Camille, what are you doing there?

General Camille Vital presented yesterday his credentials as permanent Madagascar representative to Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (@TokayevUNGeneva), Director General of UN office in Geneva.

“Take my credentials, Tovaritch!”

Official recognition or …

I sincerely don’t give a damn that Camille Vital, former PM of the HAT (High Authority of the Transition) has been appointed to become our permanent rep in Geneva … in any case, Andry Rajoelina, the disputed and self-proclaimed president of the transition, has been obliged to cut a niche for his last pre-road map PM.

What I don’t really understand is this “I go/I don’t go” attitude of the UN towards Madagascar. In Madagascar, most of UN programs led by UNDP are currently on hold, except social and humanitarian projects. The main reason is that the UN does not recognize yet the current regime.

So why do they (the UN) still have a permanent rep, Mrs. Fatma Samoura, in Madagascar, and WTH did they (still the UN) agree to have Camilla Parker Bowles Camille Vital as the new “Madagascar Guy” in Geneva?

Maybe I’m too naive but I think that people who should be allowed to represent Madagascar abroad, should comply with the image of Omer Beriziky’s government of national union.

They should be people who do not have any “stinky” link with Andry Rajoelina and his HAT. Diplomatic representation should be for diplomats and not for political opportunists.


Malagasy duel in Seychelles

It’s now 03.13am Madagascar time and I’m still looking for any piece of information about the “face to face” meeting between Andry RAJOELINA and Marc RAVALOMANANA in DesRoches island ( a private island – 234km away from Mahe, capital of Seychelles) …

Face to face

This is the firt time in the Madagascar crisis negotiating history that the SADC imposed (or succeeded to impose?) a real face to face with just the two main opponents:

– Andry RAJOELINA: the president of a transition which is not yet internationally recognized mainly because they (the transition and him) came from a military backed coup. He and his circle of influence (including the Army) rule the country with an iron fist.

– Marc RAVALOMANANA: the last legal president of Madagascar who was deposed by Andry RAJOELINA and mutineers on March 17th, 2009. He now lives in exile in South Africa and masterminds his opposition movement from there. He is believed to have some private business interests in some African countries (to be confirmed).

What they only have in common is their main goal: to get the power – Both want to win the next presidential elections.

As far as I understand the last SADC’s ultimatum, Andry RAJOELINA and Marc RAVALOMANANA have until July 31st to reach a common agreement. This meet-up is kind of extraordinary because both leaders will be on their owns, SADC has imposed that no delegation, no counsel, no wife, no lawyer, … should be present during the face to face meeting. The time where they have to tell what they really think about each other, has finally come … thank you SADC!

I’m personally interested to see what the former DJ (Andry RAJOELINA -this is not from me, this is from international medias) would be able to deliver without his griots. Does he really have a personnality (or a brain?) without the advices of French ambassadors / Quai d’Orsay special envoys, Norbert Lala RATSIRAHOANANA (Andry RAJOELINA’s political and legal counsellor), Annick RAJAONA (in charge of international liasions) and any other unsavoury individual? Will he do like in Maputo, Mozambic during the Maputo summit which run from August 05th, 2009 to August 09th, 2009, jointly organized by the AU, the UN, the SADC and the OIF? He exasperated everybody by leaving the negotiation room every time when an important decision has to be made … just because he has to ask the opinions of his counsellors. The SADC should not allow that to happen again!


The entire country is now holding its breath until a “consensual and inclusive” (lol) resolution comes up. The undeniable truth is that the life of millions of Malagasy people (including myself) will be affected by their agreement … above all the implementation of such agreement.

There were many agreements which have been signed but none of theme have been fully and duly respected by opponent parties. Why do you think that this “Desroches resolution” will be an exception?



