Jun 7, 2010, 11:42 AM
It is with the deepest sadness that we read of the death of the president of the
The army denies there is a coup, and the capital
"President Vieira was killed by the army as he tried to flee his house which was being attacked by a group of soldiers close to the chief of staff Tagme Na Waie, early this morning," military spokesman Zamora Induta told
He accused Mr. Vieira of being responsible for the death of the army chief of staff, with whom he had fallen out.
Even if the now slain president had personally pulled the trigger, the actions of those who have murdered him cannot be justified. Never is it appropriate for people to take the law into their own hands as they have done in this case. The rule of law, respect for human rights and an adherence to democratic principles are essential if we are to continue as a sub-region and a continent on the road to development.
Many people will say that for too long the people of
We pray for the day when our newspapers and radios will not bring us terrible news of this kind. We yearn for the widespread accession of true democracy in the sub-region and on the continent and most of all we pray for leaders who do not abuse power and drive others to engage in such heinous acts.
"Other sins only speak; murder shrieks out."