By: Nomzamo Jiyane
06 September 2021
CONAKRY: Elite soldiers who staged an uprising in Guinea’s capital have announced a nationwide curfew until further notice and the replacement of regional governor’s by the military. This happened hours after the soldiers are said to have dissolved the Constitution and Government.
After seizing the airwaves, the mutinous soldiers vowed to restore democracy late on Sunday. “ The duty of a soldier is to save the country” Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya said as he read out the statement. “The personalization of political life is over. We will no longer entrust politics to one man, we will entrust it to the people,” Doumbouya said adding that the Constitution would also be dissolved and borders closed for one week.
Doumbouya who have headed a special force unit in the military said, he was acting in the best interest of the nation of more than 12.7 million people. Not enough Economic progress has been made since independence from France in 1958, the Colonel stated. “If you see the state of our roads and hospitals you realise that after 72 years, it is time to wake up,” he said. Soldiers also said in a statement read out over national television they would convene President Conde’s cabinet Ministers and other top officials at 11:00 GMT on Monday in Conakry.
Story and image sourced from @aljazeera.com