Leadership of African Union led by its President, His Excellence President Félix Tshisekedi and the Chairman of the Commission from the African Union H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat in a Joint press release on the coup d’état in Guinea is demanding the immediate release of the embattled of Guinea, President Alpha Conde.
The Union, in the same vain condemned in the strongest sense the seizure of power by force.
The President of African Union has therefore called for an emergency meeting of the Peace and Security Council to the African Union to consider the current situation in Guinea and to take the appropriate measures in the circumstances.
Meanwhile, many political watchers say might be the possible cause for the coup d’état is that in few days ago, President Alpha Conde allowed Parliament to pass a Bill to increase his salary while reducing salaries of civil servants including a reduction in salaries of military officers and other soldiers.
“The problem is Alpha Conde is our fair-weather West African friend the 82-year old President who wouldn’t listen to wise counsel like his counterparts elsewhere in the subregion.
As his own presidential guards appear to have overthrown him this morning, if the coup succeeds, he’d be lucky to come out alive.” A political watcher said.
Diplomatic sources claim President Conde’s health has also been failing him in recent times.
Last year, he defied the original constitutional provision to extend his 2 terms to 3 and he stole the election. When people protested, he unleashed the security services on them and several people were killed or injured.
The irony is that he was once an opposition activist who campaigned against such undemocratic behaviour in the past when he was looking for power.
In short, he refused to listen to wise counsel and the seeming coup d’etat in Guinea right now is because he refused to learn from the chequered political history of his country.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH