Authorities in Gabon recently expelled several European nationals for racism. Those expelled are mainly expatriates who worked in the oil sector. According to the local media, Blacks in the Central African country continue to fall victim to racism at the hands of some Whites.
Many Europeans working in the Gabonese oil industry at Port-Gentil, the country’s economic capital, were expelled between late September and early October for racism, l’Union, a local newspaper, announced on Thursday.
Sharon Lyndah Bayliss, former chief financial officer at KCA Deutag, is among the deported expatriates. Known for her repeated tendency toward the anti-social behavior pattern, Sharon had already received a deportation notice coupled with a ban on residing in Gabon, prior to the recent deportation.
But, according to l’Union, “It is rumored that deals within both the oil industry and the national security services facilitated her return to Gabon”.
Another expatriate, Ms. Corinne Fizz, chief financial officer at Weatherford, was escorted to the central African country’s border for “racism and discrimination against other employees of the company.”
There are also reports that Vincent Perez, who works with ISMS, a company founded by his Father, was expelled for ”outrageous” remarks towards the Gabonese authorities.
The scourge of racism and segregation, according to observers, is rife in Port Gentil. “Some bars and restaurants, including the famous San Lorenzo and the Ranch, consider the presence of Black customers as an intrusion,” the newspaper reads.
Meanwhile, many Gabonese have expressed shock over the emergence of such anti-social behaviour among European expatriates who have since time immemorial enjoyed some of the most friendly conditions in the country.
However, ages “after the abolition slavery and colonization, they continue to view blacks as subhuman” Arsene Sema, a young Gabonese, complained.
A few months ago, the National Union of Oil Employees (ONEP), during a strike action, had called on the government to involve expatriates from the country’s oil sector in Union activities, because many of them (White workers) are illegal.
Some also argue that those so-called illegally employed White expatriates hold some of the most important positions of responsibility.