Just two days ago we woke up to the news of shooting at the residence of the Guinean President. The BBC says at least one died while RFI says it was a rocket attack on the residence and at least three people died.
These are very bad signs for the fledgling democracy next door. It seems to suggest that the military does not want to hands off power and that they want to stage a comeback less than a year after the first democratic president was elected after 50 years. And the main culprit here is the former head of the military.
Guinea should learn from us, that after the handover of the NPRC we had a series of false alarms about coups until the real one happened. Soldiers have for long held political power in Guinea. They have thus become used to the perks of the office which stems from holding political power. It is these perks which now make them regret they left power and now do everything to regain their hold on power and authority.
This was the same here, when the batmen of the NPRC leaders decided they wanted to continue to enjoy and thus staged the May25th 1997 coup.
As expected our fear is of the fire next door, and this is justified if one watches most of the security assessments of international organisations on Sierra Leone. They all believe that we are not totally out of the woods yet and that there are already tell tale signs that we are likely to go back to war.
We cannot blame them because this is what has happened to countries who have found themselves in similar situations.
For us here we pray that the military men do not think of a repeat. But for a return to war not to happen then the politicians must get their act together.
Warnings have been sounded that the causes listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report have been re-appearing. People have lost faith in the justice system such that they resort to killing. In just the last two months SSD police officers have been accused of murder. The first over land and the second is allegedly over a woman. When those who are custodians of the law no longer believe in it then what should be the position of the ordinary people? When a politician slaps a police man who is humbly doing his work and nothing comes out of it, then what will happen to ordinary civilians who cross the path of politicians?
When these things happen people become frustrated that there is no justice, and this frustration leads them to react with anger. Remember the diatribe of Sergeant Gborie? So as we monitor developments in Guinea let us reflect on what is happening here. “Man dem nor glady Oh!”