Guinea-Bissau: MP open critic of party leader, the current PM, kidnapped

Marciano Indi, MP and leader of the parliamentary bench of the United People’s Assembly – Democratic Party of Guinea Bissau (APU-PDGB), was kidnapped by strangers near Bissau, party and civil society sources told Lusa on Friday.

Members of the APU-PDGB have indicated to the Lusa that they are “on the ground trying to understand” the circumstances of the abduction, the perpetrators and the whereabouts of the MP.

On his Facebook social network page, the APU-PDGB secretary general, the former interior minister Juliano Fernandes demanded the deputy’s release.

“The immediate return of freedom to the MP and leader of the APU-PDGB parliamentary bench. Long live democracy,” stressed Juliano Fernandes.

A source from the Guinean Human Rights League told Lusa that the organisation was concerned about the situation.

“The League is in contact with the authorities to gather information and to know what is going on,” said the same source from the Guinean NGO.

Marciano Indi is known for his critical stance of the current power in Guinea Bissau, namely the leader of the APU-PDGB and Prime Minister, Nuno Nabian, with whom he has openly disagreed.

Marciano Indi has advocated the continuity of his party in the parliamentary advocacy agreement signed with the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) last March, thus creating a majority in parliament.

Nabian, who signed the agreement with the PAIGC, however invalidated that commitment, signing another with the Movement for Democratic Alternation (Madem G-15) and the Social Renewal Party (PRS).

On the basis of this agreement, Nabian demands a new parliamentary majority, but without the PAIGC.

In an interview on Thursday night with a television channel on social networks, Marciano Indi once again called into question the majority demanded by Nabian, arguing that if the Guinean President, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, granted the right to govern “to the supposed new majority” he would be committing an unconstitutionality.

A brother of the MP confirmed that he was kidnapped in the town of Djaal, while he was in his car next to the driver and a friend.