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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