P. K Sarpong Writes: ECOWAS Must Institute More Biting Laws To Prevent Greedy Leaders From Manipulating Constitutions Of Member States

P. K Sarpong Writes: ECOWAS Must Institute More Biting Laws To Prevent Greedy Leaders From Manipulating Constitutions Of Member States

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), must be more bitingly mordacious and pungent in their approach towards errant leaders in member states.

The overthrow of Alpha Condé by the military junta has brought in its wake oceans of criticisms to ECOWAS and its leadership. Though the coup d’etât has been roundly condemned by the general public in and outside Ghana, some hold the view that ECOWAS ought to have done more to avert this situation.

When the crisis was in its embryonic state, when Alpha Condé changed and manipulated the constitution of Guinea to afford him the opportunity to contest for another tenure in office, some have said that ECOWAS should have censored him and probably sanctioned him over same.

What is the fact is that, at the moment, there is nothing in ECOWAS’ protocols that allows for the bloc to issue such sanctions. No leader can be expelled from the community for engaging in such a constitutional prostitution.

ECOWAS should amend its protocols to accommodate a situation such that when a leader of a member state embroils himself/herself in such a reproachable conduct, that leader and probably the state can be sanctioned. If such a law is enacted, these troubling features would recede with the passage of time.

Greedy leaders ought to be contained in a manner that stops them from plunging their countries into conflicts and bloodshed. The African Union has also been a bit lethargic in its duties. Member states that go awry like Guinea must be sanctioned.

More importantly, leaders whose insatiable appetite to rule forever ought to have ruthless sanctions imposed on such personalities. Africa cannot go back into the dark ages. Africa cannot continue to endure negative descriptions from the rest of the world due to such bad leaders.

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

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