M. Kouchner, Whatever You’re Getting from Alpha Conde, It’s Not Worth Making a Fool of Yourself Spewing Anti-Opposition Propaganda

KOUCHNERCONDEAlpha Conde and Bernard Kouchner (long-time buds)
In an Africaguinee.com article, Bernard Kouchner, good friend of Alpha Conde, alleges that the opposition paid supporters to hold demonstrations in Guinea with the objective of destabilizing the country.  Kouchner is in Conakry visiting his old school chum, Alpha Conde.  Kouchner must have been in a talking mood.  He speaks on a range of topics and a little on the stream-of-consciousness side.
Open Remarks to Bernard Kouchner
 
M. Kouchner, Alpha Conde successfully stole both the 2010 presidential election (with your help) and the 2013 legislative elections, and holds a majority in the Assembly. Conde accomplished everything he wanted and everything you wished for him.  So, understand how ridiculous you look accusing the opposition of having paid its supporters to destabilize the country.  If the opposition had financed supporters, there would have been weapons and a better outcome.
 
 
When you accuse the opposition in this manner, you open a can of worms.  It is Conde administration officials and RPG loyalists, such as Conakry governor, Sekou “Resco” Camara and, and social security director, Malick Sankhon, who paid Malinke militias and Donzos to commit murderous attacks in opposition neighborhoods over the past three years, including an attack on the home of opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo. When Diallo publicly accused Sankhon of financing such terror, Sankhon accused Diallo of defamation of character, but withdrew his complaint when he realized Diallo had the dirt on him
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You huff and puff, but you can’t blow the opposition’s house down, primarily because it is ten times the size of the RPG.  If you recall, Le Canard Enchaine tried something similar, accusing the opposition of fomenting a coup, but the story was based on propaganda supplied by a Conde operative.  Le Canard Enchaine’s reputation was damaged irreparably.
Cheap shots look like cheap shots to everyone and, you, as a former Foreign Minister of France, may know that.  In 2010, you did the worst thing you could do to the opposition and the people of Guinea by delivering Alpha Conde to Sekoutoureya Palace.  No need to pile on.
 
 
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National Assembly Kicks Off Monday, Three Candidates for Prez – Cellou Diallo Not Among Them

Cellou Dalein Diallo, president of the UFDG party of the Republican opposition, bowed out of the race for president of the National Assembly after confirming that fellow opposition leader, Jean Marie Dore, who declared his intention to run for Assembly president a few weeks ago, re-confirmed this weekend that he still intends to pursue the position as an “independent.”.  In an attempt to maintain harmony within the opposition, Diallo asked Ms. Marie-Anne Tofany Fofana, a UFDG Vice-President, to become the opposition’s candidate.

As it stands now, there are three candidates for the Assembly presidency and they are all from the Forest region:  Kory Kondiano – RPG candidate, Jean-Marie Dore – independent candidate, and Mrs. Fofana –candidate of the opposition.
 
Below is a guineenews.org article translated in English via Google, which provides more background.  If you wish to read the article in French, please click this link: Candidature de l’opposition : comment Dalein a désisté pour Mme Tofanny ?

Stay tuned . . .

Aboubacar Sylla, spokesperson for the opposition, offered the following background today:

“On Sunday morning, the Republican opposition was left to decide the choice of one candidate for the election of the President of the National Assembly. Elhadj Diallo, President UFDG, was chosen by the Republican opposition. I would say that the choice was imposed to be our flagship perch in the National Assembly. accepted this choice in the conditioning unanimously in opposition Regarding his choice. In other words, the president of the UFDG hoped that any Republican opposition, without exception, on his choice to wear our colors in parliament. This is why a Committee was formed consisting of the leaders of the opposition to meet with some political parties who were not present at the meeting this morning to get them to raise their position in relation to this choice and thus share his opinion with respect this application. This committee is made ​​at a political leader (Jean Marie Dore, leader of the Union for the Progress of Guinea), who had already expressed his wish to be a candidate for the election of the President of National Assembly and despite the many arguments that have been advanced by the emissaries, this political leader would not retract and agree to adhere to the collegiate position of the Republican opposition. Given the fact that his choice did not unanimously by all political parties of the Republican opposition, President UFDG decided not to run for the election of the Speaker of the National Assembly. Instead, the opposition elected a member of the UFDG, namely, the Vice-President Mrs. Tofanny, who will be the candidate of the Republican opposition to the election of the President of the National Assembly. leader of UGG s ‘is already declared candidate for weeks in this position. We hoped his support for the consensus decision, but for reasons of its own, the leader of the UPG thought he should keep his candidacy. So President UFDG who fought many years for cohesion and unity of the opposition could therefore not accept this choice focused on the person as this choice may present the picture of a disunited opposition. C ‘ so he decided not to attend. As we know, Jean Marie Dore is the only opposition leader who has declared his intention to run. No other leader has expressed in any case obliquely that desire. So, Jean Marie Dore maintains his candidacy, and the rest of the opposition has decided to that of Marie-Anne Tofanny, Vice President UFDG.”

