A spokesman for Guinea’s military junta said the country’s second in command, General Sekouba Konate, is scheduled to visit their recovering leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara in Morocco Tuesday.
Harouna Kone said Captain Camara is responding well to treatment and had invited his deputy for discussions about resolving the country’s problems.
Guinea's Recovering leader, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara
“We are going to leave today, Tuesday, to go to Morocco in order to pay a visit to the president,” he said.
Initial media reports suggested the purpose for Konate’s visit to Morocco was to assess the health of the recovering Dadis Camara following a botched assassination attempt.
Kone denied speculations the recovering leader is in a coma.
“What I know is that the president can speak because he has already spoken with the vice president and he (Camara) will be receiving him today or maybe tomorrow and they are going to discuss about the country,” Kone said.
He also said Dadis Camara is well enough to return to Guinea this month and that the military government is planning a big celebration for his return.
“He will comeback maybe by the end of this week and we are going to invite Voice of America to come to attend to his return… because Dadis is a patriot and it will be a big, big feast. People are waiting for him,” Kone said.
Kone said Guineans have returned to work after days of heightened tensions following the assassination attempt on the junta leader.
Kone declined to comment about the ongoing investigation into the assassination attempt allegedly masterminded by the former head of the presidential bodyguard, Lieutenant Abubakar “Toumba” Diakite.
Over the weekend, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called for troops to be sent to Guinea to prevent further violence - - a move the military government has rejected.
Kone also dismissed ECOWAS’ call.
“Let me laugh…this is a dream (that will not be realized). We don’t need a force to come to our country. They cannot do it,” Kone said.