Fuel prices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern provinces have risen dramatically.
The cost of public transportation in North and South Kivu has risen exponentially.
Taxi drivers and motorcycle riders have tripled or quadrupled their fares. As a result, the vast majority of commuters now walk.
Residents say the simple act of getting around has become a nightmare as everyone is starting to walk; including students and children due to the lack of transportation.
On the other hand, taxi drivers argue that there is no solution. Despite the planned meeting to set prices, many fuel re-sellers are breaking the rules.
Despite consumer protests, petroleum companies in South Kivu claim not to be responsible for the price hikes.
“Drivers should voice their concerns and request that the authorities set a favorable price,” says Urbain KANGE, secretary-reporter of the South Kivu Petroleum Club. “But so far, the price currently set by the Ministry of Economy allows us to renew our stocks and sell our petroleum products.”
Though limited fuel availability may limit their movements, none of the 24 presidential candidates have been disqualified from the race as of less than one month before the start of the campaign on December 20 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.