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Tomorrow on the 3rd August 2019: Equatorial Guinea can celebrate 40 years of Obiang’s dictatorship!

Guinea is a clear example of genocide, despite the declarations made by Trevijano. In my book there is even a report from the Swiss magazine Review were some Guineans in exile tell atrocious stories about this. The silence is not only to protect individual interests in the cocoa, coffee or timber business but it also responds to a military strategy and huge investments in uranium and oil. […] Soon this country will become the “Kuwait of Africa” where a lot of people will suffer the greed of the most powerful. The future of Equatorial Guinea is still unresolved, […] and the only opinion I share with García Trevijano is that the truth about this country will only be revealed in the next century” (S.Harguindey, A. (25/11/1976) “Guinea ha sido, para unos cuantos, una finca particular”, El País).

Surely, the dictator and the President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea will celebrate himself tomorrow and his glorious of day of taking power. The man who had a coup against the regime who ran the Republic 11 years before him. This he did by killing about 250 people and later charge the previous leadership, President and such on several of criminal counts.

What we know, is that all he charged on the Macias administration, he has done himself, all the patronage, corruption, arbitrary arrests and getting rid of enemies is known. That is why the silence is so defining. Their sentencing was this:

1.for Francisco Macias, the death penalty;

2. for Pastor Nsue Salvador Ondo Ela, Fortunato Nsogo, Eduardo Nguema Ede, Bienvenido Micha Nsue, 30 years’ imprisonment;

3. for Miguel Eyegue, Norberto Nsue Micha, Alberto Ndongo Ayang

1 year’s imprisonment” (International Commission of Jurists, P: 52-53, 1979).

So, with the knowledge of this and the retaliation and getting rid of his enemies early stage of the administration of Obiang. The President of 40 years had prepared himself and knew what he needed to do to stay in power. But, while he celebrate the Coup d’etat. Let us remember how it went down and what it has done to the Republic, which he have run and gotten wealthy on. A republic he haven’t served the public, but his own interests.

Just take a look!

-20-IV. THE OVERTHROW OF MAC1AS

Military coup of 3 August 1979

On this day the armed forces of Equatorial Guinea, acting through the National Guard, deposed the dictator Francisco Macias and established a Supreme Military Council to rule the country. The President of the Council, Lt. Col. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was Military Governor of the province of Bioko and Vice-Minister of the Armed Forces for several years during the Macias government. Macias resisted the uprising with the help of forces remaining loyal to him. In the fighting which broke out on the mainland an unspecified number of people lost their lives. When Macias was abandoned by his supporters, he escaped into the forest and was finally captured on 18 August, alone and hungry. In resisting capture, a bullet slightly injured his left forearm” (International Commission of Jurists, P 20, November 1979).

The coup was backed by the nation’s military and Macías’ Cuban palace guard; several foreign embassies, including those of Spain and the United States, were aware of the plot in advance and provided financial humanitarian aid in its aftermath. Upon his ouster, Macías and his personal bodyguard fled to Macías’ home village of Nzeng-Ayong and took up residence in a fortified bunker protected by military loyalists. The ensuing conflict between Obiang and Macías’ forces killed 400 people; it ended when Macías burned his personal treasury and fled toward the Cameroon border. A force led by naval commander Florencio Mayé captured Macías on August 18, and he and six of his allies were executed on September 29” (Baynham, Simon (February 1980). “Equatorial Guinea: The Terror and the Coup”. The World Today).

First elections under Obiang:
“President of the Republic Francisco Macias Nguema (in power since 1968) was deposed and the 1973 Constitution declared void. The country was thereafter governed by a Supreme Military Council until the current Constitution was adopted in August 1982. In the 1983 elections, candidatures (one per constituency) were decided upon by President Obiang Nguema. There were no political parties. Voters on polling day reportedly totalled approximately 50,000” (archive.ipu.org – Equatorial Guinea – 28 August 1983).

