By Staff Reporter
THE Namibian government has extremely condemned the coup d’état that led to the house arrest of the President of Guinea Prof. Alpha Condé, and the dissolution of the country’s supreme law, the Constitution and its Executive, including the closure of the land and air borders of Guinea.
On Sunday, the special military elite soldiers led by the 41-year-old former French legionary Col Mamady Doumbouya seized the civilian power, and announced the military takeover saying that this was due to President Condé’s disregard for human rights, corruption and economic mismanagement.
In a media release sent to Caprivi Vision on Tuesday, Ambassador Penda Naanda, Executive Director of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation said that “Namibia expresses its strong disapproval to the lack of respect for the legitimate and democratically elected President of Guinea, and calls upon the military to respect the rule of law and the return to civilian rule. In this regard, Namibia calls upon the citizens of Guinea not to resort to violence in addressing their concerns.”
He however, added that Namibia further reiterates its unwavering support for the principle enshrined in the AU Constitutive Act, of condemning and rejecting unconstitutional changes of government.
“As such, Namibia aligns herself with the statement issued by H.E. Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chairperson of the African Union, and H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and reiterates their call for the Peace and Security Council to address this issue as a matter of urgency.”
Namibia has joined the international community in calling for the immediate and unconditional release of President Alpha Condé, and the return to constitutional order in that country.