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Sudanese Empowerment Removal Committee: Injustice and Revenge

Mohammed Saad Kamel

Brownland Exclusive

The Committee to Dismantle the Regime of Former President Omar al-Bashir, or the so-called Committee to Eliminate Empowerment and Fight Corruption in Sudan, has received increasing attention from the moment its formation was announced until its dissolution.

On December 10, 2019, the commander of the Sudanese army, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who headed the Transitional Sovereign Council before dissolving it later, issued a decision to form the committee.

To end the control of symbols of the regime of ousted President Omar al-Bashir over the joints of the state, to fight corruption, and to recover the looted funds.

For two years, the committee remained the most governmental institution subject to tension and attraction between a supportive current led by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, and another current that was angry at the committee’s work as it works to settle political and personal accounts that harmed many without a face, which led to the displacement of hundreds of families Even without legal evidence or trials, just suspicions or personal accounts, which led to great anger among the Sudanese street towards the exploitation of the forces of freedom and change of power, as activists and politicians described that what the forces of freedom and change did while they were in power is worse than what was practiced by the government Al-Bashir previously. Rather, the phrase “removing empowerment by empowerment” has become the prevailing description of the Committee for the Forces of Freedom and Change.

Sadiq al-Mahdi

The late National Umma Party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi had criticized the committee’s work and considered that giving the order to remove the empowerment to the current committee was one of the mistakes that accompanied the transitional experience, considering that this task should have been subjected, according to the constitutional document, to the Corruption Commission.

The committee has been accused of many accusations in the past period of “exploiting influence and implicating some of its employees in suspicions of corruption and extortion,” in addition to the absence of a committee to appeal its decisions, and it was also accused of playing an executive and judicial role.

Mubarak Al-Fadil

Last February, the Umma Party, led by Mubarak Al-Fadil, demanded the dissolution of the Empowerment Removal Committee and its replacement with the Anti-Corruption Commission, and a review of all administrative decisions it issued.

The party criticized the committee’s performance, considering it “fuelling conflict” in the country, accusing it of committing grave legal errors and trespassing on the functions of the judicial bodies.

He pointed out that some of the committee’s directives and decisions “lack political and security foresight, exacerbate the fragile security situation and exacerbate the tension.”

Last February, the Umma Party, led by Mubarak Al-Fadil, demanded the dissolution of the Empowerment Removal Committee and its replacement with the Anti-Corruption Commission, and a review of all administrative decisions it issued.

The party criticized the committee’s performance, considering it “fuelling conflict” in the country, accusing it of committing grave legal errors and trespassing on the functions of the judicial bodies.

He pointed out that some of the committee’s directives and decisions “lack political and security foresight, exacerbate the fragile security situation and exacerbate the tension.”

Mohamed Alamin Tirik

The dissolution of the committee was a major demand among other demands of the head of the Supreme Council for Beja Opticals and Independent Al-Amoudiya, the overseer Muhammad Ahmed Al-Amin Tirik, who threatened the secession of eastern Sudan and subjected the reversal of the step to dissolving the Empowerment Removal Committee.

Tirik asked, “Who rules Sudan? Sovereign Council? Council of Ministers? Or the Empowerment Removal Committee?”.

The previous Empowerment Removal Committee confiscated some charitable organizations that were helping the Sudanese in the previous period at all levels

Mortada Omar, project manager for the Charitable Organization “Dhul-Nourain”, affected 2,117 beneficiaries within one month, due to the confiscation of the association, in addition to thousands of orphans, widows, the sick, the poor, and needy who were supported by the organization financially and in kind.

Academic and strategic expert Professor Kamal Ahmed Yousef emphasized that dissolving the Islamic Call Organization, for example, would deprive Sudan of the services of the organization with its regional and international arms in the advocacy and humanitarian fields.

The committee also confiscated some media institutions in a clear indication of violating press freedom laws and with the first set of decisions applied by the committee when it confiscated some media institutions, it justified its position that this step aims to recover the people’s money to the Ministry of Finance, stressing that “the decisions to seize accounts and transfers of media institutions have nothing to do with It does not have the editorial line, but rather the audit.”

This then led to the displacement of hundreds of workers in these institutions. One of the technicians, who preferred not to be named on Al-Shorouk Channel, told Brown Land. During his work at night, a military force came and closed the channel. To date, a large number of the dismissed employees have not received their full financial entitlement.

Recently, the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, decided to form a committee to review and receive the recovered funds through the Empowerment Removal Committee.

And the official Sudan TV said, on Tuesday, that “Al-Burhan issued a decision to form a committee to review and receive the recovered funds through the Empowerment Removal Committee.”

In Review:

The Supreme Committee for Reviewing, Counting and Receiving the Refunds by the Empowerment Elimination Committee said in a press conference today, February 6, 2021, that 11 accounts were discovered in the name of the frozen committee in which deposit and disbursement take place on aspects not provided for by law or the powers granted to the committee, including “7” at the Bank of Sudan branch Khartoum and 4 accounts in the states, including 3 in the name of funds recovered by the Empowerment Removal Committee, 2 accounts in the name of reviewing recovered funds accounts, and 3 accounts in foreign currency, including two in dollars.

With an account in the name of the Empowerment and Anti-Corruption Elimination Committee, and an account in the name of the Committee for Receiving the Recovered Assets.

It said that the number of frozen shares of bodies, unions, companies, and people through the committee reached 300.

It also confirmed that the committee had reached 40 decisions regarding organizations, with 80 organizations which were dissolved at the national level and 259 organizations that were distributed among the states, 6 of them were returned to work in North Darfur, and the number of companies affiliated with the organizations reached 18 companies.

The number of residential plots reached 3147, and some of the recovered properties were unconstructed lands, including 9 properties that were received by Asset Management.

The total agricultural plots amounted to 90, including 3 farm plots, which were received by the assets of the Ministry of Finance.

Total parts invested in factories and projects:

42 lots (investigations are underway regarding some uncollected rents).

It said that the committee had limited all the sites that were received by the Empowerment Removal Committee and distributed the joint forces in the insurance committee to receive the assets of the headquarters of the Empowerment Removal Committee.

Some sums were received in Sudanese currency; approximately five million pounds, some amounts in foreign exchange, about 370 thousand dollars, and 3 gold bars weighing 300 grams were imported into the finance account.

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