Could there be more to Sudan’s problems than Omar al-Bashir?
With the situation in the country, one cannot help but consider the possibilities. It is disheartening that despite the sacrifice of protesters who endangered their lives, leading to the ousting of Omar al-Bashir on April 11, there is no progress in the situation of the country.
An article written by Sudanese foreign affairs reporter based in London and published on ft.com, asserted that the removal of president Omar al-Bashir was designed by higher powers to ensure the survival of the autocracy.
Could Omar al-Bashir be just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle? The writer claims that one dictator was ousted to impose another, in the form of military dictatorship. You will agree that this is a better bargain than allowing the opposition to take over the country in a free and fair election, which would have been the case in no distant time.
According to the writer, the atrocities committed in Khartoum in recent weeks against pro-democracy demonstrators have left many believing the security state has returned in full force to Sudan, a little more than three months after Omar al-Bashir, the dictator of 30 years, was ousted by the military.
In reality, the regime never left. The cogs of its machine were oiled and polished. The face was replaced. Then it continued to tick — recalibrated and renewed. The end of the Bashir administration did not usher in democracy but signaled one thing to protesters and opposition leaders: that the revolution has only just begun.
In the hours after Mr. Bashir was deposed on April 11, a secret meeting took place inside a compound housing the military headquarters. As thousands of Sudanese waited outside the walls for a formal announcement of Mr. Bashir’s resignation, consultations were held inside over the formation of a transitional military council.
The room was full of Mr. Bashir’s old allies: former spy chief Salah Abdallah Gosh, former inspector general Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, former vice-president and defense minister Awad Ibn Ouf, and a Janjaweed militia leader and rebellion crusher Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, better known as Hemeti.
Lieutenant General Ouf stepped out to announce the president had been deposed and arrested, and that he would be leading a transitional military council.
The masses of demonstrators parked outside the compound didn’t flinch — simply replacing Mr. Bashir’s name in their anti-government chants with Lt Gen Ouf’s.
It took just 24 hours before the new leader resigned and Lt Gen Burhan was made his replacement. Shortly thereafter, Hemeti was announced as deputy. Hemeti’s transformation is now complete.
The leader of a small fraction of the Janjaweed militia in Darfur has become Lt Gen Hamdan, a cornerstone of government. His job was once to squash rebellion in all corners of Sudan.
His forces killed many thousands of Darfuris. Gunshots were still echoing out of Darfur as celebrations were underway in Khartoum.
From 2013, his Rapid Support Forces underwent training by Sudan’s secret police, the National Intelligence, and Security Service, who deployed with them in the Nuba Mountains in the southern state of South Kordofan.
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