Smoke billows as clashes continue in the Sudanese capital on April 17, 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Photo/Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency
KHARTOUM – Social media users are circulating footage attributed to former Sudanese intelligence chief Salah Gosh accusing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of being behind recent events in Sudan.
According to recordings released by the Middle East Monitor, the UAE allegedly set up a “command center” in Abu Dhabi with the aim of replacing troops with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti.
In an audio recording that allegedly could not be verified, a man identified as the Chief of Staff of the Sudanese Army, General Kamal Abdel Marouf, said, “The initial changes in Sudan started with a Masonic conspiracy from within the system, and from the camel herding countries of the Gulf which sponsoring change, as well as foreign countries relying on some nomadic European individuals who claim to be activists but are actually political traffickers.”
He added, “After announcing their program of change and the problem became insurmountable for them, the battle turned to planning through incapable supporters of freedom, change, left, and Communists. However, they reached a point where they were unable to achieve their ambitious goals. , so they move to the stage of change by force, program and promote it in the media, and try to exploit the rebel movement.”
He continued, “Until matters reached a ‘Dagalo style’ (Hemedti) change.”
He added that Hemedti had met with UAE President Mohammed Bin Zayed and some financiers who agreed on the need for forced change.
This would involve striking the army and declaring a government recognized by the sponsoring countries, along with several international institutions and organizations. It will deal a serious blow to the Islamic currents and the military in the country.
Highlighting that Hemedti “knew nothing about politics or Sudan”, Marouf said Sudanese politician and prominent figure of the People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Yasir Arman was stationed “nearby”.
“The program talks about total control of the airport, general command, presidential palace, radio and television, and then announces control of the Rapid Support Force,” Marouf said.