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CAR Govt Sacks Appointees Linked With Rebels

Apologists of the Coalition of Patriots for Change, CPC rebel groups in the Central African Republic, CAR government, have been thrown out.

Leaders of all the armed groups affiliated with the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the Central African Republic holding ministerial positions or appointed to the cabinets of the President of the Republic and Prime Minister have been dismissed from their posts.

According to a decree signed Saturday Feb. 20 by President Faustin Archange Touadera, the leaders concerned are those of the Front populaire pour la renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC) Unite pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC), the Retour, Reclamation et Rehabilitation (3R), the Mouvement patriotique pour la Centrafrique (MPC), la Revolution Justice faction of Armel Sayo and the two factions of Anti-Balaka headed by Ngaissona and Mokome.

The decree did not give the names of the ministers involved but rather the names of their armed groups.

The dismissed appointees were appointed into their positions in March 2019 in conformity with certain dispositions of the Political Accord for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic (APPR-RCA) signed on Feb. 6, 2019, in Bangui between the government of the Central African Republic and fourteen armed groups operating within the national territory.

The presidential decree dismissing the armed group leaders from the government of national unity and the cabinets of the president and prime minister comes barely one month after the dismissal of leaders of armed groups who were appointed as military advisers in the Prime Minister’s Office with the ranks of ministers in charge of special mixed security units and Minister in charge of Disarmament, Demobilisation, Reintegration and Repatriation (DDRR).

The only minister appointed from within the armed groups who has retained his post is Hassan Bouba of the UPC.

The dismissed ministers have been accused of being the prime movers behind the meeting of mid-December 2020 that led to the formation of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) that has been responsible for the renewed violence in the Central African Republic just before the legislative and presidential elections of Dec. 27, 2020, following the rejection of the candidature of the former head of state Francois Bozize of the Kwa Na Kwa party.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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