Our obligations are nice. We should acknowledge our deviations, errors and different betrayals which have plunged our nation and the Sahel into TOTAL Crap. And it's not over. With the decline of the Islamic State within the Center East, there’s a nice threat that the Islamic State for the Better Sahara (EIGS) will strengthen and make our area the sanctuary of all of the terrorists on earth. We should put together for it with trendy, geared up, structured armies. That is the function of our weak state as we speak. It must be robust earlier than any autonomy or federalism which might inevitably lead us to chaos. Cheick Oumar Sissoko, filmmaker and former minister, writes to the Malian folks.
The killers are carpet within the 4 Areas of Mopti, Gao, Timbuktu, Kidal, and elsewhere in our nation, but additionally in Mauritania, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger. The Demon prepares them in Mauritania, in Kidal and Gossi. He makes use of them in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger for financial and geostrategic challenges. Our camps are beneath assault. Our cell troops are beneath lethal ambushes. Their camps and troops by no means expertise such setbacks. You’ll say to me: they’re unassailable as a result of they’re very effectively organized and higher armed. I might reply you then: And the army camp of Boulkessy / Mondoro on 1st October 2019 – 40 killed, the Indélimane / Ménaka army camp on November 1, 2019 – 54 killed. They had been pounded with mortar earlier than the savage hordes of rebels and terrorists attacked. Why then not one of the Four French bases of Gao, Gossi, Kidal and Tessalit have ever skilled such shelling that’s accomplished remotely. The demon is watching. The Worldwide Neighborhood, led by France, is that this demon that have to be exorcised. She desires to destroy us for his or her pursuits. The info don't lie.
How can we restore our dirty soil to its purity? One other professor, Professor Many CAMARA guides us in these phrases, I quote: ‘’We should give again to our folks the mastery of their future by making Four non-negotiable rules sacred.:
1- That our folks can in all circumstances resolve sovereignly on the conduct of nationwide affairs.
2- That the fabric and ethical pursuits of Mali and the Malians are the primordial and absolute reference of our leaders.
Three- That our nation is and can stay one and indivisible.
Four- That every Malian can have a acknowledged place in his nation, and have the chance to eat there, to search out lodging, to be cared for, educated, to work, to undertake and to perform his plans, in brief, to flourish there so as to have a dignified and honorable finish of life.
To translate these sacred rules into actuality, it will require collective commitments, nationwide pacts negotiated and accepted by all:
– A nationwide horizontal and vertical / intergenerational solidarity pact
– A nationwide pact for the event of the workforce, creation and innovation;
– A nationwide pact of scrupulous respect and safeguarding of public items;
– A nationwide loyalty pact in Mali and Africa. ‘’ Finish of quote.
If this isn’t one of many conclusions of the inclusive nationwide dialogue, it’s not less than a imaginative and prescient and a sketch of a program to bear in mind.
In any case, in view of the state of affairs portrayed and primarily based on an investigation and simply verifiable info, regardless of the very respectable Ambassador of France Nicolas Normand says, to whom I’ll make an acceptable response on the big pursuits of his nation in Mali that he denies, it clearly seems that the conflict ravaging our nation is imposed on us.
This conflict has been lengthy thought out, fastidiously ready by a State which is conscious of its brief, medium and long run pursuits, because it did in Côte d'Ivoire within the 2000s, with the assist of the worldwide group and Monetary capital, in opposition to Presidents Bédié and Gbagbo. The French state, within the protection and the preservation of its pursuits, and it’s a fidelity, is on the origin of this conflict. He’s the proprietor. He aroused it and he straight dedicated to it after having urged our Transitional Authorities to ship him an invite to intervene for us ’’to save lots of‘’, Which he did in document time, blithely violating the legal guidelines of the Republic, so pricey to him, nonetheless. As in Ivory Coast or Biafra, the hundreds of lifeless had been anticipated and crucial within the management program of the coveted territories. The tip justifies the means. The latest historical past of coups, assassinations, army interventions, financial conflict, electoral manipulations, manipulation of the United Nations, of the ICC which haven’t ceased to destabilize our nations, aren’t fantasies Mr. Ambassador Nicolas Normand, however established insurance policies that the written and printed recollections of French political leaders reveal along with your secret protection paperwork opened after 50 years.
