BAMAKO, 26 February 2021 – The government of Mali has denied reports Friday that its minister for reconciliation has been kidnapped by unidentified insurgents.

The rumors Bamako debunked held that Colonel Ismael Wague was abducted by unidentified gunmen.

Locating Mopti - Source BBC

Locating Mopti – Source BBC

Ismael Wague Not Kidnapped - Photo Atalayar

Ismael Wague Not Kidnapped – Photo Atalayar

The unconfirmed reports said Col. Wague was kidnapped as his convoy was traveling on the Badiangara axis in the Malian central region of Mopti.

This is just “fake news” entirely made up and shared by those who are opposed to the peace process, senior ministry officials told reporters Friday in Bamako.

Colonel Wague was the Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff at the time of the August 2020 coup in Mali before being appointed to lead the country’s peace process.

Soldiers after the Mali Coup - Photo EPA-EFE/H.DIAKITE

Malian soldiers during the August 2020 Mali Coup – Photo EPA-EFE/H.DIAKITE

Last year, Wague came to national and international prominence after he was presented as the spokesperson for the soldiers who overthrew the government of ousted Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The military regime was dissolved last January, but several of its military personnel were integrated into and continue to be part of a 25-member transition government.

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