The embattled President of Mali, Mr Ibrahim Keita has been arrested along with his Prime Minister and other government ministers government spokesperson confirms.
The emerging crisis in Mali came only a few weeks after a long-popular opposition protest, led by the M5-RFP opposition coalition alias the June 5 Movement demanding the resignation of the President and his entire cabinet. The current leader of the movement is a popular Islamic cleric, Mahmoud Dicko. The deteriorating economic and security situation of the country, especially in the North, frustrates many Malians who are now demanding a total overhaul of the governance system.
An attempt by the regional bloc ECOWAS to mediate between the opposition and the government with the suggestion of a unity government last week returned futile. It is not yet clear who the leader of the mutiny is, but one colonel DIAW has been named repeatedly as the leader of what evidently appears to be a coup.
Confirming the arrest of the President with his Prime Minister, the leader of the mutiny, speaking under anonymity reportedly told the AFP “We can tell you that the President and the Prime Minister are under our control”
The 75-year-old President Keita has been in power since 2013 and won a second term in 2018 but has since lost favour with the now disgruntled population.
In his reaction to the deepening crisis, France Foreign Minister, Jean Yves Le Drian said that France condemns this serious event and in the strongest term. EYEGAMBIA would continue to monitor the situation and report accordingly.
Independent Africa has a long-standing history of coups. Sometimes, these unprecedented actions are influenced by external forces, especially by former colonial authorities as a means of influencing domestic politics on the continent.
The wave of these military coups provided cannon fodder for detractors of the continent who have long held obstinately to the notorious belief that Africans are incapable of governing themselves.
Needless to say, even in times of civil revolutions, the Military has no business to do with governance. The State House is not for the soldiers. The barrack is the noble home for the noble soldiers.