Today the Sudanese President Al Bashir is meeting with his bigwigs in Khartoum to discuss the new government appointments for ministerial posts at federal and state level. With somewhat desperate optimism about the future of this new government, I'm always asking people what will happen, what we can expect over the coming weeks, which changes one might hope for - but the only consistent response I get is one of weary uncertainty. While they are also hopeful, the Sudanese are clearly not quite as earnest and naive as I am in dealing with the subject.
Jokes and sarcasm seem to be one of the more popular ways of coping with cynicism and suspicion. Since they probably give a better reflection of people's perceptions of the new national unity government than anything I could come up with, I thought I’d share this particularly bad one I hear from one of our drivers this morning:
President Al Bashir calls up Salva Kiir and says: "Now that Garang has tragically died, would you like to be my new Vice-President? I want you to come to Khartoum and take over his position as soon as possible. I will send a plane to come and collect you."
Salva Kiir says: "Alright, I can be your Vice-President. I will come to Khartoum and take up the job. But don't worry about the plane, I prefer to take my bicycle."
Tags: Sudan, Darfur, aid worker, Al Bashir, Salva Kiir