Sunday, June 23, 2013

Huff,Puff& Indignation!

The disgruntled tot is once more apt to illustrate what is going on...

There has been a ministerial reshuffle here. Now, just ask yourselves why, in Heaven’s name, there should be such a thing, less than 5 weeks from the presidential elections?? What could possibly be achieved , apart from confusion? Indeed.  

I venture the following simple answer:  Confusion of financial matters at the end of the reign of the interim government is exactly what is needed  in order for the outgoing powers to be able to line their pockets before it is all over. This is their chance!
The interim government is deliberately removing the highly efficient Finance minister, Tiéna Coulibaly,  put in place by the ousted Cheick Modibo Diarra (himself probably ousted because he was too rigourous )  in order to put someone more amenable in charge: a person close to the Interim President Dionkouda Traore, and a person who belongs to ADEMA, the  president’s party: Kader Konaté swaps his position as minister for Industry and Commerce  to take over Coulibali’s position in charge of Mali’s finances!

  Coulibaly had it coming: he made himself unpopular recently by refusing to grant a number of new 4x4 vehicles to members of the Commission pour la Dialogue et Reconciliation’, a group of officials chosen to lead the reconciliation attempts between the various parties of the Malian conflict. ‘Non!’ said Coulibaly.  ‘We can’t afford it. Mali is bankrupt. You can use the old cars’.

Now, clearly, if you are the outgoing powers, and have only 5 weeks left to make your fortune, this sort of attitude is not helpful is it??? So what to do?

 A reshuffle is the answer!



Blogger David said...

Such vital intelligence you give us of governmental skullduggery. Where in the western press could we find this sort of thing? Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places, but djennedjenno should still be most people's first port of call on developments, or lack of, in Mali.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Susan Scheid said...

I admire your ability to stay in there swinging in the face of such things. It's so deflating to witness, over and over, this kind of petty greed, and it's certainly not unique to Mali.

3:07 AM  
Blogger toubab said...

Hello both- this sort of thing is perhaps not possible to find in the press- perhaps because it is only a suspicion- it can't be proved... and some might think I am being downright nasty with such a jaundised interpretation. Nevertheless, it DOES look like it, doesn't it?

2:30 PM  
Blogger David said...

Of course.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Laurent said...

We have similar if not worse corruption in Canada and we have been living with a scandal a day for the last 2 months. I am starting to wonder if I am not in Mali, after reading this story.

4:47 AM  
Blogger toubab said...

Really? I was about to say: that is heartening news, since it proves that corruption is not just an African problem. But OF COURSE NOT!It sucks wherever you find it. What gets me here is that people just shrug their shoulders, as if this is the way things are and we can't do anything about it!

7:58 PM  

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