Tackling climate change in Africa is too serious an issue to be left to national governments, Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, secretary general of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Africa, said in an interview.
Former Burkinabe President to tell all about Sankara and Compaoré
Long holding his peace, former President Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo is about to give his version of one of the most controversial pages in Burkina Faso's history: Thomas Sankara's coup d'état that ended his regime on 4 August 1983.
In My Side of the Truth, “currently [deposited] with [his] publisher”, he also recounts the background to the creation of the Committee for the Salvation of the People (Comité du salut du peuple), of which he was a member and which overthrew his predecessor, Saye Zerbo, in November 1982.
Finally, he talks about his time in prison during the Sankarist revolution.
A second book, currently being written, will focus on the Compaoré era.
“Wise old man”
At 77, Ouédraogo still works as a paediatrician at the Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix polyclinic, which he founded in 1992 in a popular neighbourhood of Ouagadougou. Very concerned by the security situation in his country, he considers that “national cohesion is being severely tested”.
Considered a “wise old man”, the former head of state was asked in 2014 to mediate between the opposition and Blaise Compaoré when he wanted to remove the limitation on presidential terms.
During the failed coup trial in 2015, he denied having supported General Gilbert Diendéré.