Colonel Mamady Doumbouya and his men have declared on national television that they remain firm on their decision not to release 83-year-old Alpha Conde who has been in their custody since the coup which saw his removal from office.
“The former president is and remains in Guinea. We will not yield to any pressure,” the junta said on Friday during an address to the nation after a meeting with ECOWAS representatives.
Regional representatives including the current ECOWAS Chair Nana Akufo-Addo who doubles as President of Ghana as well as the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara visited Conakry on a mission to negotiate the freedom of the former president.
Despite the defiance by the junta President Akufo Addo remains hopeful for a possible future understanding. “We’ve had a very frank and fraternal meeting with Doumbouya and his collaborators. I think that ECOWAS and Guinea are going to find the best way to move forward together.” The chairman said.
The West African regional bloc has implored many tough measures in attempts to mount pressure on Mamady Doumbouya and his men to release Conde and also return the country to democratic rule.
So far, ECOWAS has imposed travel and financial sanctions on the coup leaders and their relatives, whilst Guinea’s membership of the community too has been suspended. Additionally, ECOWAS has called on the coup leaders to conduct an election within a period of six months.