BAMBARI (LNC) – Within the Seleka coalition (‘Pledge’ in sangö, the national language), Zoundeko was member of the FPRC branch. But, after the coalition had been hit, and dispersed in many groups, quite all becoming hostile to one another, he became the military head of the new Seleka reunited. On past Saturday, UN airstrikes dead stopped his tempestuous career of militia leader.
Joseph Zoundéko had been appointed as head of staff of the former Seleka coalition in May 2014, then since, he decided to be based in the city of Bambari, where he established his military staff, under the noses of the UN forces, French troops included; who implicitly approved that by their silence, and by the way, endorsing the fact that the Centrafric is de facto divided. Consequently, anyone could settle his military staff as he wanted. A mockery to the central power in the capital, who was not interested in such things.
Rather being a discreet man, he was also a one track mind and fearsome warrior within the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Centrafrican Republic (FPRC). Managing to stand out as an unrelenting soldier, who refuted any kind of solutions to get peace back in the country. I.e, he had denied the Brazzaville Peace Agreements in 2014, sounding the death knell for the Seleka coalition.
To the strong request of the MINUSCA’s military chief, Balla Keita, ordering the FPRC to forget their plans to take over Bambari, he had chosen to disregard the advice, and ironically said: “The red line of Bambari is not the Berlin Wall”, according to a report by the RJDH.
And to engage his troops towards Bambari. But, unusually, MINUSCA for a once has reacted immediately to stop them near Ippy, 70 miles outside the city of Bambari.
On Saturday, air strikes by the MINUSCA’s helicopter fighter attacked them. About 20 of his troops were killed, himself included,. Unfortunately 5 civilians were murdered too.
MINUSCA did not see fit to spread this news.
© February 2017 – LAMINE MEDIA