June 15, 2021

Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament’s Standing Committee on, Political Affairs, Peace, Security, and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Edwin Melvin Snowe Junior has said the crisis in Mali should not be left alone for the Commission to deal with, Parliament should get involved.

According to him, this would help Parliament to properly understand what is happening in Mali and the best way to accommodate the situation with regard to the coup.

“I would be the last person, to want to sit in ECOWAS Parliament with someone who was hand-picked by a military junta to come and represent the good people of Mali. I am fundamentally opposed to that. Parliament would have to get more proactive in the resolution of the crisis to enable them to have informed decisions to move forward”.

In an interview as to how best to deal with insurgencies in the West African sub-region, Senator Snowe noted that it is the reason why the Authority of Heads of States and Government are involved, and they meet either two or three times in a year.

Again, there is the need to continue the conversation and maintain with the sanctions being put on Mali which would serve as a deterrent for other member states who would want to follow the bad example of Mali by organising a coup.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com/Abuja