By Enyichukwu Enemanna
The military leader of Gabon, Gen Brice Oligui Nguema says he is not receiving salary as President, and has instead accepted his pay as Commander of the Republican Guard.
He became the country’s Interim President following the overthrow of the elected leader, Ali Bongo in August.
The announcement on Wednesday was made by the junta spokesperson, Col Ulrich Manfoumbi who said Gen Nguema took the decision because he was “aware of the social emergencies and many expectations of the Gabonese people”.
“Each day that passes allows the [junta] to become more aware of the general state of deterioration of the country and of public finances in particular,” Manfoumbi said.
Additionally, Gen Nguema also announced the reduction of public spending by slashing the allowances for law makers, eliminating political funds and cutting session allowances.
The presidency said this would consolidate the state’s funds.
Ousted President Bongo’s 14-year rule was marred by allegations of corruption and other financial scandals, with the junta saying the country’s finances are “victim of a real criminal fury”.
The latest move has been seen as an attempt to restore the Gabonese people’s confidence in the country’s leadership.