CENTRAL AFRICAN CRISIS
By Didier Ndengue, US Africa News. Updated 2015-11-24
The rebels want total destabilization of Bangui. MINUSCA is reaching out to the population. The UN ready to do battle with armed gangs.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) continues to call for rebels in CAR to stop their barbarities. At the same time, MINUSCA officials also need a helping hand from the local population to stop the attackers. "If you have information, share it with us, Tell us, and together we can end the violence. We are also appealing to you for community tolerance and reconciliation, because peace is a shared responsibility. Only joint efforts can ensure personal safety first, and then the social order".
Luis Miguel Carrilho, Police Commissioner of MINUSCA, addressed these words to Central Africans on October 14. He invited them to cooperate with UN forces to eradicate armed groups who regularly wreak havoc in the country. The Commissioner had also launched an examination of the security situation in Bangui. According to him, the Central African capital is more stable than before. He reviewed the events that sent the capital into mourning from late September to early October 2015. This latest coup by the rebels had left over sixty dead and over 300 injured, by official count. These new tensions would have taken on greater proportions if MINUSCA had not intervened. Thanks to the multiple day and night patrols of the UN force, Bangui is less fragile.
Bangui is now occasionally stable and occasionally in panic mode. The situation has not encouraged the UN soldiers to disarm. The peacekeepers are multiplying strategies to secure civilians. In Bangui, the stability has only had a short life, which is why the international force is still on high alert. Lieutenant Colonel Adolphe Manirakiza, MINUSCA’s military spokesman has also reported a progressive return to calm in Sibut, 186 km from Bangui. This is where international forces responded on October 10th to attacks by armed elements of the Popular Front for the Central African Renaissance (PRGF), after which the PRGF elements went off to conquer Bangui. A number of the rebels fell under the bullets of the peacekeepers.
While it is true that MINUSCA did not announce the exact number of people slaughtered at the end of this confrontation, it did learn that several rebels were killed and others wounded, "and eight rebels, including five wounded, surrendered to MINUSCA, which administered first aid. The head of the PRGF has subsequently requested a cease-fire, to retrieve and bury the dead, treat the injured and to plan for the rest of his men to return home, "said Lieutenant Colonel Adolphe Manirakiza.
The rebels flout the peace process
On October 12, MINUSCA released a press release saying it was concerned with the ambitions of armed gangs seeking to destabilize Bangui and supporting a third transition in Central Africa, which representatives of the United Nations (UN) on site adamantly refuse to endorse. However, anger alone is not enough to prevent infiltration "organized from elements of several armed groups in Bangui, including the Popular Front for the Rebirth of Central Africa (FPC) and the anti-Balaka." On October 17, MINUSCA called for "armed groups to respect the commitments made in the Brazzaville Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities on July 2014, and the DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization, and Re-insertion) Accord from the Bangui Forum of May 2015". The groups are invited to disarm their "fighters, and begin pre-stage DDR activities, as they pledged in Brazzaville and at the Bangui Forum".