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On Sunday, September 4, the inhabitants of the city of Malabo gathered in the football stadium to greet the President, who was accompanied by his wife, Constancia Mangue de Obiang. This was the first meeting of the second leg of the tour that the President held to explain and present the new constitutional reform.
People from Malabo began to gather in the stadium from noon on Sunday, September 4, to receive the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, accompanied by his wife, Constancia Mangue de Obiang. The encounter with the population of Malabo is part of the tour that the Head of State is undertaking to provide information on the new constitutional reforms of Annobon that in the near future, will be submitted to a referendum.
Upon arrival at the airport in Malabo, the presidential couple went straight to the stadium, where the audience gave them a warm welcome. After the initial intervention by the mayor, Maria Coloma Edjang, there was another by the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructures, Demetrio Elo Ndong Nsefumu, to report on the work that the Government is currently undertaking in the city of Malabo and those recently opened, such as the new headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense.
The event also served as the symbolic laying of the foundation stone for new projects in the city, including the following: works for the collection of drinking water in the city of Malabo from the Tiburones River, construction of the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance; construction of the headquarters of the Ministry of Information, construction and rehabilitation of the Lampert district, asphalting the streets of Malabo and construction of a Blood Transfusion Center. The total cost of these works will exceed 190,000 CFA francs (290 million Euros).
For his part, the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, at the beginning of his speech, directed a greeting of peace, tranquility and harmony to the country and, in particular, to the population of Malabo, acknowledging the welcome that he and his wife had received. Then he reminded everyone that peace is the condition that is helping the Government to undertake the great changes that are being seen in Equatorial Guinea: “If we were in a situation of conflict we would not be able to develop these changes, so peace is an element that we all need to preserve so that our commitments for the Horizon 2020 can be met” said the President.
At one point in his speech, the Head of State called for “each person to contribute their bit for the common good,” but also lamented that many Equatorial Guineans continue to live in an age that belongs to twenty years ago. So, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo appealed “to the moral effort of each to achieve the level that corresponds to the material development of our country.”
“We must not forget the history of our country; before it became a nation, it suffered slavery, the greatest violation of human rights. We have also suffered colonization, which was a disastrous regime that led to the devastation of our natural resources. Our leaders fought for independence, but the first eleven years of it were also dismal, due to the dictatorial government,” continued the Head of State, who concluded this review of the story by saying that with the current prosperity, many people have forgotten the past. The President also criticized some government officials and members that do not enforce the law, and invited them to eliminate bad behaviors to achieve “equitable social coexistence and respect for others, whatever their social level may be, in order to preserve peace.”
“Sometimes people think that peace is the absence of war, when there is a lack of military confrontation, but there is another kind of peace that is more important, which is peace of social coexistence. When people do not get the freedom and rights they deserve, people do not live in peace, they live in a social war.”
The President also discussed the reforms of the Constitution, stating that they “reinforce the current Constitution by creating a Senate and Economic Council which will be responsible for overseeing the way resources are used, and also create the figure of the Ombudsman, who may supervise the performance of judges and members of government and a Court of Auditors”. The Head of State also recalled that the reforms will limit the term of office for the President to two terms of a maximum of seven years.