It smells of tension between Guinea-Bissau President Umarou Sissoko Embalo and his Guinean counterpart Alpha Condé. For good reason, the Head of State of Guinea-Bissau went directly against Alpha Condé, whom he blamed for the arbitrary decision to close its borders with Senegal, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau. He made remarks on the sidelines of the 46th session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council on Saturday 19 June in Accra.
It was hot between the Bissau-Guinean and Guinean presidents Umarou Sissoko Embalo and Alpha Conde. On the occasion of the signing of a military memorandum of understanding between Alpha Condé and Macky Sall on Saturday 19 June in Ghana, the President of Guinea-Bissau openly attacked his Guinean counterpart who closed his borders with Senegal, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau. A decision deemed abnormal by the Head of State of Guinea-Bissau for whom it is a real abuse of power because the countries in question are not in the dynamics of an armed conflict.
Umarou Sissoko Embalo is also totally opposed to the signing of this memorandum of understanding between Dakar and Conakry. He said that it was out of the question for him to delegate ministers to sign this kind of agreement that does not hide the casual behaviour, according to him, of Alpha Condé. “There is no war between Senegal and Guinea… We must tell the truth to President Alpha. He had no right to close the borders with Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone. I will never send ministers to sign these types of agreements,’ he said openly before the Ghanaian head of state, Nana Akufo Addo, president of the ceremony, took his word from him in a firm tone.
Remember that Alpha Condé and Umarou Cissoko Embalo have been in trouble for several months. Indeed, the Head of State of Guinea-Bissau was totally opposed to the third mandate of Alpha Condé as head of Guinea. Moreover, he refused to congratulate him after his victory in the first round and called the third presidential term a “coup d’état” at the ECOWAS Heads of State Summit in August 2020.
Conakry also closed its borders with Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone in late September 2020, just before the presidential election. Several official sources cited “security reasons” and “possible destabilization operations” conducted from the outside in the electoral context. For the moment, the situation is settling down with Freetown, the Sierra Leonean capital. It will soon be with Dakar but the situation remains tense with the central power of Bissau given the current posture of the two leaders.