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Mai-Mai Militia Kill Congolese Forces In Deadly Fight

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Mai-Mai militias have killed two Congolese soldiers in an ongoing bombardment of zones occupied by the militia reports indicate.

According to civilians fleeing from the bombardments, the fighting is is going on in Kabeya 60Km southwest of Lulimba (Maniema). The frightened civilians are trekking to safety since the Monday bombardment.

However, the heavy bombardment supported by aerial fire power from Monusco troops has placed the Mai Mai into a very complicated situation. They have placed conditions before they can surrender to government pressure.

Monusco facilitated this meeting on Monday between the militia leaders and the Tanganyika Provincial leadership.

Mayi-Mayi Hapa na pale de Mundus militia leaders and those of Yakutumba have said that in the name of Peace they are willing to surrender if the following are respected.

The release in the name of peace of members of the Twa, taken prisoner as a result of the abuses they committed in the region.

The scaling back on the FARDC positions on the two axes of Kalemie-Nyemba and Kalemie-Bendera

The return of traditional chiefs to their villages of origin

The official recognition of their two political parties; the CNPSC (National Coalition for the People for the Sovereignty of the Congo) and the CCP (Party for the Change of Congo).

“We want peace and justice to be established, for the state to treat us as human beings, capable of holding office in all services in the DRC,” added leader Twa, Masia.

President Felix Tshisekedi promised early this year that he would have all the militia groups neutralised and removed including those opposed to foreign governments neighbouring DRC.

“I’ve ordered our armed forces to carry out large-scale operations in the territories habouring the armed groups,” the President said in his signature campaign promise.

For example, in Ituri Province alone, the President said more than 300,000 people have fled their homes in fear of these militia attacks and hundreds have died.

Tshisekedi said his government had devised a plan for the “complete eradication” of foreign armed groups, in collaboration with Monusco and neighbouring countries affected by the violence, particularly Uganda and Rwanda.

Congo’s neighbours have already agreed to set up a joint operation command headquarters where militaries from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Monusco will manage their large scale joint operations.

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Two Congolese Soldiers Killed By Angry Mob

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A Congolese soldier has been killed by an angry mob in the DRC’s Ruwenzori sector, in the territory of Beni (North Kivu).

The DRC military FARDC confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed by the population on Tuesday in the village of Mighende.

According to the military spokesperson in the region, the victim was attached to the 313rd Battalion based in Bulongo. The slain soldier was mistaken for a Ugandan rebel ADF fighter.

The incidence took place ten kilometers east of the commune of Lume, in the Ruwenzori sector, in the territory of Beni (North Kivu).

Details indicate that the soldier was mobbed by young people who threw at him stones and sticks until he was eliminated. This soldier is the second victim of mob justice in the same village in the 24 hour interval.

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Former Seleka Group Leader Says François Bozizé Heads Rebel Coalition CPC

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Noureddine Adam, the Former number two of the Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic has given a hint on what to make of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), whose troops attacked Bangui Capital on January 13.

Noureddine Adam was known as a member of the Emir of Abu Dhabi’s security service, boss of a security company in the United Arab Emirates, leader of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace or number two of the Séléka and at the head of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC).

Now there is a new Noureddine Adam, son of an Imam and a trained policeman, at the heart of the new Central African rebel organization: the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

It was partly on his orders that the CPC troops launched a series of attacks on Bangui on January 13, in order to further increase the pressure on President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, whose re-election on the 27th last December is contested.

Did the CPC really aim to conquer the capital? What are his relations with François Bozizé? Does it have the means to hold out against Minusca, the Russians and the Rwandans? And, if so, what would it do with power?

Noureddine Adam, who lives in hiding between Sudan and its strongholds of Birao and Ndele, in the north of the Central African Republic, was interviewed by Jeune Afrique.

What is the current objective of the Coalition of Patriots for Change, which attacked Bangui on January 13?

Noureddine Adam: The objectives of the CPC remain those which were clearly stated in the Kamba-Kota declaration of December 15, 2020: restore security throughout the territory, restore the sovereignty of the State within the borders and on all of its natural and economic resources, guarantee each citizen the freedom to come and go without hindrance, to engage in his economic activities … In a word: develop the country and lift the Central African out of poverty and precariousness.

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MINUSCA Troops Retake Rebel-Held City In Central African Republic

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UN peacekeeping troops say they have retaken control of a city in the Central African Republic captured two weeks ago by armed groups waging an offensive against President Faustin Archange Touadera’s regime.

Rebels abandonded their positions in Bangassou, 750 kilometres east of the capital Bangui, and fled the city following an ultimatum on Friday from the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA, the force’s spokesman Vladimir Monteiro said late Saturday.

“The city of Bangassou is under the complete control of MINUSCA,” Monteiro added.

Armed groups waging a nationwide offensive captured the city on January 3, forcing many residents to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“It’s a great joy,” Juan Jose Aguirre, the bishop of Bangassou, told media following the UN operation to regain control of the city.

“After thirteen days sleeping outdoors, people will be able to return to their homes,” he added.

Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaziz Fall, spokesman for MINUSCA’s military component, said the UN force intervened to stop attempts at looting overnight Friday to Saturday.

“The situation is calm and under control and positions that had been occupied by armed groups are no longer,” Fall said.

Six of the most powerful armed groups, who have occupied roughly two-thirds of the country for eight years, united a month ago to wage an offensive.

The coalition announced their offensive ahead of the December 27 presidential and legislative vote, aimed at preventing Touadera’s re-election.

Landlocked CAR is one of the world’s poorest nations and has seen a string of coups and wars since it gained independence from France in 1960.

 

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