When he recently visited a small town in recession-hit Spain, Congo’s president left local residents 10,000 euros ($13,000).
“Denis Sassou Nguesso and his family spent four days at a five-star hotel in the southern town of Carratraca, which is home to around 800 people and is known for its hot springs and thermal baths, local resident Cristina Florido said,” reports Yahoo News.
He met with several local residents to say good-bye and the president’s wife handed Florido’s 84-year-old father Francisco with an envelope containing 10,000 euros.
Florido distributed the money to the residents of the town. And so far about 70 percent of the town’s residents had already collected their cash.
“The Republic of Congo, a former French colony, is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s main oil producers, though 70 percent of the population lives in poverty,” reports the site.