Military coups are gradually creeping through West Africa’s government as Guinea-Bissau’s army reveals that a plot towards the overthrow of the government was earlier foiled by the army. General Biagué Na Ntan, Chief of General Staff of the Army, made the incident known to the media.
“We have managed to identify a group of FARP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of the People) soldiers who are mobilizing soldiers by buying their conscience against banknotes in order to subvert the established constitutional order,” the general said, whilst adding that, “it is the soldiers who received money who denounced the perpetrators of these despicable acts.”
Guinea-Bissau is not new to military coups; the country has in the past experienced four military coups. In the year 1980, Prime minister Joao Bernardo Vieira led a bloodless coup to topple the government of long-serving president Louis Cabral.
In 2003, General Veríssimo Correia Seabra also removed President Kumba Ialá whilst Carlos Gomes was equally held by the army in 2010. The latest coup experienced by the west African country was in 2012. This saw the seizure of power by the military just as the country was about to hold a runoff in the 2012 election.
The latest foiled attempt as reported by the army came at the backdrop of popular overthrow of Alpha Conde of Guinea in the Doumbouya led coup as well as the removal of Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar Keita by the military. What do you think is/are responsible for the gradual return of coups in West Africa?