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Some of these leaders who are condemning the Guinean coup, also got to power through coup

Some leaders, who were involved in capturing power in the past, are today condemning the Guinean Coup.

The fate of Guinea's President Alpha Condé is unclear after his recent overthrow. The soldiers behind the Sept. 5 coup have said they ousted President Conde because of concerns about poverty and corruption, and because he was serving a third term only after altering the constitution to permit it.


Many African leaders, after the coup in Guinea has condemn act, and urged the coup leaders to release President Alpha Conde who is now in the military detention.

The fact of the matters is, some of these African leader; especially the long servicing presidents, who the youth are wishing for their removals; and those who have already been removed through coups d'états, also came to power through coups d'état.


Again some of these African presidents who are part of the ECOWAS Authority; condemning the coup in Guinea and asking for the release of Alpha Conde, have also changed the constitution of their countries, to enable them continue in power.


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda is politician who became president of Uganda in the year 1986. He led the National Resistant Movement (NRM)’s armed group, which waged a guerrilla war against Melton Obote’s (Former President of Uganda) regime. The resistance eventually prevailed, and on January 26, 1986, Museveni declared himself president of Uganda.


Speaking g in an interview with France 24 TV, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda openly said, “So I condemned the coup (in Guinea)…we don’t accept the idea of coups; they should get out…they should be told to get away, because they are not the solution to the problems in the country.


His comment came in reaction to the recent overthrow of President Alpha Conde of Guinea by the Guinean Special Forces lead by Col Mamady Doumbouya. 

Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85), before he captured power (to gain control or captured office) by force in 1986. What Col Mamady Doumbouya and his Military did in Guinea on September 5, 2021 was not different from what Museveni and his armed group, the National Resistance Army did to Former President Melton Obote in1986.


On Friday 17 September 2021, His Excellency President Nana Akuffo Addo of Ghana, and his counterpart, His Excellency President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire were in Guinea to hold talks with the military leadership in Guinea, led by Col. Mamadi Doumbouya. 

Just as President Alpha Conde did, when he twisted the country’s constitution, to enable him go for a third term office, President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire, also changed the Ivoirian’s constitution to enable him go for another term in office.


When all these happened, ECOWAS leaders did not publicly condemn their acts…but the ECOWAS Chairperson; President Nana Addo of Ghana readily took part in both President Alassane Ouattara, and President Apha Conde’s inaugurations. 


Today, all these leaders are the same people condemning the military overthrow in Guinea. Is that fair to the citizens on the African continent?


Look where we are now as a continent; with the longest serving presidents in the world.


Though I support the removal of all these long serving; and what looks like ‘dictator’ leaders on the African continent, I am by no means trying to encourage coup d'états…and also not insinuating, that military overthrows are better options for changing leaders .

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