CAR rebels claim to have entered capital

2013-03-23 21:04

Bangui - Rebel forces in the Central African Republic said on Saturday that they had entered the capital Bangui and called on the army not to fight them and for the president to leave.

The claim by rebel spokesperson Eric Massi came after a regional stabilisation force commander said explosions and gunfire were heard on the outskirts of the city.

Central Africa's prime minister had earlier on Saturday called for talks with rebels who at the time were thought to have advanced to within striking distance of the capital.

"The prime minister [Nicolas Tiangaye] asks our brothers of the Seleka [rebel coalition] to get in touch with the national unity government to find a peaceful solution and avoid a blood bath," a spokesperson for the premier, Crepin Mboli Goumba, told AFP.

Fighters from the Seleka rebel coalition this week pushed their way to the gates of Bangui following the collapse of a two-month-old peace deal in the country that has been plagued by instability since its independence from France in 1960.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-03-23 21:22

    that explains their depressed peformance on the football field. shapa bafana. shapaa.

  • Mukiibi Dennisz - 2013-03-23 22:14

    While their boys are losing to South Africa by 2-0

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-03-23 22:14

    The African way: Kill each other.

  • Walter Themba Thabethe - 2013-03-23 22:29

    This is not a time silly comments. Respect and support our troops. They are defending our national flag and values with their very lives. Long live South African National Defense Force! We are proud of you!

      Anthony Michael - 2013-03-24 01:17

      Walter, You are quite right!! SA has an important role to play in the stability in Africa, especially in Southern and Central Africa, this is vital for us. It is a brave act of our government to have send troops there, as this is an internal conflict. Our troops are there under extreme difficult and harsh circumstances, and are in a country where hardly one word of English is spoken. They deserve all our support. SA salutes you !!!

  • Adepoju Mosebo - 2013-03-24 00:48

    Are trying to be America now ie. interfering in ada people's business? Y dnt we send troops to Nigeria to fight BOko Haram? U folded your arms during da DRC war, Liberia, Sierra Leone bt u are defendin a man who took power in a Coup? Disgusting!

  • Don Mug - 2013-03-24 06:37

    Chaos in CAR is a crisis for the whole Africa.

  • Adepoju Mosebo - 2013-03-24 07:15

    Wacth ENCA nd u wil c da fear in da SANDF?

  • Quartus van Zyl - 2013-03-24 07:26

    France should take control of the situation

  • Llewelyn Belang - 2013-03-24 12:15

    its so easy 2 speak when u not faced by da real situation in hand morons!

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