Former Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies At 76

Former Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta dies At 76

By Uganda Online Media

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.

“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Mali’s former head of state who was overthrown by the military in 2020, died Sunday at his home, his family said

Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who led Mali between 2013 and 2020.

“President IBK (Ibrahim Boubacar Keita) died this morning at 9 am (GMT and local) at his home in Bamako,” a family member confirmed to the press although the cause of death was not specified.

Mali, already plunged into serious security and political crisis since the outbreak of independence and jihadist insurgencies in 2012, has also been facing heavy sanctions from ECOWAS for a week.

Mr Keita, who claimed to be a leftist, had a meteoric rise under Alpha Oumar Konare, the first president (1992-2002) of the democratic era of Mali. He was Prime Minister from 1994 to 2000.

An unsuccessful candidate in the 2002 presidential election, he took his revenge by acceding to the Koulouba Palace, the seat of the Malian presidency in Bamako, in 2013.

He was re-elected in 2018 against Soumaïla Cissé, then leader of the opposition, who died in December 2020 of Covid-19.

The coup that toppled him in August 2020 was followed by a second one in May 2021. The junta led by Colonel Assimi Goïta has announced its intention to rule the country for several years, although it had previously committed to organising presidential and legislative elections on 27 February to allow the return of civilians to power.

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