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Evidence Shows Former CAR President, Bozize As Rebel Coordinator

Despite repeated denials, documented evidence is proving that former President of the Central African Republic, Francois Bozize is the brain behind one of the country’s armed groups, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

Evidence has shown that Francois Bozize, a former president of the Central African Republic has ties with the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), one of the rebel groups tormenting the country.

Since the formation of the CPC rebel movement in the Central African Republic on February 15, 2021, the former president and his party, Kwa-na-Kwa have been denying the paternity of the rebel coalition.

The denial followed accusations by the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera that Bozize was the prime mover behind the CPC, following the rejection of his candidature for the Dec. 27, 2020, presidential election.

However, according to documents now surfacing, the CPC alliance was formed three months earlier – in November 2020 – before its creation was formally made public on Feb.15, 2021.

Shortly after its creation, according to the new evidence, the CPC issued its manifesto dubbed “The Kamba Kota Call.” In the documents, the six rebel groups that make up the CPC coalition declared former president Bozize as their “physical identity” and called on him to become the General Coordinator of the rebel group.

Although the former head of state did not publicly reply to the call to head the group, many armed groups and individuals close to Bozize affirmed that he gave a positive answer to the call.

New evidence has also proved that five days after the official declaration of the formation of the CPC alliance –on February 20, 2021– the former president signed a service note on behalf of the CPC with the title “General Coordinator”.

Within the entourage of the former head of state, the said service note serves as an acceptance of the offer made to him by the CPC alliance to become their leader.

While the government in Bangui continues to accuse him of being the leader of the CPC alliance and has since launched an international warrant for his arrest, his party, Kwa-na-Kwa continues to insist that the former President and the party have nothing to do with the rebel group.

“This is an alligator type of situation where the alligator buries its head in the sand leaving the whole of its border outside and yet continues to insist that since it is not seeing its accusers, they too are not seeing it,” said a political activist in Bangui who did not give his identity to HumAngle.

“It is an open secret here that Francois Bozize is behind the formation of the Coalition of Patriots for Change and it was only a matter of time before the secret was confirmed.”

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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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