2016 Presidential Gabon: a violent reaction of the people against the procession of Ali Bongo Ondimba sow panic in the city of Ogooué-Lolo (Republic of the Congo)
August 24, 2016
Agence d’Information d’Afrique Centrale/Brazzaville  

To show their displeasure at the resistance of the close security guards of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who prohibited women victims from making their voices heard regarding the devastation of their fields by elephants, particularly by applying directly to their candidate, the procession of the candidate in the future presidential election of August 27, 2016, was sprayed with stones, thrown after his speech. This happened in the locality of Ogooué-lolo, located in the department of Mulundu.

According to the facts, a group of about three hundred women from the locality of Lastourville— composed of victims of the devastation of the fields by elephants protected by the government of the Republic—had for three months requested compensation from the government, to no avail. The arrival of President of the Republic, a candidate for his own succession in this locality, was for them a good opportunity to express their concerns to the appropriate person. Unfortunately, despite the fact that they came peacefully to their candidate Ali Bongo Ondimba, these women, the majority of whom were elderly, were beaten, and hunted with batons and tear-gas jets. Unhappy with the treatment meted out to this group of women, others attending the meeting decided to react and retaliate. The situation had the Gabonese president facing an angry mob. IN particular, the vehicle of the candidate Ali Bongo Ondimba was stoned by the people.

Pondering and indignant about the tragic event, a local resident recognized that elephants, being protected by the government, are central to the problem. “These elephants have destroyed their plantations, these women have the right to claim compensation. For it is to protect the environment, including elephants, but human life is more important than that of an elephant,” he concluded.


Mozambique elephant poaching suspects escape police
November 5, 2014

Two alleged elephant poachers in Mozambique escaped from a police station while awaiting trial, undermining efforts to implement a new anti-poaching law in the southern African country, a conservation group said this week.
Authorities were investigating how the two suspects, Paolo Nyenje and Antonio Bernardo, were able on Oct. 27 to slip out of the Mecula police station in Niassa National Reserve, a vast wildlife area in northern Mozambique.
The suspects, sought for years before their arrest in September, may have crossed the border into Tanzania to seek refuge, said Alastair Nelson, head of the Mozambique program for the New York City-based Wildlife Conservation Society. The group manages the Niassa reserve with the Mozambican government.
Nyenje and Bernardo had three assault rifles and two hunting rifles when they were arrested, according to Nelson.
The pair escaped shortly before their planned transfer for trial in Lichinga, capital of Niassa province, Nelson said in an email to The Associated Press. Citing Mozambican officials, he said the prisoners asked at night to be taken to the toilet, where they escaped through a small window.
"We are sad for that and hope that the police will look for the poachers and bring them back to justice," Bartolomeu Soto, a senior conservation official in Mozambique, wrote in an email.
Mozambique recently stiffened anti-poaching legislation after facing international criticism for lackluster conservation efforts. Anyone who illegally kills an animal of a protected species can be jailed for eight to 12 years.
Nelson said the escape of the two poaching suspects "makes a mockery" of Mozambique's new law, and makes perpetrators "feel that they're kind of untouchable."
Poachers have annually killed tens of thousands of elephants across Africa as demand for ivory surges in Asia, primarily China. At least 1,000 elephants have been slaughtered in Niassa reserve this year, the Wildlife Conservation Society said.