SPLM caucuses exploring ways to cut high living cost

SPLM caucuses exploring ways to cut high living cost
The pictures of food items displayed for sale in one of the shops at Juba’s Konyo-Konyo main market. [Alex Bullen, City Review]

The SPLM Caucuses in Central Equatoria State are mulling ways of lowering the prices of essential goods in the state.

Latio Paul Abbas, the SPLM spokesperson for the CES secretariat, said the decision was reached during a meeting presided over by the chairman of the SPLM and the state governor, Emmanuel Adil Anthony.

“We converged here in this meeting to deliberate on the pertinent issues affecting SPLM, most especially the issue of skyrocketing prices of goods in our markets in Juba and in all the markets in Central Equatoria State due to the current situation,” said Latio.

“…and we like to devise a way forwards in order to rescue the people of Central Equatoria State and the people of Juba.”

However, he did not disclose the steps the party plans to undertake to reduce the prices of commodities in the state.

In December 2021, the CES government imported goods from Uganda, which were sold to the citizens at lower prices.

Adil revealed that imported food items would solve food insecurity in the state.

In December 2022, the SPLM Secretary for Political Affairs, Kuol Atem Bol, called on the government to address the economic crisis ahead of the 2024 elections.

“As a political officer of the party, it is my role to strategize how we are going to win; it is my role,” said Kuol.

Kuol maintained that addressing the economic crisis would earn SPLM votes during elections.

“If we can do that, comrade, chairman, I assure you that there is no doubt that you are the flag bearer and you will win the upcoming election, and if you win, we have also won,” he said.