When will Africa think?


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.

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5 Responses to “When will Africa think?”


  1. 1 Nickolay Kotev December 26, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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  2. 2 Sylvia December 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Great piece. I think Africans need to stand up against such crooks who just come to power to aggravate the plight of the poor. Coup d’etat is of no use in this modern world. please Guinea sit up.

  3. 3 Moses Dube December 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Oh no! Africa again! This is really really silly guys. let us reverse it. the world is laughing at u.

  4. 5 MASALA MASAKELA December 27, 2008 at 4:48 am

    SOMETIMES, WE NEED THE SOLDIERS TO SHAKE THINGS UP IN AFRICAN POLITICS, CONTE HAS RULED AS A CIVILIAN FOR 20 YEARS AND GUINEA IS STILL THE SAME WHEN SEKOU LEFT.

    WITH ALL THE MONEY GOTTEN FROM RESOURCES WHAT DID LANSANA DID.

    THERE WILL BE PEACE IN MAMA AFRICA BUT NOT YET. ALL CONTINENTS AND COUNTRIES GO THROUGH THESE CHANGES.

    MAMA AFRICA WILL BE STABLE ONE DAY. FOR NOW LET PEOPLE EXPERIMENT.

    MASALA


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