Ghana­ian sup­port­ers cam­paign for Gbagbo’s re­lease

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kate Da Costa in Ac­cra

As­so­ciates and sup­port­ers of former Ivo­rian leader, Lau­rent Gbagbo in Ghana have called for his un­con­di­tional re­lease, fol­low­ing his con­tin­ued de­ten­tion by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court of jus­tice.

Piqued by the con­tin­ued de­ten­tion of the former leader af­ter his failed trial at the ICC, a group of Pan-African­ists at the week­end in Ac­cra launched the “Free Gbagbo Cam­paign” to press home their de­mand for his re­lease.

The cam­paign­ers, who are from dif­fer­ent parts of Africa, had con­verged on the Teach­ers Hall in Ac­cra, to call for his re­lease.

Some of the speak­ers con­demned the West for the tra­vails of Gbagbo be­cause of his de­ter­mi­na­tion to wres­tle his na­tion’s re­sources from the con­trol and ma­nip­u­la­tion of the coun­try’s former colo­nial mas­ter.

A former min­is­ter in the Gbagbo gov­ern­ment, Mr. Justin Kone, de­bunked al­le­ga­tions that the former leader foisted cri­sis on the na­tion due to his per­sonal am­bi­tion and re­counted spir­ited at­tempts he made to bro­ker peace with his po­lit­i­cal ri­val, Pres­i­dent Alas­sane Qu­at­tara.

Kone, a close as­so­ciate of Gbagbo, re­called how the em­bat­tled former pres­i­dent ini­ti­ated peace talks un­der the ECOWAS plat­form, but that the French gov­ern­ment scuttled the process by or­ches­trat­ing an­other con­fer­ence in Paris, where Gbagbo was ex­cluded from the me­di­a­tion talks.

Ac­cord­ing to Kone, it was the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the un­pop­u­lar de­ci­sion foisted by France at the Paris talks that ac­tu­ally trig­gered the may­hem in Cote d’Ivoire in 2010.

The Edi­tor of In­sight news­pa­per based in Ac­cra, Mr. Kwesi Pratt JNR, de­scribed the trial of Gbagbo as an or­ches­tra­tion by the West cal­cu­lated at gag­ging pro­gres­sive African gov­ern­ments.

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