Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest


KHARTOUM (Sudanow)--- The start for this week will be with Yassin Hassan Beshir who devoted his column that was published on Altayyar daily newspaper of Sunday to the issue of fighting corruption that he indicated requires trained technical and legal personnel to handle.


He recalled that even the officials of the defunct regime in their last days of power after December 19 admitted the practice of corruption and, like all other atrocious regimes, they vowed to fight the corruption but they failed to do this as, according to the columnist, they are deeply involved in it and therefore they cannot fight themselves.

Beshir (not the deposed dictator) classifies corruption into three categories- a legal and organized one the rules of which have been set over the past three decades and which legalizes the plundering of public.

The second category is the corruption that results from the poor public administration. He added that the third category of corruption is the one that involves appropriation of public funds for establishment of government institutions and.

To sum up, Beshir went on, the issue of fighting corruption must be shifted from a sheer slogan to a daily practice for bringing the corrupts to account for their deeds.



Columnist Hassan Warraq, writing in Aljareedah daily newspaper of Monday, said mistrust prevails among the Sudanese public towards the Transitional Military Council (TMC) which, according to him, has seized power in a poor-production, repugnant drama with the Sudanese people immediately recognizing that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt were behind this drama of abducting their revolution.

Those countries, in order to carry out their plan, relied on the Commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Gen. Hamidaty, and his colleague, Gen Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, the TMC Chairman, who was in charge of the Sudanese Land Forces, Warraq said.

He said the Saudis trust Hamidaty and rely on him for keeping Sudanese forces (RSF) to fight for them in Yemen, otherwise the Houthi forces would expand the war inside Saudi territories.

The columnist deduces that both UAE, an intimate ally of Saudi Arabia, and Egypt regard the war in Yemen as one being fought against terrorism which is represented by Iran that supports the Houthi forces in Yemen.

He added that the Saudis want to make sure that Hamidaty is part of the power in Sudan and they fear that the Sudanese forces would be withdrawn from Yemen by any government in which Hamidaty is not represented.



Umaimah Abdulla appropriated her column that appeared on Al-Sudani daily newspaper of Tuesday to criticizing Muslim sheikhs towards their position on the current nation-wide upheaval that so far resulted in partial removal of the Islamist regime, including the ouster of its leader Omar al-Beshir.

She was referring to Imams (prayers leaders), naming in particular Sheikh Dr. Abdul Hai Yusuf, who warned against abolition of Islamic Sharia and introduction of secularism.

Umaimah said a statement that Islam is a red-line is an implicit threat to the predominantly Sudanese lay Muslims, arguing that Islamic Sharia is indisputable and cannot be debated.

She wonders how Islamic Sharia can be implemented in absence of justice while Islam is a faith of benevolence and tolerance and calls for wise debate.

The columnist asked the Imams of mosques to speak about social justice and about the dire living conditions of the people, arguing that a hungry, homeless and oppressed person would not listen to talk about Islamic Sharia.



A column written by Ahmed Yusuf al-Tai on Alintibaha daily newspaper of Wednesday ridiculed leaders and members of political parties which participated in the defunct government of the extinct National Congress Party (NCP) and which, after the ouster of NCP regime, are now trying to find a foothold in the new regime.

Columnist Tai branded those parties as opportunists who, feeling no shame, jumped off the sinking NCP boat to start a new journey of opportunism by joining the revolution.

Those opportunistic parties were betting on what they regarded the Sudanese people as having a weak memory and, immediately upon the fall of the NCP regime, went straight to the sit-in protest outside the Armed Forces General Command headquarters posing as part of the protesters.

However, they lost the bet and their prominent leaders were recognized and driven out of the sit-in grounds, while others who headed to mosques to voice their support to the revolution and to the Transitional Military Council (TMC) were also expelled and some of them were even beaten by the worshipers, the columnist said.



Is the failure by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to accept the resignations by its members Omar Zain al-Abdin, Jalal al-Dinn al-Sheikh and Al-Tayeb Babikir yet another card the TMC members tend to play or sort of practicing their favorite hobby of evasion and buying the time? Wondered renowned columnist Zuhair al-Sarraj in a column that was published by Aljareedah daily newspaper of Friday.

In yet the sharpest ever criticism of the TMC, Sarraj noted that the failure to accept the tendered resignations was accompanied by a declaration of the Council that it would uphold the power for two years despite an agreement with the Declaration of the Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) on formation of a joint committee for ironing out the controversial issues.

The columnist labelled as genetic bad blood the TMC members inherited from their extinct successors or intervention by external powers to abort the Sudanese revolution to continue enslavement of the Sudanese will-power as was the case during the obsolete era of the Islamists.

Those external powers fear that a civilian authority, instead of a dictatorial regime, would check their plans of enslavement of the peoples and plundering their resources, Sarraj said.

Upon stealing the revolution from the free officers who supported the popular movement, the generals appointed Ibn Oaf and Abdul Ma'arouf to lead the TMC but the two were changed on pressure by the revolutionaries, said the columnist.

He added that the TMC practiced procrastination in fulfilling the demands of the revolutionaries, including the dismantling of the malignant Islamist regime and keeping the affiliates of the deposed regime who perpetrated crimes against the country and the people in sensitive positions, retaining the notorious Security organ and appointing persons loyal to the toppled regime as under-secretaries of ministries.

Sarraj questioned allegations of arrests by the TMC, describing as deceptive statements by the Council on this issue and he cast doubt about the identity of the arrested officials of the defunct regime, whether they were actually arrested and where.



Columnist Murtadha al-Ghali devoted the first part of his column that appeared on Al-Akhbar daily newspaper of Saturday to the personal behavior of deposed dictator Omar al-Beshir, including his dancing on all occasions while people are being killed and suffering living hardships and at the same time accumulating, along with his aides and brothers, fortunes at the expense of the Sudanese people.

Ghali wrote in the second half of his column about the Islamist Popular Congress Party (PCP) which he defined as the alternate Ingaz party and about the PCP leader Ali al-Hajj who until the last minute expressed his support to Beshir and his regime and who soon upon Beshir's downfall asked for a share in the new regime.

The columnist brought to memory a statement by Dr. Hajj in which the latter hailed the latest speech by Beshir and his resolutions which Hajj, according to Ghali, described as wise, conciliatory and tolerant.




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