Home | News    Thursday 14 February 2013

Sudan’s Eastern Front warn government on implementation of peace deal

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

February 13, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Members from the Eastern Front (EF), a former rebel group who are part of the East Reconstruction and Development Fund (ERDF), unleashed a barrage of criticism at Khartoum, claiming that the latter has breached obligations contained in the 2006 peace treaty signed in Eritrea.

JPEG - 32.1 kb
FILE - Mustafa Osman Ismail, the advisor to Sudan’s president Omer Hassan al-Bashir, listens on during the opening session of the international donors and investors meeting for the development of east Sudan in Kuwait City on 1 December 2010 (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

In a statement issued today, the group gave the government one month to follow through on its commitments, particularly the financial portion.

Under the October 2006 peace agreement, the Eastern Front joined with the government and a $600 million ERDF was established to help the region recover from war.

A further $3.5 billion pledged at a donor conference that took place in Kuwait in December 2010 was also supposed to be added to the ERDF.

As stipulated in the peace deal, the ERDF was to be managed in a professional and transparent manner using sound accounting principles, with all projects under review to be approved on the basis of consensus between the two sides.

The disgruntled group accused the appointed managing director of carrying out the functions bestowed upon the board of directors and working exclusively with the federal finance minister in approving projects.

They also alleged that funds were misappropriated and vacancies were created outside the approved organisational structures and that the people of the East were excluded from the top posts or were given positions without a mandate.

Moreover an economic, social, administrative and technical assessment of the projects undertaken in the last five years as required by the peace agreement was not performed.

The group said that a presidential decree outlining the functions and powers of ERDF allowed the governor, ministries and other agencies to interfere in its work.

They noted that previous complaints to the president and other officials were ignored.

The three states of Red Sea, Kassala and Gedaref in the East have potential gold, oil and gas resources, but poverty remains endemic among the region’s five million inhabitants, whose livelihoods have been undermined by war, climate change and environmental degradation.

Eastern Sudan has the country’s highest poverty rate, the highest level of child deaths under five years old, and the most children between the ages of six and 13 out of school, says the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 14 February 2013 10:06, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Ismail look happy on this matter as I can see from his photo, The eastern front should not sleep alot on this otherwise soon they will be left alone if Darfur and Blue go their independent.
    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

    repondre message

  • 14 February 2013 11:07, by Majongdit

    In 2006 when the agreement was signed between the NCP led government in Khartoum and the rebels in the Eastern part of that country, I wrote in a column in one of the newspapers that "I will only believe if NCP means what it signs only after a decade". NCP is always quick to sign agreements and then turn it back against them the next day. Trust becomes biggest victim in all Khartoum’s undertakings

    repondre message

  • 14 February 2013 12:51, by Northern Sudanese

    lies lies and lies! east sudan is developing all the time new roads , new dams ’’atbara & setit under construction’’ new water stations ect.....
    ST is just lying all the time, we can say east sudan is in a far better condition than entire south sudan!

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


2015 elections are not a priority for Sudanese 2014-07-23 04:35:55 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman July 22, 2014 - This article comes against the backdrop of the news that reported the announcement of the National Elections Commission (NEC) that it had prepared the (...)

Bashir rests assured laden-burden on the Sudanese people’s shoulders 2014-07-14 06:09:16 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman July 13, 2014 - Omer al-Bashir believes that his continuing in power better protects him from tracking and prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He clings (...)

Lack of equity: A cause of many conflicts in Africa 2014-07-14 06:05:33 By Francis Ayul Yuar Nyok July 13, 2014 - It should be kept in mind that Africa crisis is not unique, more or less all the countries of the Sub-Sarah Africa are plague with acute poverty and in (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine 2014-07-09 01:39:56 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 8 July 2014 South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine · Both sides to the conflict committing war crimes and crimes (...)

UN urged to probe alleged cover-ups and manipulations by its mission in Darfur 2014-06-26 05:40:52 Strengthen Peacekeeping Mission’s Rights Reporting, Civilian Protection (New York, June 25, 2014) – The United Nations secretary-general should investigate alleged cover-ups and manipulation of (...)

International community must act to end Sudan’s “unprecedented and intense” bombing of civilians 2014-06-11 09:58:56 10 June 2014 All Members of the African Union Peace and Security Council Addis Ababa Re: Call to end targeting of civilians in Sudan’s conflict areas Your Excellencies, As a coalition of civil (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.