Five basic principles for a new regime in #burkina faso #lwili

The hubris… no need to point it out   ;-).  But Smockey is a rapper, and Sams’K le’Jah a reggaeman, and Norbert Traoré a military dude, and Zida was Blaise’s buddy…. so somebody has to give some direction, no?  Of course, Loada, Diabré, Sankara, Kaboré, Kam and Diallo are perfectly capable of evaluating these modest suggestions.

  1. New regime leaders should immediately release a preliminary listing of their and immediate family assets.  In the existing constitution the president was supposed to declare all assets to the constitutional court (which then held them secretly).  New regime leaders should be bound to make public their assets, as should all Presidential candidates in eventual elections.  (And the regime certainly should go to the constitutional court files and release publicly the declarations of assets that Compaoré was supposed to have made.)
  2. Radical freedom of information of documents in the Presidential palace Kosyam.  Accredited journalists should be allowed to go into the Kosyam and photograph as many of the documents stored there as they like.  All documents should be kept under the control of the director of the national archives, and not the new regime.  Sure, some sensitive secrets will be released. But freedom of information and transparency should be a guiding principle of the new regime.
  3. Democratic processes and transparency in national ministries.  During transition ministries should be directed by a troika of career bureaucrats below the level of SG in each ministry.  Maybe elected by staff?  One person from old guard and two who were opposition.  Not the subject of horse-trading among competing political leaders each wanting a base from which to campaign.  Political leaders should not be given ministerial portfolios!
  4. Sunshine on the leaders.  All meetings should be public for limited number of accredited journalists.  And Le Balai Citoyen leaders in particular should have access to meetings.No back door meetings with French ambassadors, gold mining execs and Denis Sassou-Nguesso types.  The need for “secret” and “private” talks is overblown.
  5. Public release of all documents relating to government purchases and granted tax holidays with value over $1m.  Mining companies should be under scrutiny.  Audit of cotton corporation SOFITX long rumored to be slush fund for CDP should be transparent.
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Great raw footage of Balai Citoyen that led the uprising #Burkina #lwili

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Great original footage on #Burkina Faso from Droit Libre TV

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Popular justice: Looting Francois Compaoré’s house #lwili

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Journalist Newton Ahmed Barry always a fierce critic of Compaoré

An interview with Newton Ahmed Barry today on BBC French, even he does not know what is happening.

Interview from August when he was being harassed by regime.

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Political scientists: A new case for you #burkina #LWILI

How often in recent memory during a coup or popular uprising or interregnum do you get two factions of the army declaring that they are in charge, but not actually fighting?  Was that what happened in Madagascar?  Hard to think of many cases like this for Africa.

If looting continues and standoff continues, deals will have to be struck.  Then a new regime starts off with the same tainted stain as previous regimes.

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Still uncertainty about who in army is taking charge

Dans une interview accordée à RFI, Salif Diallo affirme que le rapport de force militaire serait en faveur du Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida. En rappel, monsieur Zida collabore avec les manifestants et la société civile.

via Burkina24 – Dans une interview accordée à RFI, Salif….

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