South Africa has noted with grave concern the attempted coup d’état undertaken in the Republic of Gabon this morning (07 January 2019) by elements of the military.
South Africa condemns in the strongest possible terms the attempted coup to overthrow the democratically elected Government in the Republic of Gabon. In this regard, South Africa reaffirms the African Union principle of the total rejection of all unconstitutional change of power.
South Africa has noted that the Army in Gabon has since arrested the perpetrators of the attempted coup, and calls upon the Army to help restore the democratically elected government as soon as possible.
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Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang today tried in Libreville, Gabon to oust Second Generation President Ali Bongo. If it had worked, it would have ended the family regime from 1969. They started by besieging a radio station, proclaiming they were having a coup against the government.
We know it is really powerful statement in just trying, when African Union answers with this:
“The African Union strongly condemns the coup attempt this morning in Gabon. I reaffirm the AU’s total rejection of all unconstitutional change of power” (Moussa Faki Mahamat, 07.01.2019).
While, there been reports that the authorities blocked the internet as the coup d’etat was taking place. The authorities arrested the mutineers at the State Broadcaster, as there was assault there. RFI reports: “Minister of communication says mutineers have been arrested by GIGN units (elite tactical units), situation is under contol and order will be restablished in two or three hours” (…) “Government spokesperson says four mutineers have been arrested and one has fled, said they were a group of “jokers”” (…) “Situation “under control”, government spokesperson Guy-Bertrand Mapangou tells RFI’s Bineta Diagne, soldiers from guard of honour were responsible, not republican guard, coup plotter Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang is on the run” (RFI, 07.01.2019).
So, for the ones celebrating an early victory and a downfall of a second generation dictator in Gabon. That battle is not over. Since, the President is still ailing in Morocco after falling ill in 25th October 2018. Therefore, there been already political movement since this, as the Constitutional Court has given Vice-President and Prime Minister gotten more power. While the President was in treatment in Saudi Arabia before he was moved to further treatment in Morocco.
Another important part of the plot today, is that earlier this month, just mere days ago, the United States stationed 80 soldiers as a passifying force, as the US government are afraid of escalation of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is because the awaiting results of the Elections on the 30th December 2018. Which is still not announced and awaiting a verdict.
The Mutineers, which doesn’t seem to many, as the government has arrested fourth and the fifth on the run. That being the leader Lieutenant Obiang who is running from the law. Which was earlier in the day, they proclaimed on radio that they was establishing a National Restoration Council. However, that seems like a thwarted dream of the mutineers. And everyone who wanted the Second Generation of Dictatorship in Gabon to cease.
It seems like its been stopped, but someone tried, as the ailing President whose is still abroad for treatment. This shows the dire consequences of that, yet again.
As this has happened, there are now orders of curfew in Libreville. The internet and other communications are disconnected by the authorities. The capital and other major cities are now patrolled by military tanks and military vehicles. As the authorities are signalling, that they are still in control.
This is just showing how dire the situation is and how much need for change there is. Just another foiled attempt in getting justice for the people, while the family junta oppression continues in Gabon. Peace.
After getting a stroke in Saudi Arabia on the 24th October 2018 and later date transferred for more treatment in Morocco. President Ali Bongo of Gabon have had health problems and specialized treatment abroad, as he cannot travel back to Libreville to get it. This shows the weakness of the Health Care facilities in his own Republic. The Second Generation Dictator of Gabon. Could have ensured these was in place in his own Republic. Instead, just like father, the son is also spending his time getting cured abroad.
When he gotten sick abroad and it took time, the vacuum of power, where even the closest leadership had to circumvent the Constitution to have leeway while he was gone. They had to ensure the steady ship of government to continue to roll, even when it was questionable concerning the passed laws. That shows how problematic, that there isn’t proper institutions, but based on ONE MAN.
The family of Bongo has ruled for two generations and haven’t delivered much. That is why the President is having treatment in Rabat and not in Libreville. If the President had served his Republic or cared about service delivery. He would have travelled home and gotten treatment there. However, with the steady eating of the government plate. He had to do it elsewhere.
This is the real weakness of Bongo, who has no trouble with dealing with oppressive means against his opposition. Not to talk about, the lack of spending and policies to better the Republic. The President of ages cannot even manage basics. Therefore, he is spending so many months abroad. Even slurring on TV as he had his first appearance in months.
It might show that his not dead, as some was worried about and because of speculations, even closed a Radio Channel in Cameroon. We are now seeing a weak man, a healing man and not a strong man. A big-man who cannot act as nothing touches him. The pictures and the video shows it.
Even he tried to reassure the people, the Gabonese, he is surely weaker. He is not pitch perfect health, the stroke has hit him hard. That is why the silence lasted for so long. It was months and unknown about his condition or his circumstances, as the authorities or people around him wouldn’t tell.
Now, we have seen why. Ali Bongo is weak, he is tired and not fit. He will return and anticipate the throne, but we are now seeing another Bongo. We can wonder who that might be and what might move him.
