'President' Laurent Kodou Gbagbo was born on May 31 1945 in a small village called Mama in the town known as Gagnoa in the South-western Cote D'Ivoire. He hails from an ethnic group 'Béte', a minority compared to other ethnic groups like Agni, Baoule and Djoula. A professional politician who is a historian by training and a former history lecturer he has been 'ruling' Ivory Coast as the President since the year 2000 after 'winning' a controversial presidential poll in which two big political opponents like the former President Henry Konan Bedie and ex-Prime Minister Dr Alassane Ouattara were 'disqualified' on flimsy excuses by the then military ruler now late Gen. Robert Guei.
From 1960 when Cote d'Ivoire obtained her political independence from France the late President Felix Houphouet-Boigny dominated the political space in a one-party system and when he succumbed to mortality in 1993 a huge leadership gap he left behind is stiull being felt today. As a benevolent despot the late 'Nana' Boigny was a statesman who loved his people and his cocoa and cafe-rich country deploying the fiscal resources realised by the state through the exploitation of these God-given natural resources to develop his country beyond his time. The late Boigny was a great leader from every indication and imagination; though crafty with power and ruthless sometimes in the application of power.
During the Nigerian Biafran war he (and France) were in support of 'Gen.' Odumegwo Ojukwu trying very hard to see to the dismemberment of the Nigerian federation. Perceived as the 'disorganised' giant, Nigeria was becoming an 'African menace' worth dividing up at least into two or more parts so that the behemoth can become a bit 'manageable'. But these external efforts failed as Biafra became history following its defeat by the Nigerian army in the 3-year war that saw the extermination of more than 3 million Igbos!
During the 'wise' reign of 'Nana' in Abidjan spanning three decades Laurent Gbagbo was the only man who stood up to challenge the 'dictatorship'; history recorded that he was one of the primary opponents of the late President braving the odds. He founded the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) in 1982 in clandestine fashion and unsuccessfully ran for President against Houphouët-Boigny at the start of multi-party politics in 1990. Before then attempts were made to corrupt and gag him but he 'soldiered' on running nto exile to France at a time when the heat became too hot for him to handle.
In 1990 the late President Boigny introduced a multi-party democracy following incessant pressure from the Gbagbo forces and faced with a declining economy he invited over an IMF technocrat Dr Alassane Ouattara to help the country and his regimle stabilise the economic tempest threatening to consume his government. when the health of 'Nana' Boigny deteriorated in 1992 following 'subversive' campaigns by the Gbagbo frontists Dr Ouattara had Gbagbo arrested, tried and sentenced to two years in prison charging him with inciting violence! The veteran opposition figure was released months later and he continued unabated his struggle for more democratic concessions.
When the late Gen. Robert Guéï, heading a military junta that toppled the Konan Bedie government on Christmas eve in 1999, barred other leading politicians from running against him in the October 2000 presidential election, Gbagbo was left as the only significant opposition candidate. Gen. Guei later revealed that the plot to have Bedie and Ouattara excluded from the 2000 polls had Gbagbo as the mastermind! Gbagbo claimed victory after the election as well as the late military strongman who was crudely assassinated (together with his beautiful wife, Rose, and his bodyguard Fabian) during the early hours of a rebellion by the 'New Forces' in 2002. Using a foreign media based in France he ordered his supporters to take to the streets around the country until the late General retreated from the course he was headed.
Eventually Gen. Guéï was 'eased' out of power and Gbagbo was installed as President, more because of the French principled stand for democracy. Normally the Ivorian constitution stipulates that the duration of a presidential mandate is for five years but due to the 'minor' war in 2002 and the splitting of the country into two parts Gbagbo delayed the organization of any general elections until late last year (November 28) always citing security concerns and relying advantageously on a portion of the constitution that says that in the event of serious threat to national security and unity the President should re-establish order and unity before organizing any election. The opposition had posited that he had never wanted elections for fear of defeat. Today they have been proved right!
Described by the opposition as "Le Boulanger d'Abidjan" (The Baker of Abidjan) for his capacity to manipulate and deceive friends and foes even while laughing heartily and publicly. Infact the notorious capacity of the defeated President for duplicity, blackmail, and hypocrisy is legendary. Gbagbo had said severally that he was not born with a golden spoon in his mouth; that his late father Paul Koudou, a war veteran, was never a rich man nor a popular figure beyond his village of Mama in Gagnoa. So when providence catapulted the bad election loser to the pinnacle of state power he ought to be grateful to the unseen forces that propelled his inner spirit and soul.
