On October 31, an agreement in principle was signed between opposition leader Succes Masra and the government of Chad. Signed under the auspices of the coordinator of the Economic Community of Central African States, Félix Tshisékédi, it allows Succes Masra to return to Chad, one year after the events of October 20. For Les Transformateurs, a Masra Sucès group, this initiative is an important step towards reconciliation.
"We, the supporters of this party, can thank the President for signing this agreement," said Djimhodoum Ndig-ngar. "It is about uniting the Chadian people; as the President himself said, there is a time for war and a time for making peace," Alaramadji Moïse added.
The document is not unanimous and has been criticised by opposition members of the Consultation Group of Political Actors (GCAP). The main point of contention is the general amnesty granted to victims of the October 20, 2022, massacre, which killed 128 people, according to Chad's human rights commission.
Héophile Madjitoloum Yombombé, president of the Union of Progressive Workers for Cohesion (UTPC), says: "If the government contributes directly or indirectly to the massacre of our young people, if the perpetrators are convicted, let them answer. For the political scientist Dr. Evariste Ngarlem Toldé, the amnesty agreement that was found between the revolutionary government and Les Transformateurs does not erase the international case.
“It is an agreement that only affects the CEO of Transformers and the government, but it does not exclude the government from certain duties. Tomorrow, perhaps the Chadian army will answer for some of their actions before the International Criminal Court," explains Mr. Toldé.
This Sunday, Masra Sucès organised a meeting with his supporters, the first since he returned to the country.
"It is an agreement that affects only the president of the Transformers and the government, but it does not release the government from certain tasks. Perhaps tomorrow, perhaps the Chadian army will answer for some of their actions before the International Criminal Court "describes Mr. Toldé. This Sunday, Masra Sucès organised a meeting with his supporters, the first since he returned to the country.