By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Burkina Faso’s Union of National Police (UNAPOL) announced, Thursday, January 30, 2020, it’s beginning an indefinite strike from Tuesday, February 4, 2020, throughout the country to demand the removal of the Minister in charge of Security.
According to a statement made public a copy of which National Telegraph holds, UNAPOL, a Burkinabè police trade union, announced an unlimited work stoppage.
The Police Trade Union said despite calls to resolve the problems posed by the police, the Ministry of Security refuses to act on their demands.
Among these demands is the regularization of the administrative and judicial situation of 1,200 police officers. UNAPOL has called for the resignation of the Minister Ousseni Compaoré, National Telegraph can confirm.
The police union has accused the Ministry of being more concerned with budget-consuming activities than with the security of populations.
The last police strike dates back to March 6, 2019. This strike culminated on March 8, 2019, in the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Security on improving the working and living conditions of the police.
Sources, however, say the government clearly did not respect the terms of this memorandum of understanding, adding it’s a major vector to the present situation.