Foreign office applies health requirements, reduces employees to (50%)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the implementation of health precautionary measures to confront the third wave of the Corona pandemic, declaring suspension of (50%) of workers as of today, as Corona cases among a number of ambassadors and diplomats has been reported.
The ministry directed heads of departments to organize work of administrators and diplomats, while emphasizing commitment to masks wearing and sanitizers at the entrances and reducing visitors. Also a specialized company has been contracted to carry out sterilization operations twice a week.
The Declaration of Principles document between the Transitional Government and the SPLM-N published
Declaration of Principles between the Transitional Government of the Republic of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North .. The document was annotated with the phrase: It was agreed and signed in Juba, the capital of the Republic of South Sudan, on the twenty-eighth of March 2021.
Contents of the document are as follows:
In the name of Allah the Compassionate the Merciful
Declaration of Principles between the Government of the Transitional Period of the Republic of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North
Preamble: We, the delegations of both the Transitional Government of the Republic of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North, bearing in mind all the previous discussions that took place between us.
Having sensed the long and continuous suffering of the citizens in war zones.
Having believed that the glorious December revolution, the blood and sacrifices of young women and men of Sudan and the revolutions of the armed struggle movements, have created a historic opportunity to address the root causes of the Sudanese crisis and build a state of citizenship that unites all,
Emphasizing the importance of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement through negotiation in order to put a logical end to the war in Sudan.
The two parties agreed on the following principles as a framework for resolving the conflict in Sudan:
1- The two parties agreed to work together to achieve the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Sudan.
2- Any comprehensive solution to the Sudanese problem requires all parties to recognize and affirm the following:
2-1 Sudan is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural country. Therefore, this diversity must be recognized and managed, and the issue of national identity must be addressed.
2-2 Whereas we affirm the right of the people of Sudan in the various regions to manage their affairs through decentralized or federal government.
2-3 Establishing a civil, democratic, federal state in Sudan that guarantees freedom of religion and religious practices and worship for all Sudanese people by separating cultural, ethnic, religious and regional identities from the state and that the state does not impose a religion on anyone nor adopt an official religion and the state is impartial with regard to religious affairs and matters of belief and conscience as it guarantees and protects freedom of religion and religious practices, provided that these principles are guaranteed in the constitution.
2-4 Personal status laws must be based on religion, customs and beliefs in a way that does not conflict with basic rights.
2-5 Achieving justice in the distribution of power and wealth among all the people and regions of Sudan to eliminate the developmental, cultural and religious marginalization, bearing in mind the specificity of conflict areas.
2-6 Inclusion of human rights and the rights of women and children contained in international treaties (which Sudan has ratified) in the Peace Agreement.
2-7 Emphasizing that the government of Sudan has taken the necessary measures to accede to international and African human rights treaties and treaties that have not been ratified by the Republic of Sudan.
3- Sudan must have a single professional national army operating according to a new unified military doctrine that is committed to protecting national security in accordance with the constitution, provided that the security institutions reflect the Sudanese diversity and plurality and that their loyalty is to the homeland and not to a party or group. The process of integrating and unifying forces should be a gradual process and must be completed by the end of the transitional period and after the issue of the relationship between religion and the state is resolved in the constitution, as indicated in Paragraph 2-3.
4- Agreement on transitional arrangements between the two parties to include the period, tasks, mechanisms, budgets, and others.
5- What has been agreed upon between the two parties is considered part of the process of developing the constitutional charter to become a permanent constitution at the end of the transitional period.
6- The two parties agree to a permanent ceasefire upon signature of the agreed-upon security arrangements as part of the comprehensive settlement of the conflict in Sudan.
It was agreed and signed in Juba, the capital of the Republic of South Sudan, on March 28th, 2021.
Chief of Staff: Army is at its best
The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Muhammad Othman Al-Hussein, said that the armed forces are now in their best condition, stressing that the plan to develop and advance the armed forces will go ahead, and pinpointing special care for individuals.
The Chief of Staff had an inspection visit to the limits of the responsibility of the 19th Division, Meroe, today, Saturday, accompanied by the Deputy Chief of Staff/Training, the Air Force Commander, the Head of Military Intelligence and other directors of branches and departments.
