Central African Republic Presidential Adviser Condemns Former President Over Transitional Gov’t Comment

Former Central African leader, Francois Bozize who is the coordinator of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebellion believes the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera has no capacity to resolve the country’s security crisis.

An adviser to the Central African Republic President, Faustin Archange Touadera, has condemned the country’s former leader, Francois Bozize, over his comment against the incumbent government. 

Fidele Gouandjika said on Thursday, June 30, that FACA soldiers would execute the former president if arrested.

He was reacting to a statement by Francois Bozize, who argued that a credible, productive and efficient alternative government in the country capable of ending the crises in the Central African Republic is a transitional government without a President Touadera.

Former president Francois Bozize, the coordinator of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebellion, currently lives in Chad.

Bozize said the transition in the country would have as its primary responsibility the organisation of an inclusive political dialogue which would consider all the aspirations of the people. 

The transition, he said, would define a legal security framework, reconciliation and a return to peace and the relaunching of the economy in conformity with the preamble of the country’s March 30, 2016 constitution.

For the presidential adviser, Fidele Gouandjika, the pronouncements by former president Bozize were a declaration of war against his successor, President Touadera.

“Consequently, if he is one day caught by the Central African Republic defence and security forces, he will be brought to justice and simply beheaded as a goat, exactly as he did to some Central Africans when he was in power,” Gouandjika declared.

This is not the first time the president’s adviser has spoken of beheading an opponent of President Touadera. A week ago, Gouandjika said if rebel leader Ali Darassa ever fell in the hands of the country’s soldiers, he would be beheaded.

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