Chadian Wakit Tama Movement Declares Solidarity For Malian People Against Coup

The group accused the African Union of going against its own principles in its treatment of recent coups in Africa.

The Chadian coordination of citizen actions known as Wakit Tama, has expressed its support and solidarity with Malians following a second military take-over in the country within one year.

The declaration was made Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in N’Djamena, the Chad capital, during a press briefing by leaders of the Wakit Tama Movement.

“The Wakit Tama Movement expresses its whole solidarity with the Malian people during these troubling circumstances in its history,” the movement declared in a press statement read to journalists. 

According to the leaders of Wakit Tama, “only the Malian people have the right to appreciate and decide their destiny.”

The Wakit Tama leadership castigated the African Union (AU) for going against its own principles “during the coup d’etat in Chad by the Transitional Military Council (TMC),” an action which the African Union treated as a Chadian exception.

Declaring that it remains firm on democratic norms, Wakit Tama “reaffirms its attachment to the respect of democratic principles and the rights of the people to apply the principles themselves.”

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