Malian coup leader Sanogo jumps from Captain to General in surprise promotion, it was announced from the council of ministers
in Bamako yesterday.
Now, hold on, what is going on here? Is this a last act of Dionkounda, the
still reigning interim President, or the
first act of IBK, President elect? Bamako must be abuzz with rumours and theories.
It may not have been IBK's move, but it seems improbable that he was not in the know. The timing of the controversial
announcement was crucial however, because he will be able to disassociate himself from it, claiming
he has not yet taken up office.
Predictably the announcement caused a storm on Malijet with hundreds of conflicting opinions, pro or
anti Sanogo. “Why should he be honoured- he was the one who got us into the
mess of the last 18 months!” rage a large camp, while others still see in Sanogo
the saviour of Mali, however unlikely this seems. The followers of ‘Aya’ are
many. ‘If we had not had the coup, we would still be in the same soup as
before- the intended election in 2012 would only have brought a feeble turnout
as people were thoroughly fed up with democracy
itself’, goes the argument. The ATT government and what went in its wake
had to be uprooted by force and Mali
needed to be kick started is the opinion of many. These would still claim that
Sanogo’s coup was a salutary event, whatever the consequences. The recent election was a success for
democracy with record turn out. IBK has
just been elected with nearly 78% of the votes. Without Sanogo’s coup this situation would
never have come about, is the argument of many who see a new Mali rising from
Nevertheless it seems like a provocative move at a time when Mali needs reconciliation. And there are others who should perhaps be honoured: ‘why not Gamou for General? Does he not
deserve it more?’ some are asking...
(see Colonel Gamou in the blogsearch above).