Sunday, December 28, 2008

Not Our Guy in Guinea?

Related: What's Going On in Guinea?

"Coup leader vows to fight corruption; Guinea's Camara issues warning" by Associated Press | December 28, 2008

CONAKRY, Guinea - Guinea's coup leader declared a zero tolerance policy on corruption yesterday, vowing to renegotiate the country's numerous mining and trade contracts and warning he will execute anyone who embezzles state funds.

Oh, I LIKE THE IDEA!!! Let's do a couple and watch the rest fall in line -- or else!

Captain Moussa Camara also extended an apparent concession to Guinea's powerful unions, telling them they could help choose a prime minister after international criticism that elections are not planned for two more years.

On a concrete stage inside the barracks from where he launched his rebellion Tuesday, Camara jabbed his finger at the sky as he swore to do away with the corruption that has drained the mineral-rich state's coffers and impoverished the West African nation's 10 million people.

"For the person who embezzles money, there won't be a trial. They'll be killed," he said, a promise that was met with cheers of "Bring them to justice!"

Guinea is the world's largest producer of bauxite, the raw material used to make aluminum, and also produces diamonds, gold, and timber. Yet its mineral wealth was siphoned off to enrich the country's longtime ruling family and its closest associates....

Yeah, that was OUR GUY!!