Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo, leader of the 22 March, 2012, coup that toppled Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure, has been named Chairman of the Monitoring Committee which will reform the country's defence and security forces, PANA reported from here Thursday.
The Malian caretaker President, Dioncounda Traoré, Wednesday installed Captain Sanogo Chairman of the Committee which is made up of 12 military officers and unspecified number of civilians.
In his acceptance speech, Captain Sanogo said: 'We have been charged with 'reflecting, supporting, providing assistance, training and rehabilitating the armed and defence forces to enable Mali o have a truly professional army and security forces in the service of their country'.'
According to him, the Committee has no political ambition and can in no way replace the military chain of command.
Under the supervision of the president, the monitoring committee shall be dissolved upon completion of the political transition in Mali.
Captain Sanogo, head of the Committee for the National Recovery of Democracy and Restoration of the State (CNDRRE), toppled President Toure over alleged poor governance and inability to confront the Tuareg rebels and armed Islamist groups who occupied the nation's northern region.
A war, prosecuted by French and African forces, is now raging in Mali to oust the Islamist groups and rebels.