H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo held a Press Conference at the People’s Palace in Malabo, in which he reviewed the recent State Tour of the entire national territory.
The Director General of Presidential Press, Pastor Mba Nchama, was in charge of introducing the Press Conference, which was attended by over a dozen media organisations.
“Firstly, I would like to explain the importance of the visits of a Head of State in his country – thus began the President of the Republic-. It is an important activity, which allows the leader to understand the physical, moral and political state of the nation”.
Visiting the various areas one will find problems that were perhaps unknown, and in that way they can be addressed and resolved. The leader of the nation gave an example of lines of communication, which have allowed this tour to go ahead for almost a month with no problem whatsoever, thanks to the infrastructures in the country, including both roads and airports. The tour included Annobon, a destination that was visited without the slightest problem, when it has historically been, due to its location, a difficult place to get to.
“The first purpose of this tour was to thank the people of Equatorial Guinea for the massive support given to us in the latest Presidential elections. I believe it is logical and natural that when a politician receives the support of his people he should express this directly to the people, and also give directions to the population on circumstances which could damage the peace”, affirmed H. E. Obiang Nguema.
Through the international press we can see an escalation in the violence suffered by populations experiencing difficulties. Fortunately, the situation in Equatorial Guinea is good, and the Head of State referred to the importance of maintaining the peace, “and to do this there must be reconciliation between all the politicians working in the country. We may assume that our peace is guaranteed and there is no type of problem that may harm it, except the small detail of delinquency, as we have to ensure that everyone feels calm”.
In reference to a question on the elections, the Head of State explained that the latest legislative and municipal elections took place around four years ago, and thus preparations are underway for the Parliament to be suspended and the Government to call elections, which will take place in the second quarter of this year.
The Director of the State Institutional Web Page emphasised the importance of keeping the peace, the fight against juvenile delinquency, and the construction of urban districts. From among these, he asked about the social housing that is being built in order improve the quality of life of the population, and about how this housing would be distributed, taking into account that on an economic level, in the villages there is not the same purchasing power as in the city.
“The creation of urban districts has been carried out in order to bring the administration to everyone. It is not the people who have to go and look for the administration, but it is the administration that has to go to the people. With regards to the problem of social housing, we already have social housing in the main cities such as Malabo and Bata, and the population has access to this housing. We have also built social housing in districts in the interior and in the municipalities, where citizens have access to them. The houses are not going to be free, but we know the exact economic level of the populations in these areas, which have changed from people’s councils to become small municipalities, and as such we are going raise awareness so that the sections of the population in these areas who want access to to this housing can have it, but they will not pay the same as in Malabo or Bata. With respect to citizens in these areas who do not enjoy economic security or sufficient income to make payments like public employees or traders who live in the large cities, we are going to provide minimum guarantees, that is, they will be able to pay little by little in order to acquire a house. I know the population produces food and can raise animals. Then at the moment when a peasant wants to have access to a social home in the urban district he can sell his food, his livestock, and with little income he obtains will be able to begin payig for the house during a period of time whihc pays off the cost of the house. The amounts are going to be set by the body which administers social housing, which is the ENPIGE, and as such will not be costly payments, but ones which do not affect his economy, in order that they can have a comfortable life and home. In each urban district there will be electricity and drinking water, and these better conditions for health will be reflected in the population”, emphasised the Head of State.
Asked why the President considers Equatorial Guinea to be a paradise, when there are robberies and rapes, the Head of State replied that “we live in peace, but peace does not mean the absence of war; all those who live by violence are those who violate the peace that Equatorial Guinea desires, and so we have to fight together…we have to fight with a single purpose, in order to put an end to delinquency, to put an end to violence…We are going to do everything possible to fight delinquency, which is a bad thing in general for the entire population if Equatorial Guinea”.
Then, another of the journalists taking part in the press conference asked H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo about employment in the country.
“I would like to treat the problem of employment in another way, because Guineans have come to believe that having employment must be with foreign companies…a believe that this cannot be the only way to give employment to the population. We have a country which is fertile, it produces everything; we have been asking our citizens to commit to productivity for food products, the rearing of livestock; when this is done collectively…that is creating employment…The population itself can create employment and this work will generate income, economic possibilities…Delinquency has always existed, even with jobs…What is a responsibility for us is to prevent juvenile delinquency, because juvenile delinquency could create difficulties with eliminating delinquency in the country; we will have to bring the adults before justice, and justice will have to act in order to condemn them. So the problem of employment has to be addressed by us; it is not linked to the existence of huge foreign companies…I would prefer that the finance provided by the Government for some projects remained in the hands of the Equatoguineans themselves”.
Another representative from the media addressed the President to ask about the province of Djibloho. The Head of State replied, saying that “the province of Djibloho may be described as an autonomous province, because it does not affect in any way the current legal status of the districts and provinces. We have chosen a place which we believe can be a cell in the administration. There are countries which use these methods; sometimes we need to move to the continental region…on many occasions we have stayed in the city of Bata, which is an industrial city but lacks infrastructure, and sometimes the administration has faced difficulties, and for that reason we have created an administrative city, with provincial status…At this moment part of the Government is in Djibloho, and infrastructures and social housing is already being created…Whoever wishes to can go and build their own house, there are no impediments”,
With respect to the warm reception provided by the population on the State Tour, the President said he was “very happy”, and added that “It is in our interests to maintain the good situation that prevails, our work is bearing fruit, above all from a religious, Christian point of view, we are working with the prelates to extend the Ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Equatorial Guinea, and we have the good news that this year we are going to have five bishops…the number of dioceses has increased, this is also progress”.
“We should not be concerned by criticism from our detractors; we already know that our detractors do not like good examples; they do not like our awareness-raising campaign, it is their problem…they do not tell the truth, they only wish to sully the image of the leaders and the image of the country. If we create policy waiting for these detractors to praise us, we are not going to achieve anything…Africans have to be independent…we do not now have any connection with the old colonisers, we have to make our own policy…The recommendation I would make to our brother Africans is that we work closely with our peoples, because our reality is in the will of our populations, but we also have to invite our populations to make positive comments”.
The President also referred to the social networks and the poor use made of these on various occasions, by Equatorial Guinea’s detractors: “Traitors use social networks to poison the environment; they are not people, they are worms in the service of imperialism, in the service of the colonialists; what they say is all lies…We should take no notice of the campaign of poison from the foreign media”. And, addressing the journalists, he said: “you have to create realistic publications, and not publications which favour the enemy”.
Another of the journalists praised the Head of State for the time dedicated to answering questions from the media, despite the busy presidential schedule, and to another question put regarding the elections, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo replied: “In all elections it must be taken into account that the candidates are usually put forward via their parties, while there are also some cases of independent candidates, but generally democracy establishes that the candidates are put forward through their parties…The Party presents a list of its candidates…there are some parties that hand-pick their candidates, but the PDGE does not want to do this”.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea