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Tension In CAR As Former President Is Stopped From Standing In Dec 27 Election

Tension is mounting in the Central African Republic following the disqualification of former president Francois Bozize from the December 27, 2020 presidential election.

Friday morning, the private residence of the son of the former president, Colonel Francis Bozize, was sacked by protesters who made away with most of the belongings of the young Bozize.

In Bossangoa, fief of former President Bozize, irate youths, including men and women raided the premises of some international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) carting away whatever they came across.

Though government sources say they do not know the persons carrying out the attacks, it was gathered that most of those doing the vandalizing of properties belonging to the former president are Christian anti-Balaka militias.

The NGOs attacked include Village d’Enfant SOS and the Federation Lutherien Mondiale.

The individuals who carried out the pillage and who were identified as anti-Balaka militiamen came in groups and carried away motor bikes, computers and other office equipment promising to continue the mayhem until something is done to restitute the name of their candidate on the list of presidential candidates.

In Bangui, very early Friday morning, a column of military vehicles carrying heavily armed soldiers of the presidential guard and elements of the sixth battalion of the national army were positioned on the northern entrance and exit points of the capital.

“All persons plying that part of the national capital Bangui were stopped and search by soldiers carrying AK-47 rifles,” a civil society activist told HumAngle on Friday.

“The PK11 and PK12 sectors were particularly targeted.”

As of the time this report was being filed this morning, the national capital Bangui has been completely encircled by elements of the presidential guard and Russian mercenaries.

It was not clear whether the former President Francois Bozize is behind the sacking of the premises of the NGOs.

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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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