“I made up my mind, confided Thomas Sankara. Either I’ll end up an old man somewhere in a library, or it will be a violent end because we have so many enemies…” Like the Burkinabè revolutionary, has Assimi Goïta ever considered the end of power? This putschist colonel who seized power in the afternoon from August 18, 2020 Is he afraid of suffering the same fate as Sankara?
Two years after establishing military power in Mali, Assimi Goïta has not only made friends. Behind their fatigues and the green berets that cover their heads, the IBK players are on the alert. They have reason: since the beginning of the transition, the junta has claimed to have thwarted three attempts to “destabilize the government”.
The last dates back to May 11. According to a statement issued by the government, that night, a dozen officers attempted to overthrow President Goïta. “It is in the unhealthy design” of “breaking the dynamics of rebuilding Mali that a small group of officers and non-commissioned officers Malian antiprogressives attempted a coup on the night of May 11 to 12, ”revealed the executive.
Several senior officers were arrested and one of them caught the eye: the Colonel Amadou Keita. Passed, like Assimi Goïta, by the military prytanée of Kati and the military academy of Koulikoro, the officer, from military engineering, was a member of the National Transitional Council (CNT) – he was dismissed by presidential decree at the end of June.
Above all, this rapporteur of the CNT’s defense commission is reputed to be close to Malick Diaw, one of the five putschists who took power in 2020, who has since become president of the legislative institution. “Diaw is like a godfather for Keïta”, slips a source close to the join.
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