Feature Article of Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Columnist: The True Statesman
The problem with Quattara government is nothing but absolute insecurity, and it’s over ambitious agenda of becoming a power house in the sub region, couple with the influence of France, its former colonial master to use Ivory Coast to destabilize Anglophone states within the sub region.
Excepts of a purported UN expert report published on the Reuters News Agency website recently among other things stated that Ivory Coast is seeking to reclaim the leadership of the sub region from Ghana readily comes to mind.
Why should Ivory Coast be aiming to dislodge Ghana as the most revered and respected country on the continent?
The overbearing French influence over Ivory Coast is even threatening to disintegrate the Ivorian regime. The usually phlegmatic Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro
In March this year, when the country looked like it was on the brink of civil war, Serey-Eiffel was hired as an economic advisor. Today, he has his eye on so many aspects of Ivory Coast’s affairs that he is practically the country’s deputy finance minister. To limit his influence, Soro addressed a message to members of his government telling them to ignore Serey-Eiffel’s instructions.
While two former officers of the Direction du Renseignement Militaire Francaise
Meanwhile, Francois Hollande has been pondering whom to send to Ivory Coast to help reform the legal system and the civil service, in its atempt to make Ivory Coat the power house in the sub-region.
More than 50 years after independence, France is still calling the shot in Ivory Coast; installing regimes, removing leaders that are no longer doing its bidding, and propping up new regimes all in a bid to control resource of those countries.
If the francophone countries like Ivory Coast are lagging behind Ghana, it is because of France. They have continued to hijack the francophone countries even after independence of these counties, something Britain will never attempt.
France should rather direct its machinations towards building a better Ivory Coast devoid of the witch hunting and needless persecution which brought about the war in the first place.
The True Statesman