Muawad Mustafa Rashid
According to news articles, the Security and Defence Council directed the armed groups, signatory of the Juba peace agreement, to stop the recruitment of new fighters and to withdraw their armed elements from Khartoum.
Furthermore, the committee directed evacuating Greater Khartoum from the manifestations of armed presence.
Those directives came in the wake of the recent criminal actions and armed clashes by the elements of the Armed Struggle Movements.
We commend the decisions of the Security and Defence and consider them as a wise step that will contribute in restoring security to some extent.
But even before the arrival of the Armed Struggle Movements’ troops to Khartoum, the insecurity in Greater Khartoum was on the rise by the outlaws who use motorbikes in snatching the mobile phones, besides the nighttime mugger who go after citizens with knifes and choppers.
It is true that the rise of crimes is due to the local, regional and international complications represented by wars and the internal conflicts, a matter that resulted in the security’s instability.
This does however necessitate from the government to carry out its duties in protecting the people and to bring about control in all parts of its territories.
People in Greater Khartoum in particular are raising concerns over the growing insecurity incidences, as they totally undermine the spirit of peaceful transitioning
The concerns come in the wake of a recent killing of civilians by armed men in the suburbs of Khartoum.
It is a clear act of a group of individuals turning against peaceful settlements between the transitional government and the Armed Struggle Groups.
This matter necessitates swift action from the concerned authorities in dealing seriously with the issue and arresting all suspects and monitoring people with criminal record, especially those residing in the outskirts of Greater Khartoum, besides imposing harsh punishments against those criminals.