October 20, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — A parliamentary leader from the troubled South Kordofan State has slammed the state’s governor and called for a state of emergency to be declared so a military governor can be appointed.
- South kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun
Afaf Tawer, head of the youth and sport committee at Sudan’s National Assembly and a prominent leader of the National Congress Party (NCP) in South Kordofan told reporters in Khartoum on Saturday that the security situation in the state has deteriorated.
Tawer, who is from the Nuba ethnic group, called for Governor Ahmed Haroun to be replaced by a military governor, accusing him of seeking to divide Nuba tribes and to abort any dialogue among them.
She said they engaged a Nuba-Nuba dialogue to settle the differences and end the conflict after consultations between them and the two NCP deputies chairman, Vice President Ali Osman Taha and Presidential Assistant Nafie Ali Nafie.
Tawer further criticised Kadugli conference for peace in South Kordofan organised by the ruling party earlier this month and described it as an attempt to abort the Nuba-Nuba dialogue.
Nuba tribes often express their frustration, saying they are the victim of the ongoing conflict and want to have the right to settle the problem without the interference of Sudanese from other regions.
The SPLM-N in South Kordofan is led by Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu who is a Massalit from West Darfur, and Ahmed Haroun is from North Kordofan and belongs to the Bargo tribe.
Tawer disclosed that she has been summoned to appear before by the NCP disciplinary committee in South Kordofan for criticising the Kadugli conference.
The issue is the first public rift among the leadership of the ruling party over ways to end South Kordofan conflict.
The outcome of the Kadugli conference supported the position of the negotiating team in Addis Ababa which demanded that the the Nuba fighters of the SPLM-N before engaging in peace talks.