Breaking news published on 14/03/2022 at 11h45 : For a long time Ali Bongo's eyes and ears, the Republican Guard's former head of intelligence Frédéric Bongo is being sidelined, as tensions between the president's family and Omar-Denis Bongo Jr, the son of former President Omar Bongo rise.
As tensions within the Bongo family rose in recent weeks on social media, another battle with more serious consequences was being played out in the corridors of the president's office. At stake is control over Gabon's telephone and internet interception capabilities.
The granting of an optical fibre concession to a company controlled by Omar Denis Jr Bongo, son of former Gabonese president Omar Bongo and grandson of Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso, has provoked a wave of protest among Congo Telecom employees.
They fall out, make up and then fall out again... Now, the Gabonese president's sister and the first lady have patched up up their differences once again. But their reconciliation is having repercussions in the president's family and even on the functioning of the president's office.