It was around 4:30 a.m. local time on Friday, September 30 when shots began to ring out in Ouagadougou. According to witnesses, they came from the vicinity of Kosyam, the presidential palace, and from the Baba Sy camp, the headquarters from president of the transition, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, and his men.
Around this camp, but also in other strategic places in the capital, such as the United Nations roundabout, soldiers were deployed at the same time, preventing all comings and goings. The Radiodiffusion Télévision du Burkina (RTB) no longer broadcasts. The situation remains confused and uncertain for the time being.
Burkina Faso: the mysterious Mr. Damiba
“The Head of State is fine and is in Ouagadougou,” assures Young Africa close to President Damiba. This soldier arrived at the head of the country less than a year ago, on January 24, 2022, by overthrowing Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. He then justified his seizure of power by the inability of the president to put an end to the attacks of the jihadist groups.
But since then, in the face of continuing insecurity, he has struggled to convince. For several weeks, a certain discontent has been rising against the transitional regime, revived in recent days by the attack suffered by a convoy in Gaskindé (North), which caused around ten of dead.