Ali Bongo Ondimba is no longer the grand master of the powerful Grand Lodge of Gabon, the most powerful Gabonese Masonic obedience. The former Gabonese president was replaced by Jacques-Denis Tsanga, Governor of Haut-Ogooué, one of Gabon’s nine provinces.
According to Africa Intelligence in its October 20 publication, Ali Bongo Ondimba is no longer the Grand Master of the powerful Grand Lodge of Gabon, the most powerful Gabonese Masonic obedience. Formerly divided over the case of Ali Bongo Ondimba, the Grand Lodge of Gabon ended up taking Jacques Denis Tsanga, the current governor of the Haut-Ogooué province, to succeed Ali Bongo Ondimba as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon (GLG).
This election completely cancels the tradition according to which this function fell to the head of state. Jacques-Denis Tsanga will be assisted in his functions by the pro-Grand Master and companion of Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo, Lin Mombo, who retained his position despite the opposition of those close to Brice Oligui Nguema, led by Henri-Claude Oyima, Paul Toungui and Idriss Ngari.
Imported by Europe, Freemasonry is uniquely present in French-speaking Africa, and particularly in Gabon. Freemasons meet in a temple, which they call a “lodge”, because this is where ancient stonemasons met when they were working on a church or cathedral.