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FFC: From Glory to Clarification and Apology

Siddiq Dallai

Old feelings on the Al-Jazeera TV’s professionalism led me to concentrate on a kind of promotional article by a Syrian lady about her experience since the start of the protests in her country a decade ago.

The Syrian lady concluded her narration with an impressive phrase: “Where were we and how have we become?”

She recalled that Syria, which had been a model of civilization and prosperity, has now become a ruin!

In Sudan, we are living almost the same scenario.

We recall the start of the uprising and the rise of the Freedom and Change Forces (FFC), which led the change process from small offices in Souq Al-Arabi, London, Paris, and Washington till the deposed regime was dropped into the dustbin of history under the leadership of the FFC and the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA).

People were dreaming high that the FFC would continue its noble moves to achieve the nation’s aspirations, but unfortunately things went sour and got worse in terms of livelihood; people are suffering from price hikes, fuel, flour, and cooking gas shortages.

Wasn’t it strange that two years after the change people are still seeking their bread, fuel, power supply, and potable water?

What happened to us? Or like what that Syrian lady said: “Where were we and how have we become?”

From Glory to Clarification and Apology

This is a steep slope and we lost most of expectations.

It is true that there are missteps in this long course, but it is also true that the people are disappointed because they feel that their aspirations were evaporated and performance of the transitional government and its political incubator (the FFC) is disappointing. 

Every day the government loses part of its glory as it becomes distracted, confused, and helpless at a time of presenting tangible solutions.

The FFC disappointed the people. It wasted valuable time in arrangements and advancement in confusion over its political programme.

Prime Minister Hamadok is complaining to the people about the performance of the FFC, while the latter is busy presenting poor programmes on building a nation or making the transitional period successful.

The questions now are:  where is the alternative programme? What is the nature of the transitional period? What are the outcomes of the conferences held recently? Where is the culture of the political action after overthrowing the Salvation (Al-Bashir’s) regime?

Instead of victory, the FFC brought out the gloating of the supporters of the ousted regime who were defeated two years ago.

We fully support the FFC as the political incubator until the end.

The FFC should be awakened from its sleep. There is still a chance and the FFC understand the nature of the stage, especially after the incidents of River Nile State where top officials were not received warmly; a matter which sends a clear message to the government is at stake.

The deterioration hit all aspects in the country to the extent where a failure to bury dead bodies kept in a morgue, left concerned officials blaming each other on who is responsible!

Let us hope that the leaders of the change recall their struggle before the National Salvation regime overthrow and start seriously in making the aspired change, which won’t prove difficult if there is a strong political will.

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