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.
The ones behind the coup d’état yesterday in Bamako, Mali. Have ensured that the unpopular President Keita resigned from his office. The Cabinet have been dissolved and so have the Parliament. The junta, the new regime has created a temporary “Council” or leadership structure, which they have coined the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP).
This is being led by the young colonel Malik Diaw. Surely, the other commanders behind the coup is there. This being General Cheick Fanta Mady Dembélé, and Colonel Mama Sekou Lelenta. That is all natural in the circumstances.
The other orders from the body created by the junta is that borders are closed indefinitely and there is put in a curfew for movement.
Colonel Major Ismael Wagué to the media today stated that the Republic would be lost if it wasn’t for the Coup. It would become further chaos if they didn’t step in and they decided to “straighten the country”.
Adama Ben Diarra aka Camarade Ben Le Cerveau one of the young leaders of the M5-RFP was seen with Col. Diaw after his release on the 10th August 2020. This has started speculation, if there is a connection between the junta and the protest movement of M5-RFP. However, that is yet to be verified.
We can hope the M5-RFP get a say and other civil society organization. Especially with the promise of an election, which directly means a civil government. Not just another junta. The junta have gotten rid of corrupt, greedy and incompetent government. However, they have to configure the ways out of this.
To rename themselves CNSP and pump out slogans and positive messages isn’t enough. They need to enhance structures and secure policies ahead. Also, needs to have dialogue with stakeholders and interest groups. To ensure they are on the right path ahead.
This will be interesting ahead. As the United Nations Security Council will have closed session on it. Most likely because France is afraid of loosing power and influence in Bamako. We just got to see. Peace.
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.