Opposition’s “Ville Morte:” Cop Kills Youth in Bambeto and RPG Plan to Send Its Storm Troopers to “Police” Neighborhoods

Today, Afriguinee is reporting that Mamadou Bailo Barry, age 21, was shot and killed at point blank range by a police officer in Bambeto.
The ville morte continues with most shops closed and traffic circulating, fairly unhindered, except for a few opposition neighborhoods where tires are burned.  This preventive measure is reasonable given threats made by an RPG on Saturday against opposition supporters.
Saturday, Africaguinee reported that a member of the National Political Bureau of the RPG, Mbany Sangare, made an appeal to party supporters to defend Conakry during the opposition’s Dead City Day, by setting up “self defense brigades.”  He said he wants to stop trouble before it begins. On Sunday evening, he planned to place brigades strategically around the capital to make sure the opposition, or the “anti-Guinean” as he likes to call it, doesn’t cause problems.  Continuing with his “unpatriotic” theme, he claimed the opposition planned the “ville morte” for the same time as Alpha Conde’s donors’ conference in Abu Dhabi in an attempt to sabotage his efforts.  “We must block the way of the saboteurs, bar the way of the anti-Guineans.”  Further, Sangare instructed RPG loyalists on the best way to “subdue” opposition supporters — “tackle them and take them to the closest police station.”
Self defense brigades, eh?  In most countries which operate under some kind of law,  these “brigades” are vigilantes, who don’t usually announce ahead of time their plan to attack people. If they do, authorities detain them.
Faced with a “vigilantes gone wild,” scenario, government spokesman, Damantag Camara, needed to do some damage control.  In another Africaquinee article on Saturday, Camara gave the administraton’s position: “It is only the government that has the authority to ensure the law.  In a state of law, it is the police and the gendarmes which ensure the security of citizens and their property.”
Well, since Guinea does not operate under a state of law, Mr. Camara’s comments are disingenuous. Based on three years of attacks by the Conde administration against the opposition, the government uses vigilantes regularly.  The vigilantes include Malinke militias,  Donzos, and foreign mercenaries which often operate in tandem, and always supported by state security forces. Generally, the presence and intentions of these groups are not made public ahead of time, which gives the Guinean government a modicum of plausible deniability.
Rather than its “self defense brigades,” the RPG will have its Malinke militias on the streets today and the potential for danger is high.  Yet, the biggest danger is if the militias enter the neighborhoods and attack the families of opposition supporters.  Then, Donzos and foreign mercenaries are likely components.
While it might not benefit the citizens of Guinea now and, providing Alpha Conde hasn’t finagled changes in the Guinean constitution from Abu Dhabi, the Guinean constitution’s rights to free speech and assembly are still protected.  One day, these freedoms will be respected.
Let’s see how the remainder of the day goes.

Are RPG Loyalty Oaths Next? Local Officials Aligned with Opposition are Being Punished for Not Supporting the RPG Arc-en-Ciel

