Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has relieved of their positions three security chiefs following soldier’s mutiny over low pay. The affected ex-chiefs are Army Chief, Gen. Soumaila Bakayoko; Chief Commander of the gendarmerie, Gen. Gervais Kouassi; and Gen. Bredou Mbia, National Police Inspector General.
They were replaced, respectively by Major General Sekou Toure, Brigadier General Nicolas Kouadio Kouakou and Chief Superintendent Youssouf Kouyate, APA reported on Tuesday.
Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Permanent Secretary of the Ivorian government, said in a statement that “The President of the Republic, the Army Commander-in-Chief, thanks Generals Soumaila Bakayoko, Gervais Kouassi and Bredou Mbia for their services to the nation,” the Permanent Secretary of the government, Amadou Gon Coulibaly said.
Report said the sacked generals ought to have been disengaged in December 2015, but their tenures were extended after they, among others, were promoted to higher ranks.
Quattara moved to placate the aggrieved soldiers by accepting their demand for higher pay and better condition of work.