Continuous Unrest in Central African Republic Spills into Cameroon, Leaving One Dead

One Cameroonian truck driver has been killed and three others wounded following an attack by armed men on the road between the border town of Garoua-Boulai in the East region and the Central African capital, Bangui.

A convoy of about 30 trucks left Garoua-Boulai on Monday, January 18 for Bangui. But just 30 km into the journey, the convoy came under attack at the locality of Mambere.

It’s believed that the convoy was attacked by the Coalition of Patriots for Change or CPC-a union of rebel groups loyal to former President, François Bozize.

The spokesman for the rebel coalition had initially said they were allowing Cameroonian truck drivers blocked in Bangui by the fighting to peacefully return home with their vehicles under UN escort only, but simultaneously warned against any attempt by more truck drivers to enter the country while the situation remained volatile.

The situation at the borders with Cameroon remains precarious

The attack means that essential commodities have remained in short supply in the Central African Republic. It’s an arrangement that suits the rebels who have been struggling to overthrow President Faustin Archange Touadera who just got re-elected for a second term in office.

The Constitutional Court proclaimed him the winner of the December 27 Presidential election with 53.16% of the vote, with his main challenger: Anicet Georges Dologuélé scoring a mere 21, 69% of the vote. Just about 35% of the electorate participated in the poll.