Muawad Mustafa Rashid – Khartoum
Unquestionably, the presently annoying fuel, bread, and medicine shortages across all parts of the country are reminder of nothing other than that we are still lagging behind.
This means that our efforts to speedy development will remain a far dream or at least sound verbally realizable, not practically.
It is hard to find an answer to the recurring question as to why our beloved country always seems to be going backward.
The question breeds other questions such as why the successive governments appear to be unable to stabilize basic services, which the citizens need every day.
Is it lack of long-term planning? Or is it the premature aging which dominates all the governments’ programmes? Or is it futility of the brains and expertise? Or is it the brain drain? Or is it lack of or wavering loyalty to Sudan? Or is it transforming politics from democratic to military regimes? Or is it corruption and the cancer of personal interests which influenced all the successive regimes?
Any possible answer to the above questions could be true to a very great extent – that is to say – all the crises that have plagued the nation were the making of the successive governments.
Our surrounding countries are wrestling with poverty and limited natural resources, but have managed to achieve considerable success in development and are now miles ahead of us.
If you visit any African country you will return home entirely amazed by the development and stability in those countries.
It looks like we are – up to now – doomed to failure to tap into the abundant national resources we are blessed with.
We are lost – not knowing whether to cry or laugh when we see Sudan has become among wheat and sugar importing countries, despite the fact that Sudan had announced to the whole world that it had done away with wheat and sugar import bills thanks to self-sufficiency.
We don’t want to sound like a broken record in recalling the collapse of and ailing of some or our established institutions such as Sudan railways and Gezira Scheme, etc…
Why should our transitional government keep silent and tolerate such mistakes? Where is the institutionalism and transparency in public work? Have the Sudanese human rights ever been a concern of our successive governments?