The Chief of Staff addressed the officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers and conveyed to them the greetings of the Commander-in-Chief and the members of the Command Council, calling for doubling the effort and working diligently.
The Public Prosecution Office: The notorious Public Order Law is no longer part of the legislative system
The Public Prosecution confirmed that the notorious Public Order Law has been abolished and is no longer part of the legislative system, pointing to the emergence of some voices calling for its return, and clarified in a press release that everyone is aware that under the said law privacy has been violated and women, youth and students have been humiliated.
Under its umbrella, all basic rights of the Sudanese people were violated, and it remained a sword hanging over people’s necks until it was cancelled irreversibly.
IAEA-supervised committee to investigate Northern state’s cancer outbreaks
Member to the Council of Transitional Partners, Head of the Revolutionary Front’s North Path, Muhammad Sid Ahmed, told (Al-Sudani) that the path has presented a comprehensive vision for the development and issues of the north, on top of which is the formation of a committee under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to discuss the causes of cancer outbreaks in the northern state, in addition to cancelling the decision No. 206 on land expropriation, reducing the period of foreign investment from 99 years to 20 years and involving local communities; as well as providing comprehensive studies for the establishment of the Merowe Dam Canals and controlling random mining.
Sid Ahmed revealed the signing of the wealth-sharing agreement between the government and the path during the coming days, after the approval of the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council.
He stressed the adherence of the Path by 40%, similar to the paths of the Two Areas and Darfur, and said that the leadership of the North Path handed over the members to the Sovereign Council, Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi and Muhammad Hassan Al-Ta’aishi, the Path’s vision on wealth, being members to negotiations that took place under the auspices of the Deputy Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo on the government’s part.
Sid Ahmed conducted a series of meetings in a number of localities and villages during his wide tour to the Northern state, to preach the Juba Peace Agreement and the development and service gains that the Path has achieved for the people of the North.
Sid Ahmed told (Al-Sudani): “We are preparing for the Sovereignty Council’s Chairman visit to the Northern state after he agreed to accept the invitation, and we will set a date later in coordination with the Sovereignty Council.
(My commodity) prepares food baskets for (5) million people during the month of Ramadan
Deputy Director to the Sudanese Consumer Goods Company, director of the (My Goods) program, Mujahid Ali, announced that 13 commodities were prepared in the food basket for 5 million people during the holy month of Ramadan.
Mujahid complained to (Al-Sudani) about problems and obstacles facing (My Commodity) program; first of which is funding, which is a major obstacle to the program, in addition to the lack of cooperative awareness among cadres of cooperative administrations in the states.
Mujahid revealed that they had covered 3 million and five hundred thousand citizens in all states across the country since the project’s inception last October, and had distributed r portions. The first one began with 100 thousand families, covering 500 thousand citizens with five family members, the second 134 thousand families, the third covered 194 thousand families and the fourth for 263 thousand families; noting that inflation and the jump in dollar price from 240 to 400 reduced the number of families targeted during the past months from 400 families to only 263 families, indicating a steady rise in commodity prices between one quota and the next; so that the first basket in October which contained 10 commodities that were valued at 4,900 pounds, and their price rose in the second portion to 6,130 pounds, and in the third portion, it amounted to 6,818 pounds to reach in the fourth portion to 11,302 pound. He revealed agreement with the Council of Ministers aiming to add 3 commodities to become 13 commodities in the next Ramadan basket and cover 5 million citizens by providing one million baskets for a million families.
Employers’ Union: Projects for the private sector to benefit from World Bank financing
President to Employers’ Union, Eng. Hashim Mattar, said that opportunities began to pour in the country following the World Bank’s debt bridging for Sudan.
The president of the employers’ union revealed that there are ready-made projects from the private sector to benefit from the World Bank’s financing estimated at $ 2 billion in energy, infrastructure and agriculture projects, noting that there is coordination with the government in the projects that will be presented to international financing institutions, while affirming that the private sector is more able to choose as it is best informed about the challenges up close.
He pointed out that there are legislations that will support private sector’s role, foremost of which is the investment law and the partnership law between the public sector and the private sector.
Addressing the union, he stressed the importance of the Sudanese people being up to the event and challenge, noting that this year will determine which paths Sudan will take in the coming years.