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Ten Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Africa’s Longest Serving Dictator by aprokomania(m): 8:40pm On Oct 03, 2014
Africa has had its fair share of sit tight rulers, each with their peculiar characters. From the staunch communists with no basic idea of communism to the somewhat wild henchmen determined to turn the entire continent to a personal fiefdom. And somewhere between this panorama lies Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbaasogo, the eclectic 72 year old who has ruled Equatorial Guinea for 35 years. And if you think that ruling for that stretch of time should take its toll on any man, then consider the following;
In what has been described as a really startling turn of events, President Nguema forcibly took power from his uncle, Francisco Macias Nguema, the country’s’ first elected president in a bloody coup in 1979. Being a key member of his uncles inner circle of trusted allies made the coup all the more easier. Immediately after the coup, he placed Macias on trial in what has been described in many quarters as a kangaroo court, and sentenced him to death on charges of human rights abuse and genocide. The fact that he was a major facilitator of Macias’ repressive policies haven been both the governor of the Bioko region as well as the head of Black beach prisons which had a terrible record of human rights abuses, were however, conveniently overlooked. Upon his assumption of office however, he promised sweeping reforms as well as an end to extra judicial killings as well as other forms of human rights abuses; a promise he is yet to make good.(http://web.archive.org/web/20080612161320/http://www.dangardner.ca/Featnov605.html)
After restoring his country to democratic rule in 1982, he contested elections for the presidency and won a land slide victory… as the sole candidate. In 1998, he contested against no one again and not surprisingly, won. And then, in 1996 and 2002, he allowed opposition but still won with 98% of the total votes cast. It seems he was so loved by the electorate, because in a precinct, he received 103% of the 100% available votes(http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/nguema-wins-re-election-1.466378#.U_0K8cVdVYg). And then in 2009, his winning streak fell by a single per cent as he won the elections not with a whopping 98%, but a measly 97% of the total votes cast. Despite his more than convincing shows at the polls, his elections have been continuously been described as a sham by observers both within and outside Equatorial Guinea. However, it is a known fact that President Nguema brokers no opposition to his Iron fisted hold on the presidency as the main opposition leaders have variously received death threats and in severe cases been physically assaulted by Nguemas men.(http://web.archive.org/web/20080612161320/http://www.dangardner.ca/Featnov605.html)

Listed by Forbes as the 8th richest ruler in the world, Teodoro manages to live a life of largesse and extravagance despite his country’s alarming poverty rate. In 2011 for example, a fleet of supercars were seized from his 101 room apartment near the champs Elyse’s by the French government during a corruption investigation and auctioned off. Among the cars seized include two Bugatti Veyron’s as well as a Ferrari Enzo, Maserati MC12, Porsche Carrera GT, Ferrari 599 GTO, Rolls-Royce, a May Bach, an Aston Martin and a pair of Bentleys all with low mileage(http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/07/07/an-african-dictators-son-and-his-very-lavish-toys/). He is also known to possess a lavish wine and art collection. His wife was also known to have financed her shopping sprees with a Riggs bank debit card with a daily cap of ten thousand dollars. However, in an incredible twist of events, when President Nguema came under investigation by the United states department of justice, his attornies argued that the way and manner he appropriated funds were entirely in line with Equatorial Guinean laws which are opposed to international law. A very convenient twist, considering the fact that president Nguema has the constitutional power to make and amend laws at will.(http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/nov/10/equatorialguinea.danglaister)
In 2003, Teodoro made the state run radio service to announce his deity. According to the broadcast, President Teodoro Obiang is in permanent contact with the Almighty and can kill anyone without being called into account of hell. As if this announcement did not have the required fear factor, he went ahead to propagate his image as a deity by ensuring that all announcements made ended with blessings for his person as against the normal practice of blessing the country. Haven created an aura of mysticism; he works hard to maintain it. In a style similar to the ousted Libyan leader, General Muammar Gadhafi, who declared himself the king of kings of Africa, President Nguema took the additional titles of the ‘Great General of the Alifanfarón [Army] Division, Lord of the Great Islands of Bioko, Annobon and Río Muniand. His favorite title however, says it all; El Jefe--the boss.( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3098007.stm)
During his tenure, he has accumulated a string of criticism, most notable of this, an accusation from his opposition of his purported cannibalism. President Obiang has thus been inducted into the list of the extremely few world leaders accused of cannibalism, perhaps most notable of this being Late president Idi Amin Dada of Uganda(http://spanish.peopledaily.com.cn/31614/8120173.html). According to reports, there are strong indications that Teodoro consumes the body part of his slain enemies in a truly bizarre African voodoo ritual, in order to become more powerful and influential. Severo Moto, a senior political opponent of president Obiang claimed in an interview in a Spanish radio interview in 2004 that ‘’He (President Nguema) has just devoured a police commissioner. I say devoured because this commissioner was buried without the testicles and the brain," Moto said. "Obiang wants me to go back to Guinea ... [so he can] eat my testicles." However, evidence to support this claim has been hard to come by, and President Nguema has refused to deny these claims.(http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Cannibal-dictator-invites-SA-to-share-in-an-oil-feast-20111022-2)

