It is a reason why the ECOWAS delegation led by former Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck crashed today in Bamako, Mali. The mission it had was bound to fail. They were not there to help the gridlock or resolve outstanding matters. No, they were there to reinstate the toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Colonel Assimi Goita and the Transitional junta government called National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) have dismissed this. That is not strange, as one of the reasons to do the Coup d’état earlier this month.
It is just like the regional body of ECOWAS doesn’t want to understand the grievances and just there to save one man. There been also reports of a push for a Government of National Unity. A government still run by the toppled President, but with some cooperation with the opposition.
CNSP have hold dialogue with M5-RFP and civil society organizations. This shows as a junta are trying to meet the public who has been demonstrating for months against the current leadership in Mali.
However, the ECOWAS wants to re-instate and give a hated President a second chance. Because, the same ECOWAS are afraid that this could happen to others. That leaders could be toppled and loose their seat. They want to linger in power without consequences.
CNSP is a sign that the leaders, the head of states are not untouchables who can silence and not care about the demonstrating citizens. ECOWAS apparently didn’t plan to listen to that or act concerned about it. They just wanted to ensure Keita get a safe journey ahead.
The ECOWAS was maybe getting the go-sign to do this by the French. As the French wants to save their influence and control over their previous colonies. They hired the ECOWAS and got them to be mercenaries for their mission. It was more important to get Keita back, then to secure the will of the citizens of Mali or understand why the army took him down.
That is what we can learn from here. They want to pile upon pressure on the CNSP. Make them a pariahya state, if they don’t comply or follow the direction of ECOWAS/France. This is how it seems. The CNSP just to bow down and give way, as the foreigners wants to continue the status quo and not make things better. It is better to have a corrupted, elitist and French influenced government in comparison to a loved one by the public.
CNSP is a temporary government, a junta who will use arms to hold on to power. However, if they keep their promises and works with M5-RFP and other stakeholders. Then there is hope. Because, ECOWAS is clearly only there to reinstate the ones who was self-serving in the first place. Peace.
Today on the 20th August 2020, Colonel Assimi Goita is the new leader and chairman of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP). The Vice-Chairman of the CNSP is the Colonel Malik Diaw. These are the two leaders of it and the ones to follow from now on.
There been also reports that M5-RFP is in dialogue with the CNSP. In this regard, there is reports that one of the key leaders and mobilizers of the protests against the Keita government, Imam Dicko is stepping out from politics. This after talks between the junta and them as a civil society.
Ivory Coast have suspended all collaborations with the Mali government, which it has done in accordance with the recommendations of ECOWAS. Clearly, the Multi-National bodies doesn’t support the coup. They rather have a unpopular puppet in power, then having possibly someone who is supported by the public.
It is disappointing that all international bodies, multi-national and regional bodies have all condemn the coup. African Union, ECOWAS and United Nations. We could anticipate that the UNSC would do this, as one of the veto-power nations France has a major stake in Mali. The French never left their former colonies and still wants to influence and control these republics from Paris. That is why a sudden shift of power is a worry for them.
We have no idea how this will play out. The crowds cheered in the change, they were in the streets in the months ahead of the coup and we can hope the junta listens to them. Also, that it continues to talk to civil servants and the stakeholders.
Not only drop slogans on Twitter and announcing things on National TV. They need to prove their worth and that they are a force for change. That the CNSP is a temporary body until a civil government, which is representative of the people and for the people in power.
The junta got to prove themselves. Imam Dicko has also shown his character, by stepping down after Keita is gone. That he was not in it for his personal prestige, but for the cause. That is a man of his words and something to look up too. Peace.