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.