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December 8, 2009
Guinean military on prowl for suspected Camara shooter

According to news reports, the ruling junta in Guinea is continuing its manhunt for Lt. Aboubacar “Toumba” Diakite, who allegedly shot military ruler Moussa Camara in the head last week.

During the past several days, security officials have rounded up at least 60 people suspected of involvement in the assassination attempt.

Under the sub-headline “In search of Toumba Diakite, the army imposes a reign of terror,” French-language Afrik.com writes:

Roadblocks, vehicle searches, armed raids, arrests and summary executions…The loyalist forces are resolute in their efforts to put their hands on Lt. Diakite, who left the the Guinean junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara with serious head wounds. This is a manhunt that has thrust the population into fear.

Idrissa Cherif, the junta spokesman, said that one of the men responsible for the attack, Mohamed “Begre” Camara, was arrested this morning as he tried to flee the country. Kenya’s NTV has more on the arrest:

Worldfocus blogger Ayo Johnson offers his analysis on the recent turn of events in Guinea:

It is time that elections scheduled for January 2010 go ahead without fail. The shooting of Captain Moussa “Dadis” Camara only seems to confirm the lengths to which Guinean soldiers will go — in masking their acts of violence against civilians, solidifying their hold on power and plans to ignore the ballot box all together.

It was exactly a year ago that the death of ruthless dictator Lansana Conte sparked an opportunistic coup by a relatively unknown captain. Moussa declared himself leader of Guinea despite repeated calls from the international community for him to stand down…

A United Nations panel’s visit to Guinea in November to investigate the killing of scores of civilians by Moussa’s troops was the final straw on the camel’s back for this ragtag army.

Moussa’s insistence that he should be included in next year’s elections spelled the end of this so called revolution. Moussa’s credibility was compromised, as he refused to take responsibility for his army. He decided instead to blame Abubakar “Toumba” Diakite, the officer in charge of the operation during the massacre. It is not surprising that a fire fight ensued, leaving Moussa with a bullet wound to the head.

Split elements within the army are now protecting Diakite, who is now in hiding. A second coup is very likely, as Moussa seeks medical attention in Morocco for his injuries. Whenever Moussa recovers from his injuries, he may find it difficult coming back into his country. What is clear is that an internal struggle is imminent, as the military fights an internal war with various top dogs trying to take control of this West African country.

The stakes are high as foreign companies, especially China who have only recently signed a $4.4 billion mining deal. The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) will have to take a far tougher line against the military regime and ask for the regime to leave office immediately. The future and stability of fragile neighboring countries can be easily undermined if Guinea were to become unstable.

Gen. Sekouba Konate, the vice president of the military, is now in charge of the country. Diakite is now on the run and has been sighted heading for the Sierra Leone border area, covenanting in a heightened state of alert from the Sierra Leone border agency.

Watch Ayo Johnson’s interview about the situation on Al Jazeera English:

- Ben Piven

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#16

Since China has a large stake in that country’s future it would be in that country (China) interest to help stable the country problems. Since China will be employing thousands of people in their mining operation it would be wise for the Guinean goverment keep any of its actions low key. I wonder if the problem in this country is like tribe fighting tribe that was started by outside interest?

#15

Ayo,

Thanks for your interest. I am very concerned about the situation in Guinea. I hope that it will not spread to Sierra Leone.

ECOWAS needs to go to the UN and pass some kind of resolution to make sure that does not happen.

Now.

I remain.

Your servant,
malik

#14

I am appealing to the United Nation and the Super Powers to remove the military juntas from Guinea politic before it spills into neiboring countries.All African Head of States should work together in bringing Peace and stability to Guinea and Africa as a whole.I pray that all the juntas will be arrested and locked -up for life before their behavior spill over to either Sierra Leone or Liberia.May God bless the People of Guinea, and mother Africa.

#13

IL YA un sérieux manque de confiance entre les facilitateurs et la junte militaire en juger par Expériences passées EMANANT Libéria, en Sierra Leone et de la CÔTE D’IVOIRE CONFLITS:

