Disappearing Militaries in Chad During the Presidential Election

The Chadian Opposition Demanded an Investigation About the Disappearance of Militaries During the Presidential Election.

April 26th, 2016

Chad is currently waiting for the results of the first round of the presidential elections that took place on April the 10th. Idriss Déby, the authoritarian President of the country since his military coup in 1990 is eying a fifth term. Thanks to resources that far exceed those of his challengers in a nation classified by the UN as one of the five poorest countries in the world and to a strong grip on the security system of the country, Idriss Déby is expected to win the elections again but he is facing unprecedented levels of protests. 

Moreover, his twelve challengers all vowed to gather behind the strongest one after the first round in case of a second round. The leader of the opposition is Saleh Kebzabo, a 67 years-old Muslim from the south-west Mayo-Kébbi province who first stood against him in 1996 and who heads the National Union for Development and Renewal.

On April the 18th, Saleh Kebzabo demanded an investigation because nobody have news from sixty militaries after the vote of the security forces that took place on April the 9th, one day before the general election. Their vote was public and the opposition is suspecting the President to have arrested and thrown in jail (or worse) every military who didn’t vote for him. The wife of one of these militaries stated that her “husband left the house on Friday. When he failed to return on Sunday, I went to his place of work. They told that he had been arrested because he had voted for an opposition candidate. Since then there's been no sign of him.”

The government is dismissing this accusation as the Minister for Public Security Ahmad Aahmat Bachir asked rhetorically: “Why should one detain members of the military who voted against Deby and not civilians?” and as Moustapha Ali Alifeï, the government’s spokesman pretended that the so-called “disappeared militaries” went on a security mission and that these allegations were a political move to destabilize the President. Idriss Déby didn’t even care to comment on the subject.

This kind of tension in Chad are worrying the international community as the country is becoming a key player on the global anti-jihadist frontline. 

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Pierre Even, CD News