The 28th December was indeed one of Guinea’s saddest day. Thousands of people had gathered in Guinea’s national stadium in the capital Conakry to protest an apparent rumor that the current president Dadis Camara will run for election in January; something he had promised that he wouldn’t do when he took over the country in a bloody-less coup after the death of the former president, Lansana Conte. This gathering (organized by members who plans to run for office in the coming January election) was interrupted by Guinean military officials which left more than 150 people dead and thousands injured.
Guinea being a country which have been pillaged by decades of corruptions and poverty, is a young country which gained its independence from the French in 1958. A young country full of hope.
Dadis Camara, a young unheard-of soldier silently swift the country from turmoil when he took over power from a bloody-less coup in December 23rd 2008, after the death of the former dictator who ran the country with an iron fist for more than twenty years. Dadis Camara success at this coup came as an heroic achievement for many. With his direct and aggressive speeches he convinced millions (specially the youth); he put hope in their hearts and fear on his opponents. During the next months his administration made many arrests including the son of the former president and many others associated with the former administration. All these mirages of hope led the population to support him, therefore he used it to his benefits; he even created his own TV show where he comes on national TV to call out people and embarrasses them live, while they are surrounded with camouflaged men with automatic weapons.
A first sign of dictatorship eh?
His bully-arrogance type of leadership was getting out of hand, too much power on his hands became lethal, and many people fell victims of his mascaraed. And this has further angered many, because they saw hope in him only to be disappointed. He went from promising that he’s just in power to help a peaceful transition to perhaps running for office if he have to, “for the benefit of the country”. His kind is nothing new, and the people have decided to not let this happen, again. Therefore the 28th december was the first big gathering to let him know that he have lost our support; and he responded “so what?” by killing. Then when the murderous rampage was put on him, he answers that he wasn’t there when the killing happened, he was in his office and that his opponents are the ones who orchestrated all. Very convincing don’t you all find?
Nevertheless, moving on. We all want the best for Guinea, and Dadis Camara isn’t a person in the right state of mind to conduct this nation, he’s completely delusional. Unfortunately I foresee worse in the future, because for a power-hungry dictator like this to come off the chair, it will take a lot. Lets just hope that this won’t be another case that have been going around in many African nations which have fell into turmoil.
But for the sake of optimistic -dreaming, lets say Dadis Camara comes off of power peacefully which leads to a democratic election and a new man assume the title of president in January; what are the changes that will happen? What candidate is standing today who isn’t already corrupted? Because the main candidate in the race right now (Cellou Dallen Diallo) was a member (Prime Minister) of the former dictatorship which have caused Guinea to sink deeper in poverty and corruption. Do we want him to take power? Him as a person who uses his ethnic background to boost his political pursuit? Guinea does not need another ethnocentric leader.
An ideal good leader for Guinea should have support from Guineans, not only from his/her ethnic background. Involvements in former corrupted administrations should disqualify someone from running for office. Therefore in my opinion all those whom are candidates for the January elections (there are many of them out there) and played big parts of this or the former administration should be disqualified. Because if they haven’t produced for the advancement of Guinea before, they won’t in the future; that means they are just another power-hungry-African.
Guinea have a long way to go, but in order for a better tomorrow sacrifices are to be made now. If a peasant don’t nurture his seeds, his seeds won’t nurture him.
Well this is just a one man’s words.