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Opinion: The Togolese Dialogue we’re bound to fail, because that’s what Gnassingbe wanted!

The Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo wasn’t going into a ready made process to generate an agreement between government under President Faure Gnassingbe, who has had no ideal or plan of any reconciliation with the opposition. Gnassingbe has worked against the opposition party and hold it silent and not addressed it for months. While the opposition rallies been going on for months, non-stop, even if the government continue to harass and detain activists.

So if you have had feeling that the negotiations and dialogue has only been to give legitimacy for Gnassingbe, than we are on accord. It is the sort of ploy to make the protesters and the demonstrations seemingly foolish. While what happens on the backdoor meetings could deliver some sort of paper, saying that the government will deliver a little change, but not step-down. The opposition are supposed to accept it, because it was a minor concession from Gnassingbe. Even if he didn’t step-down as the public wants, since the family dynasty of the Gnassingbe has to stop. That should be the nail in the coffin. So that means, the address of Gnassingbe, would be to make a succession within his party and not continue to rule.

Buzz du Togo reported this:

In the past, the government managed to never apply the agreements it had signed, Antoine Bawa points. The Ghanaian mediation is respected by both parties, but will it have the means to enforce the agreement? ” Remains the solution of the Togolese army as guarantor of the transition process. It does not participate at this stage in the dialogue. “He is a key player in Togo, but unfortunately discredited by his brutality and his unfailing loyalty to Gnassingbe,” said Comi Toulabor. Façade optimism displayed by both sides for opening dialogue threatens to flake off quickly” (BuzzduTogo, 2018).

Clearly, the opposition had no faith in the dialogue, since the government doesn’t hold their deals and agreement. Togolese has all rights to now faith in it, as long as they have demonstrated, the police and army has violated their rights to protest. People has been hurt, killed and detained for using their words. So, the trust in Gnassingbe isn’t there and they have the rights to question him. His agenda is to prolong his stay in power and not give way.

The Togolese state isn’t a family affair, even if Gnassingbe acts that way and thinks he can get away with it. That is why the dialogue will have no results and the activists will continue to prosper and get more people on the streets. Even if the authorities ban them, like they banned concerts at the beaches. They can ban it all and officially stop it. However, the voices of the people will only be heard in the streets. Because Gnassingbe will not step down easily.

That the dialogue had a mission to address the social-political questions of the protests. It is evident what the problem is and it is one man in general. In linage of people who thinks they have a right to rule the Republic. They are paying the army and paying the security officials to keep the people at bay, but not build institutions or state facilities to build a better republic. That is evident, that the one-family rule of Togo has to stop. The whole reason for the protest, for the people to be free of the shackles of Gnassingbe.

The mediator has to see, it is chronic problem of one man and his elite of the whole state, while the public are struggling with bare minimum. That is the reality and it is not just. The society will change with leaders not ruling their because of family ties, but because of expertise and legitimacy from the public. Neither is there now, just the elite and cronies. The Togolese deserve better. Peace.

Reference:

BuzzduTogo – ‘Togo: révélations du journal français Libération sur le dialogue en cours’ (23.02.2018) link: http://buzzdutogo.com/togo-revelations-du-journal-francais-liberation-sur-le-dialogue-en-cours/

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The Goblin address the Crocodile, but he is throwing stones in a glasshouse!

Its been 100 days since 15th November 2017, the coup that wasn’t a coup, but apparently was a coup in Zimbabwe. That toppled the 37 years of rule by the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) under President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe has run the nation since 1980 and freed it from the British. However, he overstayed, and the public cheered for the fall in November with their rally for liberation from Mugabe. Now that it had gone 99 days, the Goblin showed his true face, as he will today celebrate his birthday without eating of the whole state budget this year.

So yesterday he said this to the media:

Mugabe then said he was forced to resign under military pressure, notes reveal. “I was pressured by the army to resign; I did so in order to avoid conflict and bloodshed in my country. I was worried because it had been brought to my attention that people had been intimidated, illegally seized, attacked, homes had been raided at gunpoint and destroyed, and weapons confiscated from other state security agencies,” Mugabe said. “The army had been unconstitutionally deployed without permission of the commander-in-chief and soldiers continue to be used in this operation. So from a constitutional point of view, he (Mnangagwa) is there unconstitutionally. “Mnangagwa is in power illegally, yet some of his officials dare call me a dictator. What dictator? “Maybe a dictator for dictating that we must take over our land and give it to the people; maybe a dictator for demanding that our people must be empowered. If that’s why they call me a dictator, I have no problem with that” (…) “He the added a new dimension: “Now you want to know whether elections will be free and fair. Of course, I don’t think so. How can they be free and fair when the military is running everything?” Mugabe said the situation was worrying, adding his security was not guaranteed. “For instance, they told you, I was safe, but how can I be in this environment? My wife is crying daily. They are persecuting her; that is obviously directed at me. What am I without my wife and family? We are not safe,” Mugabe said. “We have constitutional benefits, for example, but these are being denied.” (Gagare, 2018).

It is strange and deranged to read this from the Goblin, it is unique that he talked to the press. The world should know what he said to local media. Because it shows his true heart, after he was removed. Not likely he would have gone down without pressure, since he used all tricks to stop the likes of Morgan Tsvangirai and others from power. 

Me and Mugabe agree, that it was unconstitutional of the army to topple him, but not like he didn’t misuse the army and the government resources over 30 years. Not like he didn’t care for constitution or just elections, when he was the President. Mugabe is the wrong man throwing the stone, as he is casting it in a glasshouse. He is just bitter, that someone finally beat him at his game. That he wasn’t following the internal issues within the Zanu-PF and the army, before they brought him down in November.

I don’t expect free and fair elections, President Emmerson Mnangagwa might promise it in words, but his actions might differ. However, the demonstrations and memorials of Tsvangirai has been peaceful with little or no interference from the police. Other than a few others at other parties rallies in the recent months. So we have to see if they will play by common sense or prepare to rigg for Mnangagwa.

Mugabe is not the man to play those cards, he has misused his time in office, he didn’t build institutions or electoral reforms. If he did, he would have gone much sooner. Mugabe should be happy he isn’t walking in and out of the court-room answering for his crimes and acts of ill over 3 decades. He has hurt enough families and made sure they had to flee for a better life. The misuse of government funds and riches on their own. They should be happy the state hasn’t confiscated their ill-gotten gains. That would have been proper, that the stolen funds should be given back.

He is so used to power, he doesn’t see it himself. That didn’t deliver free and fair elections, he didn’t follow the constitution or the rules, he apply them only to others, just like he did when he was in power. The same kind of answers and belief. If you eat it up, your a G-40 Zanu-PF who misses the good old days of Grace spinning the wheels. If not, your are a Lacoste who has risen to power. Thirdly, your a opposition who working hard to changes and hopefully able to rip up the Zanu-PF. So the state can evolve even more and further away from the legacy of the Goblin. Peace.

Reference:

Gagare, Owen – ‘Mugabe breathes fire over Mnangagwa rule’ (23.02.2018) link: https://www.theindependent.co.zw/2018/02/23/mugabe-breathes-fire-mnangagwa-rule/

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