THE PRO-ALI BONGO JOURNALIST, JEAN RAOUL MBADINGA, TRIES TO ENTER PING’S HQ, BUT IS THROWN OUT! LE JOURNALISTE PRO-ALI BONGO, JEAN RAOUL MBADINGA, ESSAI D’ENTRER DANS LE QG DE PING MAIS EN EST CHASSÉ !
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GABON: AT PING’S HQ, A PRO-REGIME JOURNALIST IS EXFILTRATED AND REQUEST FOR AN INQUIRY ON THE MISSING
A journalist from the public channel very close to the regime, Gabon Television, was accosted and exfiltrated on Friday from Ping’s HQ where members of the opposition accuse the regime of lying about the number of victims in the post-election crisis.
"Collabo," "Motherfucker": cap on his head, the journalist Jean-Raoul Mbadinga was insulted and jostled when he made an appearance in the courtyard of the headquarters in Libreville where several hundred people were waiting for a speech by Jean Ping.
He was escorted under guard outside of the enclosure. "I have nothing. I come here as I go to Bongo. I'm a journalist," he told colleagues.
Mr. Ping supporters accuse Gabon Television and Gabon24 to lie or to say nothing about the "real account" of the violence that followed the disputed re-election of Ali Bongo on 31 August.
These troubles caused three dead, according to the interior minister, a figure disputed by Mr. Ping, for whom "the dead are being added to the dead."
"Already, we demand the opening of an international investigation that would shed light on the violence of recent days and especially on those dead whose number is scary," said Ali Bongo’s rival in his statement before hundreds of his supporters.
"From very reliable sources, we learn that there is a cooling center in Oloumi (suburb of Libreville) where the bodies are buried, a mass grave in the grounds of the City of Democracy, as well as (the funeral home) Gasepga that now refuses more bodies," he argued, without providing any evidence.
AFP has the testimony of a family that found the body of a relative brought by the SAMU (emergency medical service) to the Gasepga morgue on Friday, officially "picked up" in the PK5 neighborhood, just outside Libreville.
Prosper Mesmain Nang Allogo, 42, married, six children, mason, was deposited at the morgue at 2:15 am on the night of 31 August to 1 September, said the family, according to them the body had a bullet impact in the head, but they still do not know the exact circumstances of his death.