There was reports of a mutiny at several of army bases around Burkina Faso, which was downplayed on Sunday. Now hours later on Monday, things has further escalated and the mutiny has been able to overthrow the two-term elected President Kaboré.
We will now have a military government in Burkina Faso. They are calling themselves: Mouvement Patriotique pour la Sauvegarde et la Restauration (MPSR).
What we know from the announcement on National TV is this:
“The constitution and government of Roch Kaboré of Burkina Faso are suspended by the army during a solemn announcement on the news channel Radiodiffusion-Télévision du Burkina. The announcement was made by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sidsore claiming to be “President of the MPSR” meaning “Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Preservation”. President Roch Kaboré was detained in a military camp by mutinous soldiers, security sources and a West African diplomat said, following heavy gunfire around his residence Sunday night in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso’s president, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, survived an assassination attempt. The situation remains uncertain” (David Kime, 24.01.2022).
The army commander behind the coup d’etat is:
“According to sources, it is the Cobra units of the Army special forces who are in charge. One of the operational figures is the commander of the 3rd military region, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba” (Djakaridia Siribié, 24.01.2022).
The latest changes of leadership within the army made by the President was by decree on the 3rd December 2021. At that point of time, Lt. Col. Sandaogo Damiba became the Commander of the 3rd military region.
What else do we know about him?
“Senior infantry officer in the Burkinabè army. Lieutenant Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba is a graduate of the military school in Paris. He also holds a master’s degree in criminal sciences from the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM) in Paris as well as a Defense expert certification in management, command and strategy. He is also the author of the book “West African army and terrorism, uncertain responses?”” (54etats.com – ‘Lieutenant Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, Burkina Faso’s new strongman?’ 24.01.2022).
We will know more with time, as we can anticipate changes in Burkina Faso. At this very moment, we can wonder how fragile and how strong this junta is. As one coup, easily re-issues another coup. Especially, if the some of the coup-makers and allies loses influence or power.
What we can say with certainty is that the MPP have been overthrown by the Mouvement Patriotique pour la Sauvegarde et la Restauration (MPSR). That is name and the current administration of Burkina Faso. Therefore, it is now official that Lt. Col. Sandogo Damiba is the new head of state until otherwise. Peace.
“Lieutenant-Colonel Emmanuel Zoungrana arrested on suspicion of a coup” (Actualite.bf, 11.01.2022).
“This 01/10/022, Lieutenant Col Zoungrana and his men wanted to bring down President Roch Kaboré. But the national gendarmerie intervened to prevent the coup” (Malinews TV, 11.01.2022).
So, was Arsalane Mohamed Emmanuel Zoungrana (AMEZ) or Lieutenant-Colonel Emmanuel Zougrana behind a planned coup d’etat within Burkina Faso. That would be a mutiny and a direct effort to challenge President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré who won a second term in office in November 2020.
AMEZ isn’t only an army commander and allegedly behind the coup d’eat, but he has published a book called “Sentinelles” in 2020. That was his fourth book and publication. That means his a big writer and has books that people can pick up.
AMEZ has also been controversial as he has used Volunteers for the Defence of the Homeland (VDP), which has gathered intelligence in the North. Which AMEZ has defended, as he has used these additional troops in combatting terrorist and fighting the jihadists. Therefore, this man was willing to use all means to get ahead and even civilian volunteers to participate together with the army in operations where he was the army commander.
Lt. Col. Zougrana will surely be able or have the capacity to write another book now. The last 48 hours and the 8 soldiers arrested. Says there was a plot and planned efforts to coup d’etat. He was an army commander and by default have respect within a certain amount of troops. Secondly, he wasn’t only doing that, but bright enough to publish his own books.
Now, the Lt. Col. has another chapter in his life.
Le Pays report what happened like this:
“A coup attempt has been foiled in Burkina. The information is from the military prosecutor’s office which specifies that as of yesterday, January 11, 2022, eight soldiers were arrested and interviewed for the purposes of the investigation. The brain of this band that plans to destabilize the institutions of the Republic, is a lieutenant colonel by the name of Emmanuel Zoungrana, also former head of the body of 12th commando infantry regiment and commander of the western sector of the grouping of northern security forces. Arrested, this officer is currently pondering his fate in the hands of the national gendarmerie” (Le Pays – UNSUCCESSFUL COUP D’ETAT ATTEMPT IN BURKINA: So Goïta and Doumbouya are emulating’ 11.01.2022).
I cannot find more information about this today. We don’t know and the internet and social media is blocked in Burkina Faso. That was reported about yesterday, but the reasons for it now is obvious. As the state did what it could to stop this unsuccessful coup attempt.
Lt. Col. Zougrana better write a classic and a memoir of epic proportions now. As he has to explain himself and the reasons for the attempted coup. The Lt. Col. needs to tell his story and maybe he doesn’t get the time or the publisher to publish it. Nevertheless, his life is altered and from being an army commander.
He will be a jailbird and be possibly charged with treason, as he was part of a group trying to overthrow the current government. Peace.