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Govt Forces In CAR Entrapped By Rebels In Boali

As war rages in several parts of the Central African Republic, soldiers of the national army have been encircled and prevented from entering or leaving the strategic town of Boali, HumAngle can report.

The country is going to the polls for legislative and presidential elections on Sunday.

The soldiers’ appeals for reinforcement cannot be attended to as the rebels of Mouvement Patriotique pour la Centrafrique (MPC) currently have cut access to the town.

Meanwhile, in Kaga-Bandoro, MPC forces after receiving reinforcements from Kabo and Batangafo, have left the town in big trucks and motorbikes on their way to Dekoua to confront government forces in the area

In Sibut, within the Kemo prefecture situated about 189 kilometres from Bangui and in Boali, in the Ombella-Mpoko, the rebels of the Coalition of Patriots of Central Africa (CPC) have totally encircled government forces who are currently located in the northern highway of Bossembele.

Security sources told HumAngle on Monday morning, the rebels are now on the south of the entrance to Bangui the capital as well as in the north towards Bossembele.

Meanwhile, heavily armed Russian and Rwandan mercenaries remain positioned at the barrier leading out of the northern part of Bossembele.

Local sources in the town say the rebels have called on the citizens who are still in the town after most fled, to come out and resume their daily activities.

The rebels are even reported to have stopped irate youths who tried to sack the residence of Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada in the town from doing so.

While all this is going on outside the capital, heavy reinforcements by Russian mercenaries continue to arrive in the capital Bangui.

The rebel forces have continued to call for the postponement of the legislative and presidential elections slated for tomorrow Sunday December 27, 2020 but President Faustin Archange Touadera, the United National (MINUSCA) forces and international sponsors insist the elections must take place as scheduled.

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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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