Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sudan: Varsity students call for election postponement

Sudanese university students studying in Uganda have called for postponement of the country’s upcoming elections.

The students, mainly hailing from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states insisted the election will not be inclusive, accusing leaders of the ruling party of continuous attacks in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

They urged the international community to halt the 13 April polls.

Ten of thousands Sudanese civilians have fled into Uganda via South Sudan following the violence in South-Kordofan and Blue Nile, which experiences heavy bombardments from the Sudanese warring factions.

Kalo Kume, a member of Sudanese students’ study in Kampala told Sudan Tribune that situation of two region was totally out of control.

He accused the government of unrest and massively displacing civilians.

"We do not want one part of the country to be stable and the other one is not stable, once stability has to come, it has to come for the whole country it has to be comprehensive. But we know well that once he takes over the seat these regions will continue suffering,” said Kume.

“If he [Omer Al-Bashir] takes over the seat, these regions will remain unstable, more people will be displaced internally and continue suffering," he added.

Several Sudanese students attended the meeting held Kampala Saturday.

According to Kume, regime change by piling pressure of the ruling party is the only way of ending the years of instability in the North African country.

Speaking at a campaign rally last week, Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir accused the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-N (SPLM-N) rebels of failing to implement a national dialogue to bring peace in the country.

Mohamed Zaid, another student, called on the Sudanese president to work for the interest of people in the country and help end the rampart killings.

Lino Lako Angalo, a student in Kampala International University described as fragile the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan and the Blue Nile states.

"It is the war that has forced us to come this side [Uganda]. If it was not the
war, we would have been at home; we could be studying there,” he said.

Atunia Joseph, another student in Kampala vowed to take up arms against president Bashir should the ongoing insurgency continues for more years.

(Sudan Tribune).

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