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‘Tribal clashes in Darfur result of govt. policies’: Sudanese Communist Party

May 17 - 2015 KHARTOUM
A Rizeigat Arab chief (file photo)
A Rizeigat Arab chief (file photo)

According to the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), the tribal clashes in Darfur are a result of the “divide and rule” government policies.

Yousef Hussein, spokesman for the SCP, told Radio Dabanga in an interview on Friday that the ruling National Congress Party’s (NCP) efforts to achieve full domination over the resources in Darfur are based on “divide and rule” policies.

Reacting to the fierce fighting that broke out between Ma’aliya and Rizeigat tribesmen last Monday, he stated that “these policies have destroyed the social fabric in the western region, which has led to the numerous violent conflicts between tribes, in particular the Arab tribes.

“The policies of the NCP are based on ethnic and political favouritism regarding the appointment of government positions and native administrators, he stated. “For this reason Darfur was re-divided into five states. The government now holds Darfur hostage to reach a political peace and control its natural resources.”

Hussein considers the attacks on Darfuri students in Khartoum state and some other Sudanese states “an extension of the Darfur crisis”. He accused the student wing of the ruling party and members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) to be behind the killing of four Darfur students of El Gezira University, whose bodies were found in a canal in Wad Madani in December 2012.

Related article: Darfuri students found dead, mass demonstrations in Khartoum (10 December 2012)

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