Jul 31, 2013, 11:40 AM
Today it seems our point is being noted, with the meeting in Banjul yesterday of all the various stakeholders in Guinea Bissau including representatives of the military junta, political parties and other stakeholders together with some foreign ministers from West Africa, with a view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis in that country.
We have always indicated that recent actions by the military in Guinea Bissau are clear indications of the level of power struggle among its members.
This is, no doubt, a cause for concern for not only the sub-region, but the African continent as a whole.
seizure of power should not be condoned any more in Africa, and we urge the
military putsch in the poor, volatile former Portuguese colony was the second
such military seizure of power in West Africa in a month, following the earlier
As has been seen by its recent actions, the international community, especially the regional bloc ECOWAS, should take action against the country and its military leaders involved in the coup, should they fail to restore the country to civilian rule.
Bissau is no stranger to political violence. Its political history has been
mired in intrigue, cold calculation and outright violence, since its political
Analysts have blamed the country’s army for the perennial instability that has left the mineral-rich nation weak, poor and vulnerable to economic predators of questionable stuff and means.
However, the democratic process in that country should not be threatened, and the army must perform their constitutional responsibilities only.
must stress that the issue of tribalism and nepotism is not good for the
progress of any country, as suspected is the case in
These menace would not take any country forward; rather, what it does is to take that country backward.
Bissau Guineans must show serious commitment to restore democracy in their country, for the betterment of the country and the sub-region as a whole.
In conclusion, we commend our regional leaders and the ECOWAS Commission for the move, but with a word of caution, since this should not be the end.
They should make sure that recommendations and resolutions are implemented for the betterment of all Africans.
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”