The unauthorised life story of "Kaka", N'Djamena's new strongman

A halo of mystery surrounds Mahamat Idriss Déby, alias "Kaka", son of Idriss Déby and, since his father's death on 18 April, Chad's new head of state. An official biography has been widely distributed since he came to power but needs to be treated with caution with regard to his age, his education and training and his feats on the battlefield. Africa Intelligence has reconstituted the bulk of the career of the highly secretive chairman of the Military Transition Council. [...] (1833 words)
Issue dated 14/06/2021 Reading time 8 minutes
Mahamat Idriss Deby delivering a message at the presidential palace in N'Djamena on 27 April 2021.
Mahamat Idriss Deby delivering a message at the presidential palace in N'Djamena on 27 April 2021. © Brahim Adji/Tchad Presidential Palace/AFP
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