Deposed African Republic President indicates interest in presidential race

by Abdulmumeen S. Yitta

Francois Bozize, former Central African Republic President, deposed in 2013, has declared interest to run for the country’s forthcoming presidential election scheduled for December 27 this year.

Bozize, 73, disclosed this in Bangui, the country capital, while addressing a group of his supporters on Saturday July 25, 2020, at Kwa na Kwa party’s congress.

Giving the motive behind his move to run, Bozize stated that the country needed a man of experience, peace and conviction.

Bozize, who has a U.N arrest warrant and sanctions on his shoulders for alleged crimes against humanity, may have his presidential ambition clipped as the sanction is yet to be lifted.

The U.N imposed the sanction in 2014 alleging him of promoting Christian militias called anti-balaka.

Bozize, however, said he would work through the sanction and ensure that it is lifted.

The new government has also ordered his arrest for allegedly committing crimes against humanity and inciting violence and genocide.

He fled the country in 2013 and yet to be arrested after he returned from exile last year.

Bozize, who served as president for ten years, came to power through a coup in 2003. He was deposed in 2013 by a coalition of Muslim rebels from the north.

This led to severe humanitarian crises that plunged the country into a bitter civil war.

Bozize has repeatedly criticized the present administration headed by Faustin-Archange Touadera, who has yet to publicly declare his intention to run for a second term in office.

Central African Republic government is still struggling to have a total control of the nation as large swathes of the country still experience repeated crises from rival militias.

About 1.5 million people had fled their homes due to the incessant crises that continue to plague the country.

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