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Central African Republic Forces Recapture Ndele Town From Rebels

The national army of the Central African Republic recaptured a town occupied by rebels, but the rebels are preparing to launch a counter-attack.

The Central African Republic national army Wednesday March 24, took control of the town of Ndele on the Ngolongosso highway from rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

However, CPC rebels are preparing a counter-attack against the rebels of the Comite national pour la defense et de securite (CNDS) of Abdoulaye Hissen Ramadan, reliable sources have told HumAngle.

According to the sources, the CPC rebels are  accusing the CNDS of being complicit with the Central African Republic government. 

“CPC rebels made up of Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) and the Central African Patriotic Movement (MPC) fighters have been gathering in the village of Gaskai, situated 185 kilometres from Ndele on the Ngolongosso highway to prepare an eventual counter attack against Ndele,” a local source in Ndele revealed to HumAngle.

According to the source, the Chief of Staff of the Popular Front for the Rebirth of the Central African Republic (FPRC) in Ndele, Colonel Assane Adam, is reported to be prepared to quit Ndele and rejoin the CPC combatants in Gaskai which is now reputed to be a bastion of opposition to the government in Bangui.

After his recent return to Ndele, the chief town of the Bamingui-Bangoran district, Abdoulaye Hissen Ramadan organised a meeting with rebel generals to give them instructions on their future conduct.

“I wish that henceforth, you should line up behind the head of state Faustin Archange Touadera,” declared Abdoulaye Hissen Ramadan, to the generals.

“He is the guarantor of the security of the country, he is the one who has the obligation to ensure the security of all Central Africans. If someone is opposed to this decision, then he opposes me.” 

He added: “Henceforth, if I want to move from one village to the other, it would be elements of the national army who would ensure my security.”

These declarations have not been unanimously accepted by the leaders of the RPRC and have been creating tension within the group’s leadership and several of the former close collaborators of Abdoulaye Hissen have deserted the CNDS and joined the ranks of the CPC.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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