Gabon to probe public procurement
LIBREVILLE. – General Brice Oligui Nguema, who overthrew Ali Bongo Ondimba two weeks ago in Gabon, notably accusing his regime of “massive embezzlement” , announced on Wednesday a commission of inquiry into public procurement to track down “fraud” .
“The president of the transition (…) decided today to reactivate the task force for controlling internal and external debt in order to carry out the verification of all public markets. This task force will take up all the actions left suspended by the previous one without obvious reasons” , announced the military in power in a press release read on public television.
“The head of State invites the companies awarded public contracts and all the administrative entities concerned to contact the commission upon receipt of their summons ,” they conclude.
The country “requires a careful and rigorous evaluation of public contracts in order to detect any irregularity or potential fraud” , we read a few minutes later on General Oligui ‘s account on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
He called on the bosses practicing “overbilling” against kickbacks paid to senior officials of the deposed power to “stop these manoeuvres” in public procurement , in a threatening speech in front of 200 to 300 Gabonese business leaders “summoned” to the presidency. – AFP