Title: Alex De-Waal and Bashir Nobel Price By Hafiz Mohamed
Author: Hafiz Ismail Mohamed
Date: 05-05-2016, 06:03 PM
06:03 PM May, 05 2016
Hafiz Ismail Mohamed-Director of Justice Africa Sudan.
What Alex De-waal said in Tana Forum on Impact of Illicit Financial Flows on Peace and security in Africa is not surprising I knew Alex for long time since 2008 /09 he changed his stand totally and decided to support the National Congress Party (NCP) regime unreservedly.
But for him to applaud Bashir for managing the Sudanese economy to the extent that he nominated him for Nobel price, is so insulting to our minds, the main failure of Al Bashir and his regime is their failure to run the economy and the impact of that on people lives and livelihood, Bashir run one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. Alex said he was surprised because Bashir managed to run the country with a budget of less the one billion US dollar before 1999, the issue is not how much is the size of the economy it is about how you managed it until 1974 Sudanese economy used to be run in surplus , in 1980s even after the IMF introduced its structural adjustment Programme the inflow of foreign currencies from commodities export and Sudanese expatriates remittances was higher them 3 billion US Dollars the value of the national currency in June 1989 was 1 US $ equal SGD 12 , now 1US $ equal 14,000 , the GDP used to be high than 3 billion US dollars and the total government budget use to be over 1 billion before Al Bashir took power by military coup in 1989. The proceed of the sale of Al Gazira Scheme cotton per year used to be over 350 million dollars Alex well aware that Bashir regime managed to destroy the economy through adopting wrong policies and making corruption the norm through their Tamkin (empowerment) policy. Alex himself fully aware of the misuse of over 60 billion US dollars the proceed of the sale of oil in 1999-2010, he spoke about that many times and introduced the terminology ‘(dollarization of political landscape) describing the regime patronage system.
He wrote a lot exposing the regime in 2004 a famous article in London Book Review under the title (Counterinsurgency in Cheap) accusing the regime leaders of been Genocidal by force of Habit, he co-authors the two Justice Africa books Darfur a Short History for a Long War and when he met Nafia he changed some of the stories in the second edition to appease him. He used to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the UNSC referred Darfur Case to it in 2005, but when Ocampo told the UNSC in his briefing in 2008 that he will indict president Bashair Alex wrote an open letter on the Guardian newspaper against that and supporting Bashair, after the indictment he wrote 120-page case in favour of Bashair and against the ICC and that was an insult to the hundreds of thousands of victims in Darfur.
We knew he changed his stands regarding the regime in 2008/09 because he used to believe there was a lucrative business in Sudan and he can get share of the cake by supporting the regime, actually he wasn’t only supporting the regime but he fought everyone who used to have different views from him , he done that with me when we were working together in Justice Africa London he used to write fabricated stories and lies about me to the board of directors and not copying me and I was the managing director of the organisation at that time ,he falsely accused me of misusing funds , luckily I managed to get all those emails and faced him with all his lies, he even went further and posted a paid advert in some Sudanese newspapers accusing me of corruption as he believe as white man ( Khowaja ) Sudanese elites believe him as he pledged to destroy me and close down Justice Africa Sudan and that clearly showed his colonial mind set and disrespect to Sudanese intellectuals , but I responded to him in very strong way and exposed his lies and forced him to shut his mouth.
The leaked emails exchange between him and the security officer in Sudan embassy in Addis Ababa which been exposed by Fathi Al Daw in his book AL Gandaig (the Trenches’) clearly shows his link with NISS
If he thinks by becoming spin doctor for the regime that will help him again I think he is wrong, this regime run out of everything.
Alex De-waal is not only dishonest but he is intellectually corrupt, Africa doesn’t need someone like him we have enough corrupt dictators.
The author is CSO activist. can be reached at: [email protected]
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