Kagame meets with his counterpart of CAR, Touadéra

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 27 October 2022 at 06:36

President Paul Kagame has met with his counterpart of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Archange Touadéra who is in Rwanda for a working visit.

Touadéra was hosted at Urugwiro Village on Wednesday 26th October 2022.

The heads of state discussed the political situation in CAR, ongoing bilateral cooperation in various areas including security, governance and economic development as Rwanda’s Presidency revealed.

He comes to Rwanda following the annulment of proposed constitutional reforms.

CAR’s Constitutional Court last month ruled that a commission for constitutional reforms set up previous was “unconstitutional,” dealing the first blow to President Faustin-Archange Touadera’s bid to get through legislation allowing him to run for a third term.

In August this year, Touadera formed the body to draft a new Constitution of the Central African Republic.

But following a petition filed before the court by civil society group bloc for the Defense of the Constitution, the court in the capital Bangui ruled that the “decree was not in compliance with the country’s constitution."

On Monday, President Touadéra ousted the Head of Constitutional Court, Danièle Darlan and the court’s judge Trinité Bango Sangafio.

Rwanda and CAR have been for long enjoying cordial relations whereby Rwanda is helping the country engulfed by wars to restore peace.

Rwandan Police forces and soldiers are deployed in the country to protect top leaders and major infrastructures in the country.

At the beginning of October 2022, Touadéra and First Lady invited and shared dinner with 200 senior officers, officers and other ranks, of the Rwanda Bilateral Force, at his home in Damara district, Central African Republic.

The troops were deployed to CAR in 2020 under an existing bilateral agreement on defense to reinforce electoral security and protect existing troops.

They have a different mandate from other troops deployed under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The troops were sent one week before CAR presidential elections when different rebel groups including the one led by François Bozize who was president between 2003 and 2013 planned to disrupt polls and threaten security.

On Election Day on 27th December 2020, Rwandan troops were deployed on different streets and polling stations in Bangui (capital city of CAR) standby to protect voters against security disruptions.

Speaking to the media one day after elections, Touadéra thanked his counterpart of Rwanda, Paul Kagame for support to secure the presidential and legislative elections that took place amidst fears that armed groups would disrupt them.

He thanked Rwanda and President Paul Kagame for contribution to restore peace in the country.

“I thank President Paul Kagame, Government of Rwanda, and Rwandans for their support to secure electoral process which allows nationals to freely choose their leaders. Many thanks for the great support," said Touadéra.

Apart from security, Rwanda and CAR also enjoy cooperation in the areas of economy and mining.

President Kagame has hosted his counterpart of CAR, Touadéra at Urugwiro Village.
A group photo was taken after holding discussions.