On January 22, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra received the report on the this year’s national consultations as well as the Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission draft project, following the recommendations of the national consultations carried out last year. The commission is one of the primary outcomes the May 2015 Bangui Forum, and is part of the Khartoum agreement.
Overall, nearly 2,000 people participated in these consultations. Victims and members of armed groups were able to express themselves, the Minister of Humanitarian Action and Reconciliation, Virginie Baïkoua explained:
“Really, it is inclusive work and at the same time there is a participative democracy, the goal is that we speak the same language and nobody comes to say that ‘I am not involved’. This time we really wanted the Central Africans to speak the same language and that we could find the path that will bring us to peace.”
Those consulted demand that the serious crimes committed since the death of the first president in 1959 until 2019 be taken into account. A series of recommendations emerged from this report, including neutrality and independence needed to establish the Commission.