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General News of Friday, 2 October 2015


Transporters to suspend activities on the Douala-Bangui highway

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Truck drivers who ply the road between the port of Douala and the Central African Republic (CAR) intend to suspend transporting goods to Bangui, capital of the country.

They deplored the upsurge of violence in CAR, causing them several damages. Transporters, who were posted to the Cameroon-CAR border, for a few days, were over gripped aken by fear, due to the upsurge of violence last weekend.

According Le Quotidien de l’Economie on Thursday, October 1, these truck drivers blocked the Cameroon-CAR border while awaiting the “return to normal” at the Central African capital.

"Some are at the Bossantele road which is approximately 320 km from Bangui, after leaving Garoua-Boulaï on Saturday, while others stayed to Garoua-Boulaï," an exploitation agent at the Charter Central African Road (BARC) in Douala told the newspaper.

This situation causes the wrath of transporters who threaten to suspend using the Douala-Bangui highway. If these transporters were to implement their threat, "it would really be a pity because the CAR populations would no more be supplied,” argued to BARC.

This is not the first time that truck drivers serving the Central African Republic are threatening to boycott this stretch. In July, they went on strike for over three weeks, which led to several positive resolutions taken in their sector of activity, including the escort shipments from the border with Cameroon up to the capital, Bangui.

Le Quotidien de l’Economie indicated that the situation could return to normal with the hasty return of Transition President, Catherine Samba Panza, on September 28 after a stay in the United States of America where she took part in the United Nations General Assembly.

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