Conde Announces Wed., Anniversary of 2009 Massacre, a “Day of National Reconciliation” – He’s Not Qualified to Do So
If Conde wants to preside over a “Day of National Reconciliation,” he will have to earn it by doing the following:
-Relieve both Claude Pivi (left) and Tiegboro Camara (right) of any official (or unoffical) duties of the government. Both of these men are implicated in the atrocities of September 28, 2009, and a host of other crimes. Both of them were appointed to the interim government and when Conde came to office, he kept them on board.
-Mount a national inquiry into the massacre of 2009 with the sole purpose of taking the testimony of every victim and witness present that day. Turn the testimonies over to the International Criminal Court. While the international community quashed the original investigation, Conde should inform the Court that he is prepared to deal with the indictment of military and government officials who may have been involved.
-Issue a decree that delineates how the military is to conduct itself around unarmed demonstrators and that going “rogue” will result in punishment and expulsion of soldiers and their superior officers alike.
-Yet, before Conde can “school” the military, he must refrain from calling out the military to attack opposition party opponents as he did on April 2, 2011, when UFDG party head, Cellou Dalein Diallo, arrived at the airport and was greeted by his supporters.
-Conde should apologize for the “yogurt poisoning” drama he dreamed up during the 2010 election and perpetuated to build violent Malinke retaliation against Foulahs which resulted in large numbers of Foulahs being forced to leave their homes unable to vote in the election.
-Conde must admit his culpability in stealing the 2010 election and name all those who helped him. Of course, this would include Lounceny Camara and Sekouba Konate.
-Conde must agree to be the president of ALL the people of Guinea and cease all ethnic baiting of Foulahs. He must implement a strict program for maintaining ethical standards in his government and anyone in his administration who engages in such behavior should be terminated.
Guinea Oye! could go on and on, but the message is clear. Conde is as ill-equipped to preside over a day of “national reconciliation” as he is the presidency of the country. Conde may work at Sekoutoureya Palace but he does so without a mandate and without the respect of the people of his country. The police may have stopped the opposition march today, but, in the end, Alpha Conde will not finish his term in office.
(AFP) – 4 hours ago
CONAKRY — Guinea’s president has labelled Wednesday’s anniversary of a notorious 2009 massacre a “day of national reconciliation” in a bid to underline the country’s progress, but critics say the tag is flawed.
On September 28, 2009, thousands gathered in a stadium in the capital Conakry to voice opposition against Moussa Dadis Camara’s military junta.
Troops converged, killing at least 157 and injuring hundreds more. Reports indicate 131 women were raped in the chaos.
Over the past two years, Camara has left the country, and Guinea, crippled for decades by coups and authoritarian regimes, held its first free vote since independence in 1958, earning international praise for transcending its undemocratic past.
President Alpha Conde, who won that November 2010 vote, says Guineans should on Wednesday honour those killed, while noting the progress made in the West African nation since the massacre, but rights groups and Conde’s opponents insist true reconciliation remains elusive.
“Ironically, we are watching helplessly as the suspected perpetrators of this barbarity are promoted to senior civilian and military posts, to the dismay of victims and their families who have waited for justice to be done,” said the OGDH rights group in statement.
The group noted that despite government pledges to investigate the attacks and multiple missions from the International Criminal Court in The Hague, “no senior officer has yet been identified in the case of September 2009.”
Aside from frustrations over impunity, many have also claim that Guinea’s vaunted transition to democracy is being derailed.
Opposition groups have planned rallies for Tuesday — which Conakry’s governor says are banned — to denounce Conde’s appointments to the national election body, currently organising legislative polls scheduled for December.
Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana held talks with several opposition leaders on Monday in an unsuccessful bid to head off the protests.
“On behalf of the president (Conde), government and people of Guinea, I urged them to call off their plans for tomorrow,” Fofana said after the meeting.
“The process of dialogue and consultation that we have begun can help us to give hope to the people in need,” he added, because “peace is now more necessary than ever to Guinea”.
But Cellou Dalein Diallo, who heads Guinea’s largest opposition party and lost to Conde last year, told AFP that the protests would go ahead as the government “has put nothing on the table.”
“Our demands have not been satisfied in any way,” he said.
Diallo has accused the president of stalling preparations for the legislative vote, which were supposed to be held within six months of his December inauguration.
In a report released Sunday, the International Crisis Group said there are indications that Conde’s party will perform badly in the polls and “his unilateral move to overhaul the electoral system” has sparked suspicions of rigging.
“A genuine agreement between the main political actors on the organisation of the legislative elections is crucial and urgent,” the ICG said.
The think-tank’s report said Guinea’s gains over the past two years could quickly be reversed if the upcoming vote is mishandled.
The country has deep ethnic divisions and army factions have made clear they are unhappy about their loss of power in Guinea’s democratic transition, the ICG said.
Those factions may view the December polls as an opportunity to reclaim some of that power, according to ICG, which pointed to July 19 failed assassination attempt against Conde as evidence of the measures some soldiers are prepared to take.