The death of Chad’s President, Idriss Déby was announced on Monday, with reports claiming that he died of injuries following clashes with rebels in the north of the country.
The announcement came a day after provisional election results projected he would win a sixth term in office.
However, a KaftanPost report, suggests that the three-decade strongman was eliminated against the battlefield death narrative that was sold to the public.
When images and information emerging from the secret autopsy conducted on the remains of the warrior leader filtered, it became clearer that the suspicion that he was killed might be true and the hazy circumstances added confusion to the shock in a death that is rare in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Even at that, the story line adopted for Deby’s killing made many defence analysts and security experts on Chad recoil. Diplomatic dispatches from foreign missions on ground in the country did not lend credence to the initial story.
According to our correspondent, medics and official government coroners present at the autopsy took extensive examinations of the remains of the slain leader and recorded videos and still visuals for the records. The official reports of their findings are being awaited but may never be published.
KaftanPost confidential sources present at the autopsy who also possess the actual autopsy photos reveal that visual forensic analyses of the pictures inset, at readers discretion, show the killing blow to be what is clearly an exit wound due to the size and the “spewing out of skin and muscle tissues”.
The question now is if Deby, the ‘Lion of the Chadian desert wars’ was killed, who is the mastermind of the act.
Without hiding words, world power, especially France have been fingered in this mess, due to their relationship.
The French’s President, Emmanuel Macron touched down in Chad on Friday to pay his respects but as he sat in N’djamena’s national square listening to the 21 cannon salute, one thing is clear: a French foreign policy blunder.
There is an historic relationship between France and late Deby, including intervening multiple times to protect him from coup attempts to rebellions in the past. In 2019, French airstrikes stopped another column of rebels on their way to oust the dictator.
Also, France has deployed troops and fighter jets to push back Déby’s opponents over the years and the country’s 5,000-strong anti-terror force, called Operation Barkhane, is also based in N’Djamena. How then was Deby killed without their knowledge? and mysteriously French did not act to save Déby at this time of need.
Sahelian Defence Analysts argue that the ‘backfire theory’ is French way of deflecting and masking its strategy in Chad as France and allies were tired of Deby.
US began by imposing a travel ban on Chad as a terrorist enclave as a result of Oil concession squabble involving Sex Tillerson’s Mobil which came into force when Tillerson had being Trump’s Secretary of State.
That it was not a backfire afterall but a cover story because without France going against Deby, the Haftar forces which cannot survive a week without French equipment, logistics, training and support would dare not enter Chad.
The Chadian rebels — the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), formed in Libya in 2016 by Chadian officers opposed to Déby’s rubber stamp democratic system and his use of the country’s oil money are believed to have been used.
Although, a Senior Fellow at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, Jalel Harchaoui, claimed much of the responsibility for Déby’s death lies with his generals.
According to him, “For several or eight days, the whole world knew FACT were driving towards N’djamena. But Déby’s generals did not fully mobilise Chad’s land forces. There was an ambivalence and a lack of cohesiveness around the president. Regardless of who physically killed him, his generals share a great deal of responsibility for his death,” Harchaoui said.
With the military council still in charge, it is claimed that elections will take place after 18 months against the Chadian constitution, which says that the head of the national assembly should run the country in the event of the President’s death.
Despite massive opposition from Chadian civil society groups, the Élysée Palace has doubled down on Mahamat Déby.
However, the Chadian rebels — the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) — who swept out of Libya some two weeks ago in about 400 to 450 vehicles had fought for years as mercenaries in Libya’s Civil War under General Khalifa Haftar.
Despite his sour relationship with Derby, France, alongside Russia, the United Arab Emirates have backed Haftar to the hilt over the years as they vie for influence in the oil-rich lawless nation.
It would be recalled that France sent special forces into Benghazi to help Haftar in 2016, provided aerial support and has thrown its diplomatic weight behind the warlord.
This power play may have backfired spectacularly as Haftar could have been used to eliminate Derby, France’s closest ally.
“It’s a monumental screw up for France. Paris put everything on Déby. They didn’t have a plan B. Then they backed a faction in the Libya Civil War, and it has blown back on them and taken out their main ally in Africa,” said Nathaniel Powell, author of ‘France’s Wars in Chad: Military Intervention and Decolonisation in Africa.’
“The whole argument the French always made throughout the last few years about why they supported Haftar was that he could stabilise the region,” also said Wolfram Lacher, a Libya researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
“Now their main ally in the Sahel is dead.” he added
The expected happenings of the coming weeks promises to be revealing even as France claims that no country feels the loss of Derby than they do and of course, it is now unclear if they can have the same strong hold in the country with a new leader.
Macron also said on Friday at the funeral that “We will not let anybody put into question or threaten today or tomorrow Chad’s stability and territorial integrity,” but there are criticisms and allegations of double standards on democracy in his dealings with former African colonies knowing that When a military junta ousted Mali’s president in 2020, France demanded a “return to constitutional order”