June 20, 2024

Ruto’s remark that infuriated Sudan

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Ruto's remark that infuriated Sudan

Sudan unhappy after President William Ruto referred to the conflict as a ‘fight between two generals’

Sudan unhappy after President William Ruto referred to the conflict as a ‘fight between two generals’

The Sudanese government was angered after President William Ruto described the ongoing conflict in the country as a ‘fighting between two generals.”

In an invitation letter to foreign ministers of the quartet countries involved in the IGAD peace efforts in Sudan, Ruto described the conflict as “fighting between two generals” and called for an end to the bloody conflict which has killed at least 2000 people and displaced millions, according to the United Nations.

Sudan in reaction expressed fury at the description of the conflict that way and reiterated its rejection of the Kenyan leader of the IGAD mediation, saying Kenya supports and harbor the rebellious Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

“The haste shown by the Kenyan government in dealing with this file and the statements issued by its officials, which indicate that it is guided by international initiatives, do not serve the principle of African solutions to African problems,” it added.

The foreign ministry statement further expressed its “categorical refusal” to the Kenyan government’s decision “to characterize the conflict in Sudan as a fight between two generals. This is a misnomer between the institution of the national armed forces and the group rebelling against it.”

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“The Kenyan government’s handling of the mediation file in this way contradicts basic principles For IGAD, which is to respect the sovereignty of states,” it added.

Sudan plunged into a deadly conflict on April 15 after the RSF – supported by the Russian Wagner group and the United Arab Emirates – launched attacks on government and army positions in the capital Khartoum.

IGAD, a regional bloc comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda, rushed to launch peace initiatives selecting Kenyan President William Ruto as the chief negotiator.

Sudan has opposed the appointment of Ruto at the mediating team, claiming Kenya has supported and harbored leaders of the Rapid Support Forces. 

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