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June 5 Movement Accused Mali’s Military Of Betrayal

The Mouvement du 5 Juin – Rassemblement pour le Mali – June 5 Movement- Grouping for Mali (M5-RFP), which demonstrations led to the fall of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his government, has accused the military of having betrayed the Malian people.

According to the Coordinator of the Strategic Committee of the movement, Dr Choguel Kokalla Maiga, the Comité national pour le salut du peuple (CNSP) led by the August 18 military coup leaders, has abused the confidence of the people.

“The transition started on a backdrop of falsehood and nothing was done as planned, ” said the former Minister of Numeric Economy, Information and Communication.

He said that there was a question mark on the legitimacy and legality of the military leaders of the 18 months transition period.

Maiga said the soldiers had seized 70 per cent of the portfolios of the new government put in place by the transitional President Mbah Ndaw and the Vice-President, Col. Assimi Goita.

Among other things, he denounced the involvement of the families of certain officials in the new government in the country and said it was very clear that today, more than ever before, Mali was led by a military regime of the unknown.

The M5-RFP Strategic Committee Coordinator said the soldiers occupied the strategic posts in the new government, adding that Malian politicians suspected that the military were manoeuvring to bring back the men of the former regime of Keita into power.

“They have been holding meetings to bring back the old regime to power. We would not accept this and the Malian people will never accept it, ” said  Maiga, who concluded by calling the Malian people to be witnesses to the manoeuvres and to make sure they did not succeed.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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