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UPDF Speak Out As Seleka Rebels Topple CAR President

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Interestingly, the incident comes at a time when Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and DRC’s Joseph Kabila are expected to meet in Congo Brazzaville to discuss security in the region.


UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda told Chimpreports on Sunday afternoon that Uganda expects “cooperation from whoever is in charge of administration in CAR in the fight against negative elements.”


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“We hope that those in positions of responsibility in CAR will cooperate in the AU mission of fighting Kony and other negative elements,” added Ankuda.


Observers say the security turmoil in CAR is likely to pose problems for the Special Forces Group (SFG) and 200 United States commandos coordination operations aimed at seizing rebel LRA leader Joseph Kony.


In recent years, President Bozize has enjoyed a cordial relationship with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni.


Bozize warmly opened up to Kampala’s request for the deployment of UPDF Special Intelligence Squads to hunt down the elusive rebel leader in the late 2000s after the latter fled aerial attacks in his hideout in Garamba, DRC to CAR.


Due to lack of a modern infrastructure, UPDF supplies especially food, military equipment and fuel have always been transported by road from Uganda through DRC to CAR.


But with rebels’ takeover of CAR government, operations against Kony and his elements could be jeopardized.


LRA leader Joseph Kony is likely to exploit the security crisis to reorganize his men, rearm and plan a comeback.


While Ankunda remains optimistic that the situation might not deteriorate, the unfolding events in CAR, sources say, could breathe new life into LRA whose strength had been significantly trimmed by UPDF operations in the poor country.


FLASHBACK

The 2012 Central African Republic rebellion was a conflict between the Government of the Central African Republic and rebels, many of whom were previously involved in the CAR Bush War.


The rebels accused the government of President François Bozizé of failing to abide by peace agreements signed since 2007.


Chad and South Africa had sent troops to help the Bozizé government hold back a potential rebel advance on Bangui.


The CAR war began with the rebellion by the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR), led by Michel Detodia, after the current President of the Central African Republic, François Bozizé, seized power in 2003.


This quickly escalated into major fighting during 2004. The UFDR rebel forces consisted of three allies, the Groupe d’action patriotique pour la liberation de Centrafrique (GAPLC), the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), the People’s Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD), the Movement of Central African Liberators for Justice (MLCJ), and the Front démocratique Centrafricain (FDC).


Tens of thousands of people were displaced by the unrest, which continued until 2007, with rebel forces seizing several cities during the conflict.


On April 13, 2007, a peace agreement between the government and the UFDR was signed in Birao. The agreement provided for an amnesty for the UFDR, its recognition as a political party, and the integration of its fighters into the army.’


Further negotiations resulted in an agreement in 2008 for reconciliation, a unity government, and local elections in 2009 and parliamentary and presidential elections in 2010. The new unity government that resulted was formed in January 2009.

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