Former Guinean junta leader returns home to bury mother

Captain Moussa Dadis Camara of Guinea, former junta leader. PHOTO | FILE  Captain Moussa Dadis Camara

Guinea’s former junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara is to return home for the first time since he was ousted from power in December 2009 to attend to his mother’s funeral, sources said on Friday.

The exiled former coup leader is not expected in the Guinean capital for security reasons, sources said, but will travel through neighbouring  Liberia and travel by road to his home town in N’zérékoré about 1,000 km south east of Conakry.

His mother, Madam Christine Koné, died in Morocco and will be flown to Conakry on Saturday and later transported to Nzérékoré where her son (Capt Dadis) will be at hand to bury her on Sunday.

On Friday evening in Conakry, the public will be allowed to view the deceased's at the former junta leader’s residence in the outskirts of the capital.

Local media quoted Guinean authorities as confirming having granted entry permission to Capt Dadis who now resides in Ouagadougou with his family and relatives.

The arrangements for the return of the former junta leader had caused a stir in the country given the fragile political situation ahead of legislative polls that have been postponed several times.

Immediately following the burial on Sunday, the former military captain who ruled Guinea for about a year will drive out of the country and fly from Monrovia back to his official lodge in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

Dadis Camara escaped an assassination attempt by his aide-de-camp  Aboubacar Toumba Diakité on December 3, 2009 following a crisis over the killing of pro-democracy marchers in the capital.

He had seized power immediately following the death of the former president Gen Lansana Conté who had also seized power following the death of the country's first president, Sekou Touré, in 1984.

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