ECOWAS Heads meet in Accra over Guinea and Mali coup
13 out of 15 ECOWAS Heads of State and Government are currently in Accra for an emergency meeting on how to restore constitutional rule in both Mali and Guinea after military instability.
The Francophone ECOWAS Member state Guinea’s President Prof. Alpha Conde was ousted out of power and detained in a military coup led by Lt. Col. Mamady Doumbouya, accusing him over corruption and human rights abuse.
Today’s crunch meeting by 13 ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government headed by Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo, seeks to table over the political instability in Mali and Guinea in order to take urgent steps to restore civilian rule in the two member states.
Guinea coup: Africa’s weakest link is the gap between voters and governance- UN Mediator
United Nations Senior Mediation Advisor, Department of Political Affairs Emmanuel Habuka Bombande says Africa’s weakest link is the total disconnect between the masses and governance.
Guinea’s strongest man Lt. Col. Mamady Doumbouya defied all odds to overthrow President Alpha Conde and detained him because ECOWAS has simply become a union of heads rather than an association that take decision in interest of Africa.
In a sharp reaction to the development in Guinea, Bombande said “In politics, misrepresentation of facts and political manoeuvring does not make Africa political heads smart because reality check can always exposed the heart of the issue and the feelings of the ordinary people”.
Bombande noted that United Nations has been silence on the development in Guinea including changing the supreme law and winning questionable election that resulted in military takeover, because the principle is that the UN has no right to interfere in the affairs of a regional body such as ECOWAS which folded hands without the necessary response to warning signals until the military captured and showed Alpha Conde the exit.
According to him, ECOWAS failed to use the capacity at its disposal to rise to the occasion when Alpha Conde was changing the constitution due to his inordinate desire to entrench himself in power.
“The internal affairs of the Guinea people must remain paramount after coup in Guinea. That can only be achieved if we put ECOWAS on its toes”.