Tensions have erupted in Togo after protests against the 50 years ruling by the Gnassingbe family dynasty. Thousands of Togolese have marched through the streets of Togo over the political reform crisis, protesting against the government of president Faure Gnassingbe’, crying for the re-establishment and reinstatement of the constitution limiting terms. This is the time that a country which has been ruled by the oldest military tyrannical leaders decides to rise for its freedom. Togo is the only ECOWAS country never to have experienced any real democratic change.
The current regime is carrying out on the one before it, which was one of the most brutal and radical leadership Africa has ever known. However, Togo officially known as the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the West, Benin to the East and Burkina Faso to the North with the capital Lome’ located at the south gulf of guinea. Togo covers about 57,000 square kilometers and 22,000 square miles, making it one of the smallest countries in Africa with the population approximately 7.6 million.
Beyond the constitutional reform, Togolese wants real change. According to one of the protesters who went ahead to state that ”A regime which installs itself by massacring innocent people cannot have any legitimacy and we cannot accept it any longer”. Furthermore, president Faure Gnassingbe’ a Togolese politician born on the 6th of June 1966 has been the President of Togo since 2005 till date. prior to his election , he was appointed by his father, president Gnassingbe EyadEma, as minister of equipment, mines, posts and telecommunications serving from 2003 to 2005. following the death of his father on February 5 2005, Faure Gnassingbe was immediately installed as president.
Togo was the only ECOWAS member to reject a proposal to limit the number of presidential terms across the region in the West Africa, and this has been the reason for its dictatorship and global condemnation from other neighboring countries. Last Wednesday, Marcel de Souza, president of the ECOWAS commision made an unannounced visit to Lome to meet the opposition as protesters demands Gnassimgbe’s resignation. Currently, the ECOWAS community has finally spoken on the political crisis in Togo, urging the government and opposition to dialogue on necessary constitutional reforms.
Following the UN view on the crisis, the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has noted the current political impasse in Togo, thereby empowering the Togolese authorities to reopen negotiations with the opposition and civil society groups and to come up with a positive resolution on improving and preserving the imagery of Togo.
We believe its the time for Togo to be heard. ‘FREEDOM ASSURED’..