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Omar Bongo Ondimba (Le Grand Camarade)

Date of Birth: 30 December 1935
Place of Birth: Lewai
Died: 8 June 2009


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Bashing Bongo

Most galling to the presidency is Péan's argument repeated endlessly before 2009's elections that Ali is not Gabonese at all but a Biafran orphan adopted during Nigeria's civil war by the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba...

The children of Omar Bongo's predecessor President Léon Mba said they were at school in France with Ali Bongo before the Biafran war began...

Péan also details arguments between Ali Bongo and his half-sister Pascaline Mferri Bongo who was for long Omar Bongo's Cabinet Director and reputedly managed the Bongo clan's business affairs (AC Vol 41 No 10 The lobbyists' list)...

His seminal 1983 work Affaires africaines laid into Omar Bongo and the often corrupt 'Françafrique' mafia of French and African politicians and business people...


Electioneering begins

Meanwhile the oppositionist and former African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping faces criticism that he does not offer a real alternative to the ruling Parti démocratique gabonais (PDG) because he was a top political baron under the four-decade 'big man' rule by the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba (AC Vol 55 No 4 Ping's pop at Ali)...

Having been a senior official in Omar Bongo's government he said that he would now reveal all of the embarrassing secrets he had access to...

Most leaders of the opposition – for example the ailing André Mba Obame – who declared himself President in 2011 (AC 52 No 4 Rearranging the cabinet) served as Interior Minister and said Omar Bongo treated him like a son – have said they have plenty of damaging information to reveal but have not done so over the last five years...

Omar Bongo had children with her while he was married to another woman...

He is an ally of Omar Bongo's nephew Idriss Ngari and managed his cabinet for a period when he was Public Works Minister in 2004-07 (AC Vol 50 No 23 And throw away the key)...

One cartoon from a local paper showed Omar Bongo and late oppositionist Pierre Mamboundou as angels in heaven giving advice to Ali Bongo: 'Do not worry...


Ping's pop at Ali

Indeed Ping has held nearly every Gabonese ministerial post on offer including the Foreign Affairs portfolio for nine years and was a pillar of the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba's regime...

Strangely for an Omar Bongo loyalist and one of the PDG's most stalwart barons Ping has declared that he will run for the presidency against Omar's son the current President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba if the Gabonese people ask him to...


Sam with a plan

Mebiame 42 is the son of Léon Mebiame the late Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba’s Premier from 1975 to 1990...


Teodorin’s week

An investigating magistrate was appointed and a judicial inquiry opened into how assets had been acquired by three foreign heads of state and their families the others being Congo-Brazzaville’s Denis Sassou Nguesso and Gabon’s late Omar Bongo...


Don't call us

It was a far cry from 2007 when Karim attended Bourgi’s investiture in France’s Légion d’Honneur as did the children of other presidents he had long counselled such as Omar Bongo Ondimba and Denis Sassou-Nguesso...


Beau Blaise loses it

After the death of Gabon’s President Omar Bongo Ondimba in 2009 Compaoré took over as point man for Francophone Africa at least as far as the Paris government is concerned...


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