ECOWAS Summit: GPS deploys 100 officers
Ghana Police Service (GPS) is set to deploy 100 officers to manage traffic on ceremonial roads within the capital Accra ahead of ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit slated for Thursday 16 September, 2021.
This was disclosed by the Director of Public Affairs of Ghana Police Service ASP. Alexander Obeng at a press conference Wednesday.
13 ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government including representatives are expected to table over military junta in Mali, Guinea and how to find lasting remedy for the two Francophone ECOWAS member states.
Military junta led by Lt. Col. Mamadou Dambouya overthrew Government of Guinea Sunday September 5, 2021 and detained President Alpha Conde amid public cheers.
It is important to anchor the point that until his overthrow, Lt. Col. Dambouya was Prof. Alpha Conde’s great confidant, an officer he promoted from lower to higher rank within a short period and put in-charge of elite military force he solely set up to secure his controversial third tern bid.
Guinea’s Coup Leader Lt. Col. Dambouya’s 15-year military career has seen him serve in missions in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Central African Republic and close protection in Israel, Cyprus, the UK and Guinea. He holds Masters in Military Strategy.
Lt. Col. Dambouya after staging the coup, accused Prof. Alpha Conde of economic mismanagement and human rights abuse of the Guinea people.
He has since released over 80 prisoners unjustifiably put in custody by ousted President Alpha Conde and lacing his boots to set free 711 in all.
He has closed sea, land, air borders and ordered government’s officials to return cars belonging to the state to presidential pool at People’s Palace.
ECOWAS at its meeting presided by Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government H.E Akufo-Addo has suspended Guinea from the block, demanded immediate release of Prof. Alpha Conde and return to constitutional rule.
But, ECOWAS has been accused by Security and International Relations Experts of sleeping unconcerned and folding their hands after Prof. Alpha Conde controversially changed Guinea’s 10-year constitutional threshold due to his inordinate desire to secure third term and continue to entrench himself in the corridors of power.
Among those are a Lecturer at Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at University of Ghana Dr. Ken Ahorsu, Director Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at Kofi Annan International Peace Training Center
Prof. Kwesi Annin, Dean of Ghana Armed Forces Staff College Dr. Vladimir Antwi Danso and others.
But, upon arrival from Conakry, Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchey insists ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States previously engaged President Alpha Conde to stick to the two term limit spelt out by Guinean supreme law but proved futile, simply on sovereign grounds.
Ms Ayorkor Botchey noted that discussion are far-reaching to set in motion transition that will lead to the release of Prof. Alpha Conde from detention and civilian transfer of power from military in Guinea.
Source: africaneditors.com/African Editors
Dr. George Dampare, Inspector General of Police, Ghana