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UN Police Top Official Visits Rwandan Peacekeepers in CAR

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The Chief of Police Selection and Recruitment Section at the UN Headquarters in New York, Commissioner (Rtd) Ata Yenigun, on November 10, visited the Rwandan Police peacekeepers deployed in Bangui under the UN multidimensional integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The visit was in line with the “verification of MINUSCA units’ base camps” as well as the “service performance” of Protection Support Units (PSU) and Formed Police Units (FPU).

Mr. Yenigun was accompanied by MINUSCA Deputy Police Commissioner, Brig. Gen. Ossama el Moghazy and Director of UN Mission Management Support Section of Police division, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jessica Van Der Werf.

They were received by Rwanda PSU 1-IV contingent commander, SSP Alex Fata, who guided them through a tour of their base camp assessing serviceability of the infrastructure and equipment of the unit, at the same time appraising their management.

He also briefed them about the contingents’ personnel, readiness, welfare and operations conducted since its arrival.

SSP Alex Fata thanked the MINUSCA leadership and the people of CAR for the continued support and close partnership that facilitate the unit’s effective discharge of its assigned duties.

The RWAPSU 1-IV was deployed in CAR in January this year and is in charge of the close protection of CAR and UN high profile authorities.

Among those under PSU protection is the Prime Minister of CAR, the Minister of Justice, President of National Assembly, the Special Representative of the UN secretary General to CAR (SRSG), escorting foreign visiting delegations in CAR, Protection of civilians and the execution of other special tasks assigned by the command of Joint-Task Force for Bangui (JTFB).

“We assure you that we shall sustain these efforts and commitment for the good of the people of CAR,” SSP Fata said.

Commissioner (Rtd) Yenigun commended Rwanda’s commitment to UN mandate and international peace, and thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers for their “courage.”

“I am very delighted and impressed by the visit conducted today. Rwanda police achievements and contribution to UN missions is remarkable. We thank the Government of Rwanda for being among the leading police contributors to UN missions,” Yenigun said.

“Your good presentation, immeasurable efforts and preparedness we observed during this visit, undoubtedly, show that you are performing to the standards required by the UN; keep it up.”

Rwanda maintains three Police contingents in Central African Republic (CAR); two FPUs and a PSU, each composed of 140 Police peacekeepers.

FPUs are charged with crowd control, conduct of patrols, protection of people in Internally Displaced Camps and escort duties, among others.

Other 29 Rwandan Police peacekeepers are Individual Police Officers (IPOs), who serve as mentors and advisers.

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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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