Resolutions of the extraordinary SADC summit, Luanda, June 01st, 2012

An Extraordinary Session of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Luanda, Republic of Angola on 1st June 2012.
The Summit was officially opened by H.E. Eng. José Eduardo dos Santos, President of the Republic of Angola and the Chairperson of SADC.
1. Summit observed a minute of silence in memory of the late President of Malawi, H.E. Bingu Wa Mutharika and extended condolences to the family, people and Government of Malawi.
1. The Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government and their representatives:
Angola H.E. President José Eduardo dos Santos
Botswana H.E. President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama
Namibia H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba
South Africa H.E. President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
Swaziland His Majesty King Mswati III
Zambia H.E. President Michael Chilufya Sata
Zimbabwe H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe
United Republic Rt. Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda, Prime Minister of Tanzania
DRC Hon. Raymond Tshibanda N’Tungamulongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Franchophonie
Malawi Hon. Ephraim Mganda Chiume, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Mauritius Dr the Hon. Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade
Mozambique Hon. Aldemiro Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Seychelles Hon. Jean Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Lesotho H.E. Matlotilso Ntoane, High Commissioner to South Africa
1. H.E. President dosSantoswelcomed the Heads of State and Government and other delegates to the Republic of Angola. In his speech, the Chairperson of SADC underscored the importance of regional infrastructure development as one of the key pillars for the SADC integration and development agenda and for poverty eradication.
1. Summitconsidered and adopted the Report of the Troika of the Organ Summit that met on 1st June 2012 in Luanda, Angola, which reviewed the political and security situation in the Region. In particular:
6.1 Summitnoted that the Region continues to consolidate democracy and the rule of law as reflected in the holding of successful elections in a number of Member States. In this regard,Summitcongratulated:
(i) H.E. President James Alix Michel for winning Presidential Elections in theSeychellesin September 2011.
(ii) H.E. President Michael Chilufya Sata for winning the Presidential Elections inlambia, in September 2011, and
(iii) H.E. President Joseph Kabila Kabange for winning the Presidential Elections held in the DRC in November 2011.
6.2 Summitcommended the people ofLesothofor holding peaceful, free and fair National Assembly Elections on May 26, 2012.
6.3 Summitreceived an update on the positive political and security situation in DRC and encouraged the Government of DRC to continue consolidating peace and democracy.
6.4 On Madagascar,Summit noted that efforts by the SADC Mediation team, led by former President of Mozambique, H.E. Joaquim Alberto Chissano and the SADC Organ Troika resulted in the signing, in September 2011 by ten of the eleven Malagasy stakeholders, of the Roadmap that seeks to return the country to constitutional normalcy. Summit reiterated the importance of the full implementation of the Roadmap for ending the crisis in the country.
6.5 Summit mandated the SADC Mediator and the Troika of the Organ to facilitate dialogue and convene a meeting between H.E. Andry Rajoelina, President of the High Transition Authority and H.E Marc Ravalomanana, former President as a matter of urgency in order to ensure full implementation of the Roadmap and create an enabling environment for holding credible, free and fair elections.
6.6 Summit also noted that the SADC Liaison Office that was established in November 2011 to support the implementation process is fully operational with officers from the Troika of the Organ Member States and office of the Chairperson of SADC on the ground since January 2012.
6.7 On Malawi, Summitcommended the people of this country for adhering to the country’s constitutional provisions regarding succession following the demise of H.E President Bingu wa Mutharika on the 5th April 2012.
6.8 Summit congratulated Her Excellency President Mrs. Joyce Mtila-Banda for ascending to the position of President of Malawi on the 7th of April 2012.
6.9 On Zimbabwe, Summit commended stakeholders for their commitment, cooperation and efforts towards the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and urged the parties to the GPA to finalise the constitution-making process and subject it to a referendum thereafter.
6.10 Summit also urged the parties to the GPA, assisted by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic ofSouth Africaand SADC Facilitator of the Zimbabwe Political Dialogue, to develop an implementation mechanism and to set out time frames for the full implementation of the Roadmap to Elections.
6.11 Summit further commended the Facilitator for his efforts towards the realisation of full implementation of GPA.
1. Summit noted a proposal from the Chairperson of SADC, based on a Concept Paper on the need to develop a SADC Vision 2050 and referred the matter to Member States for further consultations and contributions. Inputs from this process will be consolidated and submitted to Council andSummitat the next meeting in August 2012.
1. Summit reiterated its support for the candidature of Honourable Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa for the position of the Chairperson of African Union Commission.
1. Summit noted that the Government of Malawi reaffirmed its commitment to host the AU Summit in July 2012. In reaffirming its support for Malawias a host for the next AU Summit in July 201Z,Summit underscored the need to finalise the election of Members of the AU Commission during the session.
1. Summit noted that the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP) is being finalised to form the basis for implementing infrastructure networks in the key sectors such as energy, transport, including maritime corridors Information and Communications Technology, tourism and water, taking into account the specificities of island Member States.
1. Summit directed the Council of Ministers and in particular, the SADC Ministers responsible for Finance and Investment to expedite the process for the establishment of the SADC Development Fund in order to, among other things, ensure the availability of adequate levels of resources to fund regional infrastructure programmes.
1. Summit expressed its unequivocal support to the candidature ofNamibiato host the Green Climate Fund Secretariat under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCC) and also requested that the candidature be submitted to the AU Summit in Lilongwe for endorsement.
1. Summit commended the Government and people of the Republic of Angola for the successful hosting of the Extraordinary Summit and expressed gratitude for the generous hospitality.
1st June 2012

