Overview of this mandatory passage for heads of state. The opportunity for them to hold a rally and reassure the people about the future of their country in 2021.
In Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré reminds his countrymen of the need to comply with measures designed to effectively combat the virus in order to “gain the upper hand over the pandemic”.
Ditto for President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who urged Congolese to restrain themselves at this year’s festivities so as not to jeopardize their “most precious capital, health”.
Ali Bongo Ondimba, for his part, wanted Gabonese to be among the first Africans to receive coronavirus vaccines. And Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé assured that once the vaccines were available, they would primarily go to vulnerable people and caregivers.
In Niger, the first day of the year was to be the one declaring the results of the first round of the presidential and legislative elections last Sunday by the Independent National Electoral Commission. In a message to the nation on the occasion of the new year, the Nigerian president (who will deliver in April) mentioned in particular this double vote as well as municipal and regional elections on 13 December. Mahamadou Issoufou praised Nigeria’s citizenship and political maturity. The head of state also spoke of a difficult year in terms of safety and health. Mahamadou Issoufou indicated that this January 1 would be a historic day for the continent, “because the exchanges start within the framework of Zlecaf”.
Mahamadou Issoufou’s last president wishes
Finally, two political messages to conclude. That from Alassane Ouattara, who praised the national dialogue with the Ivorian opposition forces. Senegalese head of state Macky Sall, for his part, confirmed that he would continue to gather forces and intelligence in the service of the country’s fate. Words that repeat the recent inclusion of opponents in the government last November.
■ Promoting Holy Union at the heart of the President’s promises
as reported from Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Félix Tshisekedi sent his greetings to the Congolese. “The time is no longer for distraction, but for work,” the head of state said.
Félix Tshisekedi did not fail to remember the end of the coalition between his Cach platform and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. All this while still awaiting the appointment of an informant to identify the new majority, and Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga from the Kabila camp is sticking to his function.
President Félix Tshisekedi took advantage of these end of the year to promote his holy union, which is struggling to take shape.
“The zones of turbulence traversed by the FCC-Cach coalition in 2020, which ended up erupting, far from creating an insurmountable divide between political actors from both camps, gave rise to a new dynamic around the Union Holy Nation. the patriotic awakening, which I welcome because it is not about an individual, but rather about a cause, the salvation of the people, constitutes a national pride. ”
To elected officials, especially those from the opposition and the Kabila camp, who gathered his momentum, Félix Tshisekedi launches a reassuring message: “the nation will be grateful to you.”
Tshisekedi makes a statement and promises: efforts in 2020 will be increased in 2021 to meet “the legitimate expectations that those people are putting to the test”. Its priorities: improving the security situation and infrastructure.
2021 is also the year when the DRC will be in greater demand on the continent, he warned. In a few weeks, Tshisekedi will take the reins of the African Union. He urges the Congolese to take advantage of the economic and social development opportunities that his term at the helm of the organization would offer.
Félix Tshisekedi also wants to bring the issue of uncertainty to the forefront. Explanation with Alphonse Tumba Lwaba, Coordinator of the Panel responsible for supporting the DRC’s mandate at the head of the African Union.
Alphonse Tumba Lwaba: the priorities of the Tshisekedi Presidency of the AU