(KDRTV)-A delegation from prominent West African Leaders who went to Mali to initiate the process of facilitating civilian rule announced that it was “hopeful” after holding talks with the military leaders that seized President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
The leader of ECOWAS delegation, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared that the abducted president was doing well
After meeting with Colonel Assimi Goita who is the army chief, Mr. Goodluck said “we’ve seen him, he’s all right.”
According to a statement by the ECOWAS commissioner Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the talk happened in a transparent environment and said that they are looking forward to finalizing everything by Monday.
On the other hand, the spokesperson to the current army which branded themselves as the National People`s Liberation Committee announced that the deliberations were proceeding quite well
“We understand that presidents like Alassanne Ouattara of Ivory Coast are making efforts to reduce tensions for a peaceful solution even though they have condemned our seizure of power. We welcome talks,” he said
The ECOWAS delegation also toured the Central army camp, outside the capital Bamako where the mutiny commenced
The President alongside Prime Minister and other high-profile government officials had been detained in the camp since the beginning of the mutiny
Earlier on, the African Union (AU), the UN and other international bodies had condemned the rebellious soldiers pressurizing that President Keita to be reinstated
However, the people of Mali took to the capital Bamako to hail the rebellious soldiers for rescuing their country
KDRTV also received reports that the supporters of President Keita marched on the street but were later dispersed by the police
“We are here today to show that we do not agree with this coup but people attacked us with stones and then the police dispersed our supporters,” said Abdoul Niang, an activist who supports President Keita.
Giant countries such as the US also condemned the coup in Mali and suspended military aid to the country.
Mali which is among the poorest countries in West Africa has been struggling to improve their economy at the same time fighting to eliminate the jihadists
KDRTV has established that ECOWAS will now meet ambassadors of five countries who have permanent membership in the UN Security Council (the US, China, Russia, France, and Britain) to discuss the fate of Mali.