Former Central African Republic Minister Arrested In Chad

Mokom, a former leader of the Anti-Balaka militia, had criticised Kogri, Director of the Chadian National Security Agency for spending part of ECCAS funds.

The former Minister of Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reinsertion, in the Central African Republic, Maxime Mokom, has been arrested in the chadian town of Sido.

Mokom was reportedly arrested on Sunday, Feb. 27, on instructions from the Director of the Chadian National Security Agency (ANS), Ahmed Kogri.

“The problems of the former minister started when he started to publicly denounce the way funds made available by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) for the upkeep of former CAR rebel leaders were being misused by the ANS Director Kogri,” a local security operative told HumAngle on condition of anonymity.

Mokom, who is the former leader of the Anti-Balaka militia close to former president Francois Bozize, had criticised Kogri for spending part of the ECCAS funds in buying houses only for Mouvement Patriotique Centrafrique (MPC) rebel leader, Mahamat Alkhatim and the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) leader, Sembe Bobbo.

“By publicly denouncing Kogri, the ANS Director felt Maxime Mokom had crossed the red line and so placed his name on the list of wanted persons. After keeping a low profile for some time, the former minister appeared in public on Sunday Feb. 27 in Sido and was promptly arrested by Chadian security forces”, our source revealed.

“The former Anti-Balaka leader Mokom is right now being taken to N’Djamena where he would be presented to the ANS Director Kogri who will decide on what to do next with him,” a security source told HumAngle on Tuesday morning. 

Kogri is reputed to be a very discreet individual with direct communication links to the CAR head of state, Faustin Archange Touadera and has been the point man for recently arrested Minister of Animal Breeding Hassan Bouba. 

Reports claim that the house where the former CAR head of state, Francois Bozize, now lives in N’Djamena belongs to Kogri’s son.

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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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