Noureddin Bongo's parallel task force network
President Ali Bongo's coordinator and eldest son Noureddin Bongo has found a way to assert his influence in government: task forces. These ad hoc teams of civil servants and consultants are ostensibly there to assist government departments, but can have a tendency to bypass them. [...]
After Ngambia's release, could Laccruche be next?
The ex-public works minister Magloire Ngambia, a symbol of the "Mamba" anti-corruption drive, was released on 24 September. Now another high-profile probe into the affairs of former presidential chief of staff Brice Laccruche Alihanga, is also experiencing setbacks that have been kept carefully secret until now. [...]