Guinea president sacks interior minister over violence

Guinean President Alpha Conde sacks his interior minister and two other government officials over misconduct in handling of deadly violence

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Guinean President Alpha Conde has sacked the country's Interior Minister Mahmoud Cisse.

A senior government source said that Guinea's President Alpha Conde, on Thursday fired the interior minister and two senior officials over their handling of two murders that broke out at a religious gathering.

According to a decree published by the presidency, Interior Minister Mahmoud Cisse, Secretary of State for Religious Affairs El Hajd Abdoulaye Diassy and his deputy Aboubacar Fofana were dismissed.

No further details were given and no other names were declaimed as replacements.

A source close to the presidency cited that Conde accused the dismissed officers for the catastrophic homicide of two brothers in the northern town of Touba, a popular Muslim pilgrimage site for West African Muslims.

During the incident at the Gaoual Prefecture, two people were killed, many wounded and vehicles and buildings were torched, as rival groups clashed over the construction of a large mosque in the city.

Court of Appeals Prosecutor Cherif Moundjour told state media on Wednesday that "Authorities deployed security forces to maintain order in the region after the destruction.”

Adding, "At this time, 13 people have been arrested" and are being held in Gaoual while an investigation has been started.

"They are being prosecuted for murder, criminal conspiracy, destruction of private property and intentional injury."

The clashes followed Conde’s re-election for a second five-year term in October - which is due to be sworn in on December 14.

Guinea has a population of 12 million, of which 85 percent are Muslims, about one in 10 are Christians and the remainder follow traditional spiritual beliefs.

TRTWorld and agencies