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Briefing: Bashir Charged with Death of Doctor; Garang Meets Kiir; Ethiopia Sends Special Message to Museveni

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Sudan’s Bashir Charged with Killing of a Doctor

Dr Babikir Abdelhamid

Toppled Sudan President Omar Al Bashir has been charged with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.

“The Public Prosecution has charged the deposed President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir and others with incitement and criminal involvement in the killing of demonstrators in recent events through a charge on assassination of martyr Babiker who was killed in Burri area,” the military government said in a statement seen by ChimpReports on Monday night.

Dr Babiker Abdelhamid, 25, was shot dead in Khartoum on January 17.

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He was among the 45 people killed by the security forces during protests which eventually toppled Bashi.

The controversial circumstances under which Dr Babiker died became rallying call for the protesters, increasing rather than diminishing their determination to oust Bashir.

On 20 January during a rally in White Nile state, President Omar al-Bashir blamed “infiltrators” for killing Dr Babiker.

However, videos posted by activists show security forces going door to door, harshly beating protesters and residents with sticks and gun butts and shooting at protesters.

Three died, including 25-year-old Dr Babiker.

“You are a medical doctor? We are looking for you,” the officers reportedly said before shooting him at close range.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said then the case became a symbol for the security forces’ brazen disregard for hospitals and medical personnel, especially after they said they would treat wounded protesters without charge.

Since protests started in mid-December, sparked by price hikes but tapping into a deep reservoir of discontent, the government’s forces shot scores of protesters dead and detained hundreds including doctors and medics.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Sends Special Message to Museveni

Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnem presents a special message from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to President Museveni at State House Entebbe on Monday (PPU Photo)

President Yoweri Museveni has received a special message from the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr. Abiy Ahmed.

The message was delivered by the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Ethiopia delivered today by the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Demeke Mekonnem, at State House, Entebbe. Details of the message remain unclear.

However, it comes less than a week after Uganda protested the decision of an Ethiopian army general to block Ugandan army officers from participating in the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.

The mandate of the CTSAMM is to monitor and verify compliance by the warring parties and armed groups to the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September, 2018.

Maj Gen Desta Abiche Ageno wrote to Uganda’s Embassy in Juba, saying CTSAMVM had suspended accepting replacements for Ugandan soldiers repatriating through the end of June 2019 as a way of reducing “overall expenses within CTSAMVM, which constrains our ability to pay, accommodate, feed and transport CTSAMVM members, and/or sustain the necessary operational speed at the current personnel strength level.”

Officials said the letter caught Uganda by surprise considering the country remains a guarantor of the South Sudan peace agreement. Uganda’s defence spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said Uganda would “protest” the move as Gen Ageno was overstepping his mandate.

Karemire said “IGAD Chiefs of Defence Staff should be briefed and consulted for their input before such a decision to downsize the team is undertaken. Uganda will protest the move definitely.”

Relations between Uganda and Ethiopia remain solid, with the two states agreeing in recent years to deepen defence and trade ties.

Uganda also looks at Ethiopia as an alternative market for Ugandan goods in the wake of the Rwanda border crisis.

State House said President Museveni and his guest “discussed matters of mutual interest between Ethiopia and Uganda.”

Museveni gifted the Deputy Prime Minister with books about the liberation of Uganda and her beauty.

Garang Widow Meets Kiir

Kiir welcoming Former Detainees

Rebecca Garang, the widow of South Sudan’s founding father, John Garang, is spearheading efforts to realize peace in the war-torn country and reunite the ruling party.

ChimpReports understands Ms Garang met with President Salva Kiir at State House Juba on Monday.

Ms Garang was leading a delegation for SPLM’s Former Detainees. They included Deng Alor Kuol, Dr. Majak De’Agoot, Kosti Manibe, John Luk Jok and also Tut Gatluak.

Tut said that the meeting discussed the arrangements for the implementation of the peace agreement after the decision to extend the formation of the transitional government by six months.

The meeting stressed the joint action between SPLM leaders inside and outside the government to implement all the provisions of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

Deng Alor said President Kiir directed the Ministry of Finance to direct financial revenues towards the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement to complete the implementation of the procedures related to the peace process.

The South Sudan government recently committed to providing US$100 million to enable the full implementation of the peace agreement and to resolve outstanding issues, including the formation of a unified security force and decisions about boundaries and numbers of states.

Cessation of hostilities had largely held since the peace agreement was signed last September.

While the humanitarian situation remains dire, the improved security across the country is enabling humanitarian agencies to more easily reach those in need with assistance.

Meanwhile, President Kiir agreed with the members of the delegation during the meeting on the reunification of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

He promised to call for the convening of the leadership of the party in the coming days to announce the arrangements to reunite the SPLM.

The split of the party in 2013 sparked an armed conflict in which thousands perished.

The meeting was attended by the Minister in the Office of the President, Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng.

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