Politician and public servants in this country have never acknowledged or gave lip service always to the importance of Early Warning Systems (EWS) in all the spheres of public life; the system that enables the decision makers to address problems before becoming crises.
In this context there is ample evidence and examples in our modern history of 63 years of continuous failures.
Nowadays there are two problems there two problems accelerating into crises which are not receiving due attention by the government and the decision-makers because of the absence of a EWS.
The first is the unregistered and unregulated influx of Southern Sudanese into the semi-urban-rural areas around Khartoum State and in particular in the East Nile area. This was facilitated by the naïve policies of the ousted regime and the greediness and corruption of the ousted Popular Committees in these areas to exploit those refugees.
This has led to increasing tensions between the original residents and the new comers due to their impact on the already meager ,inadequate and bad quality public services and in particular at the present with the problem in public transportation.
The government has started these days to review the foreign presence in the country but in a rather selective and politically motivated manner and not within a holistic plan let alone a strategy and which at the same time doesn’t demonstrate the signs of state that respect the rule of law and the norms of international treaties.
So, in this the context the methods adapted are not far away from the behavior of the law enforcements and security organs of the ousted regime.
In the case of the Southern Refugees there are two alternatives either treat them as refugees and this means being in the UNHCR camps and under the agency protection and not inside the residential areas. If they are economic opportunities seekers then should be treated accordingly to the law that is applied to all foreigners specially Africans. Any special treatment in this regard should be according to a bilateral agreement with the Government of South Sudan to provide the same for Sudanese resident in South Sudan. This is if Hamdok government wants to operate according to the rule of law and not the rules of the ousted regime which is what we are seeing so far.
The behavior is the same copy and paste and we have not seen any change in the performance in particular of the law enforcement forces.
The present public transport problems which is accelerating very rapidly into a crises is a multi-dimensional challenge we know and cannot be resolved completely in few or even years radically. But at the same time it is now drastically negatively impacting the lives of the citizens in Greater Khartoum (Omdurman, Khartoum North and Khartoum).
At the same time we have not seen any signs neither from the central government or the Khartoum State which is mandated to address the problem any move to resolve it. As a matter of fact haven’t heard from the State Governor what indicate that he really understands the dimensions of the problem. So, it may be a good idea if this governor is replaced by a civilian because actually we are fed up with military governors. And in the first place it is not their job and it is far better that they practice what they know better than governance.
The second important decision concerns the Petrol and Transport Administration in Khartoum State which in our view is part of the problem and not the solution which it has failed to find in the last twenty years to say the least. It is an administration besieged by incompetence and mass allegations of corruption which needs a very thorough investigatin. But the start should by the replacement of the leadership of this administration so that there is a bit of hope that there can be a solution.
Again, let us warn that there are troubling signs that things are starting to get bit by bit out of control and what is nowadays happening at night in the central stations of Khartoum is an indication of the worst in the horizon when the citizens will take the law into their hands.
Then let the Prime Minster Dr. Hamdok who can you expect a favorable respond to you call for production and increase of productivity from those who reach their place of work late by two, three and even four hours. On the same wave you expect that students who suffer for long hours in the transport can reach their schools in physical and sociological condition to understand their lessons or just their presence is the aim (this is actually the aim of those who advised you to open the schools at this time).
Lastly, this is the aim of the counter revolution forces of spreading dissatisfaction among the revolution and the masses in general and your government so far has been giving them amiable ammunition to do so.
In the end I must say that personally have great confidence in Dr. Hamdok and some and all of his ministers but think they need to hear more than one voice before taking any decision because some of them are driven by interest that have nothing to do with the ultimate public interest.
The Consumers Protection Society (CPS) has called from starting to put an end to private investments in public basic education and the closure of the schools that have increased their fees in violation of the Ministry of Education decisions.
While in principle we support the CPS call has certain reservations on the timetable to do so. But there are certain measures and causes that the CPS has refrained for one reason or another to pinpoint. In our view that part of the poor quality performance of the private sector educational performance is the result of the incompetence, integrity and partiality of the Private Sector Education Administration in the Ministry of education of the Khartoum State. This administration is a major part of the problem and any solution must start with a radical reform and restructuring of this administration.
It has registered with distention complete failure to regulate and supervise this very important and vital sector for the future of the country, its youth and the next generations.
Let me before ending this part relate a sad story that I have seen with my own eyes in the Green Valley area when I saw a Raksha rented by a private kindergarten to transport eight children who were crowded over each other in the Raksha small space. This mode of transport represents a major threat to the children safety but who care if the above mentioned administration is not doing its work. What is worst that when I explored the matter more found that this is now the norm in many other kindergartens in the area?
The Constitutional Document
There is a lot of debt that is not ending about the ethnicity of the Constitutional Document that have been signed between the TMC and FFC.
The document has not been published up to now in the government official Gazette so no one knows what the real content is for sure and same time there is no rational explanation for the delay.
This in turn is fueling suspicion about the content and even there are accusations to some of the FFC legal team that they have sold the revolution to the TMC.
This allegation were supported in the Social Media by the disclosure of part of the history of these figures and also by the statements made by the reputable legal expert and lawyer Nabil Adieb who has been excluded from the team as well as the professional competence of some of the team in constitutional law which was not up to the standard of formulating and discussing such an important constitutional document.
The only way now out of this trap is to publish the full text of the document in the government official Gazette as this is the people constitutional right and not a grant. At the same time we think lawyers should take the case of forcing the SC and the government to do so by presenting petitions to the courts. The time for such non-transparency must come to an end we have the right to know the content of the document that rule us.
At the same time this will prove if the FFC legal team has done their work competently or not. So, stop maneuvering and just publish the document before we force you to do so in one way or another.
The above allegations is now reinforced by the statement made by the SC (Supremacy Council) member Ms. Raja Nichola (Alsudani Newspaper-17 Sept.2019) that the Constitutional Document (CD) gives the SP only the right to accredit the nomination of the Chief Justice made by the Higher Judiciary Council but not the right to appoint him. Then added that this will require a constitutional amendment which the SC jointly with the Council of Minister has the right to do according to Article 3/24 of the CD.
So, this is also another model that supports the allegations of incompetence against the members of the FFC legal team. It most in this respect that the FFC has neglected to utilize the expertise of some prominent constitutional experts and depended more one those with limited expertise in this area but with political ties with the FFC. The result is this dilemma.
source: Sudan vision