The Commander of the Land Forces, Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba Muhoozi is aching to get on to the next flight to Guinea-Conakry.
The Special Forces Commander Mamady Doumbouya of Guinea-Conakry, recently removed President Alpha Conde, after storming the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry, detaining the 83-year-old.
Colonel Doumbouya thereon appeared on state broadcaster Radio Television Guineenne, draped in the Guinean flag, introducing himself to surprised Guineans as the country’s new leader.
The military unit, which claimed to have seized power announced that they dissolved Guinea’s government, its constitution and closed its land and air borders. The new military rulers imposed a nationwide curfew.
Lt. Gen. Muhoozi took to his Twitter account to empathize with the dethroned Guinea-Conakry leader Conde by seeking orders from President Yoweri Museveni to take on the special forces.
The First son, who is also the Special Advisor on Special Operations, vowed: “If our Commander in Chief gave us instructions it wouldn’t take UPDF a day to discipline mutinous troops like the ones in Guinea-Conakry.”
Lt. Gen. Muhoozi’s call to flash out Colonel Doumbouya’s forces, comes after President Museveni condemned the coup d’état, describing it as “a step backwards”.
Museveni in an interview with French radio France 24, said that the coup leaders should face sanctions and “get out”.
Coups in Africa 2021
The coup in Guinea is the fourth military takeover in West Africa this year following two coups in neighbouring Mali – the second one as recently as May this year – and a questionable succession in Chad raising concerns of a democratic backslide in the region.
In Mali, the military-led interim government is falling behind an 18-month schedule for general elections that should return the country to civilian rule.
In Chad, President Mahamat Deby, who succeeded his father Idriss Deby in April, seems in no rush to hand power to a civilian government.
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.