The state of South Darfur said it would investigate whether troops from the Border Guards were involved in the clashes between the Sa’ada and Abbala tribes in South Darfur. Abd el-Hamid Musa Kasha, Governor of South Darfur, told Radio Dabanga that he could neither confirm nor deny the involvement of these forces in the clashes, but he added that he will form a high-level committee to investigate the matter and punish those found to be involved.
The Sudanese government is trying to quell fierce tribal fighting in parts of South and West Darfur involving tribes that sometimes have been heavily recruited into pro-government militia. Yesterday at a press conference in Khartoum the 2nd Vice President, Ali Osman Taha, presided over an exchange of blood-money between the Rizeigat and Misseriya tribes. The money is for those killed in fighting between the two tribes. The hand-off of 3 million Sudanese pounds was part of a reconciliation conference. Addressing the occasion, Taha said that the security organs have orders to make arrangements to distribute the money to the proper beneficiaries.