TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT – Suspected of illegal possession of funds, Guy Nzouba-Ndama was taken into police custody in Franceville, then briefly released on September 19, before being taken back by the Directorate General of Research (DGR), which transferred him to Libreville, where an investigation into suspicions of money laundering was opened. The opponent was released on the evening of September 20 but is asked to be at the disposal of justice.
Gabon: the misadventures of Guy Nzouba-Ndama, placed in police custody in Franceville
1. Born in the G7
This politician born in Koulamoutou, in Ogooué-Lolo, in the south of Gabon, is a Pouvi, a minority close to the Nzebis, one of the sociological groups them most important in the country. The province of Ogooué-Lolo (or G7) has long been considered Omar Bongo Ondimba’s second electoral stronghold (after Haut-Ogooué). The second president of Gabon relied on the elected officials – including Nzouba – to have the majority within the institutions. This alliance was shattered in 2016, Ogooué-Lolo having been supplanted by Ogooué-Ivindo in the number of votes favorable to Ali Bongo Ondimba (ABO).