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Thursday, 23 March 2017
 

Activating Popular Committees

President Al Bashir repeatedly issues his directives to the federal and regional authorities across Sudan to enable the political parties and the civil society

organizations to carry out their peaceful political activities without conditions.
In regard to the above directives we urge the concerned parties to reconsider its stances towards civil society organizations from practicing their activities.
The objectives of those civil society organizations are included in the constitution and could be summarized in the following: The establishment of a state' which is based on peace, stability and national unity. Ensuring all human rights and freedoms, interpreted in accordance with international and regional human rights standards, treaties and covenants. Ensuring women’s rights on the basis of equality; citizenship; gender equity; eliminating of all forms of discrimination against women, and undertaking all necessary measures for their advancement.
The achievement of social justice; and equitable distribution of wealth and power; and confirmation of the social responsibility of the state.
Achieving equitable and sustainable development; in order to achieve social and environmental peace.
It goes without saying that civil society has a national and historical responsibility to achieve a strong unity around these principles and to work towards their implementation, developing strategies and mechanisms to widen dialogue around them.
It is definite that the civil society organizations will enrich the communal dialogue which we think is the cornerstone in reaching national consensus.
Based on the above information, it is necessary to let the citizens select the members of the popular committees in their districts.
The popular committees are the major component of the local governance to provide services to the grassroots and stakeholders.
It is services committees and not political ones.
Mixing the political factor with the services’ factor in the nomination of the popular committees’ members had its negative impacts in the recent years.
As for the political parties, if they want to establish branches in the districts, it should not involve or utilize the political committees for political purposes in order to allow the popular committees conduct its mission without any political pressures or motivations.
The same applied to the cooperatives in the districts as it is very important to nominate those who are qualified to serve the people regardless their political loyalties.
Being a voluntary job, the officials of the cooperatives should selected from those who have the experience in the field and most important is those who are able to endure this tough mission.
It would better, of course, if the cooperatives’ official be at the same time members in the popular committees to ease any obstacles with the concerned government institutions.