Alpha Conde and his government officials commonly treat members of the opposition like enemies of the state.  Let’s not forget about Cellou Dalein Diallo’s arrival at the airport in the Spring of 2011 after a long period out of the country when Conde sent the military to “break up” the huge crowd of his supporters who gathered to receive him. Many were injured and at least two opposition supporters were killed.  This demonstrates what happens when a head of state enters office without the mandate from the majority — any gathering by the opposition proves that the guy in office did not win the election.  This is also why the government must stop any opposition protest after the election results are announced — the huge numbers will reveal that Conde has now stolen his second election in three years.
Alpha Conde and other RPG “luminaries” have stated publicly that the results of the election must be accepted by all.  Sekou “Resco” Camara, Governor of Conakry, during a presentation at an Art and Trade school a few weeks ago that having Alpha Conde as “president” is “God’s doing.” He also warned the largely youthful audience that they should not gather in the streets with the opposition, because they will be met with the full force of the law.
As a result, it should not be a surprise that the RPG is demanding from those within the country’s administrative network of officials that those not politically aligned with Conde-RPG are being punished.  See a letter further below from the opposition to Guinea PM Fofana informing him that punishment for one’s political views is prohibited by the constitution.
The issue of citizen loyalty was thrust into the spotlight in the United States by a lone senator in the 1950’s.Senator Joseph McCarthy, from Wisconsin, figured that he could make substantial political hay by leading a witch hunt against “perceived” communists and their sympathizers.  He was obsessed with weeding out commies from every facet of American life with the federal government and Hollywood providing the most fertile grounds.
In a public speech in West Virginia in February, 1950, McCarthy claimed he had a list of Communist Party members and names of those in a spy ring, all of whom were employed at the State Department (McCarthy also investigated the Voice of America, the US Army, etc.).  But, it was not until April 1954 that, through his congressional power of subpoena, he scheduled hearings where he paraded Government officials and Hollywood directors, writers, and actors before live television cameras to berate them and accuse them of being disloyal to the country.  Television was in its infancy at this time, but the drama provided by McCarthy and his “suspects” was better than anything Hollywood might have created.  The country was riveted by the “red scare” McCarthy revealed. It was these hearings, perhaps more than anything else, that made Americans recognize the Cold War and that “disloyal” statements were highly suspicious and potentially worth reporting to authorities.
What came out of all this is that McCarthy was an egocentric crackpot who made up evidence against his “suspects.”  He became discredited for unprofessional conduct of his hearings and concerns over his mental state. The Senate took a rare move and censured him. The McCarthy hearings lasted only three months, but it was more than enough to ruin the careers of several government officials and to blacklist for life some of the country’s brightest and most talented Hollywood figures.
Demanding loyalty to the RPG is a dangerous step.
Below is a short video of a McCarthy hearing.  Rarely did anyone ever talk back to Sen. McCarthy,  but Joseph Welch, head counsel for the US Army, had had enough and said,  “Have you no sense of decency?”

 

Translated to English via Google.  Click link below for French version

The Guinean opposition sent a letter to Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana: “We take this opportunity to ask you to call your services to the provisions of Article 26 of our constitution

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which enshrines the principle of neutrality of the public service and therefore prohibits any confusion between the exercise of a public function and practice of political activity “

Mr. Prime Minister,

We would like to draw your attention to arbitrary sanctions by certain local administrative authorities to managers in service to the country on the grounds that they have not effectively supported the RPG arc-en-ciel in parliamentary elections September 28, 2013.

To illustrate these abuses taking a scale of growing, we do hold, attached is a list of administrators and politicians considered activists and opposition supporters and recently hit measures revocations or assignments in remote areas of their current place of function.

We take this opportunity to ask you to call your service in compliance with article 26 of our constitution which enshrines the principle of neutrality of the public service and therefore prohibits any confusion between the exercise of a function public and the practice of political activity.

We remind you that the state of advanced degeneration of our government and its inability to effectively play its role in motor and regulator of economic and social development is mainly due to such practices that favor more political affinities that objective criteria competence in the selection and appointment of cadres.

As a result of the above, please kindly, in a spirit of justice, to cancel the allocation of these officials, restore these local officials in their function and ensuring that either put an end to this type of term sanctions unjustified and anachronistic is likely to serve the sustainable development of our countries and the consolidation of national cohesion.

PARTIAL LIST OF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND POSTED OR HALF OF THEIR DUTIES AFTER LEGISLATIVE ELECTION OF 28 September 2013

1. In Kankan:

– Mr Luncény KABA, Unique Number 238535E Federal Secretary of Youth SARP, assigned to Tougué; 
– Mr Antoine DOBO, Unique Number 144146V Federal Secretary UFDG assigned Lélouma; 
– Mr Souleymane Béavogui, Unique Number 194728F member of the Federal Bureau of SARP, assigned to Gaoual.

2. A Dabola:

The Sub-Prefect of Bissikirima, by radio broadcast on October 25, 2013 statement of their duties the following local officials:

– Mr Abdul Thierno Barry, President District Sampolia; 
– Bassy Amadou Sow, Chairman of the District Hamdallaye; 
– El Hadj Abdoulaye Barry, Vice President District Kolon; 
– Mr Ibrahima Diallo, Head of sector Noumoussoulou; 
– Mr Mamadou Alpha Diallo, Head of sector II Loppé 
– Bagou Oumou Camara, Head area. 

3. A Faranah:

– Mr Thierno Barry Sanoussy, Club number 238554S, Secretary UFDG Section marela is assigned to Tiro

PS This list is far from exhaustive. It will be completed gradually as information on similar cases will be specified.

The Republican opposition

Guinea Opposition to Ask Supreme Court to Annul Parliamentary Vote

Published: Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 2:05:02 AM
Updated: Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 2:06:06 AM

Guinea opposition to ask Supreme Court to annul parliamentary vote

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CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea’s main opposition parties accused the ruling party on Saturday of massive fraud in last month’s parliamentary election and said they would call on the Supreme Court to annul the vote.

