Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest


KHARTOUM (Sudanow) --- Columnist Yassin Hassan Beshir has criticized as extremely bewildering the outcome of an investigation into the peaceful sit-in massacre just outside the premises of the general headquarters of the Sudanese armed forces on June 3rd, noting that the report by the committee of enquiry reflects legal flaws and political confusion.

Referring to declining by the committee to accept questions from the media at the press conference, Beshir said in a regular column that was published by Altayyar daily newspaper of Monday that the committee should not have presented an incomplete and worrisome report and could have brought up a final one after completing its investigation.

He described as irrelevant talking about the so-called Colombia area on the Blue Nile Avenue, stating that the Transitional Military Council (TMC) orders were restricted to cleansing that area from indecent practices. Beshir wondered why that cleansing was not made well before April 6, the date on which the sit-in was staged.

The TMC should have guarded the sit-in against any undisciplined armed men who the Council is aware of their presence within the security ranks and is responsible for safety of all civilians wherever they are as it is the currently ruling body, the columnist said.

He added that this astounding report affirms that the legal and judicial authorities in the Sudan, emerging from 30 years of destruction by the ingas regime, are no longer capable of addressing such highly grave issues and, Beshir went on, the forthcoming civilian transitional government should form another independent committee that would seek external technical assistance.

The columnist also advised the civilian government to hand former president Omar al-Beshir and others to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as it was manifested by the committee of enquiry into the sit-in massacre that the Sudanese judiciary is incompetent to do the job.



Human blood and human-beings have become the cheapest commodity in the Sudan with people sacrificing  blood for water, said Mohamed Abdul Majid in a column carried by Alintibaha daily newspaper of Tuesday.

Bloodshed has become a normal practice by the ruling authorities against peaceful demonstrators protesting cuts of water supplies, said Abdul Majid commenting on shooting to death five persons, including three pupils, and injuring 72 others in a peaceful demonstration in Al-Obeid, North Kordofan, on Monday protesting water and electricity shortages.

Following the fall of the corrupt regime on April 11, the Sudanese blood has become of no value and much cheaper than water, said the columnist, placing the responsibility for the Al-Obeid deadly shooting on the committee of enquiry into June 3rd sit-in massacre, arguing that that committee has condemned the victims and acquitted the perpetrators who, according to the committee, were carrying out their security duty of cleansing the Colombia area on the Blue Nile Avenue from indecent activities.

Nobody has been brought to justice to account for the killing of protestors since September 2013 until yesterday (Monday), even the leaders of the defunct regime have not been taken to court, except the head of that regime who will be tried, not for the blood he shed in Darfur, Blue Nile, Khartoum and elsewhere, but for dollars found in his residence, the columnist said.



The fatal calamities that successively occurred in Sudan were not accidental but were, rather plots by circles that hamper the success of the popular revolution, said Abdul Azim Salih in a column that was published by Al-Akhbar daily newspaper of Wednesday.

He said the three lethal incidents, the one on the Blue Nile Avenue on Ramadan 8, the greater one on the Army Headquarters on Ramadan 29 (June 3) and the latest incident in El-Obeid, North Kordofan, each coincided with plans by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) to conclude a deal for establishing an interim civilian authority.

The Al-Obeid incident which he said took away the lives of a number of pupils, erupted on Monday, on the eve of a meeting by the TMC and FCF scheduled for Tuesday to discuss and finalize a constitutional document.

In order to resolve the ordeal, the TM and FCF should speed up formation of the transitional authority as soon as possible so as to put an end to plots by anonymous people to abort the revolution, Salih said..



Columnist Osama Abdul Majid has expressed astonishment over the latest position of the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) of boycotting negotiation with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and of threatening to move the people for toppling the TMC.

Writing in Akhir Lahza daily newspaper of Thursday, Abdul Majid wondered whether the SCP is planning to pull out of the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) which is presently holding talks with the TMC over a proposed constitutional document and has previously concluded a political deal with the Council and is calling for escalation of the opposition to the TMC, going back to square one.

The columnist said the SCP advocates the removal of the TMC from the Sudanese political scene along with the Islamists who Abdul Majid believes are planning a counter-revolution with assistance of the TMC.

He added that the SCP has been urging the FCF for halting negotiation with the TMC, a situation which the columnist might prompt the FCF into talks with the Party like the Addis Ababa negotiation with the Revolutionary Front.

In view of the SCP position of boycotting the negotiation and forming an opposition to the Transitional Authority, Abdul Majid said the FCF has now two options to pursue, either to sever relations with the SCP, something which is difficult as the latter is influential and can move the street against the FCF as well as the TMC, or to continue negotiation with the TMC and at the same time keep the SCP within its ranks, something which, according to the columnist, might trigger a split with the FCF.



Prof. Mohamed Zain al-Abdin Osman has noted that all the popular revolutions in Sudan were against military rulers due to their failure in running the affairs of the state.

The Professor wrote in a column that was published by Aljareedah daily newspaper of Saturday that the military rulers also failed to achieve welfare, justice and equality and guaranteeing freedoms for the Sudanese people.

Instead, the military regimes exercised all sorts of oppression, torture and murder against their opponents, said Osman, citing the October 1964 revolution against General Abboud and the April 1985 upheaval against dictator Nimeiry and the latest December 2018 revolution against Omar al-Beshir.

He said the military are to be thanked for siding with the December 2018 revolution to ward off bloodshed and insecurity but this support could not give them the right to share the power because, the columnist argued, they are unqualified to take part in running the country's affairs as was shown during the military regimes in Sudan.

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