Peace at last is expected to return to Central African Republic, CAR, after a month of inter-religious violence as interim leader Michel Djotodia and Premier Nicolas Tiangaye have given off their posts.
With close to 1000 dead so far as local youth groups, called anti-Baraka clashed with ex-Seleka rebels forcing over a million to flee their homes and take up refuge in makeshift camps at the airport at Bangui, Djotodia’s government has been powerless or incapable to end the mass killing.
Although nobody would have speculated that Djotodia, the first Muslim president in a Christian and animists dominated country would resign, the pressure from the international community have continued to mount as the killing and humanitarian disaster became unavoidable or averted.
Thanks to the initiative of President Idriss Deby of Chad, a regional summit was organised as the interim leader was invited before 135 lawmakers were invited on a chartered flight from Ndjamena to join the leaders from the Central African region.
Today’s resignation of Djotodia, which was welcomed and celebrated by the people of Bangui, has left a vacancy, which is expected to be filled by Monday.
Whoever takes the hot seat to lead the country would have a plate full of problems to resolve starting with ending the religious conflict by reconciling Christians and Muslims for the sake of peace and progress.
More to do than take
Landlocked Central African Republic has been plunged into unrest since a rebel coalition forces forced Francois Bozzize in March 2013 as looting and destruction became viral and rampant.
Little-known Djotodia, leader of one of the rebel groups was quick to declare himself president before the struggle for Bangui ended.
With no plan or political agenda to bring the house into order or reform the government after the mess of Bozzize, his rule has been a disaster altogether.
First it was the looting of government establishments by the rebels before a struggle ensued between ex-Seleka and soldiers loyal to Bozzize.
With Bozzize trying to return to power with the support of his soldiers who fled to neighbouring countries, the conflict shifted to his native village where houses were touched and many killed.
With the destruction and casualties alarming, the motive of the fighting was then misinterpreted and went out of hand as a battle between the Muslim and the Christian communities with Bangui being the main target.