Wakit Tamma Suspends Negotiations With Chadian Military Junta

Wakit Tamma says the Chadian military junta continues to perpetrate levels of human rights abuses in the country and is not worthy of trust in further dialogue.

The Chadian citizen movement, Wakit Tamma, on Wednesday, April 6, announced it was suspending negotiations with Chad’s transitional military junta related to the national dialogue.

“Chad, our dear country, has entered a turbulent zone of such intensity that we are constrained to ask whether there is still a pilot onboard,” said Max Loalngar, one of the coordinators of Wakit Tamma, during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Loalngar enumerated a long list of “injustices and problems which leave everybody perplexed as to the success of the period of transition”.

“The dialogue in Doha is bogged down, the predominance of violence within the forces of defence and security, the persistence of insecurity and the absence of the political willingness to put an end to all these, the absence of justice…” he said are some of the problems that discouraged Wakit Tamma in its negotiations with the junta in power.

Loalngar added that all these problems are alarming signals and objective reasons to no longer believe and accept the leadership of the military transitional council.

“How does one understand that soldiers who shot at the population last Jan. 24 and 25 have not been charged? What about the authors of the massacres of Feb. 9 in Sandana?” asked the Wakit Tamma coordinator.

According to him, “there is no doubt, the increasing insecurity in the country is savagely maintained by the system in place”. 

“If not, let the authors of repression and diverse actions be arrested and brought to justice within the shortest possible time for trial.”

He said Wakit Tamma sees “hardly hidden manipulations to maintain the Transitional Military Council (TMC) past the 18 months illegally imposed on the Chadian people in the role being played by the international community”.

“Let us say it clearly, the TMC has no legitimacy to engage the future of Chad. This is the role of a truly national dialogue, clear, transparent, sincere, inclusive with the equal participation of the populations, to engage in structural reforms for the good of all.”

While announcing its suspension of negotiations with the Transitional Military Council, Wakit Tamma said: “No to the candidature of the President of the Transitional Military Council and to the candidature of all actors in the transition in future elections. It is also antithetic to a dynastic and clanic succession to power”.

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