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2012 in Madagascar #WPFD2012

We celebrate today the World Press Freedom Day.

To be honest with you, it is only this morning that I knew about it … (I’m a bad citizen I know) but I guess I’m not the only one, I bet my boots that I’m among the at least 50% of malagasy people who believed that today was just a simple Thursday.

But let’s not make a big deal on my lack of culture and let’s go straight to the point: How is the state of Press Freedom in Madagascar? Answer: the report of Reporters sans frontières. We are ranked 134th on a list of 175 countries!!! Thank you dear supreme beloved leader Andry RAJOELINA!

Andry RAJOELINA chose democracy as leading topic for his orange revolution and after 03 years, this is the result: political instability – economical crisis – social crisis – moral deterioration – decline of democracy and freedom, including then regular violation of press rights.

What did you expect after a millitary-backed coup?

Press censorship is not that visible in Madagascar. Indeed, from an external and primary view, we have several radio and TV stations, several newspapers and information web sites. There is a clear plethora of journalistic actors in Madagascar … So where is the problem?

In 2009 and 2010, the transition authorities have done direct illegal actions against Malagasy press. There are many cases such as:

  • illegal closure of radio stations in 2010: Radio fahazavana (radio station of FJKM protestant church) – Radio Mada (radio station of the former president Marc RAVALOMANANA) …
  • massive looting during the period of 2009 turmoil against MBS Group (TV and radio station of Marc RAVALOMANANA), Le Quotidien and Ny Vaovaontsika (daily newspapers of Marc RAVALOMANANA)
  • illegal police attack against Frequence + radio station in 2010

After 2010, the threat is more indirect but always so persuasive. It is very hard to bring undeniable evidences on the table but one thing is sure, there are now two types of press censorship:

– Either press owners are directly threatened by “some people who handle high position in the current regime” and as consequence, they ban their journalists from reporting “stinky news” which could be damageable for the current regime;

– Or the minister of communication (hold by a former journalist who hates bloggers: Harry Laurent RAHAJASON) does not deliver licences for unclear reasons, and always threatens press owners of closure because of  “publication of false news”

Nevertheless, there are newspapers which still dare to show their opposition towards the current regime: Gazety Tia Tanindrazana (belongs to the RAVALOMANANA mouvement), MIDI Madagasikara and Ma-Laza (linked with Mamy RAKOTOARIVELO, head of RAVALOMANANA mouvement and current president of Transition Congress).

Press Freedom is still elusive in Madagascar and Malagasy journalists are always the victims.

Today for the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, the ministry of communication released this following press statement: “The minister of communication would like to remind that call for civil disobedience, hatred and destabilisation, made by means of press, are  strictly forbidden by in force laws. Thus, anyone, whoever he or she is, in infringement of these laws, will expose him or herself to sanctions especially litigations”

It means what it means! No? Cheer Up Malagasy journalists!

Pictures of the first day of Apps4Africa in Madagascar


March 16th, 2012: This is a very important date for the newly born NGO: Malagasy i-Hub, because it hosted the second edition of Apps4Africa for the Southern region of Africa. It gathered then some Malagasy techies, bloggers, NGOs, associations, entrepreneurs, IT developers, and innovators. Unfortunately, there was no representative from the government … is climate change still a priority for Malagasy government? Honestly, I don’t think so … This meeting was organized mainly for sensitizing to the emergency of finding solutions to climate change, solutions which have to involve telecommunication / internet technologies, and also for informing about the project contest (Madagascar will compete against other 04 African countries in the Southern region). This event will continue today at the Malagasy Press Center, Antsakaviro, Antananarivo, Madagascar from 10 to 02pm Madagascar time. Mariéme Jamme, Co-founder of Africa Gathering led the meeting.