The results of the rapid steps taken since last Wednesday 24 April between the TMC (Transitional Military Council) and the FCF (Freedom and Change Forces) have started to appear. Now, the negotiation has reached the stage of the number of each party in the Transitional Presidential Council and we don’t that there will no agreement on this point but then will come the more challenging issue of the mandate of this council and the distribution of the powers between it and the transitional council of ministers and the transitional legislative council.
If matters go at this level of cooperative spirit which we have seen so far from the two parties, there does not seem that there will be a lot of difficulty in the formation of the transitional period three institutions; the presidential council, the council of ministers and the legislative assembly in the coming days and which would be preferable before the Holy month of Ramadan.
We conclude this part with Sudan Vision View that was published yesterday; “Sudan at present is passing through a very challenging period which requires the utmost care and that the highest interest of the nation and the country is the top priority”.
Corruption Money Abroad
It seems that we are returning back again very quickly to the old cycle that has undermined the three last democracies. This come into my mind when I read yesterday the statements of the National Umma Party leader Imam Al Sadiq Al Mahdi about the reclaim of the corrupt funds transferred abroad and that there many international institutions and foreign governments that are ready to assist in this respect.
There are certain points relating to the issue of reclaiming corrupt funds that are transferred to safe heavens outside the national borders. First these funds are not reclaimed by political statements but certain legal procedures as international experience tell us.
The first step is to convict those accused in a fair trial that recognize all the universal legal procedures and then comes the implementation of the judicial verdict. This procedure takes a long time as has been seen in many international cases. So, the best thing that politicians can do at this stage is to stop from selling to the public the opium that these funds will be reclaimed very soon because this will not happen. Such behaviour will only lead to undermining the public morals which all should refrain from at this juncture.
What we need at the present is a very strong investigative journalism that explores research and documents all the cases of corruption. In this context journalists can find a lot of professional guidance in the manuals published by many international journalists groups. The experience of the group behind the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers is an excellent one which emphasizes the need of journalists networking in combating corruption.
There have been lately many media reports about huge sums of funds been seized but the problem is that up to now there is no unified source that affirm these reports. We don’t want to go back to the old practices of the ousted regime, if there is a corruption case then there must be a clear legal procedure in which is known who is the accused and why but these media stories will lead to nowhere. We want cases opened by the Attorney General whom many are not satisfied by his slow motion with regard to the corruption files. We have not seen so far any clear statements on charges of corruption against any of the Fat Cats of the ousted regime, some are arrested then released and nobody knows why. There must be an end to this practice of non-transparency the people have not been demonstrating in the street for the last five months to accept the reputation of the old methods of concealing facts under any pretexts.
The people want to know today before tomorrow what is hindering the Attorney General from opening cases against some well figures of corruption at least under the Act of Illegal Wealth. It must be said very clearly that at this junction anyone who is not up to the task should step aside and let those who can do the job. The time for any excuses in dealing firmly and transparently with corruption cases have passed and on this context the media should pressure day and night the Attorney General Office to reveal what is actually going on because the people have the right to know where their wealth has gone during the last thirty years while they have been living in poverty and deprivation.
Just let us quite two examples. The first published by the Alintibaha Newspaper on 28 April that the salary of the General Manger of the Sudan Stock Exchange reached SDG 3 billion per year. The second accusation came in a WhatsApp message to the Transitional Military Council (TMC) that the brother-in-law of the ousted president owns 100 plots of land in the best residential areas in Khartoum including forty of them in Kafouri area. We have the right to know what has the Attorney General Office done on these cases so far.
These issues are critical now after the recent statements of the President of the TMC on Saturday 27 April that all the files have been transferred to the Attorney General Office for investigation and prosecution.
The issue is very simple just apply the Illegal Wealth Act strictly and all those corrupt persons will behind the bars in no time.
The news story I read yesterday in Alyoumaltali Newspaper made me almost cry. The story said that Saudi Arabia King Suleiman Relief and Humanitarian Work Center have distributed food baskets in the state of Khartoum. While we commend the Saudi King gesture cannot but feel very sorry that the people of the country that was supposed to be the bread basket of the Arab world is now after thirty years of the ousted Al Bashir regime now have to feed its people from humanitarian aid baskets.
This must make national food security one of the top priorities for the coming transitional government because it is more than shameful that a country with the land, water and agricultural potentialities of Sudan wait for humanitarian food baskets to feed its people.