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Wednesday, 18 January 2017
 

Editorial: 19th December .. Independence Declaration

On the first day of each year celebrations pavilions are set up and most government institutions and private sector companies’ buildings are decorated besides the fluttering flags over the buildings.
On the first day of 2017 we will celebrate the 61st anniversary of independence but the independence declaration from the parliament was on the 19th of December, 1955.
Every year our officials recall the past events and the struggle of elites till Sudan became an independent state.
The question that poses itself is what did we benefit from the independence during the last six decades?
Every year we discover that we are dropping back while other nations are developing.
We believe that the real independence could be felt when our politicians recover and overstep their differences for the sake of the Sudan and its people.
But, unfortunately our politicians are the main reasons for the crises surrounding the country.
Following the independence there were only five or six political parties, and now after more than six decades our political parties exceeded one hundred.
What did that large number of political forces provide the country? What are the benefits of those parties to the citizens?
During the last six decades our economy is tremendously declining despite the potentials of the country including the oil production.
We lost the oil revenues due to the miscalculation after the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), as most of the oilfields became part of the newly-born state of South Sudan.
We did not utilize the oil revenues in reviving the agricultural projects which represent the backbone of our economy; instead we wasted the wealth in unproductive projects.
More than six decades passed and war is still continuing in several parts of the country, and armed movements are still pulling the trigger in an attempt to destabilize security and stability.
Let us hope, while celebrating the independence day that our politicians rise above all pettiness in the ongoing national dialogue and to abandon all what separates us to allow for a homeland that accommodates all.