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By WACSOF-FOSCOA 17 January, 2022 248

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THE POLITICAL CRISIS IN MALI

WACSOF REGRETS THE EXTREME AND DISPROPORTIONAL CHARACTER OF THE SANCTIONS OF ECOWAS AGAINST MALI

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CALLS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF CHANNELS OF DIALOGUE WITH THE TRANSITIONNAL AUTHORITIES AND THE CIVIL SOCIETY FOR PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS

 

ABUJA, JANUARY 10TH 2022: The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) is carefully observing the evolution of the Malian political crisis following the successive military overthrows of the former President of the Republic, Mr Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and the Acting President Mr. Bah Ndaw. These reversals followed a long period of social uprisings, during which the populations accused the authorities of several evils including corruption and bad governance. It is also with interest that WACSOF took note of the economic and financial sanctions taken by the Heads of State of ECOWAS and the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA) against Mali during their extraordinary summits, held in Accra on 9 January 2022

  1. 1. While recognizing the right of ECOWAS to formulate sanctions in the Malian crisis, according to the texts governing the organization, WACSOF regrets the disproportionate nature of the said sanctions, in a period of global pandemic COVID19, security crisis, economic and social crisis. The proverb that says "you don't shoot an ambulance" would apply well in the present circumstances.
  2. 2. WACSOF continues to welcome the decision of the Heads of State, at their meeting of September 16, 2021, to strengthen democracy by recommending the revision of the ECOWAS protocol on good governance and democracy.

 

CALL TO ACTION:

TO THE AUTHORITIES OF THE TRANSITION

  1. 3. WACSOF invites the transitional authorities to propose a reasonable and acceptable transition Schedule with a better explanation of the content of the transition, taking into account the deep aspirations and expectations of the people of Mali
  1. 4. WACSOF invites the transitional authorities to maintain the channels of discussion with ECOWAS, to better explain their intentions and their timetable for the transition to arrive at a peaceful solution
  1. 5. WACSOF calls for collaborative work between ECOWAS, the transitional authorities and civil society for a rapid return to constitutional order in strict compliance with the Malian constitution and all applicable laws, in accordance with the Additional Protocol of ECOWAS on Democracy and Good Governance and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance (ACDEG).

 

TO ECOWAS

  1. 6. WACSOF recommends that emphasis be placed on supporting the people of Mali in their rebuilding process by favouring the path of dialogue for the revision of the timetable proposed by the Mali transitional authorities with an objective to arriving at a concerted, adapted, inclusive and peaceful solution.
  1. 7. WACSOF encourages ECOWAS to review the extreme and disproportionate nature of the sanctions which risk increasing the suffering of the Mali populations already hard hit by the health, security and economic crises that are shaking the country. The sanctions, as they stand, will not to further deteriorate the already precarious situation of the Malian populations in all respects and to accentuate the anti-ECOWAS feeling which seems to be emerging among the peoples of West Africa.
  1. 8. WACSOF recalls that economic insecurity is the breeding ground for terrorism in the region. The current sanctions will only further impoverish the Malian populations, in general, and in particular, women and young people. Impoverishing populations whose living conditions are already deplorable will only throw them into the arms of terrorist recruiters and irregular migration recruiters.
  1. 9. WACSOF reminds ECOWAS Member States of the absolute necessity to comply with laws and regulations on democracy and good governance. Legal frameworks such as “The ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance” and the “African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance (ACDEG)” must be respected without any compromise.
  1. 10. WACSOF calls on the ECOWAS Commission and the Conference of Heads of State and Government to establish a genuine culture of democracy and good governance within Member States of the West African region, in order to put an end to the propensity to manipulate constitutions in pursuit of more than two (2) terms which provides fertile ground for military coups in the region.
  1. 11. WACSOF also calls on ECOWAS and all the parties involved in the Malian crisis to ensure peace in Mali by favouring methods for the peaceful resolution of disputes, namely good offices, mediation, conciliation and facilitation based on dialogue, negotiation and arbitration.
  1. 12. WACSOF reminds its full readiness to contribute, alongside ECOWAS, the people of Mali and all stakeholders, to a rapid return to constitutional order, peace, economic development and social cohesion. .
  1. 13. WACSOF therefore suggests being mandated, with any complementary stakeholders, by the Heads of State to carry out a mediation mission, complementing the work of ECOWAS, demonstrating the implementation of a real ECOWAS of the peoples. The conclusions of this mediation will be used to help heads of state in their decision-making to better support the country and the West African region.

 

TO THE AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY

  1. 14. WACSOF encourages African civil society to support the brothers and sisters of Malian civil society as well as the Malian people and to be actors of peace in the crisis that is shaking Mali and the West African region, while encouraging governments respective members of the region to a serious consideration of the misery of the Malian people.

 

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ABOUT THE WEST AFRICA CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (WACSOF)

With more than 1000 Member Organizations, the WEST AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (WACSOF) is the umbrella network of the Civil Society in West Africa, covering 18 thematic areas, with representation in 15 countries of ECOWAS. WACSOF is the channel for institutionalized dialogue between civil society organizations and ECOWAS. WACSOF builds capacity, advocates, mobilizes civil society, engages in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies for a prosperous, stable and peaceful Africa. WACSOF is an excellent channel, a one-stop-shop for systematic engagement between institutions and civil society organizations, for impactful results. www.Wacsof-Foscao.Org

 

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