UPC Rebels Surrender In Various Parts Of Central African Republic

Several rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) armed group last Thursday, Oct. 28, surrendered and handed over their arms to local authorities in Alindao.

The first three now ex-rebels told military authorities that most of their colleagues who are still in the marquis have expressed their desires to also surrender “but they have not had the appropriate occasion to do so.”

“The three rebels came out of the bush in Bangui-Ville quarter in the centre of Alindao,” a security source said.

They met with the populations who escorted them to the base of the Central African Republic army, FACA, who on their part took them to the gendarmerie brigade.”

According to information from local sources, after being received at the gendarmerie brigade, Blue Helmets of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were brought in to interview them but Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group  refused to allow the UN soldiers see them.

The Russian mercenaries disarmed the three rebels and handed over their weapons to FACA elements present at the scene.

One of the former rebels is already engaged in the selling of tea in the Alindao central market. 

“They are Alindao children and he has just gone back to what he was doing before joining the rebels,” one gendarme said.

Meanwhile, latest information reveals that some combatants of the UPC have also come out of the bushes on the Kongbo highway in Badica to ask that they be disarmed. Other UPC elements are reported to have arrived at Bambari and asked to be disarmed.

The UPC is currently split into two factions: The one that is led by Ali Darassa which is against disarmament and the other faction led by the Minister of Animal Breeding, Hassan Bouba which is in favour of disarmament.

The UPC elements now laying down their arms are mostly drawn from the Hassan Bouba faction. 

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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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