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Central African Republic: Rebels Threaten To Destroy Towns Over December Elections

Rebels of the Central African Republic’s Retour, Reclamation et Rehabilitation (3R) movement have threatened to destroy the towns they currently occupy and leave the area if their candidates for the December 27, 2020 legislative and presidential elections do not win.

The rebels have been occupying the localities of Bavara, Tale, Yambassa and Bondja situated in the Ouham-Pende prefecture. 

On Friday October 2, they started rounding up some families and sending them away from their homes forcing several other villagers to flee their homes to Bozoum for some and Paoua for others.

It should be noted that the rebels were forced out of their emplacements in the localities of Koui, Besson and Bocaranga to massively regroup on September 17, 2020 in the Bimbi council area notably in Bavara, Tale, Yambassa and Bondja. 

This was after incessant attacks since July by United Nations forces and the Central African Republic national army under the punitive expeditions of the ‚ÄúOperation Ala Londo‚ÄĚ.

On their arrival at Bavara, they took hostage the president of the youth movement in the town and later a gendarmerie auxiliary staff who was at the Tale village checkpoint. 

Nothing has been heard about their whereabouts, yet. 

‚ÄúThe 3R rebels say they are expelling locals from their homes so that they can bring in their own people who would support and vote for their candidates during the elections. 

‚ÄúThey say they also want to be in control of the electoral process in the area‚ÄĚ, revealed a government official who escaped from Bavara on the arrival of the rebel combatants who elected for anonymity for fear of reprisals from the 3R fighters.

Meanwhile, the President of the Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC), Martin Ziguele left Bangui Saturday October 3 aboard a plane hired by the MINUSCA to Paoua to negotiate with representatives of the 3R combatants.

Ziguele is also the Member of Parliament for Bocaranga III, accompanied by some parliamentarians of the locality.

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