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Groups Petition Central African Republic President To Act After FACA Soldiers Slaughter Youth

Opposition leaders, human rights groups, and others have called on the Central African Republic president to act after FACA soldiers were seen in footage slaughtering a young man.

The former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic and President of the Mouvement pour la Liberation du Peuple Centrafricain (MLPC), Martin Ziguele, former minister Jean-Serge Bokassa, former Minister of State, Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, and a number of civil society and human rights organisations have called on President Faustin Archange Touadera and his collaborators to respect the human rights of Central African Republic citizens.

The call follows what they called “Islamophobia” perpetrated against a Mbororo youth by Captain Sylvanus Lengbe and his elements who were seen tying the hands of the youth behind his back and slashing his throat.

“My message is addressed to the head of state, Faustin Archange Touadera. The video circulating on social media in which we see FACA soldiers slashing the throat of a young Mbororo whose hands are tied behind his back has shocked us enormously,” former Minister of State Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane said.

“I have come here to say with all the respect of your rank, that practices must be changed radically. The direction you are taking is not a good one for our country. I sincerely call on you to change radically. You should also tell your collaborators to equally change their comportment and attitudes before it is too late.” 

The government however, through the Minister/Special Counsellor, Fidele Gouandjika, who had earlier accused the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) for posting the horrible video on social media, is accusing the former Prime Minister, Martin Ziguele, of tarnishing the image of FACA by calling for an investigation into this crime perpetrated against the Mbororo man by Captain Sylvanus Lengbe and his elements.

The Minister has instead called for the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of Ziguele who is currently a parliamentarian, for him to be tried for tarnishing the image of the country.

But this call has been described by the political elite of the country as “politico-judicial intimidation” which is also directed against all parliamentarians who have condemned the highhandedness of the Bangui regime on this affair.

Investigations revealed that the criminal act against the Mbororo youth was committed in Nana-Mambere prefecture precisely in the locality of d’Ydere.

Besides the FACA soldier committing the act in the video, there is also an element of the police force who has been identified as being attached to the Bouar police station.

The Central African Republic army, FACA, declared that the said video is fake and was made to tarnish the image of the national army.


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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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