Political analyst Diauddin Bilal said that the central Sudanese government in Khartoum bears the biggest mistake about what happened in Kassala state, including clashes and violence that left dead people.
Bilal explained – in an interview to the episode (10/16/2020) of the “Beyond the News” program – that what happened in Kassala was expected due to the existence of severe tribal and ethnic polarization in the state, which was not taken into account.
He added that the government could have chosen a governor from outside Kassala, or an extension of the military ruler, or reached a base of tribal consensus between all parties to choose an agreed upon agreement, considering that the decision-maker stems from a “closed, hierarchical, central mind that has no precise knowledge of the interactions that occur in the states,” This is what produced this crisis. “
Bilal indicated that eastern Sudan, especially Kassala, is a sensitive area facing regional ambitions, which required wisdom in making decisions.
About two weeks after the Sudanese parties in Juba signed the peace agreement across the country, the Sudanese transitional government faces a security and social challenge in the eastern state of Kassala, which prompted it to declare a state of emergency for 3 days there. Thousands of Sudanese were buried in the city of Kassala after Friday prayers, the bodies of 8 Killed in the clashes that broke out between the security forces and the people, following the protests in the city, in opposition to a government decision to dismiss the governor of Kassala Saleh Ammar.
The Sudanese Professionals Association accused what it called “forces linked to the isolated regime” in the east of the country of igniting tribal strife, taking advantage of the issue of exempting the governor of Kassala. The assembly also criticized – in a statement – the late intervention of the military and security forces in these events, and the shooting of protesters.
The Professionals Association also criticized the performance of the transitional government after more than a year of its formation, considering it weak and turbulent and does not live up to the dues of the “December Revolution”. And he called to participate next Wednesday in activities to protest against the performance of this government.
While the opposition Popular Congress held – in a statement – the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok responsible, and called for the overthrow of the government across the street to prevent the fragmentation of the country.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the United Popular Front, Abd al-Wahhab Jamil, described the situation in Kassala as “tragic and does not bode well,” indicating that there are problems that will not recede unless their causes are removed.
Jamil added that the government responded to the rejection of a specific ethnic group by the governor of Kassala Saleh Ammar and sacked him, although he came with the support of the Forces of Freedom and Change.
Jamil indicated that this crisis could have been avoided, by not dismissing Saleh Ammar at this time, especially since Sudan is days away from exempting all walis.
However, the head of the Executive Office of the Forces of Freedom and Change in the state of Kassala, Muhammad Hasan Ihimer, disagreed with the hadith of Abd al-Wahhab Jameel, indicating that a number of the Forces of Freedom and Change refused to appoint the governor of Kassala and held a peaceful sit-in until groups that he described as illegal came out of these forces in rallies that were burned and destroyed before they Collided with the sit-in, which led to the death of several people.
Ehimer accused the other party of transferring the matter from a political dispute to a tribal one.