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Wanted Former CAR President Bozize Returns To His Village

Former Central African Republic President, Francois Bozize who is currently the subject of an international arrest warrant, has been spotted in Bossangoa, reportedly on his way to Ben-Zambie, the village where he was born.

No official statement yet from the CAR Government about the movement of Bozize who was reportedly seen on Friday, Jan. 29 while transiting to Ben-Zambie, sources Sunday evening told HumAngle by phone that the former Central African Republic leader has since arrived his village.

Bozize, who is suspected of being the prime mover behind the current insurrection under the auspices of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), is reported to have fled from Boda where he had pitched tent after the town was recaptured by soldiers of the national army popularly known by the French acronym FACA, assisted by Russian and Rwandan mercenaries and soldiers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

“He arrived Bossangoa on Friday, January 29, 2021, and movements around where he was housed on Saturday, January 30, 2021, indicated that he and his entourage were preparing to travel to Ben-Zambie, the village where he was born,” our source revealed.

“In fact, the latest information we have is that he has already arrived his village,” the source added.

Francois Bozize left the town of Boda in the Lobaye prefecture after its recapture by loyalist forces and was seen last Wednesday, Jan. 27 heading towards the village of Yaloke in the direction of Bossembele and later to Bozoum.

He finally arrived Bossangoa on Friday, Jan. 29 before heading towards the village where he was born.

Since mid-December 2020, the Central African Republic has been going through a new outburst of violence provoked by armed groups now fighting under the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

The government of President Faustin Archange Touadera, who was declared the winner of the Dec. 27, 2020 presidential election has accused Bozize of being the instigator of the current insurgency with a view to toppling the regime in Bangui.

A judicial investigation has been opened against him and his presumed accomplices in Bangui for rebellious acts aimed at destabilizing the country.

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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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