Wakit Tama Leader Sides With TMC, Says Chad Now In A New Order

Wakit Tama opposes the Transitional Military Council in Chad based on illegitimacy and unconstitutionalism.

One of the leaders of the Wakit Tama coordination of citizen actions, Djekombe Francois, has dumped the group and pledged his support for the Transitional Military Council (TMC).

Francois, also the president of the Union Sacree pour la Republique (USPR), thinks that the call by Wakit Tama for the TMC to hand over to one of the parliamentarians of the ruling MPS party, is unreasonable.

“The return to the supposed constitutional order by handing over power to a parliamentarian of the MPS, itself illegitimate, to organise a presidential election in August and choose a new president is unreasonable,” Francois said.

“What serious election can we organize in the middle of the rainy season with the decried dispositions of the Constitution of December 14, 2020, which excludes a large part of the Chadian youths?”

“Whether we like it or not, the so much wanted change has taken place but many people have not seen it or do not want to see it,” the USPR president declared, adding that as far as he was concerned, “we are in the new political order which calls for taking into account of the reality on the ground.”

Francois gave three conditions for his party to take part in free and transparent elections within 18 months with all the parties on an equal footing.

“First, we must take over the transition, which means all the actors; political, civil society, and resource persons in the transition work to organise good elections. We need the right men in the right places within the transitional organs namely the government, the transitional council, the Supreme Court, the independent national electoral council, the big institutions and the Peoples National Council, the CNDP,” he declared.

The USPR president believed that the success of the general elections (presidential, legislative and council) by the end of 2022 depends on the quality of the men and women involved in the management of the transition.

He argued that it is necessary that the politico-military groups lay down their arms and transform their rebel movements into political parties and solicit the votes of Chadians in the same way as other Chadians. This he said, would solve the problem of rebellions in Chad.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the transitional Prime Minister, Pahimi Padacke Albert, during the Paris meeting on the relaunching and financing of African economies, met with the Director-General of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, and the Director-General of the French Development Agency, Remi Rioux.

The two assured the Chadian Prime Minister of the support of their respective institutions to the transitional government in Chad.

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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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