Burkina coup leader signs $500,000 lobbying deal to unblock US aid

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Monday, 25 July 2022 23:24

Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba (photo: @PaulHenriDamiba)

The Burkinabe lieutenant-colonel who deposed President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in January has hired a well-connected former Israeli intelligence officer to unblock millions of dollars in suspended US aid and court Middle East security assistance.

President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba hired Ari Ben-Menashe and his Canadian lobbying firm Dickens and Madson for $500,000 to press Congress and the Joe Biden administration to release “all frozen funds” and approve an additional grant of undisclosed size, according to a newly disclosed lobbying filing.