Madagascar : a look back at 2016

 

2016 was for Madagascar a year of internal turmoils both socially and politically. Now, by the end of the year, it’s time for assessment. These are some of the significant  events pointing up  polemic, military abuse, strike, realizations … and many more.  

 

 There and still there …

If we take into account all promises of the President Hery Rajaonarimampianina before his election, one of what remained unkept 3 years after is the power cut issue.  Used for a long time as a pilar of presidential promises, the ever greatest issue is still reigning in Antananarivo and other towns of Madagascar. Inactive during international manifestation and days preceding religious festivities, powerful comeback is as natural as the sunrise each morning.

 The Urban Commune of Antananarivo hasn’t yet found a solution to street vendors whose presence is causing heavy traffic in the capital. The game of cat and mouse between them and the municipal police is showing the restricted power of the Mayor even after many deadlines.

 Yes We can …

The 5th poorest country in the world had the financial means  to organize  two majors international events which are the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa Summit in october and the Francophony Summit last November. For Government, these are on top of their achievements of 2016 …

 The crush of the essential of Human Right

The Communication Code and arrestation in Soamahamanina are showing the crush of freedom of expression in 2016 including the hunt of leaders of the MAPAR members. Madagascar even lost four places with a Democracy Index of 4,85 out of 10 for 2016.

 The will to be more accountable

Not later than December 2016, Madagascar has declared its intention to enter the Open Government Partnership family in Paris. Still  non-eligible, the country will work towards eligibility and join in the futur. This is just as essential regarding the billions dollars of credit Madagascar has acquired recently. Malagasy people hope to see tangible data to become publicly available. However,  two questions remain, how will we trust data delivered by a government of a country with high Corruption Perception Index and how about the national Freedom of Information Act ? 

 

We will still hear about the standoff between France and Madagascar on the Scattered Islands question. Malagasy population, investors, local companies are waiting a lot from the President during his annual address next year in Iavoloha.

Published on Thursday, 29 December 2016 11:41
Written by F. RAFIDIHARINIRINA