CAR leader sacks 2 ministers

2010-04-21 08:25

Bangui - Central African Republic President Francois Bozize sacked Tuesday two ministers considered close to him as well as his spokesperson, national radio announced in the run-up to next month's elections.

Presidential decrees announcing the dismissals of communication minister Cyriaque Gonda and territorial administration minister Elie Ouefio were read out on Radio Bangui but no reasons for their firing were given.

Gonda was also government spokesperson and is president of the National Party for a New Central Africa. He led negotiations for the government's camp with rebel groups that resulted in peace accords signed in 2008 and 2009.

Bozize recently accused him of embezzling funds allocated to a disarmament and demobilisation campaign for about 6 000 former rebels.

Ouefio had been working with the electoral commission to prepare legislative and presidential elections on May 16.

The opposition and former rebels are boycotting the elections, saying the destitute country is not yet ready for a fair poll and calling for a new electoral census.

Bozize also sacked presidential spokesperson and defence advisor Come Zoumara, a former foreign minister, the radio announced.