Transition: Chadian Diaspora, Wakit Tama Say Military Junta Has Made No Progress

The Chadian diaspora and the Coordination of Citizen Actions known as Wakit Tama say the Transitional Military Council (TMC) has within the past 90 days at the head of the country, “made no progress in the political transition process.”

In a just published 22-page report on the state of execution of the resolutions of Communique Number 996 of May 14, 2021 by the Council for Peace and Security of the African Union related to the situation in Chad, Wakit Tama and the Chadian diaspora noted that “contrary to the recommendations of the African Union, the revision of the transition charter has not been engaged within the stipulated period.”

“The diaspora and the civil society reserve the right to propose for discussion a transition charter which would control the transitional period,” the report declared.

According to the report, the transitional government has not indicated the format that the inclusive national dialogue would take, adding that “majority of Chadians are unanimous on the fact that the dialogue must be of a sovereign character through the putting in place of a multiparty independent and sovereign commission charged with its organisation.”

The platform of the diaspora and Wakit Tama said they saw in “the census of soldiers and disarmament of the population initiated by the TMC as a clear intentional manifestation to best control the security apparel in order to reinforce its power.”

The report mentioned the posting of Ibrahima Fall as the High Representative of the African Union to N’Djamena as having the objective of delaying the opening of discussions on the Chadian crisis under international auspices.

The report subsequently called on the United Nations to take over the Chadian dossier in order that options based on an array of laws be envisaged in the current phase of discussions on the nation’s crises.

It also called for the putting in place of a group of permanent contacts of Chadian partners and demanded that discussions on the proposition for a National Transitional Charter under the auspices of the African Union should be rapidly started between the military junta and the living forces of the country with a view to the adoption as the fundamental law, while waiting for its eventual revision as proposed by the Inclusive Sovereign National Conference.

The report finally demanded that a profound reform of the national army be urgently started within the context of a multiparty orientation commission composed of civil society actors and Chadian development partners.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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