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South Darfur activists stage protests against corruption

April 2 - 2020 EL RADOOM / GIREIDA
Workers climb out of a gold mine in El Ebeidiya, River Nile state, in northern Sudan (wikileaks-forum.com)
Workers climb out of a gold mine in El Ebeidiya, River Nile state, in northern Sudan (wikileaks-forum.com)

On Tuesday, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) in El Radoom locality, South Darfur, launched a sit-in in the locality offices against the local authorities. The police in South Darfur’s Gireida questioned the coordinator of the resistance committees in the locality about the closing of the Land Authority's office.

Moaz Mukhtar, Media official of the FFC and the Resistance Committees Coordination in El Radoom, told Radio Dabanga that they demand the dismissal of the executive director of the locality and his staff, in addition to a percentage of the proceeds of gold mining in the locality.

“The executive director and his personnel are affiliates of the former regime of Omar Al Bashir. We hold them responsible for the corruption here, and want them replaced,” the activist explained.

They further demand a percentage of the proceeds of the gold prospecting El Junaid Company in the area, to the benefit of the locality.

Mukhtar stressed they will continue with the sit-in until their demands have been met.

The commander-in-chief of the Rapid Support Forces and deputy head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’, has holdings in the El Junaid (Al Gunade) Company, based in the United Arab Emirates. The company is also active in the Nuba Mountains, and in the Jebel Amer gold mines in North Darfur.

Criminal complaint

On Tuesday, the police of Gireida in South Darfur questioned the coordinator of the locality’s resistance committees, Mohamed Mousa.

The executive director of Gireida locality had lodged a criminal complaint against Mousa after members of the resistance committees blocked access to the office of the Land Authority.  

The activists accuse the Gireida Land Authority of fraudulent activities. They demand them to stop the planning of the Abuja market and the housing of returning displaced until the accusations of corruption have been investigated.

Mohamed Yagoub, a member of the Gireida Resistance Committees Coordination, said the coordinator was released after questioning.


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