The military has seized power in Guinea through a coup d’état on Sunday, September 5, 2021.
President Conde who has been in power since December 2010 is believed to have been detained in a military base in Guinea’s capital after being captured.
Heavy gunfire were held in Conakry near the presidential palace on Sunday.
Soldiers who staged the uprising have announced a nationwide curfew ‘until further notice’ and replacement of all regional governors.
They also indicated in a speech on state TV that the constitution and the government have been completely dissolved.
Coup plotters motivation as we know it
After the dramatic coup, the mutinous soldiers vowed to restore democracy, close the country’s borders and form a new government called The National Committee of Gathering and Development.
‘The duty of a soldier is to save the country’ Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, who sat draped in a Guinean flag and flanked by other military officers in uniform said as he read out the statement on national television.
‘The personalisation of political life is over. We will no longer entrust politics to one man, we will entrust it to the people’.
Doumbouya, who headed a special force in the military disclosed he was acting in the best interest of the nation of more than 12.7 million people.
The colonel said he was much concerned that little economic progress has been made since Guinea gained independence from France in 1958.
He said ‘If you see the state of our roads, if you see the state of our hospitals, you realise that after 72 years, it’s time to wake up. We have to wake up’.
Doumbouya pledged to broker a transition government that would not harm the nation but ‘make love’ to it.