From Time to Time: Win Win Competition
Political rivals (all over the world) always seek the increase of their supporters among normal and floater people. To do so they keep on criticizing governments and ruling parties for any failure of meeting the basic needs of citizens; education, health, water, power supply, security, low and stable prices,...etc. They don't bother themselves trying to positively interfere in solving those problems even if they have the ability to do so. Instead of implementing positive and preemptive actions they just wait in the shadow for government actions and start telling people that those actions were wrong. Apart from their appearance on media outlets to point at what they deem negative aspects of the government and the intensive propaganda during elections campaign, they don't have any direct touch with suffering people. Sudan political life is not an exemption. Political parties are well known when there is elections campaign and well forgotten after the weeks or months of complain and rejection of the results if they don't succeed. Muslim Brothers of Egypt made a unique modality of opposition activities. Under the ousted regime they established a lot of clinics (with the participation of different specialists) inside mosques mainly in residential areas. Besides addressing of health problems; they also targetted the issue of stabilizing the market prices; by establishing many cheap and good quality malls. Their party was banned several times from joining elections and they were not given the chance to address public opinion through media outlets to gain support. But no doubt; that they gained the hearts and minds of people through those practical and positive actions which won't be forgotten and will last for long time. Dear ruling and opposition parties, instead of throwing problems on a minister or a Governor shoulder would you please try that sort of win-win competition? If you do so, I will guarantee that normal people will gain a lot and will definitely support you.
By Omer Elsheikh, 11/10/2011