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Burkina Faso: Ex-leader Compaoré to stand trial for Sankara murder

– – The former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré is to face charges of murder of Thomas Sankara. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. A military tribunal in Burkina Faso on Tuesday indicted the former president for “attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of corpse”. Thirteen other people were among those charged along with the former president. The warrants “to bring defendants not yet detained” were issued early Tuesday,…

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Thomas Sankara And The Assassination Of Africa’s Memory

SankaraThomas Sankara was Burkina Faso’s president from  August 1983 until his assassination on October 15, 1987. Perhaps, more than any other African president in living memory, Thomas Sankara, in four years, transformed Burkina Faso from a poor country, dependent on aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation.

Thomas Sankara began by purging the deeply entrenched bureaucratic and institutional corruption in Burkina Faso. He slashed the salaries of ministers and sold off the fleet of exotic cars in the president’s convoy, opting instead for the cheapest brand of car available in Burkina Faso, Renault 5.

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