‘Wattao’ ex Ivory coast rebel leader passes away

One of Ivory coast most known rebel leaders Issiaka wattao Ouattara has died in New York, United states, where he had been under-going treatment .

Following the outbreak of news of his death, tributes have been paid to him by former associates, Guillaume Soro, a former head of the Forces Nouvelles or New Forces, the armed group that brought Alassane Ouattara to power, took to Twitter on Monday and extolled the memory of one of the pillars of 19 September 2002.

A reference to the date on which the rebellion broke out that resulted in the partition of the country until 2011.

President allassan Ouattara also joimed in the list of tribute payers, he praised the memory of the former Forces Nouvelles zone commander who became deputy commander of the Republican Guard and was recently promoted to colonel under the new regime.

Wattao and the zone commanders were accused of several crimes during the rebellion and particularly during the five months of the post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011. Alassane Ouattara was brought to power at the end of this. The episode left some 3,000 people dead in Ivory Coast.