Sudan President Vows to Cut Hands Off Darfuri Carjackers
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has threatened to cut the hands off carjackers in Darfur, in accordance with Shari’a law.
The Sudanese leader gave the warning on Monday, as part of his address at a public rally in Nyala, the capital of Sudan’s South Darfur region. He also promised to resolve the region’s water shortage issues and various security concerns in the area.
Carjackers to lose hands
As part of the president’s plans to enforce new security measures in South Darfur, he announced carjackers in the region will have their hands cut off as punishment for their crimes. He justified the move by explaining the value of a stolen military vehicle is more than the financial limit set by Shari’a law which makes the thievery punishment applicable.
The announcement comes after he declared on Saturday the formation of a national body to collect illegal arms in the region. The president insists the government will no longer tolerate the use of illegal arms against the state and general public. It has also been reported that Bashir has instructed the governor of South Darfur to ensure outlaws are stopped from collecting illegal taxes from civilians.
The new policies come as part of the government’s plans to prevent ongoing attacks on businessmen, commercial convoys and military vehicles. Armed gangs in the region regularly seize commodities and demand ransom for their return.
Bashir vows to fix water shortage
Another priority for the Sudanese president in South Darfur is fixing the region’s water shortage. He also accuses rebel groups of obstructing water and development projects in the area – something the new security measures intend to prevent.
There are other factors at work in the region’s water shortage, however. Rapid population growth over the last 13 years and falling water levels in wells have been a harsh combination with South Darfur’s security issues.
The president promised to address the issue in front of his Nyala audience, where the water shortage is particularly severe.
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