Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest



KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Columnist Abdul Jalil Suleiman has sharply criticized the so-called Sudan Scholars Organization (SSO), labeling it in a column that appeared on Alyoum Altali daily newspaper of Thursday as a puppet of the obsolete National congress Party (NCP).


The columnist was apparently motivated into criticizing this organization which he preferred to rename the Kaizan scholars' organization (a reference to Islamists or Muslim Brothers) by its opposition to the recent launch of the Sudanese woman's football league.


He said this "seditious and corrupt" body kept silent during the defunct regime of ousted Omar al-Beshir when the woman's league existed, although not enough light was shed on it but was covered by the media.


The silence was due to the presence of its warrantor, criminal and corrupt Beshir, said Suleiman, questioning whether the laws under which he perpetrated murder, genocide, rape and theft were Islamic.


The columnist recalled that one SSO member issue a fatwa to then President Omar al-Beshir for killing one-third of the protestors.


He accused the SSO of corrupting and contaminating the country's civilian, political and social walks of life and of posing a danger to the community, state and faith.


Suleiman said the SSO is not less than the NCP with regard to corruption, opinion and the financial and administrative affairs and for this reason, he went on, it keeps its financial resources in obscurity.



Economic columnist Dr. Adel Abdul Aziz al-Fakki has commented that a workshop recently held in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on ways for improvement of the people's living reflected the concern by the Minister and the Ministry's departments with the object of that workshop.


Writing in Al-Sudani daily newspaper of Sunday, Fakki cited the Minister, Dr. Ibrahim al-Bedawi, as praising the "constructive" ideas contained in the presented papers and suggested that the discussions center on the bread, the basic consumers' commodities, the transport and activation of the cooperatives.


The economic columnist has stated that the Ministry of Finance has for years been subsidizing the strategic commodities, including bread, fuels, electricity and drugs, indicating that the subsidies in 2018 reached 25.4 billion pounds, about 20% of the budget expenditures of 127.2 billion pounds, in addition to a direct monetary support to 800,000 families and coverage of the health security costs.


The Ministry remained providing those tremendous amounts of money without bothering to set up bodies for studying the effect of this money on alleviating poverty and on the prices, while the people remained complaining of the rising cost of living, the columnist said


The Ministry has to check with the lower levels of the government – the states, localities, administrative units and neighborhoods- to find out where this money it spends goes and the effect of the subsidies on the cost of living, Fakki suggested.



In a column that was published by Al-Akhbar daily newspaper of Monday, Asma'a al-Husseiny has predicted that the forthcoming peace negotiations between the transitional authority and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) would be highly complicated involving several difficult issues to be resolved.


She said the Sudanese parties of the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) and the armed (rebel) movements and a number of political parties grouping the SRF have shown willingness for reaching fair and durable peace, ending civil wars that began in 1955 and destroyed the resources and hindered the country's development.


The desire for peace dominated meetings recently held in Cairo, Egypt, by those parties that agreed on holding negotiations on October 14 for restoration of peace and sparing efforts for the national reconstruction, the columnist said.


She added, however, that the peace negotiations would not go easily, involving the difficult issues of power, resources, IDPs, land property, administration of the state and other complicated questions.


A historic peaceful settlement will be reached only if the negotiators managed to find genuine solutions to those problems, Asma'a said.



Yassin Hassan Beshir, writing in a column that appeared on Altayyar daily newspaper of Tuesday, has charged that the Prime Minister, his Cabinet and the sovereignty Council seem to think they are still in the revolutionary sit-in arena chewing slogans and displaying good-will without doing anything with regard to the required change as if they want it a revolution of suspended implementation.


A state of political anxiety grows everyday among the people who feel that the process of the revolutionary change has not yet begun, said Beshir, adding that the Sudanese citizen does not aspire for an overnight change because he is aware that the process of change is protracted and complicated but, nonetheless, he wants to see steps taken by the transitional authority for starting the change.


The columnist has further charged that there is "a premeditated" slowness in starting the process of change, particularly in connection with decisions to be taken for carrying out the provisions of the political agreement and the constitutional document.


He cited as examples an announcement by the Prime Minister just before his departure to New York on formation of a national independent committee of enquiry but until now nothing is known about the names or whether that committee has begun work, the failure of formation of independent commissions, including the commission for peace although it was announced that the peace negotiations would start on October 14, and the awaited restructure and rehabilitation of the organs of the state.


Beshir called upon the leaders of the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) coalition who have chosen the Prime Minister to discuss the situation with him upon his return and either take urgent resolutions for starting the change or replace him with someone who is capable for effecting the change because, the columnist went on, the people who have detonated the revolution and who have sacrificed their lives could not wait any longer and the FCF would shoulder the historic responsibility.



Sawsan Nile has labeled as concocted a current public transport crisis attributing it to the deep state of the defunct regime in an attempt to thwart the popular revolution that brought down former president Omar al-Beshir from three decades in power.


She said the driver of a public transport vehicle sent her a message on messenger strongly swearing that there are persons who pay the owner of a public transport car the revenue of the day and a quantity of fuel in cash as an incentive and order him not to report at the station to collect passengers.


The driver went on saying in the message when he came to the bus station in the evening, somebody showed up and threatened to torch the bus if he remained in the station, Sawsan said in a column that was published by Akhir Lahza daily newspaper of Wednesday.


She wondered about the identities of those persons who pay the bus drivers for fabricating this crisis for punishment of the people and to make them feel that there is no difference between the tyrannical Ingas regime and the civil government.


Those wicked persons should be stoned to death in public, the columnist said.


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