A mysterious fire in
The blaze occurred on Monday while the president was visiting
his native province in the north of the country, according to local journalists.
Shortly before 8 p.m., a fire erupted in a warehouse in Sassou Nguesso's home
Independent Congolese journalists said little information
was available, even from official sources.
The February fire that destroyed Ossébi's home and killed three others has triggered an official investigation. The probe, led by a special magistrate, is pending, although it is not clear whether findings will be publicly released.
In our special report, CPJ urged Congolese authorities to
consider all leads in Ossébi fire, including possible motives linked to his activist
journalism. Ossébi's last article,
"Oil for a Handful of Dollars," described alleged corruption in the
government's management of
The Congolese government has sent mixed signals about its efforts in the Ossébi fire. Akouala declared the fire accidental in a recent interview with Radio France Internationale--a comment that seemed to undercut the pending investigation.