The recent military coup in Gabon has triggered concern among African leaders, leading to notable actions by Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Cameroon’s Paul Biya in their respective military structures.
In Gabon, President Ali Bongo was ousted in a coup orchestrated by top military officials, resulting in the appointment of Gen Brice Oligui Nguema as the transitional leader.
Reacting to the instability, Cameroon’s long-serving President Paul Biya shuffled the country’s defense portfolios, including roles such as air force staff, navy, and police.
Similarly, Rwandan President Paul Kagame made alterations in the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), retiring 83 senior officers and promoting/appointing new officers to fill the vacancies.
Both Biya and Kagame have been in power for extended periods, with Biya leading Cameroon since 1982 and Kagame in Rwanda since 2000.