Following the disturbance by soldiers in Cote d’Ivoire’s second biggest city of Bouaké today 6th January 2016, there is the possibility that Alassane Ouattara, the president of Cote d’Ivoire who is the guest speaker for President-elect Akufo-Addo’s inauguration tomorrow 7th January 2016, may not show up for the event.
Heavy gunfire was heard from around 2am in Bouaké, a city of around a half million inhabitants in the centre of the country and continued into the late morning, according to multiple media sources. Military sources also said demobilised soldiers, mostly former rebels, broke into police stations across the city, looting weapons and taking up positions at entry points into the city.
“The situation remains unstable and serious in Bouaké… Some civilians and even active-duty soldiers have started to rally to them,” a source told the Reuters news agency. He added that while the ex-soldiers had not yet stated their demands, it was believed that they were seeking payment of money they believed they were owed by the government.
With the ongoing disturbance in his country, it remains to be seen if Ouattara would travel to Ghana to speak at Akufo-Addo’s inauguration. The ceremony will continue smoothly as planned whether the Ivorian leader attends or not.