What started as a new road to democracy in Sudan after military overthrew the nation’s longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir, is now finding difficulties to continue on the same path. Assuming the role of Sudan’s President, Abdalla Hamdok would have lest thought about Bashir’s loyal forces after the dictator was ousted, but their erratic display is now itching to cause more problems.
In a stellar move on Tuesday, forces of the General Intelligence Service (GIS) raged a rebellion in the nation’s capital Khartoum, before being stopped by the Sudanese army. Two soldiers reportedly lost their lives, while four reportedly got injured on the scene. The sequence of events also led to the shutdown of airport for a short while. As reported, the push back was a result of the amount of the end-of-service compensation, after liquidation of the agency’s operation body.
A senior member of the ruling Sovereign council, General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemeti, accused former intelligence chief of catalyzing the conflict. Ironically, the fact remains that General Gosh’s whereabouts are not known, with an allegation that he left the nation after Bashir was toppled. Meanwhile, other officials said that 40 of the mutineers surrendered, while intelligence chief Abu Bakr Mustafa resigned after he was blamed for failing to do his job properly.
On the other hand, soldiers from the General Intelligence Service (GIS), uploaded videos of their counterparts firing with heavy weaponry in Sudan’s night sky. While Reuters news agency quoted residents as saying there was still some fighting going on in a northern district and a security building had been seized by Bashir’s elite troops.
“This happened because those troops rejected the amount of money they got for their retirement,” government spokesman Faisal Mohamed Saleh told state television.
The fight for Democracy in Sudan that saw bloodshed last year, still marked victory in April after Bashir lost control of operations. However, disruption has again poised to start over what ended with civilian bloodshed and after extreme determination.
As known, the GIS was at the center of operations when more than 170 people got killed last year, and the dissolution thus, is a fair move taken to protect the interests. Yet questions remain as to how a former technocrat and economist like Abdalla Hamdok will guide his nation towards a path that is finally able to eradicate inflation and gives its people equal opportunities.