'President' Gbagbo is a polygamous man whose sexual exploits are known by even a ten-year old girl in the streets of Abidjan! When he was in exile in France he married a French woman with whom he had children the first of whom, Michel, is based in Abidjan as a businessman and government contractor. The 'half-cast' owns the rich popular night club in Plateau called "Cafe de Rome". The obdurate man bitten by the bug of power had gone there on more than one ocassion, at wee hours of the night, to have fun with his French friends on a private visit from Paris. After seperating from the White woman he engaged the marital services of another woman, this time a black lady with big political horizon and vision, Simon Ehivet. Together they founded the Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI), the party through which he rose 'calamitously' to power in 2000.
Perhaps finding Simone no more attractive Gbagbo went for a younger more beautiful thing by 'marrying' another muslim girl by name Nady Bamba. With her he had another child and the official second wife runs a media outfit including a newspaper that daily defends the indefensible and calls a spade another name in order to please the 'king'. He did not stop there: rumours were flying all over the place of his many mistresses and in one of such rumours it was alleged that the ex-president had a carnal knowledge of the daughter of the President of the National Assembly Mamadou Koulibally. He had fathered a child with Ahoua Ehoura, now legally married, one of the chief propagandists in the state nay Gbagbo-controlled TV, RTI.
During a peroid of ten years the chieftains of the ruling party were all smiling to the bank and riding jeeps and other powerful automobiles; these same people the former PM now president-elect Dr Ouattara once revealed had been coming to him in motorcycles, bicycles and 'leg-edez' begging for financial assistance when they were still in the opposition! Most of them have become emergency millionaires and billionaires buying up properties in choice capitals of the world! One of the party's barons, a septugenarian, Abudramane Sangare, even went a step further by marrying the former dashingly pretty Miss Cote d'Ivoire, Lynda Delon. Though they had a daughter together they have gone their seperate ways after Miss Delon must have 'fleeced' the old man of millions of CFA with a baby girl as a product of the 'marriage'.
Some years ago the city of Abidjan was in a toxic waste dumping fiasco. Loads of toxic waste materials from Holland were dumped in many areas in Abidjan leading to the death of hundreds of people, Ivorians and foreigners alike! After investigations it was discovered that the out-going President's wife had a hand in the local company that received the deadly cargo. Since 2000 it has been a regime of scandals degenerating into mediocrity and infrastructural decay. At a time for months running last year electricity was rationed area by area because of the neglect of the critical sector by the out-going regime. The late 'Nana' Boigny knew the importance of power to societal development and had ensured that electricity and pipe-borne water were available round the clock.
Patriotism is said to be the last bastion of the scoundrel and in this case when you mix pseudo patriotism with nationalism of the minority what you get is Gbagbo and his 'area boy' Charles Ble Goude, the enfant terrible whose certificate forgery case is yet to be vacated yet appointed, all the same, a Minister in the new 'government' of his benefactor Gbagbo. It is instructive to note that Ble Goude and the Commander of the Republican Guard and Presidential Guard, Gen. Dogbo Ble Brunot are both 'Bete', the same ethnic group Gbagbo belongs. These two 'brothers-in-arms' are the most vocal and resistant in the on-going impasse.
The major problem right now about any military intervention, ECOMOG et al, remains the weeks upon weeks grace extended to the 'dictator' which has enabled him to stock-pile arms and ammunitions from Europe and Angola. Again before any military operation takes place there should be a certain consideration given to the millions of West Africans (Nigerians included) still 'trapped' in Abidjan and elsewhere in Cote d'Ivoire. There must be emergency evacuation missions aimed at reducing at barest minimum the number of casualties in the event of military action. The first thing to do in the event of the military strike is to either destroy or take over the RTI TV and radio, the propaganda machinery Gbagbo uses daily to insult and attack his opponents (including the UN) relaying messages of hate, of division and xenophobia.
In a period of ten years of democracy under the 'refondateurs' the defeated but resisting 'President' had systematically looted the country's resources with his lackeys; and the 'small war' fought in 2002 gave him the justification to blame every of his failure on the September 2002 pre-dawn invasion of Abidjan and other cities by organized hot-headed rebels, now holding forte the entire north and some western parts of the country. According to a publication in a Swiss online newspaper few weeks ago the out-going President and his wife, Simone, 'stole' millions of dollars and in the heat of the grave political crisis they had withdrawn the funds from the Swiss accounts and transferred same to accounts in banks in Lebanon, Iran, India, South Africa and Angola.
