Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Equatorial Guinea: another coup attempt in May

I completely missed this ...

On May 30, the government announced that it had foiled a second coup attempt. (Read about the first attempt here.) In its June 11 issue, Africa Confidential reported that the Information Minister, Agustin Nse Nfuma, said the alleged rebels had confessed to being the advance party for Rwandan and Angolan mercenaries in the pay of opposition leader Adolfo Obiang Biko.

Biko is the chairman of the opposition National Movement for the Liberation of Equatorial Guinea (MONALIGE). He has been critical of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the way oil money is being used.

There is very little information available online about this latest coup attempt. In fact, whatever news stories there are take their details from Amnesty International's press release. There is a bit more detail in this story on OneWorld.net.

Unfortunately, if you read both stories, there are a few details that don't mesh. I'm trying to figure out what is what ... and when I do, I'll post it here.

UPDATE: July 8 ... There is allegedly another coup plot being hatched.