Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest

By: Mohamed Ali Saeed

KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - The week’s columns have ranged between the advice to use a concoction of local products prepared by a Sudanese scientist to cure coronaviris infection, to the debate triggered by the Prime Minister’s call for the UN political mission to oversee the transition to democracy, the attempts by remnants of the defunct regime to destabilize the government, the sharp criticism leveled against former Prime Minister Sadik Almahdi by his political opponents and the latest findings of the committee set to dismantle the legacy of the defunct regime:


About the euphoria surrounding PM Adballa Hamdok’s request from the UN Security Council to send a political mission under Chapter Six of the UN Charter to help the democratic transition and the peace process,  wrote sarcastic columnist Alfatih Jabra in the daily Aljareeda:

“One characteristic of the Sudanese personality, which has no similar anywhere in the many countries I had visited so far, is that all the sectors of our society can give ideas on anything, however specialized and demanding this “thing” can be. It is very common to hear, while watching a football match in the Spanish premier lague in the neighborhood club, Barber Abdu analyzing the match setting the blame on the Riyal Madrid coach for the defeat, while laundry worker Juma’a is saying it was the midfielder who did not play his role in the proper manner in marking the forward of the other team, Barcelona.

A watcher of the social media these days would notice “quantities” of experts in the international law and the UN Charter who volunteer to give free lectures on “the Charter” and its” Chapters”, enumerating the important differences between (the Sixth Chapter) and (the Seventh Chapter) and the advantages and the disadvantages of each of them. Some would say the Sixth Chapter can convert into the Seventh Chapter’s article (of the military intervention), while other “experts” rule out this intervention. And the rulings continue… as if the chapters of this Charter were written in secret ink or the Amatinga language and as if this Charter is not a plain, known and understandable paper. And because many citizens may have heard about these (chapters) for the first time (if not the UN itself), they fell in trouble searching for the truth.

Unfortunately, all of this is because of the impotent Government media. The Government request from the UN to send this mission should have been coupled with an information plan. This plan should have included lots of interviews, talk shows and debates between (the parties) that spotlight the causes of this request from the UN and explain that the UN mission will not harm the sovereignty of the country in anyway. But the Government had left the citizen prey to the (stupid experts) and (the social media groups) and (the Facebook Likes) to hijack the show and confuse the situation.



On the harsh criticism leveled against former Prime Minister Alsadik Almahdi, leader of the Umma (Nation) Party, upon his recent freezing of his Party’s activity within the Forces For Freedom and Change (FFC) Alliance, wrote Ahmed Yousif Altay in the daily newspaper Alintibaha:

“For a long time I have been monitoring a wide flow of criticism launched against the leader of the Umma Party by his political foes and some political activists. This criticism would often transcend Mahdi’s political views on the current state of affairs to personal insults and defamation, in what looks like character assassination of the Umma Party’s most famous leader since the 1970s.

A careful look at all the whole sum of those criticisms targeting Almahdi, would show that they are a semblance of allegations and contradictions, because they intersect with and contravene established facts and well known information about Mahdi and his party.

“Almahdi is not in collusion with the remnants of the defunct regime as his critics want us to believe. He is also free from the accusation that he is an escapee from the struggle for freedom. He is a brave warrior and first degree opponent of autocratic regimes. He and his party’s leaderships were subjected to the worst of injustices, arrests, massacres and assassinations during dictatorial regimes. No other party in Sudan had paid the price of the struggle and the resistance of injustice, and dictatorships and the defense of civilian rule like Almahdi and his party.

After the Bashir Coup of 1989, the regime was keen to keep Almahdi a hostage within his own home. And when he managed to flee in 1996, the regime went mad, having received the harshest of blows on its face. That is because the regime was well aware that Almahdi’s escape would give the opposition a strong boost.

In early 2000 after the fall out between Bashir and Turabi, Almahdi returned home and gave the opposition inside the country a great impetus and vigor through speeches and weekly symposia he used to hold at his home in Omdurman that worried the regime too much. The regime itself had given Almahdi a bill of good health when it conceded that he had turned down all of their requests to him to take part in the government, saying he would never take part in a government not elected from the people. And he had kept that position for thirty years.



In a reaction to the ceaseless attempts by the remnants of the Bashir regime to destabilize the transitional government by prompting unrest, the most recent of which was a failed attempt to send out young kids demonstrating against the curfew imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic which were dispersed by the public, wrote Ramzi Almasry in the electronic Altahreer publication:

May be all of us have watched the video in circulation now in which a brave woman, Kendake Ekhlas Garang, has managed to disperse a demonstration of the remnants of the defunct regime in which they sought to persuade the public that news about a coronavirus pandemic was a farce. Ekhlas Garang faced these people at the Central Market here this morning, stopped them and managed with the help of some brave youths, to put out the fires they lit on old tires at the place, forcing the would-be demonstrators to disappear immediately.

