Government Vows to Try Those Involved in E. Darfur Incidents before Specialized Courts

Khartoum – Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein has announced that the government will hold all those involved in the conflict between Rizeigat and Maalia accountable and will be tried before specialized court if they are proved guilty.

Addressing Council of State’s session held to discuss ongoing efforts to end fighting between the two tribes yesterday; Gen. Hussein reiterated the support of the army to establish security and social peace in the State.

The Defence Minister complained of spread of arms in the State, considering it the main reason for escalation of tribal fighting. Some people in peripheral states carry heavy arms brought from neighboring countries, he said, adding that the state began a wide campaign to collect arms in all areas.

He stressed the importance of imposing the rule of law by force, adding that the main reason of conflict is political and economic problems not security problems.

The duty of the armed forces is not to resolve the conflict, the army’s duty is to achieve security, he said.

He said additional forces were rushed to the state to promote security and end fighting.

Minister of Interior, Ismat Abdul Rahman, revealed ongoing efforts to end fighting between the tribes. He said tribal conflict affected the work of the armed forces.

Meanwhile, the State Minister at the Ministry of Justice, Mohamed Ahmed Abu Zaid, revealed the formation of a new committee comprising 13 counsels including police and security to contribute towards stability of the security situation in the area.

The chief justice affirmed the formation of specialized courts to try the accused once investigation is completed, he said.

The chairman of the National Assembly’s Transportation Committee, Abdallah Ali Masar, accused the state government of failing to live up its responsibilities. The governor is staying in the capital after having tasked the commissioner to discharge his duties and that created a vacuum in the state government, he said.

The chairman of the Council of States, the chair of session, Badawi Al-Khair Idriss, presented a host of recommendations to promote security and social peace, strengthen decentralized governance, disarm groups and impose the rule of law in the area.

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