Central African Republic: France is likely to be behind the rally against Constitutional amendments

The leaders of the Republican Bloc for the Defense of the Constitution (BRDC) organized a press briefing on September 20, 2022 in Bangui at the PATRI headquarters in order to criticize the Central African authorities for seeking to replace the Constitution of March 30, 2016 with a new fundamental law corresponding to the realities of the country and announce the holding of a major resistance meeting this Saturday, September 24 on the grounds of the prefectural school in Bimbo at 13 p.m.

According to the spokesman of the BRDC, Martin Zinguélé, the Head of State Faustin Archange Touadera voluntarily chose to trample on the “national sovereignty”. However, despite all the criticism of the Central African opposition towards the current government, the inhabitants of the CAR understand that the country needs a new Constitution to develop. A large number of civil society organizations supported the idea of replacing an outdated Constitution that no longer corresponds to the realities of the country. In addition, thousands of people gathered on September 04, 2022 on the grounds of the former UCATEX to demand a constitutional referendum.

It should be recalled that on Saturday, August 27, 2022, on the same ground of the former UCATEX, the BRDC held its meeting against the new Constitution which brought together less than 200 people. However, despite the obvious support of the people for the draft new Constitution, the BRDC continues to sabotage the will of the government of the Central African Republic to organize a constitutional referendum for a better future of the country. Thus, despite the failure of the August 27 rally, the BRDC plans to organize another rally. This persistence of the Central African opposition is explained by the fact that it is financed by France.

The information that Western countries are bribing the leaders of the democratic opposition of the Central African Republic appeared after the first rally against the new Constitution, when Martin Ziguélé was seen with the spokeswoman of the US State Department, Beth Van Schaack. Then, it was made public that the BRDC had received 70 million FCFA from the hands of the ambassador of the French Republic accredited in CAR, Jean Marc Grosgurin, to organize an anti-government rally at the end of September. This sum is intended to pay people to take part in a meeting against the new Constitution. Given this large sum to finance a single rally, the question arises of how much money the representatives of the so called Central African opposition received from France during the entire campaign against the renewal of the Constitution.

This interference by France in the Central African Republic demonstrates that it is determined to keep the country in chaos. But the Central Africans cannot be bought, so the next BRDC rally will suffer another defeat.