As the AU mediator Raila Odinga left Abidjan few weeks ago in yet another failed mission at mediation it became clear to every observer that Monsieur Laurent Gbagbo is not ready to quit when the 'ovation' is in its loudest. The Kenyan Prime Minister denounced the unpresidential attitude of Mr Gbagbo who promised to lift the blockade of Golf Hotel by his troops where the President-elect Dr Ouattara and his government are temporarily operating from. As the AU embarks on yet another peace missions it is hoped that this time reason will prevail over absurdity in the Gbagbo spirit.
In this elaborate (last option) international military project to reclaim Cote d'Ivoire from the enemies of its cosmopolitan peoples it is significant in the eyes of the world that Gbagbo has been given the chance to go as a democrat and patriot he had all along pretended to be. As his opponents continue to maintain day in day out the only language 'the baker' understands seems to be that of force and superior force; if and when that 'dish of fire' is served I believe he and his unfortunate nation can never be the same again. Deconstructing his mind cannot therefore be said to be a major task: The dictator in Gbagbo has bared its fangs and it is baying for blood of the innocent!
Laurent Koudou Gbagbo and his 'gang' of marauders, mercenaries from Liberia and Angola and some leading elements in the military must not prevail in this clear battle for the soul of democracy in a unique 'international' country. Abidjan will soon be liberated from the forces of fascism and obsolete state terrorism. Let the 'war' against the masked tyranny begin in earnest in the Ivory Coast! Democracy, epitomised by the huge victory of Dr Ouattara in the Nov. 28 poll, must prevail!
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Prof penkelemess posted on 02-04-2011, 05:02:07 AM
you DO know that Dr. G.B. will NOT like your write-up !
That Ouattara has a white wife is bad enough, but that Saint Laurent once also had one... why did you have to mention that...
and then you also mention 'pseudo-patriotism', which goes down so well with Dr. B's disciples...
you are a very bad boy, and I like that!
non-owner of African national airlines !!!
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Ocnus posted on 02-04-2011, 11:35:52 AM
This article is extraordinarily inaccurate and misleading in many ways. It says that hundreds died from the 'toxic waste" which is a complete falsehood. It also omits to mention the rebellion of 2002 when Ouattara's followers rose up to depose Gbagbo. slaughtered numerous people in Abidjan and were driven back to the North where the French and the UN have sustained them. The gossip about wives and consorts is almost as childish as the running silliness of Meuer. This is a serious business which needs addressing and petty tribalism and vituperative prose based on a misapprehension of the facts is not really a contribution. This is some fantasy of a man with little grasp of the circumstances and the events he purports to assess. As the AU team approaches, even with the presence of that arch-villain Campaore among them, a clear analysis of the facts may lead to a peaceful resolution of the conflict. This type of blather doesn't help.
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Prof penkelemess posted on 02-05-2011, 06:20:36 AM
who was tghe one who FIRST mentioned
Ouattara's 'white wife' ???
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Ocnus posted on 02-05-2011, 09:16:56 AM
WHO IS OUATTARA?
Edited from Y Yousouff, Tripoli Post 1/11/11
Ouattara is from Upper Volta (Burkina Faso). Let me explain.
* He went to school from elementary to high school in Burkina as a Burkinabe citizen.
* Then, after his High school degree in Bobo Dioulasso, in Burkina, he got an US scholarship reserved for Burkinabe citizens only; he landed in Pennsylvania, USA and received his Master in economics.
* Ouattara father lived and died at Sindou, in the south of Burkina Faso. This is the village of Ouattara.
* He got his first job at the IMF as a Burkinabe citizen.
* There, he got married to a Jamaican girl and the wedding was held in a church although he is a muslim. From her, he got 2 kids.
* He was the president in the USA of the Burkina citizen's group.
* Afterwards, he was employed as vice-president of the West African Francophone Central bank for Burkina Faso.
* But, in 1980, young soldiers took power in Burkina Faso by a coup, led by Sankara and Blaise Compaore (the latter is the current president of Burkina after having murdered the former; his best friend in 1984.)
* These were revolutionaries which frightened Ouattarra He bought an apartment in the Plateau district of Abidjan as a Burkinabe citizen showing his Burkina passport. This is on record at the real estate agents.
* He met the Ivorian president Houphouet-Boigny and was naturalised as an Ivoirian by him, along with his brothers and sisters.
