African military insolence worries Masisi

President Mokgweetsi Masisi speaking at the Conference. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
President Mokgweetsi Masisi speaking at the Conference. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

With Africa accounting for the largest number of successful military coups that have occurred globally since 1950, President Mokgweetsi Masisi says there is an urgent need to face the growing disquiet about the disrespect of the democratic ideal of constitutionally elected governments on the African continent by the military.

“This kind of regression in our continent’s political order portends a serious threat to the stability of nations which should be functioning as well-interconnected units and planks for regional cooperation and integration, continental unity, peace, and sustainable development,” Masisi expressed at the Chiefs of Defence Conference this week.

Masisi’s remarks come after security forces thwarted a coup attempt in the Democratic Republic of Congo in which armed men targeted the homes of top officials and briefly occupied the office of the presidency in the capital Kinshasa last month.

Speaking of coup attempts out of the 486 attempted or successful military coups globally since 1950, Africa accounts for the largest number with 214, of which at least 106 have been successful. Based on data compiled by American researchers, at least 45 of the 54 nations across the African continent have experienced at least a single coup attempt since 1950. Masisi highlighted that the conference provides a crucial platform for the African Chiefs of Defence to come together, share insights, and forge strategies to effectively and efficiently address the myriad of challenges facing the African continent.

“As you commence these deliberations, I am reminded of the critical importance of strong civil-military relations, especially in our continent, where the complexities of governance and security intersect profoundly, fostering a paramount harmonious relationship between our military institutions and civilian authorities,” he added.

Masisi pointed out that in a democracy, they must uphold, cherish, and promote the principle that the military serves the nation through an elected government and not any particular regime. He said they must not only be committed but must always be seen to be committed to ensuring that armed forces remain dedicated to the protection and well-being of our people through their governments.

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