Canada Rwanda: the government backs down on the increase in transport prices

17:25  22 october  2020
17:25  22 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The prices were increased at the end of confinement, when buses could only be half-filled in order to respect social distancing. Despite a small drop on October 14, they were still above prices before the coronavirus crisis.

With our correspondent in Kigali, Laure Brouslard

In Rwanda, the government suspended, Wednesday evening, an increase in transport prices which had sparked a wave of protests from the population on Twitter.

It was under the hashtag # RURA4transportfairness that Internet users challenged the Transport Regulatory Authority (RURA) first, then Parliament, and finally the President.

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While the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis hit the population hard, the price increase was seen as an injustice to the poorest.

"You have to understand that for the majority of Rwandans, it is difficult to spend even 10 euro cents more. A decision that conflicts with the realities of the most vulnerable is a dangerous decision, ”tweeted poet Inès Giramata, who with singer Clarisse Karasira quickly joined the movement. Then Frank Habineza, one of the few opposition MPs, called on the radio for the leaders of the transport regulator to resign if they did not lower prices.

Complaints finally heard by the authorities who announced the suspension of the new tariffs, pending the recovery of the economy. In the meantime, the government should subsidize carriers to compensate for their losses. A decision quickly hailed on Twitter, which in recent years has become a platform where Rwandans express themselves on social issues.

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