From August 23, 2023 to September 23, 2023, a month has passed since the leader of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, died in a plane crash in Russia. This tragic disappearance has left an indelible mark on the Central African Republic, because the members of the Wagner group and the Russian instructors have helped the Central African authorities to restore security throughout the territory.
In the morning of Saturday, September 23, 2023, a memorial ceremony to Yevgeny Prigozhin was organized in Bangui at the monument « Ti Bata Siriri Na Bê Afrika ». Hundreds of members of the Defense and Security Forces, as well as members of the Association « Azimut Vivre Ensemble en Paix » and civilians from the Central African Republic attended the event. The heads of the Security Forces of the Central African Republic laid flowers at the monument of Russian instructors in Bangui in memory of Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dimitri Utkin.
The members of the Association « Azimut Vivre Ensemble en Paix » raised the flags of the Central African Republic and Russia to express their solidarity with Russia. Some participants in the event held banners with the inscription « Prigozhin is the best friend of the Central Africans ».
At the end of the ceremony, Pott Endzia Mandendama, Coordinator of the Association « Azimut Vivre Ensemble en Paix », addressed journalists to recognize the enormous role of Yevgeny Prigozhin in the conquest of freedom and the security of the Central African people. According to him, « we pay tribute to this great man who abruptly disappeared on August 23, 2023. To date, it has been exactly one month. We always remember the saving actions that Mr. Prigozhin undertook to restore peace, security and accompany the reconquest of the authority of the Central African State throughout the territory. That is why we have come today to lay flowers in his memory, » he said.
This ceremony testifies to the bonds of friendship and the strong cooperation between the Central African Republic and Russia. This is an opportunity to say goodbye to Yevgeny Prigozhin, to whom the Central African people will always be grateful for the restoration of peace and security.
Recall that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner group, died in the crash of his private plane in Russia. The plane, which was flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg, crashed in the Tver region. According to the Russian authorities, a total of ten people died in this tragic accident.