I read it twice. I don’t know if I am reading a reality or a fiction. I check the calendar; we are still in January and today is not April fool’s day.
I laugh, stop, clean my reading glasses and read again the article.
The headline of the magazine “Jeune Afrique” reads “influenced by Ivory Coast and Tunisia, Mba Obame declares himself president of Gabon”. Gabon, same as Ivory Coast, has now two presidents.
Inconsequential to the world’s political scene since Ali Bongo is the one recognized by the world community.
The election was African style, full of controversy, and Ali Bongo was elected new President of Gabon taking the reign from his father Omar Bongo.
Omar Bongo was president of this poor, yes poor, oil rich country for 42 years and had, until China got involved, a very close relationship with France.
The Bongo’s family owns a massive real estate empire in France and has multiple bank accounts and sport cars to support their lavish lifestyle. They follow the adage that in Africa politic is the road to wealth.
A French documentary shown on public French TV channel, France 2, titled “Françafrique” shows how Omar Bongo, Ali Bongo’s daddy, financed by proxy the French presidential elections. Also, he received millions of Euros in kickback from now defunct French petrol giant Elf Aquitaine. In 2008 Jean-Marie Bockel, minister of the French ex-colonies was demoted by French President, Nicolas Sarkozy at Bongo’s request for pointing out the squandering of money by African regimes.
That’s an open secret since everyone knows that all African governments loot money from their coffer. Yet, Jean-Marie Bockel gets kicked out of his post because he dares say it loud.
I wonder what will happen to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, he may find himself person non-grata in all the world’s countries.
The documentary “Françafrique” explained the rigging and the maneuvers of the late Maurice Delaunay, Gabon ex-French ambassador in Gabon, to favor Ali Bongo Ondimba presidential elections. The documentary created so much rife within the Gabonese government that opponents officially requested in December 2010 the resignation of Ali Bongo as President.
So, André Mba Obame using his private TV channel, TV+, in an official looking ceremony, “officially” declared himself on 25 January 2011 President of Gabon and has already named the members of his government.
I don’t know what to make of African elections. The comedy is going from the sublime ridiculous to outrageous slapstick vaudeville. Mediocre greedy political actors still want applause when the curtain has come down.
These men have such misplaced overdeveloped ego that they do not see the ridicule of the world’s rotten tomatoes thrown at them.
The African’s vaudeville acts have the largest audience, the world, and reinforce the stereotype that African political actors do not get it yet.
They don’t get it that the mass, in free and fair elections untouched by outside influence, decides which hyena gets the bone.
- You: President to Visit South Korea to Strengthen Economic Ties [press release] (menafn.com)
- Omar Bongo pocketed millions in embezzled funds, claims US cable (guardian.co.uk)
- Three African leaders face fraud inquiry in France (guardian.co.uk)
- Assange vows to release all files in case of death or incarceration (calgaryherald.com)
- Corruption (haaren.wordpress.com)
- Predictions for 2011 (haaren.wordpress.com)