By Uganda Online Media Correspondent
The Economic Community for the Development of West African States (Ecowas) will send a stabilization force to Guinea-Bissau following the Monday ‘failed coup attempt’, the bloc has announced.
The decision was made on Thursday during an emergency summit session held in Accra, Ghana to seek lasting solutions to the recent spate of coups in the region.
Apart from the situation in Guinea Bissau, the meeting also assessed the situation in Burkina Faso, Guinea-Conakry, and Mali.
According to the Ecowas communiqué, the mission to be deployed to Guinea-Bissau, composed of military and police, will be deployed from The Gambia, where a stationary force of the organization has been located since the elections that removed Yaya Jammeh from power in 2017.
The last Ecowas stabilization mission in Guinea-Bissau was deployed between 2012 and 2020, and the troops left the country after President Umaro Sissoco Embaló was inaugurated. At the time, President Embaló said he did not need the “foreign force” and that he trusted the country´s army.
According to sources, Guinea Bissau Public Prosecutor’s Office has compiled a list of 20 people allegedly involved in the ‘failed coup attempt’ Monday.
Interior ministry senior officials, leaders of the country´s main opposition party PAIGC, and army personnel allegedly linked to the former navy chief of staff José Américo Bubu Na Tchutu, are among the involved, according to VOA report.