Muslim Brotherhood designs fuel Sudan divisions

Members of the Sudanese opposition are an excellent model of revolutionaries who have learnt from the mistakes of others.
Sunday 23/06/2019
Targeting the army. Sudanese security forces stand on guard outside Kober prison in the capital Khartoum, June 16. (AFP)
Targeting the army. Sudanese security forces stand on guard outside Kober prison in the capital Khartoum, June 16. (AFP)

The divisions rocking the Sudanese opposition are among the reasons for the suspension of the civil disobedience campaign. The divisions, of which only the tip is showing, threaten the unity of the opposition against military rule.

If this divide widens, the military rule will become the preferred option for the international community as an alternative to chaos or civil war.

The split of the opposition revolves around two axes. The first is the Sudanese Communist Party’s total refusal to negotiate with the Transitional Military Council. It believes in escalation until the army gives up power as the best choice for the Sudanese people.

The second axis is the Muslim Brotherhood, the usual conspirators in every political scene. Sudan’s Muslim Brotherhood, just like the Brotherhood in Egypt, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, wants to reap the fruits of the revolution without anyone noticing. It hides behind various figures or groups until the propitious time comes and it pounces on the revolution and swoops down on power.

The Muslim Brotherhood is expert at pushing events in a direction that serves its interests. In Sudan, the Brotherhood tried to exploit the civil disobedience campaign to push for escalation and incitement against the army. People then are killed and wounded and they force all opposition parties to confront the military under the pretence that it doesn’t want to hand over power.

Wiser people in the opposition became aware of the Brotherhood’s malicious intent so they called off the disobedience campaign. The army arrested some officers and soldiers who work for the Brotherhood. Finally, a page from the Brotherhood’s book of malice had been turned but the Brotherhood’s evil in the country has not ended.

The self-interested calculations of the Brotherhood during Sudan’s revolutions go back decades. Its members were the ones who rejected political parties when Sudan was living its golden democratic era.

They were the ones who legitimised military rule in the past when they theorised that army leaders were an integral part of the religiously legitimate decision makers.

Finally, they founded a political party and concluded an evil pact with authorities when former army strongman and ousted president Omar al-Bashir seized power.

The Muslim Brotherhood never dealt with the Sudan revolution, or any “Arab spring” revolution for that matter, out of patriotic motives. For them, the revolutions were just golden opportunities to grab power. The Brothers are mere power seekers.

The Sudanese opposition has the merit to have been able to read the country’s dynamics. Its members represent an excellent model of revolutionaries who learnt from the mistakes of others. They were realistic and patriotic in their demands and were diplomatic in their relationships with concerned external parties. The Muslim Brotherhood will never accept such an equation.