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CPC Rebels Kill 3 Civilians, Burn Truck And 14 Motorbikes In Central African Republic

This is not the first time the rebels will be burning vehicles in CAR.

Rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the Central African Republic have within the past one week killed three civilians and burnt 14 motorbikes as well as one truck.

The mayhem started in Boyna where three persons were killed and six motorbikes burnt by the CPC rebels and continued to Tale, situated between Paoua and Bozoum where the rebels burnt a truck hired by the World Food Programme (WFP) to transport supplies along with eight motor bikes.

“Security no longer exists anywhere in the prefectures of Ouham-Pende and Lim-Pende. These zones are sinking into total anarchy. The CPC rebels no longer spare anybody including trucks and motorbikes. The rebels have been killing, looting and burning trucks and goods,” a civil society activist who opted for anonymity for security reasons told HumAngle in Bozoum.

Besides looting businesses and burning trucks and motorbikes, the rebels have also been dispossessing the civilian populations of their money. 

They searched the driver of the truck hired by the WFP and the passengers the truck was carrying and took away their money and other valuables. Thereafter, they set the truck ablaze.

The actions by the CPC rebels have created a very volatile security situation in the zones of Koui, Ndim and Ngaoundaye where business has slowed down to a standstill.

In Paoua, in Bocaranga as well as Bozoum, inhabitants have been complaining of a sudden rise in the prices of commodities in the local markets.

“Business people say they would henceforth avoid taking the Mbaimboum road or going to the border with Cameroon from where most of the basic commodities are procured,” the civil society activist said.

“And of course since Cameroon supplies most of the basic commodities in Bangui and most parts of the country, it goes without saying that commodity prices in the markets will continue to rise.”

“It is becoming clearer now that the principal strategy of the CPC rebels is to asphyxiate the national capital Bangui and isolate the northwest region, which also supplies Bangui with groundnuts, beans and tobacco.”

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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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