Released on September 3, the three female soldiers of the group of 49 Ivorian soldiers arrested in Mali on July 10 and charged in mid-August by the courts for “attempting to undermine the external security of the State” before to be formally imprisoned, found the sacred land of their ancestors. A diplomatic step forward for Lomé – pending the release of the 46 others still detained -, the Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbé, having personally involved himself in order to convince the head of the Malian transition to release the three women in “ as a humanitarian gesture.
From Lomé to Bamako, in the secret of negotiations for the release of Ivorian soldiers
Even if, for the moment, we find it difficult to identify all the contours of the legal and political acrobatics which allowed this happy outcome, it must be admitted that the Malian justice system had very little to reproach these soldiers, if were not minor “shortcomings” or even “misunderstandings”, as recognized by the director of cabinet at the Ivorian presidency, Fidèle Sarassoro.
Moreover, in less than two months, on went from accusations of “mercenaries” who came to the country with the “malignant design” of “breaking the dynamics of the refoundation and securing of Mali, as well as the return to constitutional order”, as the press release proclaimed Malian officials at the beginning of this affair, to purely cyclical speculations. This is proof, if need be, that the charges against the 49 Ivorian soldiers defy reason. One cannot help but wonder about the logic that led to the release of the three soldiers rather than the 46, although the Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey, took care to specify that humanitarian reasons would justify this release. .
Mali: Robert Dussey, the Togolese who whispers in the ear of Assimi Goïta
Beyond the fact that the arrest of the 49 illustrates the tensions between Mali and Côte d’Ivoire, accused by the military junta of having incited the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to harden the sanctions – finally lifted at the beginning of July – against her, it seems obvious that these soldiers are expiatory victims of the paranoia prevailing in Bamako, but also of the whims of the president of the transition.
On the one hand, because the latter is in a permanent quest for recognition and because, counter psychoanalysis aside, he seems to bear the syndrome of the “unloved”, which is the marker of individuals performing acts that are only guided by excess and exaggeration in order to get noticed, therefore to exist. This is why he has decided to adopt the strategy of permanent conspiracy, and why he tends instead to designate imaginary enemies.
On the other hand, by multiplying the fronts, the leader of the putschists seeks to hide his inability to propose solutions to the daily problems of the population, in particular because he is struggling to obtain convincing results in the field of security, which served as a pretext for his putsch.
He who is the author of a double coup d’etat cannot seriously explain to us that it is with less than 50 soldiers that we succeed in overthrowing a regime. To tell the truth, if the Ivorian authorities fed the least destabilizing project towards Mali, they would have had a different attitude. In any case, even with an excess of naivety, they would not have been able to send their soldiers with guns blazing to be picked off like simple tourists when they got off the plane.
Mali: Assimi Goïta or the permanent headlong rush
The truth is that Assimi Goïta would like to be considered by his peers in the sub-region as a true head of state. While the worst thing that can happen to the fledgling process of democratization on the continent is that other leaders who have benefited from the anointing of universal suffrage – sometimes in questionable circumstances – come to judge that the military who usurped the popular sovereignty in the west of the continent would be their counterparts. What would look like an ethical regression, coupled with a moral decay.
Fortunately, the other colonels would not take kindly to the junta leader’s attitude. Some would even stand up against the vanity of their colleague, who is more attracted to light.
Thus, he forgets that it is not all the Malians living in Côte d’Ivoire who wish him harm. The majority would like to live in perfect harmony with the brotherly people of Côte d’Ivoire, without being viewed askance.
Salute the Ivorian weighting
Moreover, and as the late French President Jacques Chirac reminded us, only fire is revealing, in war as in politics, of the true character of men. As long as this test is not there, all the hypotheses remain possible. “We imagine having chosen men for their virtue, which is perfectly visible in the treatment of ordinary difficulties. But we only really know them in the face of danger, at that precise, unstoppable moment when certainties waver. »
Therefore, we must salute the poise of the Ivorian head of state, Alassane Ouattara, who refused to give in to provocation, avoiding any escalation in the management of this affair. He stayed focus, as we say nowadays, on the single cause which requires the mobilization of all energies: the return home of the 46 soldiers who remained prisoners in Mali, far from their families respective.