Why should Sudanese vote for genocidal president?

(Juba) - As the Election day gets closer, many Sudanese become hopeful about their future when election results are declared of Omar Al-Bashir defeat. His defeat will pave the way of transferring the power to a multiparty democratic system from tyranny of the National Congress Party as they called it, or (the New Catastrophic Party (NCP) as their name really is). The election is required by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to be exercised before the South vote for referendum in 2011.

Ironically, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has been pushing unwilling partner the NCP in the last five years to remove undemocratic acts that would undercut a free and fair election. The SPLM as a party that fought for freedom is doing what it could to make upcoming election reflect the will of Sudanese Citizens.

Meanwhile, the question voters must ask themselves when they go to ballot boxes come April, is whether they will vote to protect the candidate, or to protect the Country. Obviously, those who will vote for Omar Al-Bashir are protecting the candidate; in contrast, those who will vote for Cde. Yasir Arman are protecting the Country. This is because we all know that President Al-Basher is fugitive of the International Criminals Court (ICC) for killing innocents’ Sudanese citizens.

Recently, over 550,000 lives have been vanished in Western region of Darfur, and about estimated 2.5 Million killed in the South before the agreement was signed. So let us face it, why should Sudanese people vote for ‘genocidal’ President? Why should we choose through ballot someone who thinks that the only solution for domestic debate on the citizen rights or an intellectual disagreement is a killing?

The NCP has proved itself to a party of human slaughter individuals, people like Nafia Ali Nafia, Omar Al-Bashir and his uncle El-Tayeb Mustafa. It shares philosophy of mass killing with organizations like Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Therefore, this fraudulent murderer should not be given legitimacy for another additional five years in the office. It’s why SPLM leadership took a wise decision by not accepting offer by the NCP to endorse its nominee for Sudan Presidency in an exchange for them backing SPLM’s nominee for the South Presidency. Certainly, Cde Salva Kiir will win big the South Presidency against lowlife NCP’s nominee named Dr. Lam Akol. Also Cde Yasir Arman will win Sudan Presidency comfortably as all polls have indicated.

In reality, with uncertain future ahead of us, Omar Al-Bashir isn’t a right leader for this critical time. In fact, those who nominated him for this post are aware with fact that the man doesn’t have new ideas to solve Sudan’s problems that he himself created. He is nominated by his party to use the executive power to protect himself and his followers from the ICC’s persecution. Mostly, he has done terrible acts that drained the country out its people by killing over three million of them, its resource by robbing oil’s money on the daily basis, and its unity by using Arabic-Islamic ideology to kill Sudanese of African origin. If Omar Al-Bashir knew we were real partners, why did he allowed his uncle to use dirty tricks and smear tactics campaign again SPLM leadership soon after the CPA was signed? This is because they rule without a plan and think according to any situation. Which is why it would be a mistake to help the NCP to govern for another five years, knowing they are going to take more innocent Sudanese lives?

But more basically, for those not versed in history, Pastor Martin Niemoller was a Protestant clergyman in Germany during the early days of the Nazi Government in the 1930s. He initially supported Hitler but later actively opposed the Nazis. He was arrested by the Gestapo in 1937 and sent to the Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps. Allied forces liberated him at the end of World War II. After the war, Pastor Niemoller famously said: “First they came for the Jews and didn’t speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade Unionists and I didn’t speak out because I was not a trade Unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Equally, someday, those who don’t recognize the fact that Mr. Al-Bashir is conducting man slaughter operation in Sudan, will regrettably look back and said a statement that is similar to the above. One would say first they came for the Southerners and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Southerner. Then they came for the BEGAs I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a BEGA. Then they came for the

Darfuris and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Darfurian. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Lastly, since the man can’t be trusted, no true Sudanese person should be happy if Al-Bashir is giving the power for another legitimate five years. Still for El-Tayeb Mustafa it is no more than a profitable Al-Intibaha newspaper drama fabricated with rumors and lies. But to the millions of Southerners and Marginalized areas who sacrificed their all so that we may realize their dreams of freedom, it is an extremely dangerous dalliance. So if you truly respect freedom and the souls of the millions who sacrificed their lives, wealth and their sacred honor to purchase and maintain the reality we enjoy today, you must reject, denounce and fight the idea of giving Omar Al-Bashir another five years of Sudan Presidency.

*Ring Machar is SPLM-National Election Strategy Committee Member. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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