President of the National Assembly between 1997 and 2016, Guy Nzouba-Ndama was arrested this Saturday at the border with Congo-Brazzaville while he was in possession of suitcases containing a total of more than one billion CFA francs (more of 1.5 million euros). The opponent, leader of the Les Démocrates party (10 deputies and 4 senators), was placed in police custody in a police station in Franceville, where he was questioned.
According to our information, Guy Nzouna-Ndama, 76, had crossed the border on the morning of September 17 to go to Congo, where he told investigators he had gone for medical treatment. Returning the same evening to the crossing point, with luggage which attracted the attention of the police, he was apprehended and placed in jail.
A heavyweight in Gabonese politics, passed like many by the Gabonese Democratic Party (CEO, in power), he resigned from the perch in 2016 before creating his own party the following year.
He had not yet formalized his intentions, but planned to run in the next presidential election, scheduled for August 2023. In April 2016, he announced his candidacy for the highest office before supporting candidate Jean Ping in the within an opposition alliance against Ali Bongo Ondimba.