La Guinée a été le premier pays qui a activement l’assistance venue en Sierra Leone aider l’armée nationale à lutter contre les rebelles avant que d’autres sont montés à bord depuis 1991. Si vous voulez évaluer par les scénarios passés, la Guinée n’a pas été un élément actif de l’ECOMOG dans la réalité effective, car ils ont préféré une attitude préventive que d’une stratégie offensive qui a finalement été la décision unilatérale de l’utilisation de la force au problème en Sierra Leone.
Jamais moins ils joué un rôle efficace dans la médiation, et a accueilli le gouvernement SLPP pendant l’exil, et aussi pour le plus grand afflux de réfugiés fuyant la situation instable qui règne en Sierra Leone entre 1997 à 2002 Pendant cette période, la tromperie et de nombreuses violations des accords et engagements à la fois personnelles et internationales ont eu lieu à l’exécution de tous les moyens pour atteindre les objectifs de retour, le Gouvernement alors SLPP au pouvoir sans le recours à des conséquences, les dommages collatéraux de l’homme et dans la contemplation Par exemple, la remise par les autorités guinéennes de beaucoup de politiciens de la Sierra Leone arrêté et détenu qui a signifié l’AFRC et les militaires ont finalement été exécutées brutalement assassinés et d’autres contre des promesses, des conditions et promesses faites par l’ex président Kabba à la fin des années Le président Lansana Conteh et autres parties prenantes de ne pas le faire, mais d’assurer la protection des droits de l’homme membre de l’opposition, les vies et les propriétés.

Mais malheureusement, il n’a pas été respecté ou maintenus. Avec le recul, ce phénomène est la lecture d’un chapitre important dans la situation actuelle si l’on en juge par les expériences passées qui a réduit l’intégrité de toute négociation future par notre chef et les facilitateurs de paix incapacité d’assurer leur parole et SIGNATURE dans tout autre document de paix, est sacrée, et pas une route à la potence ou l’exécution par un peloton d’exécution pour les joueurs Si cela est devenu la norme, comment voulez-vous attendre des autres qu’ils ont la foi et la confiance dans le mécanisme de résolution des conflits prévus par les instances régionales?… See More

Côte-d’Ivoire est une affaire trop au point de ne pas perdre de vue, comme une référence importante en référence à la culture langue et la proximité partagé avec la Guinée. Eux aussi ont vécu des circonstances semblables, et nous pouvons tous témoigner de l’issue, quand la France une grande puissance d’abord tenté d’utiliser la force pour résoudre le problème. Elle n’a jamais fonctionné! Nous devons examiner la crise guinéenne présent du passé, le Libéria et la Sierra Leone expérience en conflit avec un avant-goût des scénarios ivoirienne de façon holistique. Comment les parties prenantes, institutions, organisations et même les politiciens même a géré les programmes entiers passé est en réflexion aujourd’hui. La paix, la justice, tribales et politiques équilibres atteints: les initiateurs acteurs et le dividende auteurs, comment carrément et proportionnelle a été le résultat résultat final, y compris l’indemnisation et la promotion de la réconciliation est un facteur déterminant des expériences passées, je peux envisager, toujours active à bord par tous les côtés dans la crise guinéenne en particulier la junte et de leurs collaborateurs civils de l’administration.

Tout ce que les négociateurs de la CEDEAO et l’UA, y compris d’autres parties prenantes en vue d’atteindre les objectifs plantés passé et les solutions de paix dans d’autres conflits d’hier, sert à rappeler à tous et revient à jouer et à chasser le présent situation.

Avons-nous vraiment vraiment; négociateurs ou de simples administrateurs représentant des instances régionales dans un but commun et de la position déjà prise sans conscience ou éventuelles conséquences à la fois les dommages collatéraux de l’homme et dans la poursuite de parvenir à une solution politique pour GUINÉE?

SJS

#12

GUINEAS QUAGMIRE
THERE IS A SERIOUS LACK OF TRUST AND CONFIDENCE BETWEEN THE FACILITATORS AND THE MILITARY JUNTA JUDGING FROM PAST EXPERIENCES EMANATING FROM LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE AND THE IVORY COAST CONFLICTS:

Guinea was the first country that actively came to Sierra Leone assistance helping the national army to fight the rebels before others came on board since 1991. If you want to evaluate by the past scenarios, Guinea was not an active component of ECOMOG in actual reality; because they preferred a preventive stance than an offensive strategy which was finally the unilateral decision in the use of force to the problem in Sierra Leone. Never the less they played an effective role in mediating, and played host to the SLPP government while in exile, and also to the largest refugee influx fleeing the volatile situation in Sierra Leone between 1997 to 2002.
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During this period, many deception and breaches of agreements and commitments both personal and international took place in effecting any means to achieve the objectives of returning the then SLPP government to power without recourse to consequences, human and collateral damages in contemplation.

