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Tuesday, 2 July 2019
How An Ex-Janjaweed Commander Now Calls The Shot In Sudan
General Mohammed ''Hemedti'' Hamdan Dagalo
In Classic Rock Music there is a line that says
“Meet the New Boss, Same as the New Boss” in a song by the legendary British
Rock Group The Who. When it comes to the TNC (Transitional National Council) in
Sudan, the above mentioned line is very apropos.
To briefly recap the situation on the ground,
after several months of protests inspired by the government increasing the tax
on bread and other controversial moves the Sudanese Armed Forces removed Omar
Al-Bashir from power. There has currently been not one but two Military
Councils in power preparing the way to return power to civilian authorities in
Khartoum. The proposed pace of change not considered to be quick enough to the
protesters that are still out on the streets.
The current leader of the TNC in Sudan is General Mohammed ''Hemedti'' Hamdan Dagalo. His name should be on the proverbial tip of the tongue of most Intel
Analysts. He is known to be the commander of the Janjaweed Militias. You
remember the ones that committed Genocide in Darfur, Provided Fighters for
Seleka when they ousted the Government of the Central African Republic and
unleashed Hell on that impoverished nation.
The Sudanese Military appears to be taking one
play from the efforts of former President Bashir. They are concerned about
their image in the United States and appear to be pulling out the stops to be
seen in a positive light here in Washington.We should remember how Khartoum hired SPB Global to represent them when
the Obama Administration began the process of gradually lifting sanctions
against the country the Military had to think how can we advance this process?
Recent filings with the US Justice Department
show that the TNC has retained the services of a Canadian Firm Dickson &
Madson to represent them here in Washington. The stated goal of this contract
is to lobby both the Executive and Legislative Branches of the US Government
and theagencies to support the TNC as
it prepares to return the reins of Government to Civilian Authorities. This
seems simple and straightforward enough.
But there is some controversy as well. Recently
social media outlets were showing images of a former member of the United
States Congress James Moran a Democrat from the Commonwealth of Virginia
speaking at a rally in Khartoum. During this speech he espoused the values of
General Hemedti as a strong leader and stated that Sudan does need security to
deal with emerging regional issues. Notwithstanding his appearance has drawn
consternation from Sudanese Diaspora living here in the United States.
Clearly palms were greased on some levelin order to get Mr. Moran to change his
position. There was a protest in Washington at the Sudanese Embassy to protest
the Darfur Genocide. There was an image takenof Mr. Moran being arrested with George Clooney. Isn’t it interesting to
see how time flies? Or how people can be bought and sold on a whim?
It does make one wonder how long it will be for
people to start asking how long it will be before the call for investigations
under the Hatch act will be made?