Guinea coup not surprising – Prof. Kwesi Aning

The Head of the Department of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) Prof. Kwesi Aning says Sunday’s coup d’etat in Guinea did not come as a surprise.

According to the Security Analyst, several factors including corruption, high rate of unemployment, and attempts by President Alpha Conde to alter Guinea’s constitution contributed to the unfortunate incident.

“In the Guinea case, embedded corruption, the investment that favour a particular group of people and youth who do not see any future with the way the country is being governed,” Prof Aning said, adding “the underlining causes leading to the violence in Chad, Mali and Guinea cut across.”

“Yesterday if you saw some of the videos, one word that came out was ‘freedom’ and I was struck. Freedom from what? Freedom from oppression, corruption etc.”

Soldiers involved in the uprising in Guinea’s capital on Sunday have indicated in a short broadcast on state television that the constitution and government were dissolved in the West African state.

Unverified videos shared on social media platforms on Sunday showed President Alpha Conde being surrounded by soldiers. His exact location was unclear.

The soldiers have also ordered government ministers and national figures to attend a meeting later on Monday. The officers warned that anybody who failed to appear would be regarded as a rebel.

In a broadcast on state TV, they said regional governors have been replaced by military commanders, and the ousted president, Alpha Condé, was safe but in detention.

An indefinite nationwide curfew has been declared. The coup has however been condemned by the United Nations and African Union.

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