On January 27, the radio station of a Djiboutian political opposition organization based in France, Radio Boukao, broadcasted the recording of a telephone conversation attributed to Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh. This was reported by the online news magazine RFI.
In the recording, lasting just over a minute, the voices of two people can be heard, which the authors of the disclosure attribute to President Guelleh and the Djibouti police chief, Colonel Abdillahi Abdi Farah.
According to the opposition group that released the audio, it would be an original conversation during which the president would have asked the police chief to threaten the former mayor of Djibouti and head of the opposition Radde party, Abdourahman Mohamed Guelleh (known as TX) who would have investigated some unspecified affairs related to the president’s sons.
The police chief, again according to opposition sources, would have obeyed the president by agreeing to threaten the political opponent.
No confirmation of the veracity of the recording has been made among the forces of the political opposition to the Djibouti government, and no comment has been made by the government or the country’s press organs, which have refused to comment even to questions from the foreign press.