Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest


KHARTOUM (Sudanow)— Columnist Al-Tahir Satti began his column that was published on Al-Sudani daily newspaper of Sunday with greetings to the armed movements (rebels) that have taken steps for peace with the arrival of an advance delegation in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday.

"We have come to offer an overture for peace and to open a new chapter signaling the end of war and we are now stepping into the phase  of peace," Satti quoted in his column Mubarak Ardol, the leader of the advance delegation of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/North (SPLM/N) on arrival at Khartoum airport on Saturday.

This overture carries reassurance of a universal consensus that the war is no longer an ideal mechanism for resolving the ruling issue in the Sudan and that a free contest to power should be conducted through ideas and programmes, Satti commented.

The columnist opines that the SPLM/N Deputy Chairman, Yassir Arman, who is expected to arrive in Khartoum in a week's time at the head of the Movement's main delegation that also includes Khamis Jallab, as a proven negotiator, possessing a political experience, provides a profitable accretion to the revolution.

Satti said Arman believes that the strength of the December revolution derives from a history of 30 years during which the Ingaz has changed its skin while the revolutionary components have changed to produce the forces of the present revolution.

Arman, according to Satti, also believes that the Transitional Military Council (TMC), that represents the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), constitutes an addition, rather than a foe, to the forces of the revolution.



Columnist Amal Ahmed Tabidy states in a regular column published by Al-Akhbar daily newspaper of Monday that the Transitional Military Council (TMC) is an extension of the defunct regime, citing a number of "solid" facts, including the lenience with which the council treats the family of the deposed president and the leaders of his regime.

The TMC is characterized by insincerity and concern with trivial matters in addition to face-lifting attempts by taking decisions designed to dampen the public anger, Amal said.

She cited the case of the wife of a brother of former President Omar al-Beshir who the TMC has reluctantly removed from office as a human rights commissioner after repeated criticism and outcry by the public and legal appeals by the former commissioner who lost the job to the wife of Beshir's brother.

The columnist raised questions of why does the council pay a special consideration to Beshir's corrupt family that has destroyed the country, attempt to protect the symbols of the defunct regime by all means and decline to give the media a list of the arrested leaders of Beshir's regime?

She also wondered why is former spy chief Salah Gosh placed in house arrest instead of prison.

The TMC wastes time in order dissolve the essential issues for which the revolutionaries have staged the present sit-in around the headquarters of the army general command, the columnist charged.



Haider al-Mikashfy suggests in a column published by Aljareedah daily newspaper of Tuesday that a call by deposed president Omar al-Beshir for killing one-third of the Sudanese people should  be added to charges of assassination of protesters, committing a military coup detat and money laundering and financing terrorism the dictator is facing. 

Mikashfy sees no reason for skipping or belittling this "hideous and bloody" charge as was evident in a video of the Vice Chairman of the Transitional Military Council ((TMC), Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who said Beshir ordered military commanders just before his ouster to kill the sit-inners beside the General Command Headquarters.

Beshir, according to the video and statements by other military commanders, said he is a follower of Imam Malik's doctrine that was incorrectly reported by its rivals as ruling that a ruler could kill one-third, even one-half, of the nation's population for the sake of the remaining people.

The columnist added that the deposed dictator perpetrated operations of genocide in Darfur, the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, relying on this false fatwa which was never said by Imam Malik but was put in his mouth by his foes.       

The charge is firmly evident by the video in which, according to Mikashfy, Daglo quoted Beshir as telling the military commanders in the latest meeting that the Sudanese people are followers of Imam Malik and for this reason, he ordered them to kill the sit-inners or he would do it by himself.

Daglo was further quoted as adding that, instead of carrying out his command, the commanders toppled Beshir on April 11.



Columnist Suhair Abdul Rahim, though an ardent supporter of December revolution, has criticized the power agreement between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF), particularly the 300-strong legislative council.

This is a second copy of ingas regime, she said pointing out there was no need to form a council with such a large number of members as another burden to the public treasury.

This offers a chance of filling the 99 seats (33%) with insignificant parties some of which, according to Suhair, consist of a chairman of the party, a member who carries the briefcase of his boss and another member who drives the car of the chairman.

Those petty parties will not offer anything for the country because they have nothing to offer and they only seek a share of the power cake after jumping from the sunken ship of ingas, said the columnist, suggesting that the seats allocated to them should be filled with youth and qualified persons who are capable of offering something to the nation.



Columnist Mohamed Krishan has described an attack on the sit-in around the army headquarters on Monday, May 13, in which six protesters were killed and others of an unspecified number were wounded as an attempt of testing whether or not the sit-in could be dispersed by force.

In his column that was published by Alyoum Altaly daily newspaper of Friday, Krishan said there was a consensus agreement among the sit-inners ruling out a government argument of infiltrators behind the attack.

He added that the protesters, judging from the weapons and armored vehicles used in it, the attack could only have been carried out by an organized military unit, either the army or the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).  

However, Krishan made reference to a statement immediately issued by the RSF saying that there were unnamed organizations behind the attack attempting to abort the revolution after an agreement that was reached by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Freedom and Change Forces on the very day of the attack.



The speed with which the Freed and Change Forces (FCF) assimilated the importance of removing the roadblocks from Khartoum streets prevented the occurrence of a security disaster the first victims of which will be the citizens and the sit-inners.

Raja'a Nimir, in a column that appeared on Altayyar daily newspaper of Saturday, hailed as wise the removal of the roadblocks which posed great traffic difficulties, was of an immense effect on the public life in Khartoum.

Building up the roadblocks in the streets of Khartoum outside the perimeter of the sit-in site indicated the existence of clandestine bodies that detest concord and stability with the aim of creating insecurity and confrontation with the army for fulfilling their internal and external agenda, Raja'a said.




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