, PRETORIA, Jun 4 – The deposed president of the Central African Republic Francois Bozize was due to travel to South Africa “shortly”, an aide said on Tuesday, days after his country issued an international warrant for his arrest.
“He’s expected shortly in South Africa,” an advisor to Bozize told AFP.
“He is still in Nairobi, having left Cameroon where he has sheltered since being driven out by the coup in March,” the South African advisor said, asking not to be named.
Bozize, 66, fled the Central African Republic after a rebel coalition seized power on March 24 in the latest coup in the chronically unstable country.
He is still in Nairobi, having left Cameroon where he has sheltered since being driven out by the coup in March, the South African advisor said, asking not to be named.
He stands accused of 22 murders and 119 “summary executions” as well as numerous abductions and the destruction of nearly 4,000 homes.
Bozize’s exact arrival date in South Africa and agenda there were unclear, according to his aide.
He last visited the country days before his government was overthrown in the coup, which put Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka rebel coalition, at the helm in the Central African Republic.
An opposition member from the Central African Republic told AFP in Paris that Bozize had left Yaounde for South Africa.
A spokesman at South Africa’s foreign affairs ministry refused to comment.