[Statement of the Political Bureau of the Pan-African League UMOJA] April 15th 2023 sounds like yet another blow in Sudan’s turbulent political history. Since its independence in 1956, the history of Sudan has been nothing but a succession of internal conflicts. From civil wars (1955-1972 /1983-2005) to the Darfur crisis (2003-2010) which led to the
April 15th 2023 sounds like yet another blow in Sudan’s turbulent political history. Since its independence in 1956, the history of Sudan has been nothing but a succession of internal conflicts. From civil wars (1955-1972 /1983-2005) to the Darfur crisis (2003-2010) which led to the country’s partition and the creation of South Sudan (2011), via the overthrow of Omar Al-Bashir (2019) to the current political turmoil, the country is sinking a little bit more each day into chronic instability which reinforces its status as a failed state.
The Pan-African League – UMOJA (PL-U), expresses grave concern over the ongoing political and military unrest in Sudan and its capital Khartoum in particular, where civilians are being held hostage in a fratricidal crossfire. Moreover, the LP-U is deeply concerned about the geostrategic implications that such a conflict could have for the Horn of Africa and the continent as a whole; as it could constitute a new destabilising factor likely to spread beyond its borders on a continent already plagued by endless outbreaks of war.
Although it is not yet possible to have an accurate account, the conflict would have already caused more than 400 deaths, 3,700 wounded and an undetermined number of refugees fleeing the violence to neighbouring countries (Egypt, Chad or South Sudan).
At the root of this conflict are two men, two militaries. On the one hand, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, responsible for the 25 October 2021 coup and self-proclaimed president of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council. And on the other hand, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as « Hemetti », Commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and a major figure in the repression during the Darfur war.
Since former president Omar Al-Bashir’s overthrow in 2019, the regular army and paramilitaries have seized power, despite numerous protests and calls to order (often repressed in blood) by civil society actors.
The PL-U denounces the hostage-taking of civilian populations by military and paramilitary forces, stands in solidarity with the Sudanese people and calls for an end to the current crisis. Furthermore, the PL-U calls on the African Union (AU) which once again is not up to the challenge when it comes to serving the interests of the African people and Africa at large to take swift action to prevent the seizure of power by the military and hold them accountable for their actions. The PL-U demands power be returned to civilians, and warns against foreign interference in African affairs to prevent further damage.
Furthermore, the PL-U insists and urges, once again, the global African family (on the continent as well as in the Diaspora), to invest and take its destiny into its own hands by rallying its ranks in order to initiate the Pan-African revolution that will liberate Africa and its children from neo-colonialism, imperialism and the ills that undermine African societies.
Unity is Strength! Umoja ni Nguvu !