Chad helped Seleka rebels to overthrow my govt – Bozizé

Chad helped Seleka rebels to overthrow my govt – Bozizé

Former Central African Republic (CAR) President François Bozizé, who was overthrown on 24 March 2013 in a bloody coup d’état that cost the lives of 13 South African troops, has accused his former friend and ally, Chad President Idriss Deby, of helping the Seleka rebels to oust him.

“It was the Chadian Special Forces that conducted the operation on Sunday morning, and attacked the base of South African troops who were heading to the capital Bangui,” Bozizé told the BBC in Cameroon, where he has been living since the fall of his regime.

He has officially requested political asylum in Benin, and he is still waiting for a decision, Benin minister of foreign affairs Arifari Bako said.

“We had strong brotherly relations with Chad, but we were surprised by their behaviour. Only Chadian authorities can give us an explanation,” the former military dictator said.

Le Journal de Brazza reported this week that the arms that were used by the Seleka rebels during the final assault on the presidential palace were purchased in Eritrea, and transited by Chad with the permission of Deby.

Eritrea, a rogue state badly hit by EU and US sanctions, has a history of arming African rebel groups, including Somalia’s Al-Shabab.

Bozizé came to power in 2003, after overthrowing President Ange Felix Patassé in a coup d’état with the help of Chad.

When a northern rebellion threatened his government in 2010, Chad also sent troops to annihilate that threat.

Chad soldiers are thought to be among the well-trained and well-equipped army in Africa.

This direct and open accusation shows how badly their relationship had deteriorated in the past three years after Bozizé failed to honour his promise of let Chad take hold of CAR mineral resources, including newly-discovered oil, uranium and diamonds.

Deby also wanted to have a final say in the CAR’s day-to-day affairs, including who Bozizé could appoint in government.

Deby warned Bozizé not to amend the constitution to seek a third mandate.

Bozizé, who was abandoned by both Paris and Washington, felt isolated and turned to South Africa for help.

It is believed that two other rebel groups, CPJP Fondamentale and CPSK, are currently roaming the jungle of CAR, and it remains unclear whether they will also seek the help of Chad to overthrow CAR self-proclaimed President Michel Djotodia.

Djotodia, who is now the puppet of Deby and being remote-controlled by Chad, has suspended the constitution, and said he will rule by decree for the next three years.

Photo by AP. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy flanked by African dictators (from left) Congo’s Sassou Nguessou, Cameroon’s Paul Biya, Chad’s Idriss Deby and ex-CAR leader Francois Bozizé.

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13 Responses to Chad helped Seleka rebels to overthrow my govt – Bozizé

  1. merhawie April 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    The article by Le Journal doesn’t mention dates or by whom the weapons were allegedly transfered through Eritrea. In fact, the assertion is evidence on a very thin “conversation” with a source. Apparently this is “reporting?”

  2. Jelly3elly April 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Trash Journalism at its best.  In this day and age an African country is considered “rogue” if they’re not on their knees groveling at the feet of the european, isn’t that right Issa.  Whatever, since you made such a strong accusation against Eritrea, I can assume you have concrete evidence to back up your claim.  Since after all you are a journalist, and any first year journalism student would know better than to cite a source without first verifying its authenticity.

  3. VittorioSilvestri April 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Mister.Ever been to Eritrea? Ever seen any allegation against Eritrea being proven anywhere?
    You seem to me a Western journalist.
    Keep it African, mate…but really African

  4. Theo Haile April 10, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Ethical journalism R.I.P.! your full hardy assertion about the fabricated lies with regards to Eritrea arming Alshebab is an allegation no one can prove until now, because it simply was a fabricated lie! And you have now added a new diamension to that fabrication, shame on you!

  5. Brhin April 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    CAR: Once a Liar, Always a Liar, Eritrea Tyrant on the Defensive Again!
    10 April 2013
    In an exclusive interview with the BBC right after he fled the country end of past month, the ousted president of the Central African Republic (CAR), Francois Bozize, accused with certainty that Chad was behind the Selika rebels that overthrew him and added with same certainty that the arms Selika troups used were purchased in/originated from Eritrea.
     http://www.eritreadaily.net/News2013/article201304101.htm

    • VittorioSilvestri April 11, 2013 at 12:42 am #

      Brhin I wonder where all this arms that Eritrea allegedly sells to all those groups around Africa come from. The biggest sellers of arms in the world in the legal as in the black-market are the US, Russia and China, permanent members of the UN. 
      Francois Bozize must tell the world where he was getting arms before he was ousted, and where all the money he has in his foreign accounts come from.

      by the way..look who the rebels ousted
      http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/455553/20130410/car-bozize-bodies-garage-bangui-monique.htm
      this man was like Menghistu

      • Brhin April 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

        @Vittorio
        You should have asked the tyrant himself when declared to the world that he has arms and munitions enough to cover 4 countrie when asked about UN arms embargo to find out where all this armistry came from!
        Vittorio, am not for heaven’s sake defending dictator Bozize here! NO, NO, NO. My point is to expose the tyrant’s lies for good or bad. FYI,  I am with Seleka, and with the rebels in Mali too! Ciao!:)

        • VittorioSilvestri April 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

          Brhin I do not understand what you just said. Anyway, isayas and the government of Eritrea together with the majority of the people are working very hard to make sure we are self reliant and independent. That is it. if you have a hard time understanding the concept, better for you and your alike to stay out of it

  6. Brhin April 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    http://www.eritreadaily.net/images/CAR.jpg

  7. VittorioSilvestri April 11, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    I wonder where all this arms that Eritrea allegedly sells to all those groups around Africa come from. The biggest sellers of arms in the world in the legal as in the black-market are the US, Russia and China, permanent members of the UN. 
    Francois Bozize must tell the world where he was getting arms before he was ousted, and where all the money he has in his foreign accounts come from.

    by the way..look who the rebels ousted
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/455553/20130410/car-bozize-bodies-garage-bangui-monique.htm
    this man was like Menghistu

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