Activists in Equatorial Guinea have contended that the explosions in the port city of Bata in early March were the result of mismanagement and corruption in the government. “Seeing the injured arriving in taxis and vans, without ambulances, is a sufficient indicator that Equatorial Guinea is in very bad hands,” stated the Convergence for Social Democracy, an opposition party. “There is no government.”
The country’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has been accused of corruption by numerous opposition parties and activists. Obiang has been in power since 1979, making him the longest-serving president in the world. His handling of the crisis in Bata has been harshly criticized by opposition groups.
The country, which is wealthy thanks to its high amounts of oil reserves, nonetheless sees most of its citizens living on around $2 per day. This has led to criticism that, despite the nation’s wealth, mismanagement has led to the rising tide not lifting all boats.