Inter-Malian dialogue for peace and national reconciliation: Assimi’s winning bet

Speech by His Excellency Colonel Assimi Goïta President of the Transitional Head of State on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the inter-Malian dialogue for peace and national reconciliation

After the closure of the Inter-Malian Dialogue for Peace and National Reconciliation, things are moving quickly. On Monday May 13, 2024, Colonel Assimi Goïta, President of the Transition, Head of State, received the conclusions of these national consultations. This handover took place during a solemn ceremony in Koulouba. Members of the government, institutions of the Republic, regional governors were present. Members of the steering committee of the Inter-Malian Dialogue as well as delegates from the regions and representatives of Malians established abroad marked this ceremony with their presence.. The president of the transition already has his bet, that of initiating a frank and sincere dialogue between Malians.

As a reminder, the Inter-Malian Dialogue produced 300 recommendations and not a bush animal called a “packed donkey”. These 300 proposals are far from being eccentric because they come from the hearts of Malians regardless of their rank, function, status, profession, socio-ethnic category or linguistic and cultural characteristics. Here is what objective data is to be correlated by provenance (belonging to a geographical space on the national territory) and social origin (attributes of ascendants) and current occupation or identification with an organization, structure, service or institution. These are such post-production studies which must follow the dialogue, improve it, refine it, purify it and collect the rational substance to be formalized and submitted for validation.

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While awaiting the start of this work by academics and communication experts (political marketing, sociomedia facelift, makeover, etc.), some find it easy to make ridiculous the in-depth work that has been done on the corpus called “society Malian sick of its politicians and their imported culture”. It is to forget that the ancestors did not succeed in decolonizing us by keeping us in the bonds of Western domination and assimilation. Fertile sources where our complexes buried in the depths of the unconscious “it” and our proven alienation from everything that is not us are nourished. At the cost of this rejection of our heritage, Malians wanted to subscribe to better and more decolonization of the metropolis, its power plants and its agencies. What’s the harm in getting rid of what no longer suits you when you always believed that it could or would one day suit you?

As good rational consumers, the Malian people therefore gave their voice to raise the anthem of the nation to its climax in the well-understood interest of our common motto: “One People – One Goal – One Faith”. The first president of Mali only had this chance to push decolonization to the limit, even if not included or started, at the time of the granting of West African independence, even less at the time of the founding of the OAU on May 25, 1963 in Addis Ababa. He had started it well but finished badly, having been prevented at the same time when the people, in the years 67 to 68, were showing, as today, their impatience and their fed up with so many shortages alongside the improvements, successes and achievements recorded.

With the exception of this past event yesterday, 56 years ago already, and after this 47th edition of the commemoration of his mysterious disappearance, there is reason to say that the Malians understood each other and above all and finally understood where the Father of the Nation wanted to take them from September 22, 1960, the date of proclamation of our existence as a new State.

We realize that the same exceptional conditions which allowed Malians to come together at critical moments in their History presided over these overcome situations which allowed them to take control of themselves and resolutely commit to the achievement of their destiny (“faithful to your destiny, we will all be united”, in Mali, national anthem). This was the case by creating the Republic of Mali, moving on to the 2nd then 3rd Republic of Mali, and, ultimately, with the national consultations of 2020, the National Refoundation Conference of 2022, the referendum of June 18, 2023 and the inter-Malian dialogue from April-May 2024. The citizens of Mali have always been a critical mass, an important minority because they are representative and a good sample capable of speaking on behalf of all the people and expressing concerns and concerns, wishes and grievances of these same people. Question of statistics if we calculate the weighting of the suspect variable in its co-variance, in order to adjust it “denial of legitimacy” to the social body constituted by an august assembly of personalities and citizens invited to dialogue, discuss, exchange, palaver, regain language, reconcile, make peace in front of witnesses, hold hands, kiss, lament, go out and return together to sympathize again or more. This gain is minimal in the eyes of the Dialogue’s critics because it is too immaterial to their understanding. It’s a shame !

KML

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