Russian Mercenaries ‘Execute’ Mayor In Central African Republic

Mercenaries of the Russian Wagner security group have been accused of killing the Mayor Of Ndachima in Central African Republic.

The Mayor of Ndachima, a mining town situated in the Ouaka prefecture in the Central African Republic has been executed by the Russian Mercenaries over alleged complicity with the rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC).

Mayor Sanda, according to members of his family, was falsely accused of collaborating with the UPC rebels and their leader Ali Darassa.

But HumAngle understands from other sources that the mayor was executed on orders of Victor Bissekoin, the Prefect of Ouaka prefecture. 

“Most of the summary executions carried out by the Russian mercenaries in Ouaka are the works of Prefect Victor Bissekoin. The man is a very angry individual who is always fingering his collaborators for execution by the Russians,” said a senior staff in the Bambari council.

In less than three months, Bissekoin has been accused of two murders in the locality.

“One of his victims was the former mayor of Bambari, Didier Wangue, who was assassinated in his farm in Gallougou village along with his family on Dec. 14, 2021 by the Anti-Balaka militia faction supporting President Touadera,” the senior council staff added.

“The second victim is Mr Sanda, mayor of Ndachima, assassinated by Russian mercenaries in the locality of Ndachima.”

The late Mayor Sanda was an indigene of Ouadda in the Haute-Kotto prefecture. 

Following a problem he had with rebel leader Zacharia Damane, the mayor left Ouadda about 20 years ago and settled in Ndachima. 

A few years later, he was appointed mayor of Ndachima, a post he held until recently when he was assassinated by Russian mercenaries.

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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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