The remnants of the Bashir rule are keen to stage their poor processions one time under the name ”the Green March” and another time under the motto: “There is no corona, don’t deceive us.”

They were attempting these movements despite the curfew, in clear defiance of the official warnings. They also go out demanding the release of the defunct regime officials (now detained in prison) who had humiliated the people with arrests, beatings, killings and banishments.

When the patriotic youths noticed that the official authorities were lenient with those remnants, they decided to challenge and put an end to these remnants’ childish games once and for all.

Turning out the pages of this revolution, one would discover that these people were used to defeat in all their attempts to destabilize the revolution. Don’t they remember the Gurduba Pavilion incident when their leaders were shipped (by the resistance committees) on trucks to the prison when they met to plot for unrest? Did they forget the poor and short-lived processions led by Abdelhai Yousif and their fruitless continuous meetings with the ill-fated military council to conspire against the revolution? Did they forget the addresses presented by General Alburhan in Omdurman and elsewhere (with their own arrangement) in order to take over the government?

Did they forget the addresses of Himidti (General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo) in the Eastern Nile District and elsewhere and Himidt’s threats to form a transitional government for one year without the people who revolted against Bashir..etc..?

All that chaos was put to an end by the historical 30 June game-changing processions that forced the military, nose down, to negotiate and reach agreements for civilian rule with the Forces for Freedom and Change.

All of this has happened and these remnants of the defunct regime did not learn the lesson and continue to live under the misbelieve that they will come back to rule the country. What type of people are these?

These are grave developments that send a clear message to the government: If you don’t put an end to these people’s designs, the people will do it on their own.



Writer Ahmed Almustafa is of the view not to belittle what traditional medicine can do to cure patients with the coronavirus pandemic infection.

Mr. Mustafa’s argument in this is a Sudanese citizen who said managed to cure coronavirus infections in the US State of Maryland using a concoction of Sudanese products.
Wrote Mr. Mustafa in the daily newspaper Alsudani of Tuesday:

“Despite of its high technological fame and its military might, the US proved to be the weakest of the World nations in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and that its health system is not the strongest in the World as should be.

Whereas countries have earmarked billions of Dollar to speed up the devising of a cure for this pandemic, Dr. Alfadil Alobaid Omar appeared in a video in circulation now giving a prescription of cumin, garadh (fruit of the local sunut tree) and bee honey he said cures coronavirus infection. Dr. Omar had specified the exact quantity of each of these substances in this concoction. He also showed the medical benefit of this concoction and how it could be used.

 Mr. Badreddin Hassan Alhaj, who lives in the US state of Maryland, had cured many of his friends with this prescription. Omar had said the concoction had proved very effective far excelling the chemical medicines hospitals give to the patients. The drug won big popularity among the Sudanese living in the US, with every one of them who tried it advising others to try it, until they exhausted all the garadh quantities available in the US.

Those who complain about the vulnerability of our health system, starting from Health Minister Dr. Akram Altoam down to the smallest health cadre, should rush to Professor Alfadil Alobaid Omar’s prescription and stop arrogance and respect our local products.

True, we are politically and economically weak, but Allah had blessed us with a cure available everywhere in our country: garadh, cumin and bee honey.

All that is needed is to promote this prescription in terms of quantities, manufacturing and fine packing in order for Sudan to become a rich country.



Sabah Mohamed Al- Hassan wrote in her column in Al- Jareeda newspaper about the latest press conference addressed by committee set to dismantle the legacy of the defunct regime last Thursday: It was not unexpected for us to know that the committee had retrieved land plots from Abd Alrahim Mohamed Hussein (9 land plots covering an area of whopping 6,000 squared meters), after all, he served as Minister of Defence and Khartoum Governor .
The real surprise was to find out that a distant relative of Al-Bashir has appropriated a series of land plots. The committee had found that Al-Bashir brother-in-law, Nour Addayim Ibrahim, possessed 20 land plots. It was not sufficient for him to own land plots in Kafori suburb where one plot fetches billions of Sudanese pounds, but he went further to demonstrate a passion for illegal acquisition, prompting him to expand to the peripheral areas of Alkhojalab and Abusiid where ordinary people would be grateful to find a house after a journey of suffering with the institution that distribute such plots in far flung areas of Khartoum with little if any service.
She said if one of Al-Bashir in laws owns 20 plots of land, most of them luxurious, how many are those who are married to Al-Bashir sisters, cousins, nephews…etc. That means Al-Bashir had offered Khartoum as a gift to his relatives and he was the President of Housh Banaga, his home town. A president whose utmost concern was his kin and in laws then how futile it would be to question him on the loss of Sudan’s resources, secession of its southern part, destruction of its factories and companies, killing of his own people. How even more futile to question him about corruption!


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