The transitional junta have now appointed the Interim President and Vice President. This being former Defence Minister Bah N’Daw as the Interim President and Coup leader Assimi Goita as the Vice-President. Because of this, I had to look into Bah N’Daw and who is unique about him. So the Comite National pour le Salut du People (CNSP) have no made a move.
Well, first and foremost his he became a helicopter pilot after training in Soviet (1970s) and became Air-Force Pilot after training in France (1970s). The man has held several high ranking roles in the military ever since and the latest was as the Minister of Defence.
However, before that he has been the aide the camp for President Moussa Traoré. Also been the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff of the National Guard, Director of Military Engineering and Chief of Defense Cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Office. So, its not like the man doesn’t have credentials or a history in the army, That is maybe why the junta and the CNSP picked this man.
The military leaders of the coup picked a military man. That was to be anticipated. They have done a secure choice for themselves. A man who knows the army and the armed forces. This is ensuring the soldiers and the ones who collaborated is safe.
I am really not shocked that they picked a man of the army. Alas, what is striking about the appointed man is that he speaks Russian, English, French and Bamanan. So, he has opportunities to speak allies and the international community with ease. Which is important to create confidence in the CNSP and the project itself.
With the knowledge of what he has done before and achieved. We know his not a civilian, but another high ranking army man. This is showing that CNSP is still a military outfit and hasn’t changed their goal or plan to become a civilian government. They are all still trained men who knows how to carry guns and use them.
Therefore, the choice of him as the Interim President was a safe one. Especially for the CNSP. He has been in government, in the one they toppled and a man who has served several of others. That is why his a known man.
Let’s see if his the right man for Mali… that is something that time will tell. At least, the man has a history of leadership and been serving others. So, he should know the hardships ahead. Peace.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently allocated an additional 12 million Swiss francs (about $13.2 million) to its operational budget for the Sahel region.
GENEVA, Switzerland, September 14, 2020 – Increasing violence in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger has led to a 62 percent spike in deaths and more than a million people being forced to flee their homes over the last year. This rise in fighting is jeopardizing access to basic services, including health care, and affecting a fragile economy even as COVID-19 poses new threats, International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer said during a trip to the region.
Civilians are paying the highest price for the surge in violence. More than 4,660 people died in the first six months of 2020, according to data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. The ICRC is extremely concerned about the level of violence and recalls that, under international humanitarian law, the civilian population must be protected and spared.
Climate change effects add a complicating layer to an already dramatic humanitarian situation. Record hot spells and unpredictable weather patterns such as the current floods tend to exacerbate inter-communal tensions and violence.
“The combination of rising violence and deaths, shuttered health care facilities, climate change effects and the COVID-19 pandemic make this a complex and multilayered crisis,” said Mr Maurer, who visited Niger and Burkina Faso over the last week. “People here are facing a battering ram of challenges leading to intense suffering for families.”
Healthcare access is essential amid conflict and during a global pandemic. But in Mali, an estimated 20 percent of health centres are partially damaged or destroyed. In Burkina Faso, 14 percent of health centres are closed or working at limited capacity.
Military confrontations and forced displacements are increasingly limiting access to agricultural fields, depriving households reliant on agriculture of food. Humanitarian access to communities affected by the fighting is becoming more difficult in some areas, exacerbating the vulnerability of those in need.
Given the challenges, the ICRC recently allocated an additional 12 million Swiss francs (about $13.2 million) to its operational budget for the Sahel region. These funds will be dedicated to seeking enhanced protection for civilians, backing the provision of essential services and supporting conflict-affected communities to restore their livelihoods.
“Government budgets are strained globally due to the health and job repercussions of COVID-19, but it’s clear that this region of the world needs assistance to alleviate the crippling consequences of both armed conflict and climate risks,” said Mr Maurer.