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Russian Mercenaries Kill 9 Persons In Mambari, Central African Republic

For over five months, an investigation into the atrocities of Russian mercenaries has not yielded results.

Nine persons were reported killed by Russian mercenaries in Bambari situated in the central zone of the Central African Republic. The nine victims, according to sources, were suspected by the Russians of collaborating with rebels of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC). 

The incident happened on Thursday, Sept. 9 and sources said Russian mercenaries on Wednesday, Sept. 8, evening went to Maloumthe village where they arrested five persons all of whom were Muslim Peuhls on suspicion of having closely collaborated with UPC rebels and took them to their base in Bambari.

“They eventually arrested four other individuals in the Quartier Elevage neighbourhood and also took them to their base,” a local source disclosed.

“On Thursday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. they transported the nine persons along with soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, to the cattle breeding park behind the former UPC rebel base where together with their FACA collaborators, the Russian mercenaries murdered the nine civilians in cold blood.”

According to Mathurin Zinga, a lecturer in the University of Bangui, “everything in the Central African Republic now happens as if there is no justice in the country.”

“Everybody is afraid. From the army chief of staff to ministers and passing through journalists and politicians, nobody can denounce what is happening right now in the towns and provinces,” Zinga  said.

“As for MINUSCA (the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic), they are content with making their weekly calculations and reports on what is happening which is a far cry from the reality on the ground and what is happening away from the cameras.”

For over five months now, the special investigative commission put in place to throw light on allegations of crimes imputed on the defense forces and the Russian mercenaries of Wagner has not yet produced a definitive report, though there is very little chance that the commission would tell the truth to the Central Africans in the long-awaited report.

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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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