25 February 2013

Sudan: NCP Officials in South Darfur Say Sudan Is On the Wrong Path

Khartoum — Two leading figures from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) heard some tough words from the party membership in South Darfur's capital city of Nyala.

The NCP dispatched Mahdi Ibrahim and Mohamed Abdulla to brief their base in the state on the political developments in the country.

But the pair were met with criticism and mockery from the NCP members and some were calling on the government to make a public apology for its failures since the 1989 coup and to make way for a new generation to take over.

Others said that the Islamist experience in ruling has reached a dead end and brought the country backward while creating conflicts in several parts of the country.

They also accused the NCP in Khartoum of fomenting tribal strife especially in Darfur and one of the speakers described members of the Islamic movement and the party as pursuing wealth while cloaked in an Islamic appearance.

Some speakers urged the central government to acknowledge the reasons for conflict in Darfur as being lack of fair distribution of wealth.

They also blasted the current governor of South Darfur Hamad Ismail Hamad for failing to curb insecurity and called for appointing a military governor.

Violence has been on the rise in Darfur recently as rebels engaged in battles with the Sudanese army.

On Monday a Sudanese lawmaker said that tribal clashes over control of lucrative gold mines in North Darfur state have killed more than 500 people and wounded some 865 since January,

Law and order has collapsed across the arid western region since mainly non-Arab rebels took up arms against the Arab-led government in Khartoum in 2003, accusing it of neglecting Darfur.

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