International Workers’ Day: Beni bikers faced with insecurity

International Workers’ Day: Beni bikers faced with insecurity
International Workers’ Day: Beni bikers faced with insecurity

On the occasion of the celebration of International Labor Day, Wednesday May 1, Radio Okapi focused on the working conditions of motorcycle taxi drivers in Beni in North Kivu. In this region, thousands of motorcycle taxi drivers, mostly young people, face difficulties linked to insecurity.

In the absence of any other form of work, the motorcycle taxi activity is practiced by thousands of young people in Beni, a region where several young people are enlisted in armed groups.

Some work during the day and others at night in an area where motorbikes are the preferred means of transport.

But due to insecurity, the working conditions of Beni’s motorcycle taxi drivers have become difficult, as Jean-Marie Basabose, secretary of the Beni bikers’ association, explains:

Motorcycle thefts, there are kidnappings for those who work at night. And the revenue is minimal. Imagine a boss who buys his motorcycle for a thousand and a few American dollars and the biker is struggling to pay even 20 dollars of the proceeds per month “.

Jérémie Ankoso, a biker met in one of the biker parking lots in Beni, agrees:

We are here concentrated in the same parking lot. There is no way to find money. Insecurity is difficult! And there are many of us “.

The Beni region has thirty motorcycle taxi associations, each with one hundred to eight hundred members.

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