The Christian Anti-Balaka faction loyal to Central African Republic President Faustion Archange Touadera, killed 18 persons on Christmas day, Saturday, Dec. 25, in the villages of Lougba and Mandjo, situated 30 kilometres on the Bakala highway.
According to eyewitness accounts, the Anti-Balaka militia attached to the Presidency, assisted by Russian mercenaries and elements of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, at around 3 a.m. on on Saturday carried out an operation in the two localities, killing 18 persons and wounding 29 others.
Among those killed was a popular young man in the locality of Lougba who was identified as Hassan Zakaria whose corpse was taken to Bambari by his assassins.
The Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) through its spokesperson Serge Simon Bozanga on Friday, Dec. 24, issued a communique condemning the multiple exactions perpetrated by the militia known as “Anti-Balaka Faction Touadera”.
The spokesperson revealed that since Dec.15, 2020, “through the auspices of the Kamba-Kota Accord, the Mokom and the Ngaissona factions of the Anti-Balaka joined other armed groups (UPC, MPC, FPRC, 3R) to create the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).”
“Since this date, the Anti-Balaka and Seleka groups no longer exist, except some individuals from these groups who remain in the bushes and who absolutely do not take orders from the CPC military hierarchy.”
Individuals who belonged to the Anti-Balaka and Seleka who refused to join the CPC were recruited by President Touadera and his Russian allies who now constituted the “Anti-Balaka Faction Touadera”.
The CPC alleged that through their impunity and the fact that whatever criminal acts they commit are not punished by the government has been identified as sufficient proof to link them to President Touadera.
President Archange Touadera is yet to dissociate himself from the militia.
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