Our nation and the Sahel are thus residing in a particularly critical state of affairs. And listening to the French senior officers who at the moment are despatched to the entrance line, we actually have critical causes to fret.
First Normal Lecointre, chief of workers of the French armies. He predicted 15 to 30 years for Barkhane or Takouba to finish this conflict for an entire era of Malians. Thanks, Normal, we recognize. Subsequent, Colonel Hogard, director of the strategic intelligence cupboard. He suggests organising a single army excessive command, which was chosen on January 13, 2020 to satisfy Pau, and a political undertaking with a imaginative and prescient with the target of making a federation of the South and the North on the background of '' an evaluation of a silliness that doesn’t honor his rank. These are two different nice minds who wish to shave our heads in our absence. Nonetheless the colonial behavior!
Nonetheless, as I identified at the start of my remarks, our obligations in what occurs to us are nice. In truth, we’re reaping what we have now sown since 1968. France has labored to ascertain regimes for her devotion: 1968 Charles de Gaulle and Jacques Foccart; 1992 François Mitterrand; 2013 François Hollande. We, political and civil society leaders have accepted their dictate for our explicit pursuits. The military was particularly damaged for what remained of it in 1991 by our care on the request of France, anxious to hint a terrific boulevard for the riot which it by no means ceased to organize. She even managed to keep up within the 1992 Nationwide Pact the designation AZAWAD already cited in 1991 within the 1991 Tamanrasset Settlement to designate the imaginary territory of the rebels. This work had been put collectively by Edgar Pisani in a gathering with the rebels in Paris in 1990 with the outbreak of the twoth riot, in 1989-1990. Edgar Pisani was then Advisor to François Mitterrand who the truth is despatched him, in 1991-92 to take part with Ahmed Baba Miské, within the work of drawing up the stated Nationwide Pact that the transition had wished to prepare in our territory in 2 phases in Ségou and Mopti.
In 2014 and 2015, we made the error of giving our confidence to Algeria and France to put down the Algiers settlement, which is a noose rope round our neck. France, nonetheless her, has us pardoned and freed conflict criminals, making them their proteges and figureheads of their plot.
Our obligations are nice. We should acknowledge our deviations, errors and different betrayals which have plunged our nation and the Sahel into TOTAL Crap. And it's not over. With the decline of the Islamic State within the Center East, there’s a nice threat that the Islamic State for the Better Sahara (EIGS) will strengthen and make our area the sanctuary of all of the terrorists on earth. We should put together for it with trendy, geared up, structured armies. That is the function of our weak state as we speak. It must be robust earlier than any autonomy or federalism which might inevitably lead us to chaos.
We’ve denounced France, we can’t neglect to brush outdoors our door. And we should cease enjoying ostrich politics.
The Fatherland is in peril! We should save her. Not in 15 or 30 years. We should save her now. And it’s all collectively that we’ll achieve doing so with willpower, love and braveness. In any other case what legacy will we go away for our youngsters?
How ought to the folks of Mali do concretely, to EXORCIZE THE DEMON?
– 1. We want a robust, geared up, safe, trendy Nationwide Military.
A surge of assist and nationwide solidarity for the FAMA have to be materialized by a nationwide subscription to arm them decently and to safe their households. Every area should make its contribution. That is the FIRST REQUIREMENT of the sacred union of Malians rid of the demon who lives in them and who alienated them from the love of the HOMELAND.
– 2. The Individuals of Mali, mobilized in all places, and standing on the ramparts, can and should:
- a) To offer formal discover to France, the United Nations, Qatar, Mauritania and Algeria, which has turn out to be amnesiac, to cease their video games of assist for the rebels who’re one with Iyad Ag Ghali, and so they realize it .
- b) Require transparency on army spending, army tools, recruiting of troopers. Civil society and the Nationwide Meeting should guarantee this.
- c) Demand the revision on the Malian territory of the Algiers Settlement, the disarmament and cantonment of the rebels, and, after all, the revision of the Protection Cooperation Treaty with France. We do want army help and assist, however we don't want overseas army bases on our soil. We’ve a state that should take duty. The first Republic beneath Modibo Keita had created a Nationwide Military, the 1st October 1960, ten days after independence. On January 20, 1961, the choice to evacuate the French bases in Bamako, Kati, Gao and Tessalit was made. On September 5, 1961, the final French troopers left our territory. These two (02) dates are respectively symbolized by a public vacation, Fête Nationale de l'Armée, and by a road that leaves from Place de l'Inndependance and crosses the Bamako air base.
