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Hamdok’s Initiative… The Last Supper!!

Omer B. Abu Haraz

The initiative of PM Dr. Hamdok is vaguely reminiscent of the event of the Last Supper which was prepared by Jesus one day before the crucifixion.

Last Supper or Lord’s Supper in the New Testament, the final meal shared by Jesus and his disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem. The story of the Last Supper on the night before Christ’s Crucifixion is reported in four books of the New Testament. According to the biblical account, Jesus sent two of his disciples to prepare for a meal and met with all the disciples in the upper room. He told them that one of them would betray him.

The initiative of Dr. Hamdok which was preceded by his speech 10 days ago is the last deep Red Card brandished by the top executive person in the transitional governance.

It is reminiscent of the historic Last Supper of Jesus because it is coming from the most informed persons in this domain.

The alarming message of Dr. Hamdok is that what is happening now in serious splits between the components of the transitional governance will lead to almost unprecedented widespread chaos and anarchy which will pose threat to international peace and security.

This will lead to international military intervention under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. The intervention will come after the full destruction of Sudan’s social fabric, killing, looting, and insecurity.

To circumvent this dreadful scenario Hamdok singled out one factor which impedes the safe navigation and crossing of the transitional governance to reach its destination of full democratic civilian rule. That factor is the dangerous split and animosity between the revolution partners. He explicitly mentioned the three areas of the cracks between civilians and civilians; civilians and military and finally and most alarming between military and military.

On the civilian split, his initiative calls on forming a historic civilian bloc made of all civilian organizations and political parties, merely: revival of the disarrayed Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), and FFC acceptance and welcoming of the new members to FFC who are the signatories of the Juba Peace Agreement of October 2020. The resurrection of the FFC together with its enlargement by the fraternal accommodation of the factions of the armed struggle movement will pave the safe way for Hamdok to reach the final destination of the revolution.

The second element in the worries of Hamdok is the split between the civilian and military partnership. This can only be bridged by trust and confidence. This can be achieved by prudent wise talks culminating in a written covenant of trust, will resolve, and confidence.

The dreadful split is that in the Army and the Rapid Support Forces. Although the joint meeting of General Burhan and General Himidti with the top brass of the army alone (not including RSF top brass) confirmed that there are no differences between the Army and RSF but still the strong and repeated demands of the UN, Troika, and EU of one unified national Bone of Contention in the revolutionary way to circumvent the likely event of economic collapse. The three –UN, Troika, and EU put the issue of unified one army as a pass-word to sustain the economic assistance to Sudan.

What is alarming that is the issue of the integration of the RSF is sticky and cannot be achieved without the high cost.

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