ACT- Wazalendo urges govt to condemn Sudan killings

12Jun 2019
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
ACT- Wazalendo urges govt to condemn Sudan killings

THE opposition ACT –Wazalendo party has appealed to the government to support the African Union (AU)’s decision to condemn killing of civilians and suspend the country’s membership until the effective establishment of a civilian-led transitional authority.

Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT-Wazalendo) Leader Zitto Kabwe addresses journalists in Dar s Salaam yesterday on the stand by the opposition party’s central committee on various issues, including cooperation with other opposition parties, the National Electoral Commission, and elections in the country. Photo: Correspondent Getrude Mpezya

Three days ago, AU suspended Sudan's membership days after the military launched a brutal crackdown on protesters that killed dozens of people.

The party also urged the Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation minister Prof Palamagamba Kabudi to seek explanation from the country’s ambassador on the killings of innocent people and the state of affairs in Sudan.

ACT-Wazalendo leader Zitto Kabwe made the remarks yesterday at a press conference in Dar es Salaam.

“Currently, there are killings that are ongoing in Sudan after the military grabbed the people’s victory, we commend the United Nations (UN) and AU’s stand on the matter,” said Zitto.

At least 108 people have been killed and more than 500 wounded, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD), while a health ministry official was quoted as saying the death toll stood at 61.

The announcement followed an emergency meeting by the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after the violent dispersal of a protest camp in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, began on Monday.

The AU had earlier warned of suspension if Sudan's military did not hand over power, but extended the deadline after the previous one was ignored.

Since Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir's 30 years was ousted in April, the ruling military council that then took power has been in conflict with protesters demanding civilian rule.

Scores of protesters have been killed in a crackdown, sparking a nationwide civil disobedience campaign.

The former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Darfur, Sudan since 2009.