Biography

Guinea coup leader Profile: Who is Colonel Mamady Doumbouya?

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya was born on the 4th of March 1981 at Kankan a city in Guinea east of the national Capital Conakry.

Very little is known about his early childhood days but this Goliath sized lieutenant colonel is no stranger to Guineans.

The Guineans first discovered him exactly three years ago, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of independence.

Mamady Doumbouya participated in the ceremonies of the time as commander of the Special Forces Group, an anti-terrorism unit established in the army at his proposal.

Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya

Military background and international operations


He was recruited to the Guinea Army and was later taken to France to join the French Army legion where he served until 2018.


He is a certified officer of the War College, with more than fifteen years of military experience, including operational missions (Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Central African Republic) and close protection (Israel, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Guinea).


Major Mamady Doumbouya has successfully completed the Operational Protection Specialist Training at the International Security Academy (Israel), the Unit Commanders Training Course at the Ecole d’application de l’infanterie (EAI – Senegal), the Staff Officer Training Course (EEML Libreville) and the Ecole de Guerre de Paris.. He embarked on numerous other missions and was duly successful

His return to Guinea

Having served in the French foreign legion for several years, Colonel Doumbouya was asked by the then President Condé to return to Guinea to lead the novel established elite Special Forces Group (GFS) in 2018 whose remit was to fight terrorism and maritime piracy.

Wearing red berets, sunglasses and striking uniforms, they made a strong public impression. Little did he know he was employing his successor.

In February 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Doumbouya represented his country at the Flintlock military exercise in Burkina Faso. This military exercise, organized by the US military in Ouagadougou, brought together several high-ranking officers from the African continent. Among them was Assimi Goita, the officer who overthrew Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power on August 18, 2020.

Rumours have it that , Colonel Doumbouya had dealings with Assimi Goiter for some tips before he overthrew President Conde


His superiors have testified how expertly his executed his missions when he was with them in Guinea.


Forecariah, western Guinea, was his base where he served under the bureau of territorial surveillance (DST) and the General intelligence Service .

The coup d’etat


Gunshots echoed around the capital of Guinea early on Sunday September 5th . Then images surfaced on social media of the West African country’s president being held in custody by men in military fatigues.

Finally, the head of Guinea’s special forces Colonel Mamady Doumbouya announced on state television that the constitution, government and all state institutions were dissolved. Colonel Doumbouya has staged a coup.

“We are no longer going to entrust politics to one man, we are going to entrust it to the people. We come only for that,” declared Col. Mamady.

Colonel Doumbouya also quoted the late Jerry Rawlings of Ghana, who took power in 1979, as saying that “if the people are crushed by their elites, it is up to the army to give the people freedom.”


He accused the government of mismanagement and gross corruption resulting in the poverty among the citizens .

He promised Guineans that his rule is will be short lived and that the transformation process will be speedily done and the institutions will work again , thus time for the entire nation .

Personal life


Colonel Doumbouya is married to a French woman, who is an active duty member of the French National Gendarmerie. The couple have three children together.

He also has a Twitter handle and he’s been followed by over 3000 people.

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