CAR caretaker Govt announced

Self-proclaimed CAR President Michel Djotodia has announced a caretaker govt for the country.

Central African Republic's self-appointed president, Michel Djotodia. Djotodia seized control of country after thousands of his rebel fighters swept into the riverside capital on 24 March 2013 ousting President Francois Bozize. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The Central African Republic's (CAR) self-proclaimed President and acting Defence Minister, Michel Djotodia, has announced a caretaker government following the Seleka rebels takeover of the CAR capital city of Bangui.

The African Union have shunned the move as is expected procedure with regards to any African government made incumbent unconstitutionally.

Djotodia's government consists of civilian opposition representative, Nicolas Tiangaye, who maintains his role as Prime Minister, nine Seleka rebels, eight members of the previous opposition, 16 non-governmental organisation and small party members, and one member from deposed Francois Bozize's government.

A summit of the Central African states will be held in Chad on Wednesday to discuss a way forward.|

South African President Jacob Zuma has also been invited to attend the summit.


Reports have come in saying that there is a build-up of South African equipment within driving range of Bangui, in case South African troops return to the region.

It appears that most of the deployed South African National Defence Force soldiers are out of the CAR except for a few hardened Special Forces who have remained to protect South African equipment.

Seleka rebels have long made it clear that they do not want South African troops on their soil and are looking to review diamond deals made by China and South Africa with diamonds from CAR mines.

The announcement of the caretaker government and the forthcoming summit comes amidst allegations that Djotodia had sent child soldiers to their deaths during the bloody coup d'├ętat.


New UN intervention force in the DRC is regarded as a game-changer

The United Nations (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appears to have taken a game-changing turn.

The UN's Security Council (UNSC) have authorised an intervention force to operate in the war torn eastern part of the country.

This game-changing intervention comes at a much-needed time after the UN reported renewed clashes between national forces and an armed group.

In the past, the UN forces were only allowed to mediate, observe and monitor.

The renewed force will now consist of a relatively small group of 1500 people who will be able to operate in an offensive way in small, targeted operations.

Previously, this type of intervention force was taboo for the United Nations, who would not intervene in the same manner of which they did in Bosnia and Iraq.

African nations had also opposed the intervention force back in January but have now signed an agreement for an African-led force which is expected to drastically change circumstances in the troubled DRC.