* At that time, Adboulaye Fatiga, the Ivorian governor of the Central bank died.Houphouet, on French advice, decided to hire Ouattara as the Governor of the bank. That is how Ouattara become Ivorian.
* In 1990, with the global crisis threatening the economy of many African states, the IMF demanded that Houphouet-Boigny appoint Ouattara as a prime minister.
* Meanwhile Outtattara got divorced from his Jamaican wife and settled into politics.
* The current white wife of Ouattara is the French woman who managed Houphouet's properties in Abidjan, Paris, NY and Switzerland.
* The wedding was officiated by the Mayor, Sarkozy (the current President of France), in Paris.
* Note that in Feb 1992, Ouattara, as Prime Minister under Houphouet sent Gbagbo and his wife to prison after their march calling for a multiparty system and democracy.
* When Houphouet was dying over an extended period of over a year in 1992-1993, Ouattara emptied the coffers of the state into his own account.
* That made him a multi-billionaire. He himself has declared his assets up to US$500,000,000, all in France, Switzerland and American banks.
* After the death of Houphouet, Bedie, the Vice-President, came to power and France lobbied the IMF to take Ouattara as a senior official.
* Later, in anticipation of the Mabetex scandal, a Swiss company paid bribes to relatives of the Russian President Boris Yeltsin to win lucrative renovation contracts, including the Kremlin funded by the IMF.
* In August 1999 Ouattara resigned from the IMF and the IMF's French Director resigned 14 February 2000 as well; both leaving the IMF to avoid prosecution and jail.
* Indeed, these two officials were questioned about the role played by IMF development fund for Russia in the development of the Russian economy, the spread of the "mafia", and the expansion of these Russian problems into the United States, especially money laundering of "dirty money" through Russian banks in New York.
* They were accused of diverting part of the aid granted by the IMF to the Yeltsin regime. They escaped prosecution by resigning.
* After his resignation from the IMF , Ouattara returned to the Ivory Coast to politics.
* Just three years later, desperate to be president of the Ivory Coast, he created his rebellion in the north with the military support of France and Burkina Faso.
* The rebellion started in September 19, 2002 and has continued ever since.
This is the man whom the 'world community' has demanded to be the President of the Ivory Coast.
Who is Ouattara
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Prof penkelemess posted on 02-05-2011, 09:54:53 AM
and Saint Laurent managed to get rid of his (first) white wife!
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Prof penkelemess posted on 02-06-2011, 09:52:12 AM
- the engines of the presidential plane are being warmed up in Port-Bouet, for Saint Laurent to fly out to his 'socialist' friends in France... sorry: after Ben Ali was refused entry by Paris, Laurent is now going to Switzerland, where he will be nearer his bank deposits.
No: same Saint is being picked up by Hosni M. on hgis way to the Comoros.
we shall keep you informed thanks to the bush drum...
always the most reliable
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Prof penkelemess posted on 02-07-2011, 16:00:51 PM
Hosni M. may not be going to Ivory Coast after all,
after having been offered a place in a luxury clinic in
Baden-Baden, where he will be in the company of dozens of
Baden-baden is the place where one Dostojewsky
gambled away his fortune.
Anton Tchechow went a bit further south to Badenweiler,
to cure his tuberculosis (...???)
That much for our literature class for today.
I am sitting between the two places in the...
Tolu Ogunlesi will confirm that it is really very, very dark,
as wwill some others, I here I stop name-dropping!
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Busanga posted on 02-07-2011, 17:54:04 PM
Oh my Africa..what a mess
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Prof penkelemess posted on 02-07-2011, 18:55:51 PM
Dr. G. B. has reserved a 747 plane,
to also carry the new AU chiefs from Burkina and that 'emerging' superpower former Spanish sth.
Meles Zenawi, the great democrat from Abyssinia, may also join them, as might his cousin Afeworki from Eritrea, and Mugabe, and Biya (the NVS is pretty long!!!)
there is room for all of them on that plane.
Oh, I almost forgot Saint Laurent and Compaore.
Hope I didn't forget anyone,
but Dr. G. B. wil see to it that they all 'on-board':
here is one American who has all the answers to ALL of Africa's problems, since he is always up in the air(s):
for him and his disciples the world is a simple place.
Prof of Penkeleincertitudes
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Tamedu2 posted on 02-07-2011, 20:55:28 PM
Could you please substantiate these claims (posted by a 'yssouf') that you got from Tripoli Post?