See also:
» 28.05.2010 - Togo finally towards reconciliation
» 31.03.2010 - Togo opposition split over poll defeat
» 03.03.2010 - Gnassingbe seeks re-election
» 03.03.2010 - Togo urged to redeem West Africa’s democracy
» 01.02.2010 - Botswana condemns Togo suspension by CAF
» 14.09.2009 - New pan-African rice centre adopted
» 29.05.2009 - Togo institutes the truth and conciliation commission
» 21.05.2009 - "Togo under control" - President

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden pĺ
Gazpacho Břrek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bśuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sćbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du pĺ
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Řsterrike Romania Frankrike


Togo coup plan unveiled

afrol News, 17 April - Authorities in Togo are strengthening the case against the President's brother Kpatcha Gnassingbé, who is formally charged with planning a coup against his brother, Faure Gnassingbé. A major arms arsenal has been found at his house.

Kpatcha Gnassingbé - a former Defence Minister, brother of the current President, son of Togo's long-time Dictator Gnassingbé Eyadema and an influential member of Togo's ruling party - on Wednesday was arrested as he tried to seek refuge at the US Embassy in Lomé. His arrest followed a shootout at his Lomé house between government troops and his private armed guards on Sunday.

On Wednesday afternoon, Togolese state prosecutors charged the President's brother for "plotting to overthrow the government," according to government sources.

"Investigations have revealed serious and corroborating evidence" that the President's brother was the kingpin of a coup plot, state prosecutor Robert Bawoubadi Bakaď said. "An investigation has been opened for a bid to undermine state security, gathering criminals, rebellion, premeditated violence using firearms and complicity in premeditated violence," the state prosecutor added.

Today, authorities put on display an arms arsenal said to be found at the private residence of Kpatcha Gnassingbé. This included military vehicles, assault rifles, AK-47s, tear-gas grenades, satellite telephones, and bullet-proof vests. According to the state prosecutor, these arms were stored to prepare for a coup d'état.

State prosecutor Bakaď indicated that parts of the Togolese army could be involved in the alleged coup plot headed by the President's brother. Authorities are now investigating named persons for their possible engagement, and so far, "five senior army officers and several civilians" have been detained in connection with the case, according to government sources.

The President's brother today denied all knowledge of a coup plot. He claims his guards only answered the sudden fire of a group of armed men that stormed his house on Sunday, thus seeking security at the US Embassy.

State prosecutor Bakaď answered the allegations by Kpatcha Gnassingbé, saying the operation against his Lomé house had been "well prepared". He defended the use of violence by referring to a threat to state security, adding that the presumed existence of heavy arms necessitated a surprise action.

Despite the coup claims, the situation in Lomé is generally calm. Authorities however say they have "tightened security" in the capital. President Gnassingbé also cancelled a planned state visit to China as the plot was unveiled.

The Gnassingbé family has held power in Togo since 1967, with the father of the current President turning the country into one of the fiercest dictatorships in Africa. Faure Gnassingbé took power in a coup after his father's death in 2005, later legitimising his power through a flawed election.

- Create an e-mail alert for Togo news
- Create an e-mail alert for Politics news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at