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CPC Rebels Abduct, Torture Ministry Official To Death In CAR

Coalition of Patriots for Change, CPC rebels have abducted and tortured a ministry official in the Central African Republic, CAR.

Rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the Central African Republic, Saturday, Feb. 6, kidnapped and tortured to death an auxiliary agent of the Ministry of Forestry and Water in the sub-prefecture of Baboua.

The official whose name was given to HumAngle as Belkoua Jean-Claude, aged 40 and father of two was transferred to Baboua two years ago.

His family is worried about what offence he committed that prompted the CPC rebels to abduct and torture him to death.

“He was forcefully removed from his house in Nguemandji quarter in the night of Friday to Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, by elements of the rebel Coalition of Patriots for Change and savagely beaten to near death before being abandoned in the street,” said a family member who opted for anonymity for fear of repercussions from the CPC rebels.

In the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 6, family members who discovered him rushed him to the Baboua hospital where he died from the wounds inflicted on him a few minutes after arriving at the hospital.

The CPC is a coalition of six rebel groups in the Central African Republic, namely the 3R movement led by Abbas Sidiki, the Unite pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC) made up mostly of peuls and led by Ali Darrassa, the Mouvement patriotique pour la Centrafrique (MPC) dominated by Arabs and led by Mahamat Alkhatim, the Front populare pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) dominated by Rounga and Sara and led by Nourredine Adam, and two factions of the Anti-Balaka militia led by Mokome and Ngaissona.

The CPC launched hostilities against the Bangui regime led by President Faustin Archange Touadera on Dec. 18, 2020, after the invalidation of the candidature of former president Francois Bozize for the Dec. 27, 2020, presidential election.

On Jan. 13, 2021, the CPC rebels launched an attack on the periphery of Bangui but were pushed back by the Central African national army assisted by Russian and Rwandan mercenaries as well as the forces of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

HumAngle reports that CPC rebels are currently in disarray and Francois Bozize whom they are fighting for, has taken refuge in his village.

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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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