Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest


KHARTOUM (Sudanow)—The English colonizer that designed a framework for education of the first groups of the Sudanese people in accordance with the English system containing all sorts of modern education except the science of concrete democracy 

The British rulers cannot be blamed for the short and obviously failed democratic experience in Sudan, doing this premeditatedly by "it is we who should bear the blame, allowing the democracy to rotate with a military rule three times since the British departure in!956," wrote Khalifah Ahmed in a column that appeared on Altahrir online newspaper of Sunday.

He suggested that an introduction of education on democracy on a side scale will be an antidote against a return of the military rule in Sudan for the fourth time.


Writing on Al-Sudani Aldauliyyah daily newspaper of Monday, Rehab Ibrahim commented on the currently uncontrollable soaring rate of the US dollar compared to the poor Sudanese pound, seeing no obvious reason for this unprecedented rise.

Rehab wondered about the identity of the people who she described as lacking conscience and ethics standing behind this dominance of the American currency in the various aspects of life in Sudan, asking where those people get such lots of money to buy the dollar and for what reason they purchase it to adversely affect the Sudanese economy.

(Although the columnist did not say it explicitly, she implies that the persons who tend to harm the country's economy, are obviously counter-revolution and deep-state elements.)

She said efforts for controlling the rising dollar rate included formation of a so-called economic mechanism chaired by Vice President Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (Hametti) which was expected to succeed in the task. Hopes were attached on Hametti who, due to his influential and charismatic personality, could have put an end to the anarchy of the market and to the dollar traffickers, said the columnist.

 She added that, in reaction to protests by "stupid" persons against appointment of Hametti as chairman of this mechanism, the Vice President resigned from the job and suggested that Premier Hamdouk to chair the mechanism, Rehab said.

She noted that the mechanism member Meriam al-Mahdi tendered her resignation describing the body as having died clinically which was correct as since then nothing has been declared about it.


The Resistance Committees (RC) and all other youth organizations played the greatest role in the December Revolution and if not for them it would not have succeeded to a degree that has astonished the world and it s those Committees that are safeguarding the Revolution till its success in achieving its goals.

This remark was made in a column written by Asma'a Juma'ah and published by Altayyar daily news of Tuesday, noting that RC are the sole  hope for salvaging the people from decades of corruption and from  corrupt politicians.

However, what threaten the DR are recent acute differences that erupted among their ranks in a number of Khartoum residential quarters that amounted to divisions, with the columnist attributing the divisions to associates of political parties that attempt to bring the committees to their side and elements of the defunct regime in their incessant attempts for undermining the December Revolution.


Columnist Haider al-Mikashfy, writing on Aljareedah daily newspaper of Wednesday, devoted his regular column to a dispute between the Resistance Committees and other pro-Revolution workers of the Taxes Chamber and the Secretary-General of the chamber.

According to Mikashfy, the workers accuse the Secretary-General of declining to free the Chamber from the Islamists of the defunct regime as part of the current government policy of dismantling the pockets of the ousted Islamist regime.

The workers protested the failure of the Secretary-General to sack the Islamist officials and, following escalated protests and threats of waging a strike, the Secretary-General issued a transfers list moving a few number of the Islamist officials to neighboring states and shortly afterwards issued another list bringing those officials back as heads of departments in the Chamber, the columnist said.

The workers resumed the protests and went into strike against the Secretary-General who, according to the columnist, was initially appointed to the post by the Finance Minister because, again according to Mikashfy, the two were former colleagues, and the protesters escalated their efforts to the Prime Minister who, following 10 days of a  request, apologized from seeing representatives of the workers to discuss the issue of fulfilling the policy of dismantling the elements of the extinct regime in the Taxes Chamber.

The columnist cited the workers as complaining that the Finance Minister and the Prime Minister both failed to respond to the repeated protests by the workers against the Secretary-General.


 Columnist Osman Mirghani praised on his Altayyar daily newspaper of Thursday a decision by Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk fixing the price of a sack of wheat at 3,500 Sudanese pounds retracting an earlier decision that fixed the price at 3,000 pounds, that is after a recent meeting with representatives of the peasants of the Gezira Scheme.

  Mirghani considered the reversal of the decision as democratic and civilized and demonstrated the government willingness to meet with groups or individuals and respond to their demands.

However, the columnist proposed creation of institutions (think-tanks) to assist the government take decisions satisfactory and acceptable to the people concerned from the start without having to retract anyone of those decisions.

He suggested revitalization of the National Council for Strategic Planning and the Central Organ for Statistics ad Information (adding the National Council for Information to the Statistics Organ) to act as institutions (think-tanks to consider, change or amend) to give the government decisions credibility and durability.


 Columnist Zuhair al-Sarraj landed hard on member of the former Transitional Military Council, Lt. Gen. Salah Abdul Khaliq, for his recently declared statements in opposition to handing former president Omar al-Beshir over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The General kept silent for an age and at last pronounced infidelity, Sarraj made this remark about Gen. Abdul Khaliq in his regular column that was published on Aljareedah daily newspaper of Saturday.

He accused the army general of leading an Islamist group in the army in support of Marshal Beshir and in bitter opposition to the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) to the extent that the group, according to Sarraj, would not permit the handover of his former boss to the ICC threatening: "If they (FCF) want this (the handover), they have to fight against us".


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