16-October-2021

Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest

 

KHARTOUM (Sudanow)—Al-Sudani daily newspaper of Sunday carried two columns one by Al-Tahir Satti and another by Abdul Gadir Bakash, both discussing the bloody tribal clashes which are still going on in Port Sudan, on the Red Sea.

Satti described the clashes between Bene Amir and Nuba tribes as remnants of the extinct regime which spread the culture of violence and tribal conflicts over land or woman everywhere in Sudan with the general environment encouraging everyone to do whatever he intends.

Those repeated bloody clashes can be stopped only after establishment of the state of law, said Satti.

For his part, Bakash, who hails from east Sudan, narrated the clashes between the indigenous Bene Amir tribe and Nuba tribe that hails from South Kordofan which he said have flared up in early June and are still continuing, claiming around 70 lives and wounding hundreds others until Saturday, gaining momentum after the Government lifted the state of emergency last Wednesday.

He blamed the Governor and the Security Committee of the Red Sea State as well as the central authority of Khartoum for failure to control the events which he said spread in several neighborhoods of the city of Port Sudan.

The columnist called for the immediate sacking of the Governor, Major General Isam Abdul Farraj, and disbanding the State's Security Committee.

According to news report from Port Sudan, a mosque in the city was torched and its imam (prayers leader) was killed in the ongoing clashes.

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Columnist Hassan Warrag has called for a million-strong demonstration to check movements of the counter-revolution elements of the extinct regime that made use of the tolerance shown by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) for placing hurdles and provoking the revolutionaries of the Sudanese people who toppled their regime.

Writing in Aljareedah daily newspaper of Monday, Warrag said the counter-revolutionary elements used the current trial of their leader Omar al-Beshir as a forum for rallying their ranks against the popular revolution where they chanted their usual Islamic slogans of "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) and "La Ilah Illa Allah" (There Is No God But Allah) inside the courtroom with Beshir himself leading the slogans and the judge making no attempt to check them.

The columnist said the trial was intentionally planned to be held in a hurry by the judiciary of the past regime and before reorganization and appointment of a new chief justice and attorney general.

He called for adjournment of the current trial and even for handing Beshir over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for trying him for the numerous charges leveled against him.

Warrag also called upon the revolutionaries to stage a demonstration of millions to stop efforts by the counter-revolution elements who are holding meetings with their leaders abroad in Turkey and Qatar and internally in their Mujahedeen and Kafoury stronghold neighborhoods of the Sudanese capital to rally their ranks for the return of Beshir to power.

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Haithum Kabu devoted his column that was published on Alyoum Altaly daily newspaper of Tuesday in exaltation of the Sudanese women (aka Kandakat, plural of Kandakah, the title of the Sudanese Nubian queen) for their role in leading the popular revolution that eventually led to the recent fall of dictator Omar al-Beshir.

The Kandakat, with their enthusiastic shrills, instigated and motivated the revolutionaries into ground-rocking million-strong demonstrations and processions calling for freedom, peace and justice, said Kabu indicating that the Sudanese women were instrumental in the success of the popular upheaval.

The revolutionary Kandakat have displayed momentous carriage in leading the protests, undaunted by the bullets, canes, whips and teargas unleashed by the security elements, said the columnist, citing a female student that flung the teargas canister back to the security agents who tried to disperse a demonstration.

He recalled that after preparing food for the revolutionaries during the long sit-in outside the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the capital Khartoum, the Kandakat moved to the make-shift stage for participation in speeches for enlightening and inciting the people into more protests for achievement of the goals of the revolution.

This tremendous role cannot be ignored and the Sudanese women must be rewarded by giving them a considerable number of seats in the executive and legislative organs, calling upon Prime Minister, in particular, to make appreciable appointments of qualified women in his new cabinet.

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Columnist Yassin Hassan Beshir discussed in a column that appeared on Altayyar daily newspaper of Wednesday the future of the coalition of the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) that led the successful popular revolution that resulted in the ouster of the defunct regime of dictator Omar al-Beshir.

He wrote that after achieving its goals of removal of the leader of that regime on April 11 and formation of the organs of the interim authority during August of 2019, there are three main conditions for the future of the coalition, the first one is its continuity during and after the transitional period for protecting the popular revolution against moves and conspiracies of the counter-revolution forces.

The columnist said the leaders of the coalition have to appreciate what he termed the great difference between the alliance for toppling the extinct regime and that for reconstruction of the nation, reminding them that experience in Sudan proved that alliances in the past succeeded in overthrowing regimes and failed in the process of national reconstruction.

He indicated a second condition for the future of the FCF coalition is distancing itself from monitoring and guiding the interim authority, leaving this task to the legislative council which the FCF holds 67% of its seats in addition to a commission to be established for follow-up, monitoring and assessment of the performance of the interim government.

The third condition, according to Beshir, is that the FCF Central Council should lead a planned and scientific method for promotion and development of the process of re-establishing political parties, trade unions and organizations to prepare for the phase that follows the 39-month transitional period.

If those parties, trade unions and organizations remain as they are now without development, the counter-revolution forces will have the chance come back to power in free, democratic election, the columnist warned.

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Ahmed Yusuf al-Tai discussed in a column published by Alintibaha daily newspaper of Friday the question of the freedom of the press in Sudan, commenting on a current row over motorcars of a luxurious  model left by the defunct regime in the Republican Palace and used by the present Sovereignty Council.

Tai agreed in his column to both opposed and supportive viewpoints, saying that the journalists who opposed the use of those cars argued that the Council should observe the present economic crises the Sudanese people are suffering, while other journalists say that the luxurious motorcars show prestige, respect  and dignity of the state.

The issue is not that grave but what worries is the irritation and exasperation shown by some members of the Sovereignty Council towards the criticism by the press, said the columnist.

He added that the Sudanese press, except the government and ruling party newspapers, clung to its freedom and thus annoyed the past regime and exposed its failures, its scandal and corruption.

Even the newspapers of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) had to criticize the regime because the publishers had to permit the journalists to exercise freedom, fearing that their newspapers would not compete in the readership market and would not make profits, said Tai.

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Columnist Osama Abdul Majid has stated that Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok has no time, not even a grace period, for recovering his breath, considering urgent challenges he has to address.

Writing in Akhir Lahza daily newspaper of Saturday, Majid said Hamdok is presently busy with the disastrous floods in Jaily, North of Khartoum, and elsewhere in Sudan instead of the important issue of peace that needs to be achieved for the country to enjoy stability.

The Prime Minister, besides the formation of his cabinet and the devastating floods, has to fight several fronts including the urgent issues of peace and economy for the Sudanese people to be relieved from the suffering caused by the war and the economic and livelihood crises, said the columnist.

 

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