Uganda—President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has castigated the coup d’état that happened in Guinea on Sunday, terming it as a step backward.
Museveni says the orchestrators of the coup should face treason and extract from the army.
“That’s unfortunate and it’s a step backward. Those military coups are of low value, we had them in the 1960s and they were parts of Africa’s shortcomings. I condemn the coup, I don’t accept the idea of coups, they are not a solution.” He said.
“They should get out, they should be told to go away because they are not a solution to the problems of the country.” He added.
Alpha Conde, 83, was deposed following intense gunfire in parts of Guinea’s capital Conakry on Sunday. Chaos engulfed the West African nation of Guinea again as army putschists captured the president.
Conde was a former opposition leader who was at one point imprisoned and sentenced to death. Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010 and won re-election in 2015. Conde won the controversial third term in that poll held in October 2020, but only after pushing a new constitution in March 2010 that allowed him to sidestep the country’s two-term limit.
Several citizens were butchered during demonstrations against a third term for the president, often in clashes with security forces.
Conde was among the presidents that witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of President Museveni on May 12, as he extended his rule to four decades.
President Museveni also condemned his counterpart of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, for shutting the border between the two countries two years ago and denied claims by Kagame that he was acting as the master of the region.
Rwanda reportedly wiretapped conversations of top Ugandan officials, according to revelations in the global reporting investigations, the Pegasus project, published by the organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)