mardi 28 juin 2011

Gabon: The seven lessons of the National Union (Union Nationale) in the 2nd district of Libreville

(notre traduction d'un article récent de Gaboneco, voir source ci-dessous)

The political party of Zacharie Myboto, currently dissolved, helded a meeting in a private enclosure in Libreville on 25 June. There were seven successive speakers on the podium, each one declining one theme aiming to, in essence, keep alight the militant flame of its members and supporters.

Constraint to the semi-clandestinely since its dissolution by the Minister of the Interior on January 28, the National Union (UN), the opposition political party led by Zacharie Myboto, held a meeting on 25 June in a private concession area of ​​Louis in the 2nd district of Libreville. Seven speakers have succeeded at the microphone to maintain support of activists and supporters on many topics.

The first of them, Gerard Ella Nguema, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN, focused his remarks on the comparison and lessons that the Gabonese people can learn from recent events in Senegal and demonstrate, according to the speaker, that there are no invincible President, no army that wins against its own people or diet that can withstand indefinitely the determination of people. The Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN invited the audience to take action, asking them to "get out barriers and break out of fear." Expressing embarrassment to be forced to have meetings in private concessions, he suggested that fear to defy fear bravely now, to learn from Senegal and move forward in order to obtain the organization of free and transparent elections in Gabon.

Thierry Nang, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the alternative government formed by Mba Obama exhorted the crowd to not just attend meetings and go home, as after a fair. The framework of the UN explained that participation in these meetings should allow to soak realities that must then be relayed in homes, neighborhoods and professional offices so that more people are aware of the possibility of political change in the country. Thierry Nang has also discussed the recent events in Senegal saying that it is a background work that has paid off. But, he said, this work should not be confined to the sole direction of the UN, but to everyone.

Radegonde Djenno, Minister of the Environment, Tourism and National Parks, in charge of Sustainable Development of parallel government of Andre Mba Obame, for his part, considers that women have always been at the forefront of social and political struggles. Drawing on the example of Rosa Parks who had sounded the start of the civil rights movement in the United States of America, she focused her remarks on the involvement of women in the struggle for democratic freedoms and political change. She called this group of activists to establish cells for mobilization and awareness.

Professor John Nambo who is Minister of the Interior and Decentralization in the above mentioned government in exile, has talked about the activism of President Ali Bongo to "be recognized internationally," but especially on the visit of Jean-Pierre Raffarin in Gabon. Expressing his surprise that former French Prime Minister came to Gabon at this moment and the things he said here and there, Nambo John asked the audience to not be impressed or think that carrots are cooked.

Dr. Raphael Badege Lendoye, Prime Minister of Mba Obame's parallel government, said for his part that those who rule a country must show exemplary in all respects. Suggesting that Ali Bongo is not exemplary, he deduced that he must be disqualified from his duties at the top of the state. He supported his statement by referring to the  quarreled birth of the President, controversial claims about his education, etc...

Jean Eyeghe Ndong, vice president of the UN, also went on the podium to call people to rally further. We note his quip: "When people tell me Mr Eyéghé I am behind you, I ask them what you are doing behind me? You have to be next to me or with me".

Zacharie Myboto, president of the semi-clandestine political party, closed the meeting by addressing the concerns of the audience. Particularly with regard to the introduction of biometrics in the electoral system and the rehabilitation of the UN. The President of the UN returned to the same credo: "No biometrics, no election," asking people to be ready to prevent the organization of the election if the authority would hold a ballot without biometrics. About the UN, Zacharie Myboto does not expect the petition submitted to the Council of State by that party to fail, since the dissolution of the National Union was made, according to the speaker, in violation of all rules of the state.

Waiting for his rehabilitation, the National Union has been, for some time, holding meetings and private talks in enclosures that can accommodate people. The meeting of last Saturday drew several hundred people.

Source: Gaboneco (in french)

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