Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
LONDON – The United Kingdom on Thursday announced it had imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on Equatorial Guinea vice president, Teodoro Obiang Mangue, for among other things purchasing an expensive Michael Jackson glove.
Obiang is said to have spent over US$500 million since he was appointed government in 1998 and that includes a collection of the late Pop star Michael Jackson memorabilia, part of that is a US$275 000 crystal-covered glove that he wore on his ‘Bad’ tour.
UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said Mangue had been involved in “misappropriation of state funds into his own personal bank accounts” which included “purchase of a $100m mansion in Paris and a $38 million private jet” in rampant public funds abuse.
“Teodoro Obiang Mangue, Vice President of Equatorial Guinea, and son of the current President, for his involvement in the misappropriation of state funds into his own personal bank accounts, corrupt contracting arrangements and soliciting bribes, to fund a lavish lifestyle inconsistent with his official salary as a government minister. This included the purchase of a $100m mansion in Paris and a $38 million private jet,” the United Kingdom said.
Mangue is one of the five high profile personalities added on the UK sanctions on Thursday under the Global Anti-Corruption sanctions regime.
The other ones on the list are Kudakwashe Tagwirei, the Zimbabwe businessman, Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan, the governor of Nineveh province in Iraq, Alex Nain Saab Moran and Alvaro Enrique Pulido Vargas of Venezula.