Mali coup: Junta called on J.J Rawlings; can he resolve the impasse?

The new development on the Mali issue is that a four member delegation from the military coup leaders have called on the former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings who is not only a seasoned politician but also very experienced in terms of coup and transition of power.

The team which was led by its Chairman, Colonel Assimi Goïta, accompanied by Colonel Assimi Goïta, Colonel Ismaël Wagué, Major Talibe Konte and Captain Demba N’daw met with Rawlings after their meeting with ECOWAS officials in Ghana.

During the discussion with the Malian Junta, Rawlings stated that, “It is unfortunate that the world is being forced into multiparty democracy with corruption and violence rather than other forms of democratic practices with none or minimal corruption.”

According to him, “the West appears to favour corruptible political tendencies in order to continue to dominate our security and economy.” 

He further stated that, “the level of corruption that has become an integral part of multiparty democracy has created a general climate of stress and tension that may destabilize some areas in our region;” a statement which is similar to his quoted reason for leading his 1979 coup d’etat in Ghana. 

In 1979, Rawlings overthrew the Akuffo government on grounds of similar claim that the government was corrupt beyond redemption and that a new leadership was required for Ghana’s development, hence the need to remove the government of the day. 

Rawlings and his team took over with military rule and later transitioned the country successfully into civilian rule by handing over to Hilla Limann who he later overthrew in 1981 on grounds that civilian rule was weak, and that the country’s economy was deteriorating.

This is not different from the case in Mali; the leadership of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), the group that seized power in Mali cited mismanagement and corruption as the major contributory factors for their action.

Rawlings who stated that, he was “dutifully passing on ECOWAS leadership’s concerns” whilst sharing his experience advised the transitional unit among other things to govern with humility and diligence and inspire the people to fight and defy corruption and injustice. Do you think his involvement will play a big role towards resolving the issue at hand, especially when he has a relative history?

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