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Congo 1961- Cote D’Ivoire 2011: Lessons from the UN, European backed coup d ‘etat

By Aloysius AGENDIA

Just as in 1961 when the Congolese nationalist and Pan Africanist Patrice Lumumba was arrested with the complicity of Belgian forces and UN troops and handed over to  Moise Tshombe, and subsequently killed under the auspices of CIA, Belgian forces and neo-colonial agent, Mombutu Seseko, on April 11, 2011 the president of Cote D Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo was overthrown by French troops in an assault at his residence that also included UN troops and rebels forces of Alasane Ouattara. This coup d ‘etat was the completion of the earlier failed coup d’état of 2002 and 2004.  Just as President Laurent was being humiliated on television, two French ships were already about leaving Abidjan sea port with millions of barrels of oil. And that is just the beginning of another drama that risk making Cote D Ivoire take the shape of DRC today i.e. a banana republic.  That is certainly not my wish.

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MANIPULATION: Allied media and organisations attempt to minimise massacre in Cote D Ivoire

French troops launch assault for final take over

Do you see what it takes for Mr.  Alasane Ouattara to get to power in Cote D Ivoire? This guy mounted a coup d’état which led to the killing of thousands of Ivoirians in 1999, the rebellion followed in 2002 and more thousands were killed still under h…

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Libya: An Ivorian scenario lurking: Allied forces and the Allied media- My suggestion

By Aloysius AGENDIA

Co-incidentally, the first American president who has continuouslyColonel Gaddafi pounded an African nation with bombs and in the process allegedly killed hundreds of civilians and destroyed non military targets is an “African American”, and again, the first African American president of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama. 

A lot has been written in different forums on the right and wrongs of the decision of  the USA, France and UK to lead an invasion force into Libya under the bogus claim of averting a humanitarian disaster.

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The first democratically imposed “President” in Africa.....The New Trend?

By Aloysius AGENDIA

On March 10, 2011 Dramane Alasane Ouattara, the Ivorian unofficial rebel leader since 1999 ( father of the 1999 coup d' etat and the 2002 rebellion), and the one time closest ally of the former Ivorian dictator, Felix Houphouet Boigny entered history as the first democratically imposed ruler in Africa, to take charge of Cote D Ivoire. This was the outcome of the meeting of an AU Panel after months of intense lobbying, campaigns and interest negotiations following the controversial second round of presidential elections of November 28, 2010 in the West African country. The AU thereafter urged the Ivorian Constitutional Council which had been rejected by the rebel leader to again “constitutionalise” Ouatara by inaugurating him. The  Constitutional Council headed by a confidant of  incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo had annulled provisional results published under controversial circumstances by a confidant of Ouattara who headed the Electoral Commission. On April 004, 2011 over 1500 French soldiers and 7000 UN troops alongside 10.000 rebels supported by UN and French helicopter gun fire  bombarded Abidjan and kiilled several hundreds in the process. This was the last move to finally imposed Ouattara as president of Cote D Ivoire.

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Lessons from North Africa: Rising up for ourselves and counting on ourselves

By Aloysius AGENDIA

The current wave of events in North Africa indicates that true freedom can only come through a genuine popular revolt and not tele-guided by some external forces who claim to love us more than we love ourselves. The streets spoke and the Tunisian dictator, Ben Ali, a hitherto darling of those who claim to speak for the international community fell. The streets again are speaking in Egypt and another dictator who has oppressed his people and supported by the same group of external forces is about falling. These two events if totally successful in bringing about radical changes in the most facets of the Egyptian and Tunisian society according to the wishes of the people, would be in no way different from the Iranian 1979 Revolution that brought down the “international community” backed dictator or again the revolts could be likened to the 1879 French Revolution that transformed France.

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The imbroglio in Cote D Ivoire: A function of servitude, corruption and unpatriotism

By Aloysius AGENDIA

I have read with a lot of interest and in different forums various stance in relations to the recent and ongoing problems in Cote D Ivoire and on the problems plaguing Africa in general. I have read also the insistence that the only solution is for Africans take their destiny in their own hands and stop blaming people.  Quite a good number of those views are true but generally, the positions that seem to apportion the blame on African ordinary citizens are wrong and do not help our cause in anyway. Does identifying the real cause of a problem constitute apportioning blame unnecessarily? I am yet to be clarified on that.  At the end of the article is my response to the stance taken by Dr.  Christopher  Fomunyoh  on the ongoing election imbroglio in Cote D Ivoire. Dr Chris Fomunyoh is  Africa Director of the National Democratic Institute and presidential aspirant in Cameroon for the upcoming polls in 2011.

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2010 Elections in Cote D' Ivoire: What most media do not tell you.

By Aloysius AGENDIA

 Early November 2010, Ivoirians went to the polls to elect a new president. After the first round of elections, no candidate could get the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo of LMP scored 38 percent of the votes while former Prime Minister Alasane Ouatara of PDR and former President Henri Konan Bedie got 32 and 25 percent respectively. The second round on November 28, 2010 pitted Ouatara against Gbagbo.  Konan Bedie urged his supporters to rally behind Ouatara. Analysts considered the call a marriage against nature because; it was the same Konan Bedie who made claims in the late 1990s and early 2000 that Ouatara was not an Ivoirian but actually a Burkinabe. That was the beginning of rivalry in Cote D Ivoire.  From that perspective, it is hard to say with certainty if the supporters of Bedie could actually vote for Ouatara or massively vote for someone whom for years they consider more of their enemy than Laurent Gbagbo.

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