Political Parties Sue Chad TMC Over Membership Of National Dialogue Organising Committee

Since the nomination of members of CODNI, several voices have been raised rejecting the membership of the body.

A group of Chadian political parties known as Alternance 21 has taken the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to the Supreme Court praying the court to annul Prime Ministerial Arrete 0546 of Aug. 13, that appointed members of the Organising Committee of the Inclusive National Dialogue  (CODNI).

Since the nomination of members of CODNI, several voices have been raised rejecting the membership of the  body which is expected to prepare and organise an inclusive national dialogue in Chad.

The citizens platform, Wakit Tamma, has since organised three protest marches against the membership of  CODNI, the latest protest of which took place on Saturday, Aug. 21.

In a media declaration on Monday, Aug. 23, the Counsellor of Alternance 21, Goilar Djedouboum, accused Prime Minister Pahimi Padacke of power mongering for  appointing five members of  CODNI in the name of the National Transitional Council, an organ which is not yet legally existing and the nomination of which members is the exclusive preserve of the head of state in conformity of the transitional charter.

The Alternance 21 Counsellor said that the Prime Ministerial Arrete violates decrees number 36 and 101 signed by the President of the TMC which created the CODNI and the modalities for the designation of its members.

The second decree envisages three posts for the religion confessions but the Prime Ministerial Arrete has appointed but two members representing Catholic Christians and Muslims.

Djedouboum argued that in Chad, there are three key religious confessions namely protestant Christians,  Catholic Christians and the Muslims.

“But the head of the transitional government has omitted one religion confession whereas we are talking of inclusive national dialogue. Why then should one confession be excluded? This indicates injustice at the grassroots,” he declared.

“It is for these reasons that we have taken the matter to the Administrative Bench of the Supreme court praying it to annul the said arrete because we think it is time to re-establish what is supposed to be done.”

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