The Congolese government on Sunday in reaction to unconfirmed reports that there was an attempt overthrow President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.
A government official, Congo’s Minister of Information Thierry Moungalla in a post on his X, formerly known as Twitter, denied the reports calling it a fake news.
President Nguesso has been in power for 38 years.
He came on board in 1979 to 1992, then returned in 1997 after the civil war in the Central African country.
“URGENT – Des informations fantaisistes évoquent des événements graves qui seraient en cours à #Brazzaville. Le Gouvernement dément ces fake news. Nous rassurons l’opinion sur le calme qui règne et invitons les populations à vaquer sereinement à leurs activités. #ComGouvCg
— Thierry Moungalla (@ThMoungalla) September 17, 2023
“URGENT – Fanciful information suggests serious events that are underway at #Brazzaville,” he wrote on the social media platform with the statement also posted on the government’s website.
“The Government denies this fake news. We reassure public opinion about the calm that reigns and invite people to calmly go about their activities,” the minister tweeted.
The rumoured attempt comes less than two months after the continent witnessed two successful coups in Niger Republic and Gabon.