Certainly with this weakness and this change, it would be time for leadership. For honest leadership and for someone who is loved by the people. That would counter everything, the Family of Bongo stands for. But that would enrich the Republic of Gabon. If the ruling regime dared to do so. Since, the ruling regime already showed finesse, while Bongo was in sick-bed abroad. Peace.
In Libreville they are awaiting and wondering when President Ali Bongo will return from his sickness and hospital visits in Saudi Arabia and now in Morocco. As President Bongo has been gone for 36 days, as the unverified reports are saying he got a stroke while visiting a conference in Riyadh early October. Now, it is the end of November and nothing is certain yet. Except there is no good hospital for treatment in Gabon to save his ass.
That is what we really can learn from this, where a President first has to take major treatment in the Saudi Arabia and that will now get the last relief of treatment in Morocco. Clearly, Bongo, the Second Generation of failing President in Gabon. You are clearly failing, when you cannot get healed where you reside and rule. You know your doing a terrible job as an Executive, when you cannot use the services, that your government is providing the citizens. Because, the President doesn’t feel safe enough or healthy enough to return to Libreville.
The Communique from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication — Département de la Communication in Morocco said this today: “This transfer “comes in accordance with the wishes of His Excellency President Bongo, in agreement with the Constitutional Institutions of the Gabonese Republic and in accordance with the opinion of the doctors,” according to a statement issued by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday. The wife of Gabonese President Sylvia announced Tuesday on her Facebook page that her husband would leave the Saudi capital on Wednesday for Rabat, saying that the transfer was “made possible by the very significant improvement” in the state of health of her husband” (…) “President Bongo must be joined in Rabat by several Gabonese officials, including the chief of staff, the secretary general, the chief of protocol or the spokesman of the presidency, as told to AFP an official source to the Gabonese Presidency” (Maroc.ma – ‘Communiqué: Le président gabonais à Rabat pour un séjour de convalescence’ 29.11.2018).
What is rich about this, is that Omar Bongo died officially in Morocco too. Therefore, that he is moved there is a worrying sign of the medical treatment and also the medical condition of Bongo. It is nothing official about his death. This is just an official movement of a patient, who happens to a President. A Second Generation, who is ruling a country. Where he isn’t a suitable patient.
That is the staggering tale, that the same that happen to the father is now happening to the son. Of the same Republic and the same ruling regime. The same sins are repeating. Now like father like son, they are transferred. They are both being moved as patients abroad, but the length of the stint is creating a power vacuum and the VP/PM has already altered the Constitution to take action. Which has created a Constitutional Crisis in a way, where they have taken while Bongo is gone. Therefore, this shows how fragile the system is, when one family rules supreme and there isn’t building of institutions.
This is a mockery of a great nation, of a people who deserves better. The Gabonese doesn’t deserve this, they deserve someone who represent them and make sure the leaders can heal back home. That is the truth and it should be stated. Bongo 1st Generation should have had capacity in all the years of his reign to build proper Health Care and Hospitals in Gabon. Instead, they have enriched themselves and built fortunes for themselves. They have not been there for the public and been public servants. As they should have been.
That is why the Second Generation of President, also have to seek medical treatment abroad. Because none of them cared about the hospitals back-home. Which is showing the tragic state of affairs, that they left behind. Peace.
There now been three weeks of illness, sickness and hospitalization of the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo. Who is the second Generation President of the Republic. Clearly, the severe situation is more dire, as the power-vacuum is visible.
Because this week, this was reported by Le Gabon:
“By ruling only on a vacancy of power, the Gabonese Constitution and Article 13 revealed a flaw that the country would have done well. With the vacancy of the power which is well taken into account by the Constitution, the judge François de Paul Adiwa-Antony added a paragraph very useful in the circumstance. “In the event of temporary unavailability of the President of the Republic, certain functions devolved to the latter may be exercised either by the Vice-President of the Republic or by the Prime Minister on special authorization of the Constitutional Court seized by the Prime Minister or a tenth of the deputies, members of the government whenever necessary “. Thus, the Vice-President of the Republic, Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou, was able to preside over the Ministerial Council of this Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The Constitutional Court “as a regulating organ of the functioning of the institutions, authorizes the vice-president of the Republic to convene and preside over a council of ministers which will focus exclusively on the agenda attached to the request of the Prime Minister “in the words of its president. The Gabonese policy is not blocked by the temporary absence of the head of state, but this will not stop the rumors. Only images or a declaration of Ali Bongo can calm the most fertile and the most sorrowful spirits” (Le Gabon – ‘Pas de vacance du pouvoir à Libreville’ 15.11.2018).
So, because of the illness of Ali Bongo and the lack of protocol in the Constitution, the Constitutional Court has ordered an Amendment, which fits the current regime. Where the Vice President or the Prime Minister, can preside over the governing functions, as an interim effort. This leading the Council of Ministers and other functions to secure the running day-to-day government. That has been done without elections or even a democratic gesture.
