There we go again. Another useless and stupid coup d’etat in Guinea just hours after the former president Lansana Conte died. A gang of thieves and riff-raffs in military uniforms have rubbished the supreme document – Constitution – of the West African State and installed themselves as new leaders.
This is thievery at its highest peak. Instead of the wild jubilation welcoming the decision of these inexperience young military officers turned leaders, Guineans should have defended their own constitution for the right thing to be done.
This is silly and at worst primitive. Gone are the days when coup d’etats were hailed in Africa. We have come of age and such remote tactics in taking political power by force is unacceptable in 21st Century Africa. We should be talking Information Technology and Communication, infrastructure development, new media and many other positive things and not coup d’etat and power struggles.
It is welcoming news that the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) among other international leaders condemn the illegitimate act in Guinea. That is not enough. They must put pressure and tough sanctions on Guinea until Camara and his cronies relinquish power immediately. The international community should bar their representatives from attending a so called meeting called by Camara to allay their fears.
The coup junta led by its appointed president, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, now the country’s de facto leader, has promised to stamp out nepotism and graft, hold elections in 2010 and improve living standards. Most Guineans live in poverty, even though the country is the world’s top exporter of aluminium ore bauxite, Reuters’ news stated.
That is useless talk. Why can’t Camara learn to do the right thing if he claims he stands for the well being of the same people he wants to help. He could have resigned honourably from the military, join or form a political party and stand democratic elections. The same person would hold elections in 2010, stand and rig in his favour. This is how civil conflicts begin. His actions alone are anathema to the constitution of Guinea and has made himself unfit to occupy the number one position of that country. He is a coupist and a power thief that should not be allowed to walk in the corridors of legitimate leaders.
Until we stand up against the likes of Camara, Africa would continue to remain a laughing stock to the rest of the world.