Know that there is no difference between the self-declared President for Life, which was deposed in 1979, the nephew, who conquered and executed his uncle. Therefore, know, as his celebrating his victory, his 40 years in power. There been plenty of political prisoners, there been plenty of allegations against civilian activists, more that has fled the country. As the country is impoverished, while the elite and the family of the President is living lavish on petrodollars. Let this be known. His a despot and a dictator.

So, tomorrow, the republic of Equatorial Guinea will celebrate a 40 years of dictatorship under Obiang, just it had 11 years under Macias. The people have suffered under the same family and been taken hostage, by this one family. It is not a joke, it is dead serious. The worst is that the oppression continues, the violations against human rights and no word. No nothing. Just utter silence. Like it never happen.

Obiang is another self-styled President-for-Life, the only he never did, was to make a decree and put into law. The rest is history and its repeating itself. Peace.

Opinion: President Museveni praises Equatorial Guinea for it’s rampant Oil-Corruption; wants to learn his tricks!

In these days the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the Republic of Uganda are on a state visit in Malabo, visiting and learning tricks from the Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Nguema Obiang, who has used the oil to enrich himself and his loyal subjects. Not build a welfare state, but make sure the family of Obiang get wealthy. Certainly, Uganda is preparing for their own oil production in the Lake Albertine basin, as the pipeline building from the production to the Port Tanga in Tanzania.

This is why President Museveni are visiting Equatorial Guinea to learn the tricks of the trade, as the state of Uganda are still in the dark of the oil-deals between the international companies and the state. We can wonder how the funds will be spoiled and how Museveni plans to use the oil funds for personal gains. If so, he wouldn’t praise President Obiang, who has his whole career to spend the oil profits from his republic. This is what Museveni wants to learn, since his career has been tricking out all sorts of play from Ugandan republic. The petroleum profits can be misspent and hidden just like in the republic of Obiang. Take a look!

President Museveni’s praise:

We are therefore in Equatorial Guinea for two things: looking at how to support prosperity of one another and how to push for our strategic security. I also congratulate Equatorial Guinea for using it’s oil and gas very well. When I was last here for the AU Summit, I noticed gaps between the airport and the city centre. Today, all these gaps were gone. In their place are new, well-planned buildings. And I see the city is refurbished. Some people say oil is a curse but in Equatorial Guinea it is a blessing” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 26.08.2017)

Business in Equatorial Guinea:

Since the discovery of the offshore oil deposits, many investors have shown great interest in the country. Foreign direct investment inflows into the country had thus been consistently high for the past years. Nevertheless, in 2016 the FDI inflow amounted to USD 54 million, a sharp decrease from USD 233 million recorded the previous year (and the historical peak of USD 2.73 billion in 2010) . The total stock of FDI in the country is currently at USD 13.4 billion” (…) “Corruption in particular is problematic. In addition, the business climate of the country remains rather unfavourable for investment. Cumbersome procedures and high compliance costs slow licensing and make starting a business more difficult. Weak regulatory and judicial systems may discourage foreign investment as well, along with high credit costs and limited access to financing. The government controls long-term lending through the state-owned development bank. Equatorial Guinea ranked 178th out of 190 countries in the 2017 Doing Business report published by the World Bank, losing three spots compared to the previous year” (Santander Trade, 2017).

Son of the President on trial:

The corruption trial of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, ended in Paris on 6 July with the prosecution calling for a three-year jail term, a €30 million (US$34 million) fine and the confiscation of assets. The Tribunal will return a verdict on 27 October. The 48-year-old vice-president of Equatorial Guinea was not in court to hear the prosecution’s claim that he used money stolen from his country’s treasury and laundered through a shell company to fund a lavish lifestyle in France” (Transparency International, 2017).

