Residents of Kutum town in North Darfur complain about the halting of transport on the Kutum-El Fasher road, after the arrangement of guarded convoys was cancelled a week ago.
“This measure is giving free reign to militiamen to impose all kinds of levies and fees at their so-called toll-gates on the road,” a resident of Kutum told Radio Dabanga on Monday.
“As commercial car owners now hesitate to take the Kutum-El Fasher road, militiamen are filling the gap, and use their military Land Cruisers to transport people and goods instead,” he reported. “The price per passenger for a ride from Kutum to El Fasher by military vehicle ranges between SDG130 and SDG150 ($26), while we used to pay SDG50 to SDG60 ($10,50).
He urged to the authorities to “quickly take action, and resume the system of guarded convoys on the road as soon as possible”.
File photo: Military vehicle in Darfur
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