We see a little more clearly this January 25 in the morning on the situation in Burkina Faso. In turn, after Mali, Chad and Guinea, the country has just experienced a palace revolution. “Bloodless” or “physical violence”assure the mutinous soldiers despite some vehicles riddled with bullets and bloodied, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré had to cede power.
#Burkina Faso | According to sources, it is the Cobra units of the Army special forces who are in charge. One of the operational figures is the commander of the 3rd military region, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.@young Africa @minute_bf pic.twitter.com/IIqX3N5hj2
— Djakaridia Siribié (@Dsiribie) January 24, 2022
The new strongman, lieutenant-colonel in the infantry of Burkina Faso, aged 41, is called Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. he is also graduated from the Paris Military School (War School) in 2017. He was promoted on December 16, just after the attack on Inata, commander of the country’s third military region, which notably covers Ouagadougou. “He had previously commanded the Rapid Action and Security Group in the North, in Ouahigouya”, according to different media
He would be surrounded by special forces soldiers, the Cobra units. The man is clearly not a living room soldier. He served in the Presidential Security Regiment, the now disbanded praetorian guard of Blaise Compaoré, the former strongman of the country overthrown in 2015. Moreover, according to Faso.netthe putschists of the time had to use all their influence so that Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba did not fly to Compaoré’s aid.
From his experience in the field, Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba drew a book entitled: West African armies and terrorism, uncertain answers? A book published in June 2021, almost programmatic judging by the reading sheet. “The contrast between the growing military commitment of the armies of the region and the continuous expansion of the terrorist current is the raison d’être of this study, the interest of which is to contribute to the evolution of the current military operational strategies whose results are currently very difficult to read.
“The author’s various engagements in military counter-terrorism operations have enabled him to endure the harsh reality, to experience the evolution of armed violent extremism and to partially measure the complexity of the issues and challenges. Faced between 2015 and 2019 with multiple terrorist actions while he assumed operational responsibilities in the Sahel and North regions, this privileged witness of military efforts in the fight against the jihadist movement has chosen to deepen the reflection on the subject through his studies and research.”
The conclusion of this reading sheet sheds light on the personality of Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. “In this first literary essay, he describes and delivers his analysis both on the particularities of West African terrorism and on the responses provided by the armies of the region before passing a critical judgment on the prohibitive elements of current approaches.”
Burkina Faso’s president Roch Kabore has been reportedly detained by mutinying soldiers following reports of heavy gunfire at his residence on Sunday night. @D_J_Doyle more. pic.twitter.com/70SXfCIh6t
— Reuters Africa (@ReutersAfrica) January 24, 2022
A critical judgment that would have finally led to the overthrow of power of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, considered by many unable to get the country out of the crisis. The grievances of the military were numerous. Moreover, the attack on Inata last November, and the death of 53 gendarmes, was experienced as one humiliation too many. Moreover, in Burkina as in Mali or Guinea, the population took to the streets to support the putschists, proof of great exasperation.
According to newspaper The worldthe unmet demands of the soldiers were six in number. “Replacing” the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Army and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, “means adapted to the fight and substantial manpower“, a “revaluation” strengths and “permanent formed units” in the field.