Guinea Coup Another African Tragedy

Someday when the history of the continent of Africa is written there will be at least a chapter on the tragedy of failed leadership among Africans. It is difficult to identify an African nation which emerged out of colonialism that currently has the semblance of a democratic society. The concept of ending colonialism was important, but the failure of those leading African revolutions to become the champions of democracy has resulted in a wealthy continent mired in poverty, violence and hatred. The latest example was seizure of power in Guinea after its long-term president died. Within moments, a group of young officers took over the government and announced it might some day allow free elections. After warning present Cabinet members of consequences, about 30 turned themselves over to the military junta and awaited their fates. Coup leader Moussa Camara promised a “grandiose funeral” for the dead dictator Lansana Combe, no doubt, an act that sets the stage for the arrival of another two bit dictator by the name of Camara.

The famous last words of Camara are, “it is not m y intention to be a candidate in the election of December, 2010.” Mark those words down somewhere and check out which excuse is cited by Camara in December, 2010 to explain why he must remain in power for the good of the people.