Modeste Boukadia is a Congolese politician whose political battle is oriented around the development of a sustainable democracy, an African interior market and a regional African integration.
About Modeste Boukadia
Vision for Africa
Modeste Boukadia is a staunch defender of african integration. He promotes the idea of creations of homogeneous regional centers, i.e. the creation of United States of Central Africa, West Africa, etc., to create homogeneous cultural and economic blocs, ending the territorial problems from the Berlin conference, summarizing the two visions of the OAU which has clashed its creation.
Him and his partner journalist Ibrahima Signate came up with the concept of moving to the African Union and of the African Central Bank.
PanAfrican vision: the African Union idea of the tandem Boukadia-Signate
African Central Bank: an idea of the tandem Boukadia-Signate
Modeste Boukadia and Ibrahima Signate also advanced the idea of creating an African Central Bank, and draw the status of the Institution. The creation process of the African Central Bank currently underway.
Vision for Congo
A Democrat by conviction
In terms of domestic affairs in Congo, Modeste Boukadia was actively involved in the organization of the 1991 National Conference that reestablished democracy in Congo and ended the first dictatorial reign of Mr. Sassou Nguesso.
He also help broker a peace process to put an end to the Congolese Militias War (1997-2002) and called since 2008 for the formation of a government of national unity in Congo Brazzaville.
Despite a situation of tribal politics held by the President Sassou Nguesso’s party, family members and allies after the war from 1997 to 2002, Modeste Boukadia continued to promote the idea of the unity government to eliminate social divisions and tribalism accentuated by the power of Sassou Nguesso re-elected in 2007 to his last term under the constitution.
Involvement for peace during the Congolese militias war
In 1997 the short democracy was interrupted by a coup involving Sassou Nguesso and other political rivals. Modeste Boukadia got actively involved for the return of peace in Congo Brazza during the War of 1997, 2002 which caused 750,000 victims, according to the latest government census of Sassou Nguesso commissioned in 2014.
Modeste Boukadia arranged the signing of a cease-fire between the warring parties with the promise that they will form a national unity government civil.
Modeste Boukadia's Commitments for Democracy
His commitment to peace and unity in the Congo was shown in 1998 when he demand the creation of a national unity government involving all political parties to build a sustainable transition which will bring the peace and progress Congolese people were longing for, and put an end to tribalism .
The request for a unity government was refused by Sassou Nguesso, who returned to power after a bloody conflict, at the end of the Militia war in 2002. War crimes and genocide were committed by the coalition of the current president.
Citizens of the southern region marginalized
It is in a difficult context of a country deprived of a demcracy by a coup in 1997 and under a regime guilty of genocide that organized a segregation of the inhabitants of the southern region, it is in that context that the 2009 elections are held, boycotted by more than 90% of the population, according to observers.
The illegal arrest of the 28 members of CDRC political party
In 2013, after being granted the necessary authorizations, Modeste Boukadia organized 2 meetings, one in Brazzaville, the other one at Pointe-Noire. The slogan he used was “Build the Future Together”, and he requested the formation of a national-unity government. Following his request, 28 members of the CDRC were arrested, kidnapped in their own homes. Modeste Boukadia managed to escape the raid. Respectful of the Rule of Law and Democracy, he used democratic ways to raise the awareness of International Institutions, Heads of State, and Ambassadors, and presented to them the memorandum of “South Congo State, a solution inspired by Tchecoslovaquia split to prevent further ethnic cleansing in Congo and put an end to tribalism.
Arrest denounced by the UN Human Rights Commission
In April 2014, 14 of his companions are sentenced of 2 to 7 years’ prison, for acts against the security of the State. Modeste Boukadia was sentenced to 30 years of forced labour, in absentia. In absentia judgment does not exist in the Congolese Criminal Procedure Code… and forced labour even less!
That decision was denounced by the United Nations Human Rights Commission in November 2014.
Why this case matters for Congo, Africa and the world
Modeste Boukadia bets on the youth. He wants to restore their dignity through work, freedom and equality for all. Africa, despite her pain and tears, is the future for her children. It is also the economic hub of the World.