The President fate is still uncertain, there are outlets proclaiming his death, even today. There was the same two weeks ago in Cameroon. Where the media-house was practically closed by the Cameroonian Authorities after it did so. Therefore, the lingering doubt is in the air.
It does not help that the African Union (AU) comes out with this statement yesterday:
“Chairperson Faki is deeply concerned by unfolding developments in Gabon linked to the state of health of President Bongo. Chairperson Faki further calls on all political stakeholders and institutions in Gabon to show the necessary collective leadership during this time in order to preserve unity, peace and stability in the country. Chairperson Faki further reaffirms the African Union’s strong commitment to the full respect of constitutional order in the country. The Chairperson will deploy a fact-finding mission to Libreville in the shortest delay” (African Union – ‘Communiqué on the situation in Gabon’ 17.11.2018).
We can expect Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou to be in-charge and set-up shop without any elections. As he takes control while Bongo’s uncertain fate in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the amendment and the change this week. Shows that the ones inside the Cabinet and the closest to power was ready to take control. This they by technicalities and not by a popular vote, not even ensuring a clean process. The Gabonaise people have been used as pawns again. Just like they did when the father of the President died and his son took over.
Now the Courts decided and changed the structure without any consideration of the implications and even checking who was most eligible. Again, the regime has taken the power and left the opposition out. They are locking Jean Ping out by any means. Even changing the constitution by Court Orders. Just to ensure the continued rule of the One-Party.
With Moussavou there will be continuation of the dictatorship and no imminent change. Just another French supported puppet to secure the French Businesses and Corporations, while the Gabonese are struggling. This is the deep reality, that Paris and Libreville are seeing. This done by a mere Court Order and not ushered change by the public. If they stand up against the regime. They are usually thrown behind bars. Therefore, the regime are pushing through and not giving way.
This is a constitutional coup by Moussavou and the ones in inner-circle. Who have awaited their turn. They are barring others from power, as they are feasting on the opportunity. Since Bongo is in the hospital in Saudi Arabia. Where his fate is still uncertain. Peace.
What is clear these days, that certain leaders who succeed their fathers at the throne. Haven’t learned a single thing from the past and neither interested in challenging the acts of their father. This can be said for the Second Generation of Dictator in Gabon. A place where Ali Bongo has resided and been the President since September 2009 and lastly re-elected in a scrupulous election in 2016. He took over for his father Omar Bongo who reigned the Republic for 41 years until his death in 2009. Meaning that the family who has been ruling since 1967 and has now had power for 51 years are still not able to do the basics at home.
These two gentle men, both Omar and Ali has both been able to arrest, detain and stop the opposition. They have both been able to control all the state reserves and run the Republic like their fiefdom. However, they are still not able to the basics of the statehood. When, these gentlemen get severely sick. They have to transfer abroad.
Earlier this week, Ali Bongo, the President of 9 years and Second Generation fled to Saudi Arabia over “fatigue” and illness. We don’t know to what extent. Later on Sunday, the same President have been transferred to London, United Kingdom for more treatment. Clearly, the indication of the serious of the sickness is revealing with the change of location. But we don’t know to what extent. There been false-flag reports of his death. Which can confirm is untrue.
What we can confirm is that the father on his last travels for medical treatment went to Spain for help. Omar Bongo couldn’t trust his own Republic’s own hospitals, because he knew the state didn’t have the ability or the treatment facilities needed for the purpose of his trip there. The same as the son, who has to flee from the oil-rich republic to Saudi Arabia before traveling further to London, United Kingdom.
This shows the failure and utter neglect of the state. When the Executive, the Commanders in Chief and the elites. Forgets their purpose and the state services, the needs for a working Ministry of Health and the Hospitals. Not, only afford to import snow for a party or pay enough security guards to cause trouble for Jean Ping.
The Bongo family have forgotten why they were ruling. Not to own dozens of properties in France, luxurious cars and spend lavishly in Europe. But to actually serve the Republic. That part of the equation is forgotten in the spoils of eating of the state reserves and the kickbacks from the foreign companies licensing business in Gabon.
Just like with the father, before traveling to Saudi Arabia. The government ordered to close the borders of the Republic. That is a sign of the seriousness. As the cronies around the president have been saying it is fatigue, like they did with Omar, when they said it was he was “alive and well” hours before his passing in Barcelona, Spain. Who knows how it goes with Ali now, but the similar patterns are there.
Though Ali is much younger than Omar, who was 73 years old and Ali is 59 years old at this date. If these men cared about their republics. They are the Second and Third President of the Republic since Independence. They would have ensured the Republic had working facilities for the days the citizens and themselves come in need of health care. However, they have been preoccupied eating and therefore. Asking and paying foreigners to find the cure.
This shows how the current son, never learned from his father. The sins of the father are staining the son. Who are doing just the same and never thought it would have consequences. However, it does. He is a health care nomad. Because his own Republic doesn’t have the basics in order.
Shiish. It shouldn’t be like this in 2018, but it is, because these gentlemen set the rules and didn’t care. Peace.