MOUV ANCE RA VALOMANANA. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ALL ACTIVITIES IN THE TRANSITIONAL INSTITUTIONS
I would like to bring to your attention that all the representatives of the Mouvance Ravalomanana in the Government, the two Houses of Parliament and the National Independent Electoral Commission of the Transition (CENI- T) have suspended their activities in these transitional institutions,
The suspension is temporary in nature and it entails neither the resignation of the members nor their withdrawal from their positions. The message we want to send with this suspension is:
1. We are deeply concerned about the lack of progress with the transition, the style of decision-making (unilateral and not in the spirit of power-sharing and national unity) and the continuous violations of the amended Roadmap, especially paragraphs 16, 17 and 20.
2. We want to draw attention to the deterioration of the socioeconomic conditions in Madagascar – we see increasing poverty and a worsening of the socio-economic conditions. The expectation in the beginning was that the transition will put an end to the political .crisis and will start to improve our people’s conditions. The opposite is now true and the transition is not delivering the expected results. It lost any credibility as a way out of the crisis.
3. SADC does not respond to the seriousness of the situation. It seems that SADC does not fully grasp the .gravity of the situation.
As indicated above, the suspension is temporary in nature and we shall end it when we have concrete evidence that the amended Roadmap is treated by everyone as the only framework for the transition. We have to see that the letter and spirit of the amended Roadmaparerespected by all and that it is the
exclusiveguide for all the actions taken duringthe transition.
Dr. Tomaz Salornao
SADC Executive Secretary
Our latest decision has been preceded by our repeated cautions against the deviations from the Roadmap since its implementation in the last few months of 2011. We have included them in our dispute that was referred to SADC in accordance with the Roadmap. Unfortunately, after several months we have not yet received any response from SADC.
One of the problems with the transition is the efforts made by the transitional authority to isolate me from the transition and to marginalize the Mouvance Ravalomanana. The following are only a few illustrations of their tactics:
1. The last time the transitional President was willing to meet me in the form of a one-on-one dialogue was in April 2010 in Pretoria when Your Excellency and President Chissano hosted a SADC-mediated meeting between us. Since then he refused to meet me on several occasions.
2. Instead of pursuing a dialogue process, a warrant for my arrest was issued in 2011, accusing me of crimes against humanity, shortly after our Mouvance signed the amended Roadmap.
3. Twice I tried to return to Madagascar in accordance with the Roadmap’s paragraph 20. Both times they prevented me from entering Madagascar. The latest Amnesty Law is designed in such a way that the accusation against me of crimes against humanity is meant to disqualify me from amnesty, which will
prevent me from returning to Madagascar. This approach is a flagrant violation of Par. 20.
4. The Mouvance Ravalomanana is marginalized in the sense that only five of the 35 Ministers and a minority of members of Parliament (57 of the 364 members in the Congress of the Transition, 30 of the 162 members in the Conseil Superieur de la Transition) and one of the 22 members in the CENIT are
from our movement.
The irony is that we won the last two presidential elections and won the last parliamentary election with a landslide. Our members were the majority of the directly-elected mayors (but some of them are now in prison) and we were also in control of the Chefs de Region (who were removed from their positions) –
still, we are treated as a minority in the transitional institutions, while others in the majority positions have not demonstrated any popular or electoral support.
Moreover, we were not part of the consultation process the evening before the Amnesty Law was tabled in Parliament, while amnesty is of national importance as one ofthe cornerstones of the transition.
The situation is now in the hands of SADC to bring the Roadmap back to its intended track. I repeat my commitment to the Roadmap. I am willing to meet Andry Rajoelina any time anywhere to reach agreement on the outstanding matters. It is a clear indication from our side that it is not the end of the
Roadmap and that we do not intend to sabotage it. It appears to be more important for us than for others to return to the Roadmap and implement it in its authentic form. Our representative shall resume their
activities once the Roadmap is respected and implemented in its letter and spirit.