Afri'actu: When the negro on duty chooses to become a clown!

Afri’actu: When the negro on duty chooses to become a clown!

“It is already on the table, the creation of an anti-coup force that we are thinking of creating and this will allow everyone to understand that in the middle of the 21st century, coups d’etat are inadmissible and unacceptable”. Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló expressed himself thus, last Thursday, when he was in a joint press conference with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron visiting the country. Is this project the emanation of West African Heads of State or would it actually be an idea of ​​Emmanuel Macron to perpetuate France-Africa?

The question is really worth it. But one thing is obvious, we clearly feel the will of the Union of Heads of State of ECOWAS, through the military support of France, to protect and perpetuate the anti-democratic power of its members through the creation of this so-called anti-coup force. This is all the more certain since no popular insurrection against a given autocratic regime could succeed without the ultimate intervention of the armed forces.

It is an open secret that a race of Heads of State, mistakenly considered democratically elected, want to prevent the sovereign people from seizing power when they believe that (formal) parliamentary democracy is proving corrupt and prevent any credible alternative to power through the ballot box. Putschs occur because more often than not, governance does not reflect the popular will.

Between 2020 and 2022, three West African states have seen their governments overthrown by coups. They would even be four in number if the coup d’etat against the Bissau-Guinean Head of State had not failed. Anyway, the origin and the motivations of the putsches which occurred in West Africa differ from one country to another.

In Mali, following seven years of bad governance (mismanagement, corruption, electoral tampering), the sovereign people organized themselves, in 2020, around a sociopolitical movement, the M5-RFP, to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and his diet. After four months of popular insurrection, the power was considerably weakened to the point that it could not lead the country. The army intervened to complete the fall of the IBK regime. Since then, a civil-military coalition has led the Transition.

In Guinea, the President of the Republic was the author of a constitutional coup. The gigantic popular demonstrations of several years could not prevent Alpha Condé from tampering with the Constitution of the country to run for a third unconstitutional mandate. Against all expectations, it was soldiers close to the government who seized power. They are considered by many political analysts to be in the pay of French neocolonialism.

In Burkina Faso, popular demonstrations, due to endemic insecurity in two thirds of the national territory, have weakened the regime of Rock Christian Kaboré. The demonstrators, very determined, denounced the presence of French troops and demanded their departure from the country. Since Kaboré was not subservient, France intervened quietly to anticipate his fall. Hence Colonel Damiba’s putsch. This officer is supposed to be a France-Africa henchman. He does not have the support of the people of Burkina Faso, who are also demanding his departure. In particular, since his abortive attempt at national reconciliation during which he brought with impunity the deposed president, Blaise Compaoré, who was nevertheless sentenced to life in absentia by the country’s justice, to meet the other former Heads of State of the country.

What about constitutional coups in West Africa? They allowed protected France-Africa to stay in power.

West Africa’s democratic system is not only interrupted by military coups. Several Heads of State in the sub-region cling to their power by fiddling with the Fundamental Laws. They are generally supported by the former colonizing country if they defend French interests. This is the case of Alassane Dramane Ouattara who forged “his new Constitution” to run for a third term. He now rules his country with an iron fist. Isn’t ADO the figurehead of France-Africa, of which the majority of the African people are now hostile and from which they wish to emancipate themselves?

Gaoussou Madani Traore

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