Burkina Lessons Not For Ghana But For “Sit-Tight” African Presidents- Chambas

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Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Envoy to the United Nation’s Secretary, General Ban Ki Moon said it is very unlikely for the civilian uprising which happened in Burkina Faso to happen in Ghana.

If anything, Mr Chambas said the lessons were for “sit-tight” presidents in Africa who have refused to give up power.

“The lessons [from Burkina Faso] are not for countries like Ghana and Senegal, which are becoming fairly matured in their democracies.

“The lesson is for the sit-tight presidents in Africa. They must begin to read the scripts in Burkina Faso,” he cautioned while discussing the crisis in Burkina Faso on Joy FM’s Ghana Connect programme.

Unlike in Burkina Faso where entrenched clauses and presidential terms are changed by a mere vote in Parliament, amending Ghana’s constitution is a bit onerous, Ibn Chambas noted.

He added “there is a broad consensus in Ghana on term limitations by a government” which makes it difficult for a civil disobedience triggered by an attempted change in tenure to happen in Ghana.

Millions of people in Burkina Faso took to the streets and succeeded in torching the country’s Parliament after the government attempted to extend the 27 year tenure of President Blaise Campoare.

They also ransacked the country’s national broadcaster, in a revolt that eventually led to the resignation of the president.
A military leader Lt. Col. Isaac Zida has taken temporary charge of the country, with pressure being mounted on him to hand over power to a transition government.

Ibn Chabas said the search is on for a popular, affable and politically neutral leader to lead Burkina Faso’s transition to democratic rule.

He said though there is good cooperation between political stakeholders in the troubled West African country, it has not translated into the actions they want.
He was quick to add though that there is high optimism from all stakeholders to resolve the impasse in record time.

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