Insecurity Concern in Greater Khartoum

Osman Mirghani

Khartoum has witnessed an organized armed banditry attack during the daylight in a crowded area North/East Khartoum North.

Videos spread in the social media outlets showed a group of people armed with big knives attacking the crossing vehicles and stop them forcibly to take the mobile phones and money.

It is a clear indicator that greater Khartoum has an urgent insecurity problem.

The reaction towards that specific incident varies between those who considered it as one of the ousted regime attempts to spread fear and prove that there are emerging threats of insecurity to make people think that the security situation was under control during the era of the ousted regime; while others argue that the phenomena are due to the absence of coherent government strategy to bring about control.

Concerning both views, I think that the prudent look requires deep dive in dealing with the phenomenon.

There are several questions to be responded to before proposing how to deal with the issue.

Do those gangs move in an organized system and at what levels? Is it a local organization in the targeted areas? Or is it an organization that covers greater Khartoum or maybe the whole country?

For instance, was the said attack launched by a group from the same area, or was it an organized plan according to which the groups move according to its local planning.

Answering those questions is very important because it is apparent from the general features of those groups that they are linked to a certain ethnicity and that is clear from its popular name (Niggers) a matter that makes dealing with it overwhelmed by the segregation sensitivity.

To address this issue, I recommend that the concerned authorities decentralize their security structures and address the insecurity concerns.

The government should build a comprehensive framework to address the problem. This framework should address the underlying drivers of insecurity, such as lack of economic opportunities for young people, drug abuse, and the absence of the rule of law.

Finally, actions taken to address insecurity should involve local stakeholders in communities, such as traditional rulers, civil society organizations, women, and youth leaders.

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