Friday, April 1, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Rejects Charges Against Minister And Attempts To Discredit Government

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has issued a vigorous response to recent allegations made against Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Minister of State for Agriculture and Forestry, regarding an alleged attempt to purchase a luxury yacht.

The government charged that the allegations were part of a broader effort by outside groups and some expatriate Equatoguinean political groups to discredit the country and the government of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

In an official statement issued by the Press Office, the government said, “The Minister of Agriculture has already clarified, on repeated occasions, that he has not had, nor has, nor will have, the intention of making this purchase, so the issue lacks complete seriousness and any type of informative rigor.”

The government sharply criticized “this media campaign [that] was orchestrated by foreign groups and lobbies, with clear economic interests in our country, [because] they do not approve of the current social-economic development that is being experienced by Equatorial Guinea as a completely independent population, thanks to the oil resources and to their healthy management and administration by the Government presided over by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.”

Equatorial Guinea has experienced significant economic growth and has made important progress in infrastructure development, public health, and education, which have been particularly targeted among the country’s Horizon 2020 objectives. Horizon 2020 is a plan for economic, social, and political development announced by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in 2007.

To read the full statement, please click here.