But when I interviewed and broadcast the interview that I had with Mathias Dzon, that was when I discovered that, President Denis Sassou Nguesso did not only hate free speech, he had a repugnance for Mathias Dzon. The interview of Mathias Dzon that was broadcast on MNTV was as though, I have committed a heresy in the eyes of President Denis Sassou Nguesso. He even threatened to expel me from the country, but it took the persuasions of his elder brother, Maurice Nguesso to convince him that, it was wrong and hash to expel me. However, Denis Sassou Nguesso never forgave me and now considered that, I was not a docile journalist and also that, I was dangerous to him and his regime. I was from that day onward in the wrong column of his book. And like a cobra snake, President Denis Sassou Nguesso recoiled and was waiting for the opportune time for me to commit another “mistake”, in order for him to bit. I also understood that, President Denis Sassou Nguesso seem to have more than a personal hatred for Mathias Dzon, hence he can tolerate everyone in Congo to do whatever he or she likes against him, but not Mathias Dzon.
When I discovered the sort of hatred that, Sassou Nguesso harbored against his former finance minister, I went back to Mathias Dzon’s home and asked him this simple question: why, is it that, President Denis Sassou Nguesso can’t stand or hates you so much? Mathias Dzon replied to my question with another one that went thus: you go and ask him the reason why he Denis Sassou Nguesso hates me. Mathias Dzon attempted some answers, but in reality he was evasive and at the end, he never told me anything serious. However, when Mathias Dzon explained to me the role that he played on the side of Denis Sassou Nguesso when they were in exile in France and also when they took power from Pascal Lissouba, after the 1997 civil war, I could only guess, the fear that inhabited President Denis Sassou Nguesso against Mathias Dzon, was the only reason why Denis Sassou Nguesso hated his former minister of finance. Denis Sassou Nguesso was perhaps afraid that, Mathias Dzon could expose him or their secret dealings to the Congolese and the international community. Interestingly or not, Mathias Dzon was never ready or willing to spill the bin.
President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Mathias Dzon certainly have their differences to a point that, the second did not attain the burial of the daughter (Edith Lucie Bongo Ondimba) of the first in Edou. But the person who knows the real reason behind the hatred that Denis Sassou Nguesso has for Mathias Dzon is Nicephore Antoine Fylla de Saint Eude. He is very close to both President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Mathias Dzon. Nicephore Antoine Fylla de Saint Eude had even tried to mediate between both men, when they fell out openly in 2007. The official reason it is claimed to why Denis Sassou Nguesso fell out with his former finance minister, Mathias Dzon was because Matthias wanted to field in too many independent candidates in the 2007 legislative elections. And the second reason, this time around floated by some members of the ruling family is that, Mathias Dzon was angry to have been removed from the ministry of finance as minister. Hence he is against the President. However, this second reason doesn’t say why Denis Sassou Nguesso hates Mathias Dzon.
In my opinion, the problem between both men might be that, Mathias Dzon’s ambition was viewed by Denis Sassou Nguesso who loves power, as a threat to his domination of the Congolese political landscape. Furthermore and contrary to what Denis Sassou Nguesso likes to portray, he is in reality, a very regional and tribal oriented man. Denis Sassou Nguesso wants to be regarded in the north as their champion and protector from southern Congolese that he and other northern supremacists, think are a threat to their existence and current privilege of political, military and economic power. And to see the rise of Mathias Dzon, means a direct challenge to his role as northern guardian and also leader of the entire Congo. But Mr. Nicephore Antoine Fylla de Saint Eudes has another reason why Mathias Dzon fell out with Denis Sassou Nguesso.
The culprit according to Nicephore Antoine Fylla de Saint Eudes is Alain Roux, the owner of mineral water Company in Congo called Eaux Mayo is the cause. And still according to Nicephore Antoine Fylla de Saint Eudes, Alain Roux was the one who has made or pushed Mathias Dzon to become the opposition leader that, he is today. He went on: Alain Roux, a French businessman living in Brazzaville and the friend of both President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Mathias Dzon, is the cause of the problem or misunderstanding between both men today. How? He told me that, Alain Roux once visited Mathias Dzon and Mathias told Alain Roux that, he wanted to field in independent candidates in the upcoming 2007 legislative elections. Alain asked Mathias: are you not afraid that, the president will be angry? Mathias replied: I don’t care and Mathias added: we all are human beings and we need to have ambitions and more, this is a republic and not a monarchy. According to Nicephore Fylla, it true that, Mathias Dzon wanted to field in candidates of his party in the legislative elections of 2007, but Mathias Dzon was not doing so in an attempt to challenge the power of the president Denis Sassou Nguesso. But when Alain Roux reported to the President, he told the President that, Mathias Dzon had presidential ambitions. That was when President Denis Sassou Nguesso went mad and decided that, the candidacy of Mathias Dzon and all those he fielded for the 2007 legislative elections should be banned.