Thura Shwe Mann to visit Chin State
21 October 2013: Thura Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Lower House of the Burmese parliament, is likely to make an official visit to Chin State in the near future.
A source close to the government of Chin State said that the 66-year-old former military leader would probably arrive in Hakha next Saturday, and that it would be his first trip as Speaker to the country’s least developed state.
One of the community leaders in Thantlang town, about 20 miles from Hakha, told Chinland Guardian: “The Thantlang Administration Department informs us that he [Shwe Mann] is coming to Hakha soon. But we are not informed of the date and time.”
He also said that detailed information about the purpose of his visit still remains unavailable although some arrangement has been made in preparation for welcoming the ex-General.
Since 1 May 2013, Thura Shwe Mann has assumed the chairmanship of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Burma’s ruling political party previously headed by President Thein Sein.
Earlier this year, President Thein Sein and Thura Aung Ko, Chairman of Lower House’s Judicial Affairs Committee, had visited Burma’s western state in February and May respectively.
According to members of USDP in Hakha, the purpose of Thura Aung Ko’s visit was an attempt to get support from the people in preparation for the upcoming 2015 general elections.
Recently, Thura Shwe Mann revealed his interest in becoming the next President of Burma.
A graduate of the Defence Services Academy, Shwe Mann earned the honorific title ‘Thura’ for fighting against the Karen National Liberation Army in 1989.
In February 2013, a delegation of the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) met with Thura Shwe Mann in Nay Pyi Taw regarding the ongoing human rights violations in Chin State.#