Just as scheduled the African Union, ECOWAS and by all means the government itself. The coup d’état been cheered on the streets of Bamako. While the government officials are arrested and the ones running it is taking control of the republic.
These statements speak for themselves. Just read them and see how these international and regional bodies are reacting to the coup d’état. It is really showing their true colours.
Mali Government Statement before arrests:
“The Government of the Republic of Mali has been following with great attention the events which have been taking place since this morning in our country, particularly at the level of two military camps in the city of Bamako. The mood swings observed reflect a certain frustration which may have legitimate causes. The Government of Mali calls on the perpetrators of these acts to pull themselves together. There are no reasons above our dear Mali that are worth acts whose uncertain outcome can lead to acts harmful to the entire Nation. The Government calls for reason and a patriotic sense and asks for the arms to be silenced. There is no problem the solution of which cannot be found in dialogue. The Government calls for appeasement and makes itself available from the moment of this press release to engage in fraternal dialogue in order to dispel any misunderstandings” (Dr Boubou Cissé, Primature du Mali, 18.08.2020).
“The main opposition group, M5, he said, continued to insist on the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a position not acceptable to ECOWAS, which insisted only on democratic process in change of power within its jurisdiction. “We told them that no international organization, including the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), and others, would agree with their position. We continued to emphasize the need for dialogue,” former President Jonathan stressed” (ECOWAS, 18.08.2020).
African Union Statement:
“18 August 2020, Addis Ababa: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the forced detention of President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Prime Minister and other members Malian government and calls for their immediate release.
The Chairperson strongly rejects any attempt at the unconstitutional change of government in Mali and calls on the mutineers to cease all recourse to violence, and calls for the respect of the country’s institutions” (African Union, 18.08.2020).
We could really expect the statement from the Prime Minister Cisse he don’t want to loose his job and his appointment. That was to be anticipated. Who would think a man with the guns aimed at him would ask for them to silence them.
What ECOWAS says is very clear, but they are accepting that a President overstays and not resigning after public demand. The ECOWAS is supporting a President over the will of the people. That says a lot.
Also, the African Union does the same. They are rather keep a puppet of France in Mali, than have someone who the people want. Both ECOWAS and AU wants a illegitimate regime in power. The AU would accept a rigged election … but not a coup d’état. Because that is tool, which only accepted if it causes stability.
Instead of understanding the grievances of the people and the reason for the cheering on of the coup d’état. It is a reason why they toppled the Mali government. They didn’t do this today … for fun, but for a reason.
Keita’s time was up. Peace.