In Chad, despite the formation of the transitional government which includes opponents, the Wakit Tama coalition continues to denounce the « institutional coup d’état ». In this sense, a new protest march is announced for Saturday.
The deaths and arrests recorded during the protest movements against the Transitional Military Council (TMC), organized in Chad on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, have not managed to discourage the leaders of the Wakit Tama platform, which includes civil society organizations and opposition political parties. On Tuesday, the leaders of Wakit Tama again called on their activists to take to the streets in N’Djamena and throughout Chad on Saturday, May 8, 2021, to demonstrate, once again, their disavowal of the CMT and at the same time the transitional government presented last Sunday.
For the leaders of Wakit Tama, this government, which includes representatives of the opposition, has no legitimacy, given that the CMT itself is illegal. Referring to their fellow opposition fighters who have joined the government team, the Wakit Tama leaders note that « they have excluded themselves from [their] coalition ». The opposition parties represented in the government include Mahamat Ahmat Lazina’s Mouvement national pour le changement du Tchad (MNCT), which takes over the Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development; The National Union for Democracy and Renewal (UNDR) of Saleh Kebzabo, which takes the portfolio of Livestock and Animal Production entrusted to Abdelkrim Awat Atteib, and the post of Deputy Secretary General of the government given to Rachelle Oualmi Bairra; the Party for Freedom and Development (PLD), which snatched the portfolio of Justice that had gone to its Secretary General, Mahamat Ahmat Alhabo
With these departures, the Wakit Tama coalition seems a little weakened, but wants to continue the struggle to obtain a return to constitutional order. Is the worst to be feared next Saturday, when we know the position of the WCL on this type of demonstration? The bloody repression of the 27 April movements is still fresh in people’s minds. The organisers put the death toll at fifteen, while the authorities put it at six. In total, more than 700 arrests were recorded during these demonstrations.