Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, Guinea’s interim President has issued an order by decree demanding the immediate retirement of a total of 42 military generals and other admirals. The communique stated that, the enlisted officers “are required to exercise their right to retirement.”
According to the authorities, a total of 42 generals and two admirals were affected by this retirement order. Among the victims is General Sekouba Konate, who is known to have taken part of a transitional government in the past. One major general Mohamed Bangoura has also been identified as one of the retirees. Apart from the army, some top officers in the police force were equally included.
Neither Doumbouya or any member of the newly formed transitional council provided any reason for the tough decision; however, the names mentioned were believed to be loyalists to the country’s ousted president, Alpha Conde and the move by the strongman is widely considered efforts to clean-up the country’s military.
Despite this position, some critics found the decision as one that contradicts Colonel Doumbouya’s promise to unite the bauxite rich country. To them, the move victimizes the officers involved.
Doumbouya and his military Junta earlier issued a charter which according to them will guide the governance of the West African country for the transitional period until an election is held to choose a democratic leader. In the charter, a provision was made for the position of a civilian prime minister of which Doumbouya appointed Mohamed Beavogui to occupy.
Apart from that portfolio, the said charter bars members of the junta from running in either national or local elections. An 81-member National Transitional Council was equally established to serve as the country’s interim parliament. Membership of the council will span across different organized groups in the country. Representatives will be chosen from political parties, youth leaders, security forces, trade unions, business leaders among others.
The junta’s charter has also made provisions for at least 30% of women to be included in the total of 81 membership of the transitional council which will then be mandated to determine the period of the transition which is currently unknown. The charter stated that, the transitional period “will be set down by joint agreement among the living forces of the nation.”