I have not studied the Sudan constitution to know what it says about the role of the military in the political process of Sudan, but it doesn’t matter now, because the only document that holds the blessing of the masses is “The Declaration of Freedom and Change”, which all the actors in the revolution have signed.
The declaration itself is the brainchild of Sudanese Professionals Association, an association that is itself composed of of Sudan’s largest professional groups – doctors, journalists and lawyers
The trouble with constitutions is that once they have been abused in peacetime, they cannot come into force in war time.
A pattern can be observed in the recent revolutions that have rocked Africa, where by when the masses rise, the the full risk of confronting a dictator, at the last minute the military generals who have all along stood by the dictatorship, somehow camouflage and “overthrow” the dictator
Take Sudan for example. The people paid with their lives, while these generals were looking; and then,
who served under the same oppressive the military
The real question is whether the military has a role at all in the political process – making and breaking of political leaders – or should this business be left to the people (electorate) and the Law (Judiciary)
Right now Sudan’s law is no where to be seen because – no one can enforce it!
When military and law enforcement agencies become entangled in the political process, they dilute their power in the eyes of natural Laws – they no longer have that authority because on one hand they have been execiting the political assignments of dictatorship, and when the people reclaim the political power, the military generals find themselves pants down, with the only option of becoming a chameleon in the face a real mass revolution
I have often wondered, did Obote, Amin etc have generals? How come they aren’t
So in what circumstances does a military man become the president, without being elected? If the protesters can stand in the line of military fire for months, unarmed, can’t they line up in the streets by the millions and choose a tentative president to take them through the transition period?
The Bashir regime has no legitimacy whatsoever now, and anyone who executed his bloody orders is as implicated as Bashir.
It is good the masses were quick to see through the scheme, but the entire concept of “a Military Council replacing Bashir” is a usurpation of a revolution, it should be thrown out entirely, because the Military Council has no legitimacy at this point.
The military is full of chameleons now, with every top officer looking for a way to escape justice for their roles in the dictatorship, in the face of a new government
If the masses had no idea how to form a new government, then they would not have gone in the streets to begin with – so this matter of government should be left squarely in their hands, because they started the revolution, they managed the revolution and therefore should own
It is shameless for a so called general, to come out at the last minute, wearing pips & uniform, with the idea that he is a president. This should be an electoral matter from start
The Military and Police are supposed to be one of most glorious institutions for a country, after the Judiciary. But the catastrophe of African armies is that at the basic level they see themselves as belonging to an individual. And the regimes make sure that a soldier is not exposed to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, is the foundation of military law
The ideological issue with the military involvement in the political process is that, you’re bringing a kind of weapon meant for the war theater (guns), into an environment meant for a different kind of weapon (words).
It is a statement that says – I’m not sufficient in the use of mind, so I need physical force in order to live in this environment. It is shows that in terms of civilization, these animals are not yet there – where ideas are the basis of livelihood
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