“The pearl of Faure Gnassingbé”, “the muse of the Republic”, “the very very special counselor of Faure”, the new “Madame Communication” of the prince, … the Beninese Reckya Madougou has been superlatives since her recruitment in 2015 to presidential cabinet.
Sources close to the sérails of the power of Lomé, she would officially be the advisor to the Togolese head of state on issues related to inclusive finance.
Accused rightly or wrongly to exert some influence on Faure Gnassingbe, who has been in power since 2005, Reckya Madougou, who has also been elevated to the rank of minister, has decided to remove the ambiguity.
At the end of 2017, several media revealed that Rekya Madougou would have recruited dozens of “web-activists” Beninese and Togolese in the crisis communication cell she had set up.
Their mission: drown the actions of Togolese opposition activists on social networks and reinforce the image of President Faure Gnassingbé.
False! Retorque the former Minister of Justice of Benin. In a recent issue of Jeune Afrique, Reckya Madougou said she was “not mandated” by Togolese Head of State Faure Gnassingbé to handle his communication.
“I have never attended any meetings related to this area to the presidency of the Republic, nor have been responsible for implementing any strategy in this area,” said Reckya Madougou at the pan-African magazine.
Still in the corridors of the presidency, he whispers that Cina Lawson, Ingrid Awadé, Victoire Tomegah-Dogbè, respectively Minister of Communication, Director General of the CNSS, director of the presidential cabinet, have been losing influence since the arrival of Beninese. Farther on, there are reports of a trench war between Mrs. Tomegah-Dogbè and her colleague Reckya Madougou.
Since August 2017, Togo faces an unprecedented socio-political crisis. Originally, the chair of the current president has been strongly contested for several months by the opposition, which demands the return to its original state, the 1992 Constitution, the effectiveness of the voting rights of the diaspora and the release of all political detainees.
Under the mediation of Ghanaian President Akoufo-Ado, the dialogue that was supposed to find a way out is suspended for lack of consensus on the question of a possible fourth term of Faure Gnassingbe. For the opposition, it is non-negotiable.