Sudan: Frustration Grows Over Fuel and Bread shortages

Sudan: Frustration Grows Over Fuel and Bread shortages
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Sudan Shortages

The shortages sparked last year’s revolution which ended President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule. Political crises because of civil protest in Sudan resulted in a political dilemma. Sudan is under pressure because of inadequate food supplies. Such inconveniences are landmarks of previous revolts and conflicts by the citizens during Al Bashir’s rule. Hence many have been displaced, migrated to other countries, and some lost their lives. Most of all the country’s economic growth is greatly affected. Such that food supplies are in limited amounts.

The political crises were influenced by the citizens revolting against the then government ie during Omar Al Bashir’s rule. He ruled the country for about 3o years before his government was deposed. In an attempt to overthrow him, there was too much conflict. The current situation of the country’s economy is due to the political crises.

Scarcity of resources is causing frustration among Sudanese

Due to the current decline in Sudan’s economy, the country is facing a shortage of resources. For instance, bread and petrol shortages are reported. Many of the Sudanese feel enraged by the worsening situation.Especially since the ques are long due to high demand. Many a time some line-up but miss out on the commodities.

 

For instance ques of cars are a common site in petrol stations in Sudan.Drivers waiting to fill up their tanks to be able to get on with their lives. Citizens are complaining of long ques limiting their working hours and unavailability of public transports. This is attributed to the impacts of fuel shortage. The country is importing oil products since it lost 70% of its oil output when it gained independence nine years ago. The government is struggling to pay large imports of fuel which it largely subsidizes.

The purchase of bread also results in long ques. Because of the shortage of currency which affects imports of wheat for bread production. Residents are lamenting as they go in purchase of bread as early as seven but wait till noon. They are angered especially since no government official has bothered to take action.

The reaction by the crises management committee

The current government led by prime minister and generals have come up with the countries economic management team to combat the current challenges. The economic management committee says they have put forward some policies to help stabilize the situation by providing resources to the citizens. They are working to recover the amount of money stolen by the former regime. They are also disposing of shunned security companies that shriveled the country’s budget.

Nonetheless, some economic analyst says the current economic situation is rather an issue of politics and management. The ruling coalition is governed by many parties and have different views and approaches on the country’s economy. Hence no consensus amongst members, making it hard to implement beneficial strategies. Furthermore,no one wants to be held accountable in case things go wrong. While the government struggles to come up with solutions, the economic crises continue to take a toll and it’s only a matter of time before it results in more anti-government anger.

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