May 28, 2024 1:22 am

‘ECOWAS cannot do anything about what is happening in Guinea’ – Prof. Antwi-Danso

Many have condemned the military takeover of the civilian government in Guinea albeit the jubilation that immersed the streets of Conakry after the uprising.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) issued a release to condemn the act, before its Extraordinary Summit in Accra to take further actions on the junta.

The ECOWAS has imposed travel ban on the military leaders as well as their family members and supporters and frozen the financial assets of members of the military faction.

The Community has further asked Doumbouya and his entourage to return the state to democracy in six months.

According to the military, Alpha Conde, the ousted president, overthrew the nation’s constitution to extend his leadership, amid hunger and high rate corruption, interspersed with oppression of the citizens.

“What did the ECOWAS do when Conde was doing all that?” is the question Professor Vladimir Antwi-Danso is posing.

Speaking on TV3 News Friday, September 17, 2021, whilst followed, the Dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Prof. Vladimir Antwi-Danso said “whether the steps taken by the bloc is something that will stop coups from happening again is something I doubt.”

Prof. Vladimir Antwi-Danso

He says the sub regional authority need to have an introspection of what is happening, considering the case of Mali and take pragmatic steps in order not to stampede democracy.

“There is nothing ECOWAS can do about what’s happening in Guinea. We shouldn’t wait for coups to happen first before we react,” he advised.

Commenting on the reinstitution of democracy in six months, Prof. Antwi-Danso wondered how that is going to be possible in a state without a constitution, asking “are they going to reinstate the overthrown government to return to democracy?”

Meanwhile, President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kissie Brou, at the Extraordinary Summit in Accra told the media, that ECOWAS is concerned with the seeming political instability in the region and had decided to revisit it’s protocols on democracy and good governance to address the current situation.

On why the Commission failed to intervene when the political issues began in Guinea, the President of the Commission noted ECOWAS took steps before, during and after the crisis.

He added there were several stakeholder engagements which involved the political parties in Guinea when the issues began.

He stated further that at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission held virtual meetings with the stakeholders involved, seeking to ensure that the issue did not escalate.

He pointed out however, that ECOWAS is made up of sovereign countries who have the right to make their own decisions.


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