Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


C.Africa's president to hold talks with rebels

04 August 2016, 06:08

Bangui - The Central African Republic's president said Monday he would soon hold talks with rebel groups as he seeks to restore security after years of sectarian violence.

"Either this week or next week, we will initiate an exchange with representatives of the armed groups, in order to clarify some points," President Faustin-Archange Touadera told local radio station Ndeke Luka.

"There are many weapons in the country, a lot of banditry," said Touadera, adding that in parts of the impoverished nation "people cannot go to the fields".

Referring to a campaign dubbed the "DDR" (disarmament, demobilisation and social reintegration), Touadera said "the process must begin very soon".

Also read: Ugandan-led group steps up attacks in Central Africa

A total of 3,152 former fighters have registered in the DDR programme in the past year, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission in Central Africa said in late July.

The Central African Republic descended into bloodshed between Christian and Muslim militias following a coup in March 2013 that ousted long-time leader Francois Bozize.

Thousands died in the violence and more than 418,000 people remain displaced within the country. More than 480,000 refugees, a large number of whom are Muslim, have fled to neighbouring countries.

Touadera was elected in a peaceful vote in February, helped by a 12,000-strong UN force. But the country has seen a resurgence of violence since mid-June.

The UN Security Council on July 26 voted to task peacekeepers with supporting Touadera's government just as France prepares to end its military mission in the country, which involved nearly 2,500 French troops at its peak.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...