Dictatorships Always Never End Well

Posted: June 6, 2019 by aljokd in Junub Sudan, Malith Alier, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 (PW) — A dictatorship or autocracy shrouded by instruments of democracy such as elections, parliament, judiciary and other institutions will eventually always come out in its true colour at the end. Any government led by individual over 20 years and counting is a true dictatorship by the standards of democratic world. Stories of dictatorships are not hard to cite and enumerate.

We had seen the one in Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo. We have seen it in Libya under Muamar Gadafi. We saw it in Egypt under Hosni Mubarak. We witnessed it in Burkina Faso under Blaise Campaore. We found it in Zimbabwe under Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

The Algerians are to be congratulated for peacefully and bloodlessly removing Abdulaziz Buteflika dictatorship before it could get out of hand. The countries above that went through dictatorships most of them always solicit warfare politely referred to as “civil war.” The oppressed citizens are always seething with anger and vengeance to free themselves from the fangs of the agonizing dictatorship.

Since December 2019, Sudan has been grappling with how to free itself from a thirty year old dictatorship of Omar Bashir. Sudan is a tragic story in the region. Since independence in 1956, the country never rested from war. War has become part of the psyche of the people in this country.

Ideological war broke out a year before independence. In 1972 the peace accord seemed to have reduced the violence but did not completely stopped the war. Some southern fighters remained in the bush because the agreement fell short of their demand – total independence of Southern Sudan.

In 1983 the war resumed for another 21 years leading to foretold independence in 2005. Even the peace agreement followed by separation of the country did not quench the appetite for war in the Sudan. War raged in Darfur, Nuba Mts,and Blue Nile regions.

Unfortunately the Sudanese dictatorial regime proved to have developed a huge palate for war. Bashir and the rest of the Sudanese army generals seemed to know how to execute the war but have no knowledge on how to stop it. They recruited and condemned young men to fight for life.

This brings as to the question of dictatorship and military. Out of sixty four years of independence, Sudan has been under military men for 55 years. This means that the country has been under civilian rule for just 9 years. This is the tragedy the Sudanese people face today.

Ibrahim Abboud set this dangerous precedent when he took over the government in 1958. Each time power changes hand since then, it’s from military to military as we recently witnessed. Do the Sudanese trust the military? The Sudanese themselves handed the military power to call the shots since 1958.

This is the reason why each time the masses want to dislodge the sitting government, it is the military they resort to though dangerous as it has proven.

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