For example; The handing over by the Guinean authorities of many of the Sierra Leone politicians arrested and detained who served the AFRC and the military members were finally executed and others brutally murdered against the pledges, conditions and promises made by Ex President Kabba to the late President Lansana Conteh and other stake holders not to do so, but to ensure the protection of opposition member’s human rights, lives and properties.

But unfortunately it was not adhered to or maintained. With hindsight, this phenomenon is playing a significant chapter in the present situation, if we are to judge from past experiences which has reduced the integrity for any future negotiations by our leader’s and peace facilitators inability to ensure their WORD and SIGNATURE in any peace document, is SACROSANCT, and not a road to the gallows or execution by firing squad for the players. If this has become the norm, how would you expect others to have faith and trust in the conflict resolution mechanism prescribed by the regional bodies?

Ivory Coast too is a case in point not to lose sight of, as a significant benchmark with reference to the culture, language and proximity shared with Guinea. They too went through similar circumstances, and we can all attest to the outcome, when France a super power first attempted to use force to solve the problem. It never worked!

We must look at the present Guinean crisis from the past Liberia and Sierra Leone conflict experience with a taste of the Ivorian scenarios holistically. How the stake holders, institutions, organisations and even the very politicians has managed the entire past programs is in reflection today. The peace, justice, tribal and political balances achieved: the initiators, actors and the perpetrators dividend; how squarely and proportionate was the final result outcome including the compensation and promotion of reconciliation is a determining factor from past experiences, I can envisage has been actively taking on board by all sides in the Guinean crisis especially the JUNTA and their civilian collaborators in administration.

All what the negotiators ECOWAS and the AU including other stake holders planted towards achieving past objectives and peace solutions in other conflicts yesterday, serves to remind all and is coming back to play and hunt the present situation.

Do we really have truly; negotiators or just administrators representing regional bodies with a common purpose and stance already taken without conscience or eventual consequences to both human and collateral damages in furtherance to achieving a political solutions for GUINEA?

SJS

#11

we are seeing the effect of the demise of a dictator on a nation,once his iron hands are freezed by the icy hands of death the country disintegrate into chaos and instability with his henchmen who have tasted the necta of political power desperate to continue in the driving seat

#10

Awesome post Mr. Johnson. We will continue to play our part in bringing rebuilding Africa one community at a time.

#9

My opinion and millions of Guineans is let the junta go, so the people of Guinea will leave a life of relief. Some of us know what a military government is capable of doing, especially when they are desperate to stay in power.
Ask Sierra leoneans they will lament to you the days of AFRC/RUF government.
LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY!!!!!!
LET THE PEOPLE CHOOSE WHO TO RULE THEM…

#8

following the military junta, its obvious that political instability & insecurity beckons as a characteristic to military rule…
the transition to democratic rule should be their main focus not military prowl…
Kudos to you Ayo Johnson..’I believe in your work’

#7

this is non-sense for the military in guinea to arrest and torture its own people.after all they came by the gun and massacre and rape the same innocent people that trusted and put them there. now that it came back to them with a price, they tries to arrest these same people. no wonder POWER CORRUPT. i think the junta using a system of fear to rule all because the whole world have turn their back on him. even, though former Ghana president Rawlings came by a similar way his was a good example for the rest of Africa to follow, and he became one of Africas best leader ever. so the junta in guinea should leave its people alone and steps down for MOTHER AFRICA is tired of all this bloodshed.

#6

He who lives by the sword…gets shot in the head apparently. It’s no surprise to see that behind these struggles for power lies billions of pounds of natural resources. I hope that the election goes ahead, and that if need be the UN play an active role to ensure peace.

#5

Really i agree with Kemokai, to me military people feel they can rule over everything. There shouldnt be military till we are well developed to the level that whe can stand firmly.

#4

I think Ayo Johnson is just so god at what he does that the almighty one will empower youand open doors of so much opportujities form you beloved one. Its being good communicating the work of journalism on such a grand scale like you are doing especially on such websites like facebook twitter and various ones. I like your work so much may God richly enrich you with more of his blessings as its going to be big in Jesus Name. My brother may you prosper in all you do or say sir.
Blessings
Pastor Gee

#3

I think Dadis Camara, better off stay in exile cause everybody in the Military wanna be president.

#2

I really think that until African can stabilize their countries, they should not have a military.

#1

[...] According to news reports, the ruling junta in Guinea is continuing its manhunt for Lt. Aboubacar “Toumba” Diakite, who allegedly shot military ruler Moussa Camara in the head last week. During the past several days, security officials have rounded up …Read Original Story: Guinean military on prowl for suspected Camara shooter – Worldfocus [...]

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