Kabashi to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Work to Establish, Live Under State of Law
Member of the Sudanese Sovereign Council Lt. Gen. Shamseddine al-Kabashi accused external and internal parties of fueling tension in the city of Port Sudan.
The area has been witnessing a tribal conflict between two ethnic groups, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
“Any development in the city would affect the whole country,” he said, adding that the dispute between the two tribes was premeditated to exploit the circumstances and fuel conflicts.
“Significant efforts are being made to control the situation,” Kabashi emphasized, accusing foreign and local parties of seeking to abort the revolution at the country’s expense.
“Regional parties are involved. They will be disclosed in due course,” he told Asharq Al-Awsat during an interview in Khartoum.
On the government formation, Kabashi noted that the Forces of Freedom and Change handed the military the lists of ministries and the names of selected ministers.
“We are now studying these proposals. We will meet with the competent delegation, and we hope that the lists would be completed soon to be handed over to the prime minister,” he said.
The military official also revealed that the Sovereign Council was now operating and that the functions of its committees would be coordinated with the premiership.
Asked about popular criticism over a set of luxury cars that was allocated to Council members, Kabashi said: “The vehicles allocated to the members of the Sovereign Council (11) existed and were not recently purchased.”
“The cars will be used by the members to perform their duties… We will not import cars and will operate the fleet of vehicles inherited from the previous regime,” he underlined.
Earlier this week, there were reports that the new Council members received Infiniti luxury cars and were offered by the presidential palace authorities to move to first class hotels until their residences were equipped.
The news circulated on social media provoked growing controversy and a large objection, involving a wide range of citizens, who considered the distribution of luxury cars to members of the Sovereign Council an extension of the lavishness of the isolated regime.
Kabashi noted that the country’s executive body would decide on how to deal with any vehicle surplus.
On whether the Ministry of Finance or the Sovereign Council would have jurisdiction over public property in the presidential palace, he confirmed that the ministry would be responsible for public money “whether it was in the Republican Palace or elsewhere.”
As for the negotiations with the armed movements, Kabashi said: “Peace is a priority for the transitional government with its various institutions. So our first concern in the Military Council, in agreement with the Freedom and Change, was to reach out to most of the armed movements and achieve with them certain levels of understandings.”
With regards to the investigation into the violence that took place during popular demonstrations, he said: “Let us leave it to the commission of inquiry, which is supposed to be formed within a month of the formation of the government.”
But he added that if the investigation confirmed the involvement of military members, “there will be no problem because no one is above the law.”
“We are working to establish a state of law and justice, which is one of the slogans of the revolution. Before being soldiers, we are citizens,” Kabashi remarked.