” I was shocked. His remarks are inadmissible… The Malian Prime Minister is the child of two coups d’état… Therefore, the legitimacy of the current government is democratically null. What the Malian Prime Minister said is unacceptable. It’s a shame. And that dishonors what is not even a government, the people who are now at the head of Mali. I know the Malian people don’t think that …
Such contempt by the current Malian leaders, towards our soldiers, for the lives that have been left behind, is unacceptable.
I do not expect anything from the Malian leaders. I expect them to honor their commitments; that in February there will be elections… I am waiting for the electoral process to be done; that those who are there by the result of a coup d’etat respect democratic life and stop imprisoning political leaders; that they do their work which consists of returning the State to Kidal, in the north of the country … We will continue to develop development projects and we will continue stabilization … But, this work cannot be done if leaders do not take responsibility. “
Thus reacted, on September 30, 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron, in response to a question asked by an RFI journalist on the sidelines of the closing dinner of the Africa 2020 season at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Between Paris and Bamako, the verbal escalation seems to reach its climax with this exit of the tenant of the Elysee who never hesitates to spit out his “truths” on the Malian rulers, especially those resulting from his “two coups d’état”. Last May, Emmanuel Macron violently apostrophed the economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) for having endorsed the second coup d’état by Colonel Assimi Goïta against Bah Ndaw and Moctar Ouane. In this regard, President Macron has not changed anything from his virulent positions against the authors of the military coup of August 18, 2020 and their supporters. Arrogant attacks like these form the backbone of “Macronian doctrine”.
We may consider President Macron’s remarks as contemptuous and insulting towards the Malian transitional authorities, there is no point in losing the sense of lucidity and realism by engaging in a useless standoff with the international community. Since the cowardly and despicable attacks of the adventurous traitors of Mnla in January 2012, Mali has been a sovereign country on paper. But in reality, it is a country under international supervision. So a fictitious sovereignty! What is the point of bulging your chest in Bamako if you are not able to exercise control over entire swathes of the national territory handed over to armed groups and jihadists? When we do not have the means for our pride, realism would like us to move away from rants or sentimental positions in the management of public affairs, especially in a country like Mali. As an excellent colleague underlined, “the Malians are too emotional and pretend to see reality in the face”. Today, Mali cannot have France, the European Union, the USA, ECOWAS, the Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (Cma) and the jihadist groups on its back and claim to exist as a single country. indivisible.
In this situation, it is Dr Choguel Kokalla Maïga who plays big. The compromises on a possible extension of the transition and a re-rapprochement with the West risk being made at the expense of the president of the M5-RFP Strategic Committee. If France has abandoned Mali in full flight, Dr Choguel Kokalla Maïga therefore runs the risk of being released in full transition by the colonels of the CNPS. By preferring silence but multiplying contacts, the President of the Transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta takes cover and will not hesitate for a single moment to sacrifice his Prime Minister, if the situation becomes threatening for the survival of his power.
By Chiaka Doumbia