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Congo: Campaign manager of opposition candidate Mokoko arrested

Congo: Campaign manager of opposition candidate Mokoko arrested

Republic of the Congo

A campaign manager of opposition candidate, General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, has been arrested at his home in Brazzaville on Sunday morning, according to a communication officer of the campaign team.

Michel Rodriguez Abiabouiti told AFP that Anatole Limongo Ngoka, the National Coordinator of the support committees of the candidacy of General Mokoko, who came third in Sunday’s presidential election according to official results, “was arrested at home at 7:30 local time (0630 GMT).”

“He has been detained at the DGST,” the Directorate General of national security, a service of the police which has invited General Mokoko severally over a video showing the candidate planning an attempted coup a few years ago.

The information given by Abiabouiti was not confirmed by the DGST at midday Sunday but the campaign manager is believed to be held for compromising state security.

According to Abiabouiti, another supporter of General Mokoko, Jean Ngouabi, was arrested on Thursday in the north of the country.

Mr. Ngouabi is the General’s campaign manager in the district of Makoua. He has also been detained at the DGST in Brazzaville “and is being accused of causing an uprising,” Mr. Abiabouiti said.

The General himself “is in a safe place,” he added, without adding any more information.

President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has been in power for over 32 years, was declared winner of Sunday’s presidential election on Thursday with over 60% of votes in the first round.

Five opposition candidates have rejected the results calling it a “massive fraud”. In a joint statement signed by General Mokoko, they urged the people to challenge the results through legal and peaceful means starting on Tuesday by observing “ghost town” across the country.

On Thursday, shortly after the results were announced, the General called for a “civil disobedience” which the authorities took as a call for a “revolt”.

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