Franco-Beninese anti-colonial activist Kémi Séba, founder of the Pan-African Emergencies movement, was arrested on Saturday in Ouagadougou, accused of having made “outrageous remarks” against President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, we learned on Monday from consistent sources.
« Kémi Séba was arrested at his hotel in the Saturday afternoon by elements of the national gendarmerie » after a public conference on the CFA franc at the University of Ouagadougou, Hervé Ouattara told AFP head of the “Anti-CFA Front” which organized the debate.
“At first, he was brought to the gendarmerie company for security reasons because, it would seem, there were young people of the MPP (People’s Movement for Progress, ruling party) who wanted to harm his physical integrity, ”said Mr. Séba’s lawyer, Prosper Farama.
Later, on further instructions from the prosecutor, proceedings were instituted against him for « insulting the head of state, » he said.
« He is accused of having made outrageous remarks against the president of Faso and an attempt to demoralize elements engaged in the fight against terrorism, » said Ouattara.
« He would have said that the head of state was a political sieve »
« He would have said that the head of state was a political sieve, that if he (Kaboré) did not take responsibility, he would be punished by the youth, » said Farama.
« He is also alleged to have made remarks that could demoralize those who are fighting in Burkina » against terrorism, the lawyer continued.
Kémi Séba “was heard” on Sunday and “the investigating agent has told us that he will transmit the minutes to the prosecutor as soon as possible,” added Mr. Farama, saying that he could not specify “what he risks « .
« A prosecution notification will be made to him by the prosecution, » a security source told AFP, adding that « Mr. Séba is still in police custody ”.
Kémi Séba, whose real name is Stellio Capochichi, who presents himself as a “pan-African polemist and speaker”, has in recent years organized or participated in Africa in several events hostile to the CFA franc.
He has been arrested or expelled from countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Guinea several times.
A major reform of the CFA franc was announced on Saturday by Ivorian presidents Alassane Ouattara and French Emmanuel Macron in Abidjan.