The statement was the first official reaction to the complete results issued on Friday, which showed the President Alpha Conde’s ruling party won 53 seats but fell just short of an absolute majority in parliament.

The September 28 vote, which is meant to complete the return to civilian rule but was more than two years late, has been dogged by wrangling between parties, triggered deadly street protests and dented investor confidence in the iron and bauxite-rich state.

“We have decided to file a complaint (at the Supreme Court), with all the necessary proof, calling for the complete annulment of the vote,” said Aboubacar Sylla, a spokesman for the umbrella of opposition groups.

The coalition includes Cellou Dalein Diallo’s UFDG, which came second with 37 seats, Sidya Toure’s UFR, which won 10 seats and two other minor parties that secured a pair of seats each.

“What we are seeing a complete farce brought about by massive fraud organised by the ruling party,” Sylla added.

Opposition parties had earlier called for the vote to be cancelled during the counting process. They also threatened more protests. About 50 people were killed in demonstrations over election preparations earlier this year.

Conde’s camp has already said it will challenge in the Supreme Court the results from some districts where it says the opposition rigged the outcome.

Earlier this month, observers from the United States, France, the European Union, the United Nations and West African regional bloc ECOWAS said they had identified problems with voting in a number of districts, potentially harming the credibility of these results.

But diplomats, led by the United Nations, have sought to restore confidence in the process and, in particular, the election commission, which is deeply divided.

Conde’s RPG party needs the backing of another four seats in parliament to secure a majority so a period of deal-making is expected after results are confirmed.

While an important last step in the tortuous return to civilian rule following a 2009, the vote is also seen by many politicians in Guinea as warm-up for the presidential election in 2015, when Conde’s first 5-year term comes to an end.

(Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by David Lewis)

CENI Announces Provisional Numbers for All Legislative Elections Held on September 28

Under heavy security at the Palais du Peuple (the National Assembly)
the President of the CENI, Bakary Fofana, delivered the full set of provisional numbers.  
Note that the opposition continues to demand for the election to be annulled.
 
Below are two links which will take you to the Africaguinee website which has posted the numbers. The site is in French.  When we get a good English version, we will post it on Guinea Oye.
 
Stay tuned.

EU Observers Stay Overnight in Matoto Clearinghouse to Prevent RPG-CENI from Committing Fraud (FR-EN)

Article from leguepard.net follows.  For French version, click on link directly below.  Article translated into English via Google with editing by Guinea Oye follows.

Certainly, Alpha Conde is determined to grant himself a victory without honor in Matoto. All methods are now used to make this possible through a fraudulent election already expected by the national and international opinion, of delaying the transmission of CENI’s record of votes, or PVs, in order to introduce false PVs in the office of centralization for results in Matoto. Being aware that these false PVs will not be invalidated either by the CENI, much less by the Supreme Court which is allied with the president. RPG victory depends only on its ability to introduce false PVs to the office of centralization. Hence, the determination to delay their transfers until the introduction of false PVs.

The attempt by RPG activists to introduce fraudulent PVs, which was scheduled for last night Thursday, October 10, 2013, was thwarted by the determination of observers from the European Union, whose seven members spent Thursday night in the Matoto clearinghouse.

Frustrated by the failure inflicted on its plan to commit fraud Thursday night, RPG activists returned on Friday, October 11, 2013, to cause trouble near the clearinghouse. Their representatives came out of their office for no good reason, with the aim of stopping the centralization of results.

Faced with this delaying tactic, representatives of the opposition demanded that the   centralization work continue due to the presence of the EU observers and a government representative who is also vice chairman of the committee, a Mr. Toure. This can ensure the fairness of the results being designated by the administration.  

Informed of this, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Mr. Alassane Conde ordered Mr. Toure to leave the room with the representatives of the RPG, under the eyes of European observers who were not absolutely sure they would return. However, the administration and its representatives have a legal obligation to adopt a position of strict neutrality in the electoral process.  

It is worth noting that the centralization work which remains to be done in Matoto takes no more than thirty (30) minutes. Yet, this unspeakable delay is only the expression of the will of President Alpha Condé to confiscate once again the expression of the popular will. This raises the question of the validity of these elections simply because the statutory period for proclamation of  preliminary results by CENI, under Article 163 of the Electoral Code, ie 72 hours after the elections, are widely exceeded.

This is unfortunate and damaging to President Alpha Conde, given that the electoral robbery   is happening under the eyes of observers from the European Union and an AFP journalist. You have to be Alpha Conde to take such a risk.

To be continued …..
Leguepard.net