In an unprecedented move by any other world leader, President Nguema decided in2003 that the best means of preventing civil servants from embezzling public funds and reducing corruption generally was to take personal control of his nations treasury, and so, he transferred half a billion dollars to off shore accounts belonging to himself and family members in Riggs bank; a bank he had allegedly been using to conduct fraudulent money transfers. The rationale behind this, according to President Nguema was to ensure that public funds were inaccesible to the other members of the ruling class and elites in the civil service, thereby reducing corruption to the barest minimum. However, critics have described this as just another way of embezzling public funds. As it turned out, it was not such a good idea after all because Riggs bank was fined 16 million dollars for that singular act by a U.S federal court.( http://www.globalwitness.org/library/dc-meeting-set-president-obiang-corruption-details-emerge)( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-alford/united-states-v-one-white_b_1018310.html)
When it comes to corruption on the scale President Nguema has been accused of, it becomes necessary to have hatchet men to run the operation seamlessly. However, perhaps ot of a growing mistrust for members of the elite ruling class, or a desire that his successor learns to ply the ‘trade’, before being elected, or perhaps a combination of both, president Nguema has continually perpetrated his corrupt practices through his son and heir apparent, Teodorin Nguama Mangue. Mangue is also reported to have several houses and choice property in both France and the United, states as well as a fleet of luxury automobiles. However, considering the fact that president Nguema wrested power from his own uncle in the countries first and only military coup till date, international observers have decided to watch and see if history will be replayed with Teodorin as the lead character. For now however, Teodorin seems quite contented in his life of lavish pampering.(http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/07/07/an-african-dictators-son-and-his-very-lavish-toys/)
In 2009, President Nguema instituted a prize named after himself for Research in the life sciences put at the sum of $300,000. However, following public outcry, UNESCO board decided to shelve plans to institute the award. According to Simon Taylor of Global Witness, ‘’A dictator who has impoverished his citizens and enriched himself and his family by plundering the countries oil wealth has no place sponsoring a UN prize.’’ The UNESCO also received a protest letter condemning the prize signed by 125 African scholars and authors including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Professor Wole Soyinka. President Nguema however responded to this by saying that the UN just does not want an African Leader to sponsor an award. In a quick reversal however, the awards were eventually given to researchers from Egypt, Mexico, and South Africa, who each received $100,000 in a paris ceremony boycotted by most european leaders due to Nguemas poor human rights records.( http://www.petroleumworld.com/sati10061901.htm)
Reports have emerged that President Nguema is at advanced stages of Prostate cancer. The disease which has a grim fatality rate requires specialised healthcare to manage effectively. It is no wonder therefore, given Equatorial Guineas poor health infrastructure, President Nguema favours the hospitals in the United States and France, and under covers of routine Diplomatic trips, he has been known to check in for constant treatments abroad in various luxury hospitals especially in paris. The PGDE (Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea) has admitted to the presidents travels to Paris, but has continually maintained that such trips are of a personal nature and are definitely not related to his health. According to Mba Nguema, the head of national security and the president’s brother, ‘’the journey of the Guinean head of state to Paris is not an official visit…well the president is a person too… he has his private matters as any person’’(http://afrol.com/News2002/eqg002_obiang_health.htm)
In an interview with the CNN anchor, Christiane Amanpour in 2012, he was asked whether he intended to step down when his current tenure expires in2016 or bid for another term in office., President Nguema staunchly refused to step down, despite the country’s constitutional limit on presidential tenure, and his long years in office, he declared categorically that he will continue to contest elections for the presidency of his oil rich state; Equatorial Guinea (and of course win them). Observers have noted that his continued stay in office can hardly be hindered by the constitution. In a country where the parliament carries out the every wish of the head of state, it would simply be a matter of ammending the constitution to accommodate his election bid. Whether he intends to perpetuate himself as a president for life as many other African dictators have done, however remains to be seen as forthcoming elections approach.(http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1210/05/ampr.01.html)
Re: Ten Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Africa’s Longest Serving Dictator by Nobody: 9:07pm On Oct 03, 2014

I saw his pics for the first time weeks ago.....He is really old...

Those people need to change somethings about their country.....There is every possibility he'll pass the power to his son.....
Re: Ten Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Africa’s Longest Serving Dictator by Piloeternity(m): 9:27pm On Oct 03, 2014
God understands all what you've written...

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