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News Central African Republic: the difficulties of motorcycle taxis banned from circulating

13:30  08 february  2021
13:30  08 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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In the Central African Republic, it has been more than a month since motorcycle taxis have been banned for safety reasons, according to the authorities. They suspected some drivers of transporting the rebels who tried to attack Bangui in mid-January. Results for the 38,000 motorcycle taxis in Bangui, everyday life rhymes with hassle and resourcefulness.

With our special correspondent in Bangui, Florence Morice

A tin can in hand as a prize pool, Abu Hassan, 20, calls out to the drivers on the outskirts of a hectic crossroads in Bangui to collect some money: “ Since I was banned from working as an motorcycle taxi, it really became difficult. "

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Plugging the holes in the tar

To support his family, Abu Hassan had to invent an activity:" I decided to plug the holes in the tar. I found a bucket, some sand, and rented a shovel in my neighborhood. And in return, I ask passers-by for a little something. They give me a little bit of money. Some give 100 francs, 200 francs or better 500 francs. "

Not enough to live with dignity, says his friend Otniel, motorcycle taxi also :" To get by, we do the dirty work. We clear up people's houses, we collect garbage sometimes. All of this is a consequence of the war. "

" My motorbike has been confiscated "

Driven by necessity, some motorcycle taxis like Jacques have tried to defy the ban on working at their own risk:" My motorbike has been confiscated. I had to negotiate and give a little agent to get it back to me. "

At the headquarters of the Association of motorcycle taxis in the 2nd arrondissement of Bangui, complaints are daily, testifies Jean Kossamake, its president:" Every day, we see calls from these drivers who complain. Really, it's not okay. Besides in the country, everything is expensive now. If you don't work, it's hard. "

Impatience is growing within the profession, especially as everyone here does not know how long this ban will last.

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