In 2003, The Linas-Marcoussis or Kléber agreements aimed at putting an end to the civil war in Côte d'Ivoire, enshrined the creation of the RHDP (Rassemblement des Houphouetistes Pour la Paix). For 8 years, the MPCI (Mouvement Patriotique de Côte d'Ivoire) of Guillaume Sorø or Forces Nouvelles, its allies and the FPI (Front Populaire Ivoirien) co-managed the the country until the bloody post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011 which evicted Laurent Gbagbo from office.
From 2018 onwards, the RHDP gradually lost its substance, from the departure of Henri Konan Bedié to the recent resignation of vice president Kablan Duncan and a long list of high profile ministers, including Mabri Toakeuse jumping overboard the steamboat early this month, in addition to Soro and anyone close to him, either in jail or forced into exile.
The Reconciliation and Rapprochement of Ivorians to initiate sustainable development which entails feeding the people, educating the mass, reducing unemployment and providing jobs for graduates and healthcare for all, undoubtedly benefited relatives and friends of the Ouattara regime instead of Ivory Coast, this flagship country, the economic powerhouse of Francophone West Africa.
The golden key is up for grabs.
The golden key awarded to President Ouattara is no longer in his grasp due to the lack of political will from RDR (The Rally of Republicans), to reconcile the daughters and sons of Côte d'Ivoire. The dream is shattered, but a united Ivory Coast will continue to illuminate the destiny of its people.
One is always tempted to exclude the majority, if that grievance has been loudly proclaimed for years out of greed. Thus, Ivory Coast is ill; the therapy is to unite by a duty of Reconciliation for civil Peace and Unity in its four corners.
For reasons of his own, Mr Ouattara has been unable to use the golden key offered to him by destiny in 2010. Ten years on, he was congratulated by the international community for promising to hand over power to a younger generation after two terms.
Then, his hand-picked successor died unexpectedly. His base wants him back at the helm amid cries of an unconstitutional move by an opposition led by former allies and the threat of a return of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, long ago acquitted by the ICC for war crimes. The question is: will he succumb to the mermaids of power or leave, eyes wide shut in his august 6th address to the Nation. In any case, the door leading to the crocodile lake of Yamoussoukro is now open to anyone who dares to set foot in it.
Published By Claude B. Djaquis