Guinea: NGO condemns Conakry coup
By: Mnena Iyorkegh, Abuja
A non-governmental organisation known as Africans Rising said it remains deeply concerned about the current state in the West African nation of Guinea; after the government’s military unit overthrew and detained President Alpha Condé.
It calls for release of activists and restoration of democracy.
This was made know in statement released by Africans Rising for peace, justice and dignity, a non-government organisation for people’s movement committed to a decentralised, citizen-owned future that will build support and solidarity for local struggles, empower local leadership and immerse activists in the grassroots work of building social movements from below and beyond borders.
The Movement Coordinator Africans Rising, Mr. Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan, said that Africans Rising is in solidarity with the citizens of Guinea in their continued struggle for a prosperous Guinea anchored by inclusive democracy, respect for human rights, justice and dignity, free from oppression either by civilians or military.
He however condemned the coup and call for the return of normalcy in the country.
“We strongly condemn the coup by the military unit and demand for the immediate release of President Condé and the other civilian leaders. In the same vein, we called the military Junta to release all citizens including activists and journalists languishing in jail during Conde’s rule. We are also calling for the immediate restoration of civilian rule and democracy. We applaud the intervention of ECOWAS, AU and the UN leading a constructive dialogue in order to ease tension among the Guinea citizens and return stability in the country.
“We take this opportunity to call on ECOWAS to exert pressure on all civilian governments to respect their constitutions. Hopefully, such initiatives could help stop the spiral of coups in West Africa and elsewhere in the continent. We continue to urge everyone to maintain peace & order in these trying times and for the Junta to ensure the rights of all Guineans are protected at all times.”
According to Mr. Saidykhan, “the constitution that brought President Alpha Condé to power, the president should have completed his second and final term in September 2020, but in March 2020, he then undemocratically orchestrated a change in the constitution allowing him to run for a third term amid protests and high-handed repression, a move quite characteristic of dictatorships”.
Adding that “Our Pan-African movement, Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity, has previously condemned Conde’s actions and supported activist groups fighting for democracy in those trying times. The legacy of the long period of mismanagement and poor governance has left Guinea among the poorest countries in the African continent despite her rich natural resources”.
According to the statement, the military unit that has taken power has announced a series of measures such as the imposition of a curfew, closure of land and air borders, dissolution of the constitution and government institutions.