Former Gabonese Prime Minister Casimir Oye Mba died Thursday morning in Paris, France after he was hospitalized for a COVID-19 infection. He was 79.
He spent one week in a hospital in Gabon before being transferred to one in Paris on September 11 due to his critical condition.
Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba soon paid him a vibrant tribute following the announcement of his death.
“It is with sadness that I learned of the death this morning in Paris of Mr. Casimir Oye Mba. I will keep the memory of a statesman who dedicated his life to public affairs, in Gabon where he was Prime Minister as well as in Central Africa as Governor of the BEAC,” the Gabonese president wrote on his Facebook page.
Casimir Oye Mba also served as governor of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC), the common bank of six Central African countries headquartered in Yaounde, Cameroon.