In Gabon, civil society organizations (CSOs) are filing a complaint against Noureddin Bongo Valentin. They accuse the eldest son of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, among others, of money laundering and passive and active corruption. But for what result?
These are four civil society organizations: « Let’s Save the Republic Movement », « It is enough like that », Network of Free Organizations for Good Governance (ROLBG), Unitary Dynamic Trade Union Confederation.
Their notification was filed Monday by the study of Me Raymond Moubele, bailiff at the office of the National Commission to combat illicit enrichment (CNLCEI).
The document was also brought to the Financial Investigation Agency and the Libreville Public Prosecutor’s Office. He lists a series of grievances against Ali Bongo’s eldest son. Among which, « acts of active and passive bribery, bribery of foreign public officials, money laundering of financial crime in an organized gang or even a criminal association ».
And these NGOs say they have evidence against them. Almost a week ago, during a routine check-up, mobile gendarmerie arrested elements of the Presidential Guard carrying « several bags of money ». During their interrogation, they allegedly confessed that these packages belong to Noureddin Bongo Valentin.
It remains to be seen what action will be taken by the various institutions to which the four CSOs have entrusted themselves in order to obtain « a firm commitment to save the Gabonese Republic in tatters because of corruption within the Executive power ».
Noureddin Bongo Valentin was appointed as presidential affairs coordinator last December during a cabinet reshuffle after the launch in mid-November of the « Scorpion » operation aimed at fighting corruption.
An operation that has already brought down large heads including the former « Almighty » cabinet director of Ali Bongo, Brice Laccruche Alihanga now in preventive detention « embezzlement of public funds and money laundering ».