The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament’s, Committee on Peace, Security and Political Affairs on Friday November 29, 2019 held discussion on Guinea’s report that was not adopted at the plenary.
Presentation of country reports at the Second Ordinary Session in Abuja Nigeria ahead of the officially closing
Third Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Prince Yomie Johnson referred Guinea’s report to the committee after lawmakers were expressed concerns on the political situation in that country.
The President of Guinea attempt to amend the country constitution on his tenure of office, triggered political unrest in the West Africa nation.
According to Yomine Johnson the committee would meet to deliberate on details of the country report.
He noted in an interview that the Guinea delegation, a lot of them would not want to say the truth at the plenary with the fear of when they return home action would be taken against them.
Mr. Johnson revealed that a similar thing happened during the turner of former President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh, delegations from that country when they came to the floor of ECOWAS Parliament were praising him.
“Jammeh was jailing journalists, people were disappearing there was bad governance but they were here praising him in their country report, and said positive things about him, when he finally got kicked off the same people sang differently”.
African leaders most of the time they are imperialist, and people don’t want to say the truth about them, at foreign conference like this when they get back home “it becomes a problem for them”, he lamented.
“I was the one presiding when the Guinea country report was presented and I said we could not go into details on the matter we have to go into committee meeting on this issue”.
As to whether the committee would visit the Republic of Guinea for verification, he said it would depend on what the committee would come up with.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/