Letter from Bishop Mike Jocktane, Friday, June 27, 2011
To whom it may concern,
I need the US. Government to be informed of my situation here in Gabon.
A brief presentation of who I am.
I was trained in the United States of America at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. I wasconsecrated a Bishop in March 2003. I became senior advisor to President Omar Bongo in 2005and then was appointed deputy chief of staff in January 2009. During the last presidential election,I have served as the Campaign Director of André Mba Obame. I am now a member of theopposition. I am married with four children. Two of them are American citizens.
A presentation of my situation.
I am currently in court being accused of having being part of a public manifestation of theopposition on January 29th, 2011.
As I have said since the beginning of all of this, I was never part of that march.
It is a truth everybody knows in Gabon. This trial is highly political as I ambeing sued in reality because of my political opinion. First of all, the new regime is not acceptingmy decision to support André Mba Obame, the former Interior Minister. Having worked with Omar Bongo, they consider my opposition to Ali Bongo as an act of betrayal. Secondly, they want tomake me pay for the testimony I have given in a book written by some French journalist in which Idid confirm that Omar Bongo did finance the electoral campaign of Nicholas Sarkozy. This of course is an open secret. Omar Bongo himself has often said even in books that he had givenmonies to a lot of politicians worldwide...
Since Ali Bongo who used to be my friend has takenpower in Gabon by the strength of the army, I have undergone lot of persecution to the point that Ihave began to fear for my life and for the security of my family.This is an excerpt of a statement that was release by my staff to alert the people on my situation.
"On Sunday January 30th, 2011, heavily armed military soldiers came to Bishop MikeJocktane’s church to arrest him fortunately for him he had already left. Unfortunately they took his wife Reverend Nadia Jocktane instead within the church premises without legitimate reasons. Reverend Nadia Jocktane was held in jail among criminals for more thantwenty-four hours without any contact with the outside world. In her own words she said, “Inthat cell I was the only woman surrounding by topless criminal men. Guards were verbally abusing and threatening me”. We believe that Reverend Nadia Jocktane was released because Ali Bongo Ondimba feared national and international pressure.
On Tuesday February 2nd, 2011, eight military men went to Bishop Mike and NadiaJocktane’s residence around 8:30 PM. To access his compound, they climbed the wall.They were heavily armed. There they search the house in a reckless manner and terrorizeReverend Nadia Jocktane, her mother and her four children. For no apparent reason they took her to a non-defined place and brought her back few hours later. Why did they behavethis way is still a mystery.
On Saturday February 6th, 2011 the entire bishop family was restrained to travel to Franceat the Airport by the Police. They ceased illegally their passport until the departure of theflight saying they had received instructions from the highest authorities. Bishop Mike