Three (03) years later, on August 21, 1964, President Modibo Keita declared at a press convention I quote: “ We’re satisfied that what might be deadly for Africa, due to this fact for all of us, will probably be the event of overseas intervention. Nonetheless, we all know that no folks can settle for to be humiliated, to really feel every time beneath the domination of a overseas energy, of one other folks. That is the present case within the Congo. Personally, I need to inform you that I’m very frightened about this case, not just for the Congo itself, but additionally for the neighboring States and later for all of us. (in Migrances 2019- The urgency to silence the weapons.)
This level c) have to be associated to nationwide and worldwide opinion with a communication construction that has been sorely missing within the State of Mali.
We want monetary assets for conflict and for our growth.
a) Cut back the burdens of the State by a primary measure to scale back the dimensions of the federal government to 20 (twenty) members, even within the case of a authorities of nationwide union. A reliable and patriotic minister can handle his division with the assist and good group of his directorates. Remove exorbitant particular allowances for heads of establishments and departments. Enhance the tax and customs income system.
b) Redefine the working guidelines of our financial system regulated since 1979 by Worldwide Capital. After 40 years, the result’s disastrous.
- c) Revise the Mining Code, the contracts for the switch of our mineral assets, the tax and customs clauses. Our potential should profit our growth and ‘’to kill the conflict ’’, in accordance with the expression of Samory Touré I quote: ’’Man is just nice in peace. Struggle have to be killed''. And we are going to add ‘’We should additionally kill the corruption''.
- d) make the schooling of our youngsters a precedence.
KIDAL is the middle of all of the tragedies in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. KIDAL have to be launched. The State of Mali should solely occupy KIDAL with a robust civil and army administration supported by the troops of the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) who won’t play the sport of the Worldwide Neighborhood as within the conflict in opposition to Ivory Coast and Laurent Gbagbo.
On this regard, "the return to Kidal of the reconstituted Malian military scheduled for the tip of January»Introduced with nice publicity after the well-known January 13 assembly in Pau (led by Emmanuel Macron, as typical, with contempt, conceitedness and condescension in the direction of the heads of state of the Sahel, whereas calling residents of our nations against the imperialist coverage of France unworthy mercenaries within the service of different ill-intentioned powers) is nothing however sham and yet another entice.
Certainly, it’s a contingent of some hundred males made up of components of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) and rebels with none assure of safety of the federal government element by worldwide forces.
Furthermore, and it’s an open secret as we speak, that within the Secret Modification imposed by the rebels of the Coordination of Actions of Azawad (CMA) on the Malian Authorities as a situation of its participation within the signing in Bamako , on June 20, 2015 of the Algiers Peace Settlement, included, amongst others, the next necessities:
– "The Protection and Safety Forces (SDF) inside Azawad might be 80% Azawad nationals in addition to at command posts";
– “Through the interim interval, arrange particular blended models comprising 80% of Azawad nationals";
– "The protection and safety zones might be beneath the command of an Azawad nationwide. "
It’s clear: in perspective, "the reconstituted Malian military"Won’t be the return of our adequately geared up, safe and morally sharp Nationwide Military, that’s to say our highly effective protection instrument and the main instrument of our nationwide sovereignty however moderately an ethnic and anti-republican military. We are able to higher perceive the intervention of Mossa ag Attaher, delegate CMA – Coordination of Actions of Azawad, to the inclusive nationwide dialogue. He forcefully declared the rebels' attachment to Mali for its integrity. It’s nonetheless duplicity. They’re nonetheless occupying my place of understanding Kidal, and ready for his or her little minority to be given an honorable place. They and their advisers and associates particularly understood the willpower of the Malian folks of their battle in opposition to their conspiracy which is way from having ended.
TRIBUTE TO ALL CIVILIAN AND MILITARY VICTIMS!
RESPECTFULLY and HUMBLY
SISSOKO Cheick Oumar
Filmmaker, Former Minister