President Yoweri Museveni has condemned the recent coup d’état in Guinea, describing it as “a step backward”.
Col Mamady Doumbouya on Sunday ousted Guinea’s President Alpha Condé and he said a new “union” government would be formed in weeks. But Ugandan president says the coup leaders should face sanctions and “get out”.
“That’s unfortunate and it is a step backwards. Those military coups are of low value, we had them in the 1960s, and they were part of Africa’s problems. I condemn the coup, I don’t accept the idea of coups, they are not a solution,” Museveni said in an interview with France 24’s Marc Perelman from State House Entebbe.
“They should get out, they should be told to go away because they are not a solution to problems of the country,” Museveni said.
Mr. Conde was among the presidents that witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of President Museveni on May 12, as he extended his rule to four decades.
President Condé remains in detention, but his fate is unclear.
The UN, African Union and regional body Ecowas have condemned the coup and called for a return to civilian rule.
“I strongly condemn any takeover of the government by force of the gun and call for the immediate release of President Alpha Condé,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted.
Col. Doumbouya, who heads the army’s Special Forces unit, did not say on Monday when the new government would be in place.
“A consultation will be launched to set down the broad parameters of the transition, and then a government of national union will be established to steer the transition,” he said in his statement.
He told former ministers that they could not leave the country and had to hand over their official vehicles to the military. He also announced the reopening of land and air borders.