MPs say tribal arming in Southern Kordofan must be investigated

Media Monitoring Report, April 15, 2009

An MP, during the Parliament debate yesterday on President Al-Bashir’s speech, has called for an urgent investigation in reports of arms being provided to tribes in Southern Kordofan.

SPLM MP (Southern Kordofan) Ramadan Ibrahim Shimilla painted a grim picture of the situation in Southern Kordofan. He said tribes are receiving arms, armed militias are spreading and daily incidents of death are on the rise. He pointed out that a popular consultation can not take place under the present circumstance.

SPLM official Yassir Arman told the session that President Al-Bashir’s speech lost sight of important issues such as the CPA implementation and environment and economic crisis. According to Arman, four issues are crucial which would decide Sudan’s destiny, these are: the ICC, dealing with the Security Council, Darfur and the endorsement of laws necessary for elections such as the press, national security and referendum bills.

MP Zakaria Bashir Imam has complained of insecurity in Khartoum city and the spread of burglary and rising unemployment among graduates and youths.


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