Alim Jones, Director of London-based Information for Sudanese Justice Network
Dr. Salah Gosh took the initiative to deliver Parliament’s chair when he left a beautiful selection of gifts to the speakers and deputies in order to allow his colleagues to express their gratitude over his generous gesture during his time away from Sudan. The gifts included: 10 bedazzled Fanta drinks,100 Omrit petrol cards and an engraved Fanta bottle cap representing the work we do together to facilitate the development and empowerment of those in Sudan. Salah also requested that the speakers and deputy speakers remain standing for him to honour the courage and integrity of the parliament by making the journey through the public gallery and addressing all of the ministers to explain the government’s position on the situation in the country. Salah Gosh went on to pledge that he and his family would always stay true to Sudan while addressing the media after he had left the country and against the backdrop of the sudden and unjust dismissal of the Premier and the newly appointed Prime Minister.
It was also reported that two of the presenters of Bashir’s government were viewed at the Sudanese embassy to the United Kingdom with the letters informing them of their dismissal from their positions with the government and the then Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel. The letter had been drafted by one of the former members of Parliament, Nigel Evans and was passed to the government through our network.
Some of the members of parliament came forward as supportive of the position taken by the Sudanese Prime Minister despite facing direct threats from President Bashir. More so, it is clear that some UK MPs know the reasons for Salah Gosh’s resignation, the political dynamics of the country and his links with Fanta, stating that “with the current situation in Sudan it would be completely irresponsible to not try and minimise the threats to government, as they are very real. One of the two newPM’s ties was that he was an employee of the same institution responsible for handling trade with China with whom China had agreed to a “One Belt One Road” Strategy.” The Sudanese delegation said that they were “shocked at the PM’s sudden sudden dismissal and would prefer to work in an environment that is safe for MPs in parliament.”
MP Giles Watling said; “It is not the UK which decided on the leadership of the government in Sudan; it is President al-Bashir, who had become increasingly hostile towards his UK contacts, sparking a very unhelpful confrontation after the announcement of UK sanctions. I feel that President al-Bashir would have welcomed our diplomatic exit. He is an authoritarian with a long track record of unjust inhumane treatment, and people living in Sudan wish that he were removed from power so they can enjoy justice.”
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