Congolese general detained over alleged coup plot

The Inspector General of the Congolese Armed Forces, Major General Norbert Dabira and his counterpart Major General Mxolisi Petane, the Inspector General of the South African Department of Defence. Photo South Africa defence department

An army general related to the Republic of Congo’s president has been put under house arrest over an alleged coup plot.

The Africa News websites reports, that according to local media portal, ICIBRAZZA, General Norbert Dabira, who incidentally is a relative of President Denis Sassou Nguesso is currently under arrest by the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) as at Thursday December 7, 2017.

No details have been given on the date of the alleged coup.

Political watchers are, however, branding the arrest as part of government efforts to silent critics, the report said.

President Sassou Nguesso has ruled the country for two periods; in 1979 to 1992, later returned into power in 1997 to date.

A former general and ally turned political opponent, Jean Marie Michel Mokoko, remains in detention after calling for a revolt in the wake of Sassou’s electoral victory in the 2016 polls.