The Ouagadougou High Court sentenced the Franco-Beninese polemist Kemi Seba to two months suspended prison sentence and a fine of 200,000 CFA francs on Thursday, December 26, 2019. In police custody for five days, he has been accused of contempt of President Roch Kaboré and other foreign heads of state.
Burkina Faso justice has found the founder of the Pan-African Emergencies movement guilty of contempt of foreign heads of state including the Ivorian Alassane Ouattara and the Nigerian Mahamadou Issoufou.
He was arrested at his hotel in Ouagadougou and placed in police custody on December 21, 2019, following his public conference on the CFA franc at Joseph Ki Zerbo University.
To defend himself, Kemi Seba explained to the judge that he had certainly made abusive remarks towards African leaders but it was so that they understand that they are being manipulated by the chief of French state, Emmanuel Macron. He also adds that he will always be free to give his point of view and to say openly what he thinks of the situation in Africa. His lawyer, Prosper Farama, finds that this trial is a democratic setback and an attack on individual freedoms.
Kémi Séba, whose real name is Stellio Capochichi, presents himself as a “pan-African polemist and speaker”. He organized or participated in several demonstrations in Africa against the CFA franc. However, he was regularly apprehended or expelled from countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal or Guinea.