Red cards for team Bongo

The Africa Report - - POLITICS -

WITH THE CON­TI­NENT’S EYES on Gabon, Pres­i­dent Ali Bongo Ondimba is us­ing the Africa Cup of Na­tions foot­ball tour­na­ment as an ex­cuse to do a lit­tle house­keep­ing. Ahead of the first whis­tle on 15 Jan­uary, Bongo’s ad­min­is­tra­tion jailed Etienne Ngoubou, who had just been sacked as oil min­is­ter, and Ma­gloire Ngam­bia, one of Bongo’s for­mer close al­lies, on cor­rup­tion charges. Au­gust’s dis­puted pres­i­den­tial elec­tion drew cries of vote-rig­ging from all cor­ners, and Bongo is keen to show he is ac­tively fight­ing graft af­ter do­ing very lit­tle about it in his first term in of­fice.

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