Sudan’s Aisha Musa Quits Ruling Council

Aisha Musa; one of only two women on Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council; said on Saturday that she was holding onto her resignation.

“The civilian component in the Sovereign (Council) and at all levels of government has become just a logistical executive body that does not participate in decision-making;” Musa also said in a video statement carried by the state news agency SUNA.

“Rather it only stamps the approval of pre-prepared decisions;” she markedly added.

The 14-member military-civilian council was along; with a cabinet of technocrats in order to steer Sudan through a transition after the army toppled Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Musa said she had submitted her resignation on May 12; a day also after the killing of two protesters who was marking the anniversary of a deadly raid on a protest site during the 2019 uprising. She also accused the transitional authorities of leading the country to “more killing; injustice; poverty and suffering.”

Musa also complained that the investigation into the 2019 raid; had not yet been completed; and its results had not been revealed. Activists say 130 people died in that raid; and ensuing violence; the authorities have acknowledged 87 deaths.

Medics; protest groups and also eyewitnesses have said security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at demonstrators marking the anniversary this month.