E Guinea strongman hands out top military posts to family

Equatorial Guinea's president Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has ruled the small, oil-rich state with an iron fist since 1979, has appointed several members of his family to top military positions.

His graft-tainted son Teodorin Nguema Obiang, who is already vice-president, was appointed major general in the army to mark the country's 50th anniversary of independence from Spain late last week, a statement said on Monday.

The 76-year-old leader also made his brother-in-law Victoriano Nsue Okomo and his cousin Jose Eneme Obama generals. His son-in-law Fausto Abeso Fuma was given the rank of air commodore.

Obiang junior was handed a three-year suspended prison term by a French court last year and fined $35 million for money laundering, corruption and abuse of public assets.

He was found to have embezzled €150 million  to fund his lavish lifestyle, which included a six-storey mansion on the upscale Avenue Foch in Paris and paying huge sums to collect memorabilia such as Michael Jackson's glove.

Critics accuse President Obiang of brutal repression of opponents as well as election fraud and corruption.

Equatorial Guinea has become one of sub-Saharan Africa's biggest oil producers, but a large proportion of its 1.2 million population lives in dire poverty.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Are you going to keep wearing a mask following the announcement that it is no longer required under law?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
No ways, I'm done
41% - 4076 votes
Yes, I still want to be cautious
21% - 2074 votes
Only certain circumstances
37% - 3672 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.83
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
19.45
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
16.78
+0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.02
-0.4%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.3%
Gold
1,828.79
+0.3%
Silver
21.36
+0.9%
Palladium
1,903.50
+1.6%
Platinum
913.00
+0.2%
Brent Crude
115.09
+1.7%
Top 40
61,525
0.0%
All Share
67,827
0.0%
Resource 10
65,489
0.0%
Industrial 25
80,203
0.0%
Financial 15
15,428
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE