The involvement of the military in politics; The case of Mali

Date: Thursday 27 November 2020

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92594664283?pwd=SlZrajJNSHE1VUZWRFZhNG02bGdIZz09

Time: 11h00 – 13h00     SAST

The involvement of the Malian military in the politics of the country is not a new phenomenon.  Since independence in 1960, the Malian military has intervened more than three times in Malian politics. While previous interventions were vehemently condemned, the August 16, 2020 coup d’état have not received wide criticism as expected.  The overthrown of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita came after weeks of sustained protests and civil disobedience called by civil society groups, the political opposition and prominent Muslim clerics in the country.

The protests were orchestrated by the inability of the president to address the insecurity situation in the north of the country, governance challenges and a dire economic crisis characterised by rising cost of primary produce.  Though a transitional government has been inaugurated, the challenges that gave rise to the uprising persists.

The seminar contextualises the coup within the increasing insecurity challenges in Mali and its impact on governance in the sub-region and Africa as a whole. Emphasis would be on article 4 (p) of the AU Constitutive Act which prohibits the unconstitutional change of government in the continent. The panellists would address (1) the implications of the involvement of the military in African politics, (2) assessing ECOWAS intervention in the country after the coup (3) and implications of the coup on peace and security in the sub-region.

Programme

Chair

Dr Thokozani Simelane; Research Director, AISA/HSRC

Panel

The involvement of the military in politics: A continental overview

Dr Nicasius Achu Check, AISA/HSRC

‘Assessing ECOWAS intervention efforts after the August 2020 Coup d’état in Mali’.

Dr Fatoumata Keita, Universite des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako

Bamako, Mali

‘Military in Malian politics; Impact on peace and security in the Sahel’

Dr Aboubacar Niambele, Universite des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako

Bamako, Mali

Vote of Thanks

Dr Thokozani Simelane; Research Director, AISA/HSRC