2011, Africa will get a new country called "New
Sudan" as it was promised by the late John Garang de Mabior, former
leader of the SPLM. Governor Tong noted that the gathering also aims to
welcome back the president of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Maydit who
arrived Friday from the US after attending the UN high level meeting on
Sudan. He thanked the president for the crucial speech he presented
during the summit in New York. His appreciated the keynote speech of
Kiir in US and described it as "stronger speech Kiir had made
toward walking to have new Country". The head of Human Right Affair
committee at the state assembly and chairman of SPLM youth League Dhieu
Wal Takpiny, expressed concerns over the delay of preparations ahead of
the referendum, saying the process was lagging behind to the effect that
"we prepare for the worst". Wal said there are several issues
which were not implemented by Khartoum Government to make peace
attractive such as Abyei, border demarcation and delay of voter
education are yet not done and timing is clicking to end on zero stage.
"Time is running to an end without solution done. We must continue
to prepare for separation whether Khartoum like or not -- Yes, youth
must now get prepared for the outcome of referenda delay nether by fire
or peace." His urged the whole youth in Lakes state to campaign for
separation, saying they are the agents of the referendum. Southern Sudan
Referendum is planned to take place on 9th January 2011. (ST)
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