Bad Governance And Corruption Responsible For Coups In Africa – US Army Chief

Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commanding general for the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, visits Soldiers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia, Oct. 23. During the visit, Townsend listened to troops within the unit to get a feel for why they chose to join the SFAB, so he could help spread the word to the rest of the force to assist with recruiting efforts. Soldiers interested in joining an SFAB should contact their branch manager for more information.


Following cases of the coup in some African countries recently like Mali, Chad, Sudan, and Burkina Faso, the Commander, United State of America African Command, General Stephen Townsend, has opined that the coups were due to lack of good governance and corruption in African countries.

 Disclosing this in a virtual press briefing on Thursday, Townsend stated, “Soldiers are undermining democracy in Africa. I cannot tell you why there are so many coups in Africa, I think the continent has enjoyed over 20 years of irregular and unconstitutional change of government but in the last year we have seen a number of them, I don’t know why all that is but it has to do with lack of good governance and corruption.”

He noted, “The US does not support and condone unconstitutional change of government and the broader effect they have on democracy and the progress of democracy but I think the lack of good governance and corruption are behind much of that.”

He made it known, “Military intervention alone cannot end the expansion and the attacks carried out by these terrorist groups, adding that it should be supported by good governance and development.”

He added, “ISIS groups continue to expand, crippling towards coastal states and we have seen recent attacks in Togo and Ivory Coast, to me this attack shows the expansion and we are concerned about it.”

He also disclosed, “While military intervention is only part of the solution to this problem which we would continue to help local forces, we have had tactical success but we have to have the support of good governance and development as long as we don’t have this, I think the terrorists would continue to take advantage of this and continue to expand.”


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