Mali Premier mobilizes army to flush out rebels from north
It seems that Mali’s interim government in Bamako has had enough ot the MNLA and Islamist rebels’ occupation of the north.
Prime Minister Sheik Modibo Diarra, who is a career space scientist, has put the citizens on the war path and made a rallying call on the Malian armed forces to end the portioning of the country.
WADR’s Bamako Correspondent Abdoul Karim Ba reports that the Diarra vowed that his government would make every effort to fulfill this mission.
During a visit to the city of Segou located, the fourth military region located 250 kilometers from Bamako, he invited the armed forces and security forces of Mali to get ready to recover the occupied Northern regions of the country.
“Our task is to recover all our territory. Then, we shall have to secure our national territory with a national army and the security forces of our nation. Then we shall set up the Central Administration of the Republic of Mali. These three issues are not negotiable," the Malian Prime Minister said.
This is the first visit the Malian interim Prime Minister has made since the transition began,
It can be recalled that the northern regions of Mali fell under the control of the National Movement of Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and Armed Islamist groups after the March 22 military coup. That coup ousted then president, Amadou Toumani Touré.
The national army at that time had virtually abandoned the fight in the north, as they lacked arms and other logistics.
The Malian Prime Minister pointed out that he was ready to go to war to open to restore peace.
“I said that I did not like war because it is war which makes children orphans and which makes woman widows. But at the same time, when someone likes his homeland he should also like war. He then becomes someone who loves war, but this time it is the war which ends the war, the war which restores peace and security,” he added.
Diarra, who reassured the Malian armed forces of the government’s fullest support, promised the soldiers that all measures would henceforth be taken to put them in better condition.
The Malian Prime Minister said this would allow them to carry out their mission with dignity in the defense and security of the national territory, so that there would never be such rebel occupation again.