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By Zimbabwe Voice Reporter
THE opposition MDC Alliance says it stands against the coup that is unfolding in the West African nation Guinea, where elite special forces stormed the presidential palace on Sunday and arrested the country’s President Alpha Conde.
The MDC Alliance, which supported the removal by coup of Robert Mugabe in 2017, appeared to have learnt lessons then and says it is against the use of the army to remove even authoritarian regimes.
In a statement Monday, MDC Alliance Secretary for International Relations Gladys Hlatywayo said sustainable peace can only be achieved via constitutional mechanisms and elections, not military coups.
“Developments in Conakry, Guinea are deeply disturbing. As Zimbabwe, we learnt the hard way that coups and military juntas are never the answer to authoritarianism.
“Constitutional mechanisms of resolving conflicts and civilian rule are key to sustainable peace and democracy,” said Hlatywayo.
Former Cabinet Minister Walter Mzembi, who is self-exiled as a result of the 2017 military coup which toppled Robert Mugabe’s Government, said coups were never the panacea to brutal Governments.
Mzembi described the statement by Hlatywayo as “Stately” and encouraging.
The AFP reports that there were scenes of celebration on the streets of Conakry Sunday after some Guineans took to the streets to congratulate soldiers who detained President Conde following hours of heavy gunfire.
“We are here to show our joy because we suffered a lot over time. With time God showed us someone who is more powerful than him (Alpha Condé). Above all, it is patience, we have been patient,” a Conakry resident said.
“I am very, very happy, we went out for the joy, so we are very, very happy with what we heard, what we saw,” another resident said.
The country’s borders were closed and its constitution was declared invalid in the announcement read aloud on state television by army Col. Mamadi Doumbouya, who told Guineans: “The duty of a soldier is to save the country.”
Already the United Nations and countries like France have condemned the coup.
The West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS quickly condemned the developments, threatening sanctions if Conde was not immediately released.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tweeted that he strongly condemned “any takeover of the government by force of the gun.”
It was a dramatic setback for Guinea, where many had hoped the country had turned the page on military power grabs.
The Guinean will still live to celebrate this historic moment, but questions still linger on how the next government will be formed and its legality.
Guinea now follows countries like Zimbabwe, Mali and Sudan where the military has directly participated indirect power seize.