Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest

KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Three events have preoccupied the public during the last week and consequently, drew lots of press commentaries. They were:

(1) the revelations of the deputy chairman of the sovereignty council, General  Mohammad Hamdan Dagalo (Himaidti) on the existence of a mafia that hinders economic reform.

(2) the appointment of the civilian state governors and

(3) the cracks that emerged within the Forces For Freedom and Change (FFC), the political powerbase of the civilian transitional government of PM Abdalla Hamdok.

Wrote Abdelhameed Awad in the daily newspaper Alsudani:

Two days after the painful massacre in which 60 citizens were killed by armed militias in the Misteri village of West Darfur we were invited to cover the event in which a quantity of gold was to be shipped for sale abroad. We expected the Deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council Mohammad Hamdan Dagalo (Himaidti) to comment on this heinous crime, which falls within his jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the military component of the government.

But to our surprise Himaidti, who inaugurated the gold shipment, and instead of commenting on the crime, seized the opportunity to barrage the civilian government with criticism, accusing it of failure and complaining that the civilian executives were marginalizing the military in running the economic dossiers, as if the military has a magic stick with which to change the economic situation.
Himaidti also made a repeat of the complaint that the military were always under criticism despite what he called their desire to help the civilian government.

Unfortunately, Himaidti is marketing himself as the savior of the Sudanese People and as a person who can manage everything.

Himaidti is attacking the entire civilian government and also the Ministry of Finance.

He is against the pay increase for the public servants, criticizes the economic performance, guardedly sending his arrows towards the Commerce Ministry and at the same time forgets his basic duties and the duties of the military of maintaining security.

He also forgets that the dire economic situation is an outcome of insecurity when the military component is foot- dragging on the control of smuggling, hoarding of strategic commodities and trafficking in foreign exchange in addition to the activity of the gold mafia.

But the military component’s big failure is in the security. The evidence of this is what happens in Darfur where the armed militias are at large.

If the man is serious in what he says, he should take the responsibility of the security and leave the economy and trade for the civilian government which surely knows what to do, without any intervention.

Himaidti should do so and stay silent until the ‘moment of judgment’ comes. At that time he can say what he wants to say.



Commenting on the landmark event, the appointment of the civilian governors of the Sudanese states, wrote Altahir Satti, Editor-in-Chief of the daily newspaper Alsayha:

For the recently appointed civilian governors of the Sudanese states, we say: Nobody can make an achievement through his own self and then guarantee himself a high position like when he is able to express in all honesty and decency. This is what one philosopher had said.

This should be the guiding belief of the new governors.

It is not necessary for these new governors to make miraculous achievements.

But it is necessary for them to win the people’s confidence.

They will not win this confidence unless by expressing the needs of citizens, in all candidness and decency.

The common men are different from politicians. They don’t care who rules, independent or partisan.

In this way the new governors should win the confidence of the people, through humility when the governor becomes part of the society, shares their dreams and shares with them everything, bitter or sweet.

Those who succeeded in our humanitarian political history did not win the hearts of people unless by this ideal humility.

By this they had felt the pains and hopes of the people.

In the democratic era, the governor’s achievement is not just roads, schools, hospitals, water and electricity.

The real achievement is to turn the citizen into a partner in authority, a monitor of the government.

For that the governors should go to their states, dreaming of converting the societies into strategic partners in the creation of the new life they aspire to.

It is our hope that every new governor starts a wide consultation with the people upon the appointment of their regional ministers, locality administrators and all the leaders of the civil service and public utilities.

Yet, the difficult test is for the new governors to stand at the same distance from all political parties and tribes.

The new governors have inherited from the governors of the defunct regime inflammable societies, tribal and racial time bombs.

So, beware these bombs, try to diffuse them through wisdom and firmness at a time, spread security and peace in your states and sow the spirit of hope and work in the people.

And avoid corruption and empty political talk. Nothing had failed your predecessors other than corruption and empty political talk.



Mohammad Almekki Ahmed has tackled two events in the Altahreer electronic publication: The declaration by the alliance of the Sudanese Professionals that it was pulling its representatives from the Forces for Freedom and Change (the political powerbase of the civilian transitional government of PM Abdalla Hamdok) committees and the demand by the Umma Party from his party’s members to resign from the posts of states governors they were appointed to recently without its consent.

He wrote:

The two events have shaken the government of PM Hamdoak.

The professionals association was the body that masterminded and led the popular revolution against the Bashir regime. In a statement, the alliance said elements in the FFC have given priority to narrow interests and had given leverage to tactical consideration above strategic national interests.

For me, the two events express a big and grave crisis that needs a pause for contemplation and quick revision of steps in both the FFC and the Umma Party and all the other political groups and the professionals.

The FFC has one of two roads to go through:

Either to hold an immediate conference to discuss this critical situation in participation with the professionals association and all the forces of the revolution.

The other road is that the FFC would lose its ability of leadership during the transitional period.

PM  Hamdok had won unprecedented public support. But he is now in a difficult and very complicated situation.

For that he is required to take steps that deepen commitment to consultation and transparency, in order to restore what he had lost, in particular after he had fired Finance Minister Ibrahim Albadawi and Health Minister Akram Ali Altoam and after the Umma Party’s uneasy position to the appointment of the new states’ governors and the withdrawal of the professionals association from the FFC committees.

The PM is also required to distance his government from struggles among the political and professional groups.

He should be a dove of peace and concord among these groups. There is need for quick reform.




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