Mamadou Ismaïla Konaté the former Justice Minister in Mali has warned that his country risks getting isolated and excommunicated from the diplomatic scene.
He made the remarks on the eve of the extraordinary ECOWAS summit on Mali.
Goodluck Jonathan, the ECOWAS mediator arrived in Bamako capital and met with Assimi Goïta on Wednesday 5th ahead of the summit convened on January 9th in Accra Ghana.
West African heads of state looked into the political situation in Mali, and in particular reacted to the presentation by his government of a timetable that calls for a presidential election in five years – and no longer next February.
“Unacceptable” for ECOWAS, which plans to seize UEMOA with a view to adopting a new set of sanctions against the country.
Mamadou Ismaïla Konaté said, “I think there was a mistake there, and that it could cost the country dearly. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdoulaye Diop went to meet Nana Akufo-Addo by carrying a message supposed to be based on the conclusions of the National Assises of the refoundation. However, these only refer to these five years as a “ceiling” period; they also speak of a period of six months.
No one, in fact, has given the government a mandate to set the five-year term. And while it is true that the organization of elections in February seemed inconsistent, at the very least, the Malian government should have proposed a more realistic duration.”
What do you expect from the extraordinary ECOWAS summit in Accra?
Given the flagrant violation of our commitments, we are unfortunately risking a lot. Unless it surprises us, economic sanctions are to be expected, and Mali risks nothing less than excommunication from the diplomatic scene.
In my opinion, it is urgent to propose a new chronogram. Why not, for example, set the date for February 2023, and do everything possible by then to reach a consensus that involves both politicians and the other components of the nation?
Political and civil society organizations that boycotted the National Refoundation Assizes are opposed to the postponement of the elections. But do they have the capacity to mobilize in the face of military power?
Unfortunately, no, they are no match for it. But in the perspective of a new democracy that we must establish, we must take into account all minorities, all oppositions. We are talking about building a state, Mali, a shattered nation.
And some of the political leaders, who represent forces that have long been present on the political scene, do not identify with the conclusions of the Assises.
It is up to the head of state to go and get them, not to leave them behind. Whatever the problems, turning your back on Imam Mahmoud Dicko, for example, is neither a guarantee of peace nor of national harmony.