African Union sends fact-finding mission to Chad

Mission to probe killing of late President Idriss Deby, facilitate return to constitutional order

Addis Getachew Tadesse   | 30.04.2021
African Union sends fact-finding mission to Chad

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 

A fact-finding mission of the African Union Commission headed for Chad’s capital N’Djamena on Thursday to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Idriss Deby Etno, who served as Chadian president since 1990.

Deby, 68, who had been in power for three decades, died on April 19 after being shot as he battled rebels on the frontlines. He had won a sixth consecutive term with 79.3% of the vote in April 11 elections.

On April 22, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union Commission authorized the AU Commission to form a fact-finding mission “to visit Chad and engage with the Chadian authorities on all issues relating to the situation in the country, particularly to support the investigation into the killing of late President Idriss Deby Itno, and ascertain the facts in an effort to restore constitutionalism.”

“The fact-finding mission will seek first-hand information from the Chadian authorities and stakeholders, on the unfolding political and security situation, and examine strategies to facilitate a swift return to constitutional order and democratic governance, while concurrently preserving the security and territorial integrity of Chad,” an AU statement said on Thursday.

The fact-finding mission is also scheduled to hold consultations with regional and global actors, including the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the G-5 Sahel and the United Nations on the potential impact of the current developments in Chad for the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin regions.

The mission will be in Chad from April 29 to May 6, 2021.

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, leads the mission along with the PSC chairperson for the month of April 2021, Ambassador M. Idriss Farah of Djibouti.

“Furthermore, the mission is expected to reaffirm the solidarity of the AU with the government and people of Chad, as well as the unwavering commitment to support its transition process,” the statement said.

The mission, the statement said, would submit its findings to the AU Peace and Security Council on or before May 8, 2021, for due consideration and decision on the situation in the Central African country.

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