Moussa Dadis Camara, also known as Mose Dadis Camara, was Guinea’s former military ruler. Born in a small village on his small country’s forest border, Moussa understood the value of education from an early age and was a diligent student. Later, he and his family relocated to the capital in order for him to study law and economics. He mastered five languages while supporting his family as a cola nut vendor, utilizing his commercial skills and inherent leadership traits. Camara later enlisted in the military, where he was quickly promoted to a management position responsible for the army’s vital logistics. Camara leveraged his easygoing demeanor and inherent friendliness to establish a network of military allies. He was promoted following the successful coup attempt by some members of his fellow network. Soon afterwards, another coup was staged with Camara’s assistance, and he was promoted to lead the entire country two days later. While the military leader promised a swift return to democracy and prosperity, his brief tenure in office was marred by government massacres. The eradication of drug trafficking and a significant reduction in corruption were central to Moussa’s political platform. Later that year, the President was shot by an underling, and he has spent the last few years recuperating in a neighboring country. He has since used his considerable influence to shepherd his country through a democratic transition while remaining an objective and disinterested observer.
Childhood & Adolescence
Moussa Dadis Camara was born in Koure, Guinea on January 1, 1964. In Nzerekore, he attended both primary and secondary school. Moussa earned money as a child by selling kola nuts on the street.
Camara enrolled at Conakry’s ‘Abdel Nasser University’ in 1982. Later in life, he earned degrees in law and economics.
Career of Moussa Dadis Camara
The law graduate enlisted in the army in 1990. He was promoted to corporal and eventually appointed Chief of Fuels at a Kindia army base.
The military chief took part in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in neighboring Sierra Leone in 2001.
Camara and other Guinean soldiers were selected by the Guinean President in 2004 to report to Germany for 18 months of advanced military training.
In February 2007, Moussa aided in the organization of a mutiny. Later in his career, he was promoted to the rank of captain, the highest rank he would attain.
He was appointed head of fuel supplies for the Guinean Army in November 2008. Later that year, he became one of the most prominent mutineers during an attempted coup, dubbed the ‘Christmas Coup.’
On December 22, 2008, after the President died of natural causes, a military coup d’etat was launched. To lead the country, the mutineers formed the ‘National Council for Democracy and Development’ (CNDD). Camara was named head of the CNDD two days later, effectively assuming the role of Guinea’s new President.
On December 25, 2008, Ahmed Tidiane Souare, the former Prime Minister, publicly declared his allegiance to the new President. Souare was arrested and thrown into a military prison three months later for opposing Camara’s leadership.
President Obama’s popularity soared in the first few months of 2009 following several public crackdowns on drug trafficking in the country. He interrogated several trafficking ring leaders live on television.
On September 28, 2009, government forces violently dispersed a political demonstration in the capital. This event was later dubbed the ’28 September Atrocity.’ The ‘Economic Community of West African States’ agreed to impose an arms embargo on Guinea in response to this event.
The US, African Union, and European Union imposed a travel ban on the President and 41 other CNDD members in October 2009. The African Union and the European Union froze Camara’s and his associates’ bank accounts.
Moussa was assassinated on December 3, 2009. The following day, he traveled to Morocco for medical treatment.
He flew to Burkina Faso on January 12, 2010. Following extensive negotiations with Burkina Faso’s President, the exiled President formally agreed to restore civilian rule in Guinea and hold democratic elections.
Camara also promised in early 2010 to withdraw from Guinean politics and spend his convalescence in Burkina Faso. Additionally, he announced his name change to Mose Dadis Camara.
He traveled to Nzerekore on April 13, 2013 to attend his mother’s funeral. Following that, the former military leader returned to Burkina Faso.
Significant Works of Moussa Dadis Camara
From December 24, 2008 to December 3, 2009, Moussa Dadis Camara served as President of Guinea. Though his tenure was marred by political turmoil, he gained popular support when he ordered a crackdown on the country’s drug traffickers.
Personal History and Legacies
Jeanne Saba is the wife of Moussa Dadis Camara. They have four children together.
Five languages were spoken by the military leader: Kpelle, Susu, Maninka, German, and French. Although the former President was born a Muslim, he later converted to Christianity. He is a member of the Kpelle ethnic group, one of Guinea’s three major ethnic groups.
Estimated Net Worth
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