In the wake of the Sunday, September 5, 2021 coup d’état in neighboring Guinea, where the army under the command of Colonel Mamady Doumbouya seized power, the Mano River Union (MRU) says it is alarmed over the situation and has called on the military in Guinea to restore constitutional order and protect President Conde and all those under arrest with him.
The Union further said it is alarmed by the developments in Guinea beginning on Sunday, September 5, 2021 where members of the Guinean Military are holding His Excellency President Prof. Alpha Conde, and have announced the dissolution of his government and the suspension of the constitution.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Mano River Union countries noted that Guinea serves as the Current Chairman of the MRU and has played a very vital role in the maintenance of sub-regional peace, security and stability essential for sustainable growth and development.
The MRU joins ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations in calling for the restoration of constitutional order in Guinea, and the protection and safety of President Conde and all those under arrest with him, the statement declared.
“The MRU stands in solidarity with the People of Guinea and reaffirms the Union’s commitment to the promotion of durable peace through democratic assumption of political power and governance consistent with national constitutions, the statement concluded.
The Mano River Union comprises four ECOWAS countries, including Liberia, Guinean, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, and it is a sub-regional body within West Africa. All of its members are member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Last Sunday it was reported that the Guinean military has overthrown the Government of President Prof. Alpha Conde, and suspended the Guinean Constitution
The report indicated that shooting of gun fire was heard in Conakry, and noted that President Conde and some of his cabinet members were arrested.
According to the report, the coup makers have ordered all cabinet minister of President Conde to report or be considered rebels on their failure to do so.
But there have been international condemnations of the Guinea Coup, calling for the protection of President Conde and those arrested from harm and the restoration of Constitutional democracy.