Minnawi’s Inauguration… Challenges Ahead

Al-Sammani Awadallah

The inauguration of Darfur governor, Minni Arko Minnawi will take place today, Tuesday, in El-Fashir the capital city of the region. The ceremony will be participated by considerable participation representing the Sovereign Council, cabinet, and civil society organizations.

The high committee of the inauguration completed the preparations which will be attended by the President of the Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, Prime Minister, Dr. Abdallah Hamdok besides Sovereign Council members, minister, governors of Darfur states, and ambassadors.

The head of the preparation committee of the inauguration, Malik Abdallah, said that they held several meetings during which all the arrangements were discussed to make the ceremony a success. He affirmed the completion of all the preparations and final touching to receive the honorable guests and making the occasion a success.

He added that they already received the media representatives which are supposed to cover the inauguration.

It is to be noted that Minnawi has been sworn in as Governor of Darfur Region in the presence of the President of the Sovereign Council, 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, Prime Minister, Dr. Abdallah Hamdok following the controversy that accompanied his appointment as some believe that his appointment should have been delayed till the governance and administration conference take place, while other suggest that the appointment comes in coincidence with the Juba Peace Agreement signed between the government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front on 3rd October 2020.

The Expected Role of the Governor:

Several questions arose amid Darfurians especially on whether can overcome all the complicated issues in the region especially the social issues and the fragile security conditions; besides the deterioration of the economic situations in the IDPs camps as well as the major towns of the region.

Member of Darfur Lawyers Foundation, Al-Sadiq Ali Hassan raised a question on whether regional governance exists in reality. The answer is that it exists hypothetically but it is not applied on the ground.

Observers are fair that the appointment of Minnawi will ignite political and social conflict as the Darfurians will not accept waiving their gains from the previous administrative system of the region.

But the newly appointed governor said in press statements following his swearing-in that his top priority will be stopping the bloodshed in Darfur in cooperation with the federal government, local administrations, governors of the Darfur States, and the dignitaries of the region.

It is worth noting that the appointment of Minnawi comes per the Juba Peace Agreement between the government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front as one of the demands to have one region in Darfur under federal rule.

Challenges Ahead:

The security dossier, achieving stability, tribal reconciliations in some areas in the region are the top priorities tabled before the newly appointed governor to stop the bloodshed which dominated the area recently among the components of the communities in the region.

Minnawi affirmed in press statements that he will pay more attention to deal with the IDPs and refugees’ issues to enable them to return to their home villages.

But Minnawi will face other challenges represented by protecting the agricultural season, opening the paths, and the security dossier.

Minnawi called on the government and the signatories of the Juba Peace Agreement to cooperate to achieve stability in the region. At the same time, he called on the non-signatories (Abdulwhaid and Al-Hilu) to join the peace process.

The Aspirations of the Citizens:

The people in Darfur are aspiring to pick the fruits of the Juba Peace Agreement through the establishment of development and services projects to ease their livelihood conditions, a matter that will make Minnawi face new challenges represented by providing the required funds to achieve the sustainable development dossier in the region to heal the effects of the war wounds besides establishing the main infrastructure in the region.

The financing and the flow of funds from the central government and the international partners are considered one of the obstacles facing Minnawi. Minnawi might succeed if the funds recommended by Juba Peace Agreement are available and committed to by the transitional government.

Darfur governor traveled before his inauguration to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an attempt to attract Saudi investments and to affirm his readiness to provide a conducive investment environment.

He affirmed his readiness to cooperate with the international community and foreign companies to invest in the region especially in main infrastructure, water plants, and power in the main towns and rural areas in the region.

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