Guinea Conakry, Ghana, Cote D’ivoire in Unholy Role; Brewing Crisis in Guiné-Bissau

#OPINION

The essence of writing this piece is to put the world on notice; drawing their attention to the dangerous role being played by the aforementioned nations in aiding and abating Mr Domingos Semios Pereira in his tireless effort to bring chaos on the peaceful people of the calm republic.

Background:

The Republic of Guiné-Bissau went to polls on 29th December, 2019 and the outcome of the election which was witnessed by observers both internationally and within Africa, including individuals was adjourned the freest and fairest election in Africa in recent years.

The election produced the young Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Madem G-15 as winner, having enjoyed the support of Engr Nuno Gomes Nabiam of APU-PDGB, Jose Mario Vaz (the outgoing President of Guiné-Bissau and PAIGC other candidate), Junior Cadogo (Former Prime Minister) and other capable contenders that did not make it to the second round.

This alliance produced the highest campaign successes that made it easy to predict the direction the result will go.

After the election and clear victory by Sissoco, Domingos called to congratulate him as a gentleman before turning around to deny it because the interest of PAIGC in their continued grip and role as pun for the manipulation of the poor country was not over. The interest of other party influencers overwhelmed his sane disposition and that was when the insane rigmarole started.

Basics (Facts from Fables)

For the reasons stated above, and considering the fact that the state machinery was still in the hands of the PAIGC, they are endlessly trying to put it to their advantage by using the Supreme Court of Guiné-Bissau (STJ) to turn around the outcome of an election that was clearly lost and won.

In this continued effort to bring Guiné-Bissau to crisis by Domingos Semios Pereira and his allies, Mr Alpha Condé, the President of Guinea Conakry, Mr Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana and the President of Cote d’ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, have persistently influenced the efforts at restoring peace in Guiné-Bissau because they are working with Domingos as the only one to protect their business interests at the expense of an entire sovereign nation.

Impending Crisis

The continued interference, frustration and manipulation of the sovereignty of Guiné-Bissau by Domingos Semios Pereira and his allies is gradually brewing bad blood.

I know the efforts Nigeria, Senegal, United Nations and other ECOWAS countries put in to restore and maintain the existent peace in Guiné-Bissau, so why must we fold our hands and allow the greedy interest of one man and his allies to return a whole nation into crisis of war magnitude, a path that Guiné-Bissau has treaded before and wouldn’t wish to walk again.

Clarion Call

It has become expedient that the world, and especially Nigeria should intervene and support ECOWAS to prevail on Domingos Semios Pereira and his three allies who are protecting their interest at the expense of the entire people of Guiné-Bissau, to allow the duly elected President, Umaro Sissoco Embalo to assume his full responsibility as the new leader of the people.

During the election, PAIGC had control of Guiné-Bissau electoral body CNE, Ministry of interior, Police, Military, STJ, Finance and every other functioning arms of the government and the Prime Minister was a direct appointee of PAIGC, masterminded by DSP himself. If notwithstanding these arsenal at their disposal, a new party succeeded in breaking the 47 years jinx of holding unto power by PAIGC, it should be gentlemanly for them to accept defeat and give peace a chance.

For the many years of controlling the republic, it has been story of poverty, squalor, illiteracy, backwardness, and visionless policies. But within a month, the 47 years old Umaro Sissoco Embalo through his many diplomatic tours has beamed searchlight of progress and partnership back to his country and the world is ready to work with him to liberate his nation.

Expedient Solutions

1. It is also significant to observe that while PAIGC has manhandled Guiné-Bissau for 47 years, today the people have given their mandate to a 47 year old youth to liberate and unite them. This decision should be respected and the idea of dividing Guiné-Bissau along ethnic lines should stop and go away with PAIGC.

It is expedient also that the Presidents of Ghana, Guinea Conakry and Cote d’ivoire be called to order and steer from crafting war in Guiné-Bissau while enjoying peace in their own domains.

2. Domingos Semios Pereira and his PAIGC party should be prevailed upon to respect the general will of the people.

He should also be made to realise that elections are not won in court manned by his stooges after you have clearly lost in the field.

It reeks of hypocrisy and shamelessness to let the world believe that you were rigged out of an election your party were the umpire, the judge and the jury. Common sense would’ve thought DSP that nobody would believe it.

Avoiding the Crisis

The standpoint on which Domingos and co wishes to shoot the first shot is insisting on “Recounting Votes” in an election he clearly lost.

Obviously, having the CNE and STJ under his fingertips could only mean that there was a game he was not given the space to execute and therefore when the winner fall to such antics, Domingos and his henchmen will definitely come out on top while Umaro Sissoco Embalo group will cry foul, then the first shot has been fired and as at this moment, nerves are flared and ready for showdown.

This is a mistake the world should not allowed Domingos and his 3 allies, Mr Alpha Condé, the President of Guinea Conakry, the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo and the President of Cote d’ivoire Alassane Ouattara to walk the nation through.

Let this be a notice to the world, Senegal, Nigeria and United Nations that the abovementioned personalities should be held responsible for any chaos that may escalate out of their effort to protect their business interests above the progress and future of another vulnerable sovereign nation.

Chief Dr. Emeka C. Kalu
DG, Global Initiative for Good Governance (GIGG), writes from Nigeria

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