The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is sinking its image on how it is handling the political crisis in Guinea following the recent Coup d’etat.
He said ECOWAS has become a laughing stock in the community of nations and among its citizens.
“It is sinking its image further” he said, adding that “ECOWAS has just lost it totally and has just become a laughing stock”.
Mr Ablakwa who is also the NDC Member of Parliament for North Tongu has been criticizing the regional bloc on its handling of Guinea’s political situation said the ECOWAS leaders themselves know they could have handled the situation better and not allow it to deteriorate before their intervention.
“I’ve gone through the communique and all of ECOWAS’ communications on this Guinean intervention… They don’t have the moral courage to ask the military Junta to reinstate Alpha Conde… What does that tell you? That should tell you that they all know that Alpha Conde brought this upon himself” he told Accra based Metro TV on Friday in an interview monitored by justicefmonline.com.
He said even though he is not a supporter of coup d’etats, the toppled Guinean Leader’s decision to amend the country’s constitution to allow him to contest for a third term in office was the first coup which ECOWAS should have intervened.
He said instead, ECOWAS leaders overlooked it.
“I’m not a supporter of coups but even in our constitutions, there are times you’re asked to rise up and stop assaults on the constitution, because the first coup in Guinea was what Alpha Conde did and ECOWAS, we all know the story was dead silent, indeed Alpha Conde became even more closer to his colleagues, he was a toast of them, attending their inauguration ceremonies and they inviting him to deliver speeches at their national events and all of that” he expressed with shock.
He said most ECOWAS leaders are equally guilty of violating the protocols on governance and democracy and are only pushing tough sanctions on the military junta in Guinea to protect themselves from such interventions.
“It’s clear to most of us watchers that a lot of these ECOWAS leaders are as guilty as seen, who have violated violently, the ECOWAS protocols on good governance and democracy by amending their constitutions and going for third terms, they’re only doing this to as it were protect themselves, they’re not interested in the destiny of the continent and the hopes and aspirations of young Africans” he noted.
ECOWAS sanctions on Guinea
On Thursday, ECOWAS at an extraordinary summit held in Accra placed a travel ban on the Guinea coup leaders and their families and froze all their assets.
“In six months elections should be held,” said ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou at a briefing.
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