When the military seized power in October 2021 for the second time , it stood on the pretext that the civilian government was too divided to manage the security threats facing Sudan.
My good friend General Burhan further justified the military’s actions as protecting the goals of the revolution, which resulted in the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, and sustaining its progress.
However, every second the clock ticks, the coup and the subsequent crisis has put the most cruelsome brunt on the people of Sudan. With time, the situation has known no other trajectory other than downward spiral.
Today in Sudan, the costs of the coup continue to compound the very nature of reality. Sudanese face security, economic, humanitarian and political crises worse than eight months ago and arguably worse than before Bashir’s ouster.
The vicissitudes of the Sudanese would make one question whether sometimes the ends indeed do justify the means. Was it necessary to dispose Omar Al-Bashir? The recent unfolding of events speak otherwise.
Sudanese have seen tougher days ever since, the price of fuel, bread and basic commodities continue to rise while inflation is high and it means that it is harder for them to make ends meet. Sudan has become a harbinger of hardship, turmoil and strife.
Besides the economic pain, Sudanese are paying the ultimate cost as hundreds have died in anti-military
protests. Peaceful protests have been met with violent suppression and lethal force by security forces.
Why has Africa and the world forgotten the plight of the Sudanese? Why is the West silent even after sponsoring the coup plotters?
Without further ado, it’s clear that Sudan needs a renewed strategy which is anchored in a shared understanding of the approach required to end the political, economic, humanitarian and security crises in Sudan.
It needs to draw on and activate the strengths of respective institutions, including the African neighbors.
If all these are put in place and the rightful lobby done for both sides to put down their weaponry, then Sudan might just have a shot at the elusive peace and end the long lasting conflict that has dilapidated the country.
Author: Dr. Matsanga David (Founder/ Chairman Pan African Forum ltd)