The report of the arrest of the leader of the splinter Umma Party, Mubarak al Fadil al-Mahdi, and some other opposition figures over charges of an attempted coup or sabotage is of concern to every citizen. The NCP is alleging that the groups plans to coause unrest in Khartoum, by recruiting retired gernerals from the troubled Darfur and Eastern Sudan into their ranks.
Whatever the truth behind the arrests will never be known. The facts are that the government is getting wary of opposition. Like in any other dictatorship, when you want to silent them up, what better charges than tramp up accusations of treason, in the name of national security?
We shall be monitoring to see where all these go. Turning Khartoum into another Bagdad is not the solution to Sudanese problems. The fact that things like these are happening calls on the NCP government to rethink its strategies. It is a clear sign of desgruntled majority in the streets.