15-January-2021

Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest

KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - The most outstanding issues that drew wide commentaries the elapsing week were the Prime Minister’s decision freezing the new school curriculum that triggered a lot of controversy, the recent state of lawlessness in Khartoum and the right of the resistance committees (the revolution’s strong arm) to a high rate of representation in the upcoming legislative assembly (parliament). 
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About the first issue, the freezing of the new school curriculum, wrote columnist Zahir Bakheet Alfaki appreciating the PM’s decision in the daily newspaper Aljareeda:


The Prime Minister’s decision freezing the new primary school curriculum is most welcomed.
The public debate on the curriculum changes (which include the Italian Painter Michelangelo’s portrait of Adam Creation in the sixth grade history syllabus and in which the Koran syllabus was reduced and some parts of the Mahdia revolution’s history were omitted) and the controversy surrounding the person of the Curriculum Director, Dr. Ahmed Algarrai is a true demonstration that the citizen has put his feet on the first step towards civilian rule and democracy and that the branches of the revolution have grown leaves and would soon give fruits. It is the right of the citizen to clearly give his thoughts about matters of concern to his life; object to what is not in the country’s interest and approve of what benefits the country and its people.
That is in particular because we are living in an age when it is easy to read the public opinion and know about the public tendencies.
Well Done, PM Hamdok in putting an end to this debate that could have, sure, widened the scope of discord at a time in which we are in bad need for agreement and concord.
At first the public did not object to the assignment of Dr. Algarrai to this job. In fact he was highly welcomed because his high academic record had qualified him for the job. The public had wanted Dr. Algarrai to sit on this chair just to do away with the deformities in the curricula and to assemble specialized educators to devise a curriculum suitable to the mind-set of Sudanese and benefit the upcoming generations.
But it may be the man’s long absence from the country had caused him to miss so many things and not to notice the big difference between the way of life, traditions and norms of the people here in Sudan and those in his very remote place of immigration.
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Writer Hassan Aljizouli has pounded the unlawful detention and even the killing of some citizens under detention and the state of unrest accompanying the new year celebrations:


“The country had recently witnessed a number of incidents meant to undermine the revolution, by a return to the malpractices of the defunct regime of extrajudicial killing of innocent citizens in detention centers after they are simply kidnapped from roadways.
Then we also had groups of children assembled to shout out obscene slogans against PM Hamdok during the mass processions celebrating the second anniversary of the revolution.
We have also seen that poor comedy targeting the Sudanese Communist Party in which a placard carrying the  emblem of the Party was burned down. By attacking that party these kids had wanted to target the entire revolutionary scene in which the country saw the downfall of a dictatorial rule hidden in the guise religion.
Then the streets of Khartoum saw groups of hooligans who spoiled the youths’ celebrations of the new year by severely attacking the youths with heavy stones, causing big injuries among  the citizens and badly smashing some cars.
It seems some of these incidents were organized by the remnants of the defunct regime: Investigations into the matter will certainly prove that this guess of ours is right.
But the worst of such events was the well-orchestrated campaign against the Director of the Curriculum Committee, Dr.Ahmed Algarrai in which the Khartoum mosques were exploited.
For this (and that) we are sounding the alarm bells in the same way as enlightened pens had cited the need to stop the lawless acts targeting democracy and human rights, now that the remnants of the defunct regime have assembled once again after they saw a green light encouraging them with malicious policies from circles that claim to be revolution-friendly.
These circles seek to gradually become stronger under the eyes of the so-called Islamists. These designs are no more than malignant attempts by elements of the defunct regime to return to power. They dream of a comeback…..They cannot!
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Writer, Editor-in-Chief of the daily Aldemograti “The Democrat”,  Asma Juma’a, has urged for a fair representation in the coming legislative assembly (parliament) of the young generations represented in the Resistance Committees, the solid backers of the revolution:

The Resistance Committees are the most rightful for a big share  in the upcoming legislative assembly.
These young men and women have ignited the revolution and have paid dear for its ultimate success, more than anyone else. They are the most faithful in the struggle for change and have the ability to make it. They were the most to have been harmed by the ousted regime and are the most to have been wronged by the present situation. They have big dreams and expectations. They have formidable energies and they are not governed by ideologies or political orientations. They cherish the noble values of honor and faith to the nation. A true demonstration for this is that they have opted to gather together in independent committees they called “the resistance committees”.
The role that can be played by these young men and women during the transitional period cannot be shouldered by the political parties that have failed throughout history. Nor can the armed movements, which are governed by tribalism, internal feuding and personal interests, play such a role. The same applies to the military, of course.
For that, the more representation the resistance committees can have in the legislative assembly, the more they can do to steer the government in the right course.
If the Forces for Freedom and Change really want a strong, healthy legislative assembly, they have to beef up the share of the resistance committees and cut on partisan representation in this body. That is because the political parties will already be represented in the government.
The fact of the matter is that the less representation the resistance committees get in the legislative assembly, the assembly will look like the national assembly of the defunct regime and will not serve the nation.
Unfortunately, the Forces for Freedom and Change had, a few days ago, revealed that they were devoting just 31 seats for the resistance committees in the legislative assembly of their (the forces of freedom and change) share of 165 seats i.e. 18%.
Out of these, 14 persons from the resistance committees will be chosen from Khartoum, the Capital, while the rest (17) will represent the rest of the country’s federal states.
Now just imagine: the real makers of the revolution, who have paid hard to make it a success and still guard it, are given this humble share. And the rest is to be distributed among those who could not test the hot water.
If we really want a strong and genuine legislative assembly, all the others have to condescend and accept the biggest possible sum of representation for the youths of the resistance committees in the assembly.
Accordingly, this share of 31 percent of the seats should be devoted to the Khartoum resistance committees alone and a similar share to the regional resistance committees.

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