This was what that is well-known of the Equatorial Guinea corruption and the son of President has also had challenging cases in the United States. Now the son is also having alleged fraud and criminal charges in France. Clearly, the Ugandan President has already known for corruption behavior. Therefore, even a state agency of PPDA has some words, that the government needs strict regulations before procurement and infrastructure development. This will be clearly important when it comes to petroleum industry. Take a look!

PPDA strict regulation on public procurement:

Public procurement is a key pillar of the public financial management system. The country’s budget and plans are translated into actual services to our people through the public procurement system. It is also the link between the public sector and the private sector as it is the medium through which the private sector does business with Government. Public procurement therefore involves large sums of money and as our budget grows with the priorities of Government remaining infrastructure development, the proportion of the budget earmarked for public procurement remains significant and therefore calls for strict regulation” (PPDA, 2017).

Audits and investigations by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets indicate that corruption in the procurement process manifests more in the evaluation of bids, reported to be at 58%. PPDA’s Manager Capacity Building Ronald Tumuhairwe says such corrupt practices lead to awarding of contracts to incompetent individuals hence shoddy works in several government projects” (…) “He adds that the second process where corruption manifests is awarding of contracts at 12.5%, followed by receipt and opening of bids, reviewing evaluation of bids, advertising and signing of contracts” (Sebunya, 2017).

President Museveni clearly has own agencies saying it is important with strict regulations on procurement and infrastructure developments like the ones needed for oil industry in the republic. The regulation of oil industry is lax, to make sure the state isn’t transparent with its profits and taxation of the industry. This is what Museveni wants, that the state and the public doesn’t know the contracts or the agreements between the parties involved. That is something President Obiang surely have the capacity to teach Museveni. And how to make sure his family is earning from the state resource, instead of the public and the state itself. Peace.

Reference:

Transparency International – ‘ON TRIAL FOR CORRUPTION: FRENCH PROSECUTORS DEMAND JAIL TERM AND €30 MILLION FINE FOR OBIANG’ (11.07.2017) link: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/on_trial_for_corruption_french_prosecutors_demand_jail_term_and_30_million

Santander Trade – ‘EQUATORIAL GUINEA: FOREIGN INVESTMENT’ (August 2017) link: https://en.portal.santandertrade.com/establish-overseas/equatorial-guinea/investing-3

Sebunya, Wycliffe – ‘Corruption manifests most in the procurement process – IG’ (25.08.2017) link:http://radioonefm90.com/corruption-manifests-most-in-the-procurement-process-ig/

PPDA – ‘EVALUATING INNOVATIVE ANTI CORRUPTION POLICIES IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT IN UGANDA’ (02.08.2017) link: https://www.ppda.go.ug/evaluating-innovative-anti-corruption-policies-in-public-procurement-in-uganda/

Statement by the Spokesperson on the Presidential Elections in Equatorial Guinea (04.05.2016)

Obiang

BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 3, 2016The elections in Equatorial Guinea, while held in a generally orderly manner and calm atmosphere, were a missed opportunity for the democratisation of the country.  

The campaign was held without any debate on national issues. There was an inequitable access of candidates to public media and financial resources as well as incidents of harassment against opposition candidates, including an attack carried out by security forces against the headquarters of an opposition party.  This environment challenges the conclusions of the national dialogue process held in 2014, notably regarding the aim to facilitate the establishment and work of political parties and to open political space.

The confirmation of presidential election results opens the way for President Obiang to serve another term.  We note the President’s public undertaking that this would be his last term.

The Preliminary declaration issued by the African Union Election Observation Mission, which the EU acknowledges, contains important recommendations. They include the need to reinforce political dialogue and consensus building among all stakeholders in the electoral process and the reform of the National Electoral Commission with the objective of making it a permanent, more inclusive, impartial and independent body in accordance with the Constitution.

Equatorial Guinea’s ratification of the revised Cotonou Agreement would allow comprehensive political relations and full co-operation to match those which the EU enjoys with other African, Caribbean and Pacific states.

Interview with Fidelis Mbah about Equatorial Guinea elections (Youtube-Clip)

 

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