Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou , Gabon’s vice president who is currently acting in the office of president has let the cat out of the bag on the situation surrounding the health of the president, Ali Bongo.
The health of the president has raised a lot of speculations since his hospitalization on October 25, 2018 at the King Fahd hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he was billed to attend an investment summit.
After the news of his hospitalization broke, a presidential spokesman told reporters that the president was not ill, neither did he suffer from a stroke as reported by an international news agency; but rather, was only advised by doctors to take a bed rest.
Well, going by what acting president Moussavou said while delivering a speech in Franceville – an area in Gabon, the presidency lied to the country and the president truly suffered from a stroke as reported by the media agency.
According to him, President Ali Bongo suffered a cerebrovascular accident or CVA, commonly known as a stroke, which led to his hospitalization.
He however warned that no one should rejoice over the president’s misfortune saying:
“Nobody should rejoice over the death or illness of another, those who have never known a CVA, pray to God that they never know one.
“I would not wish it on anyone, not even my worst enemy.”
We reported on November 15 that the constitutional court in the country ruled that the vice-president, Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou should assume the position of president to enable him lead the cabinet.
Last week, a photograph of Bongo and two videos without sound were published after his transfer to a Moroccan facility, further fueling rumours about his state of health.
The Bongo family has ruled over the oil-rich equatorial African nation for five decades.
Ali Bongo took over as president of Gabon after his father, Omar Bongo died in office.
Do you think the presidency was right to keep the country in the dark on the president's health. What are your thoughts?
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