Hard Times: Taxi-moto riders decry continued demand for daily remittances from bosses and creditors despite ban on their services

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 23 March 2020 at 07:03

Empathy and humane acts of valor have not visited some of the owners of motorcycles hired out to riders and others to who they owe motorcycle loans, as they continue to demand daily remittances despite the ban imposed on their services as a way of controlling the spread of coronavirus in Rwanda.

The taxi-moto riders have now appealed to stakeholders and authorities to advocate for them so that companies that gave them motorcycles on loan can either revise or lax the repayment regimes to enable them to cope with coronavirus hard times.

Following the implementation of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus epidemic in Rwanda, various activities have been suspended including taxi-motorcycle operations except when they are carrying essential goods.

Government officials that appeared at RBA to interact with citizens on a number of pertinent issues relating to coronavirus, led by Minister of Local Government Prof. Anastase Shyaka, tackled different questions from listeners and viewers.

Habinshuti Damien, a taxi-motor rider and resident of Kicukiro district, said that the Bajaj motorcycle dealers had told them that they would continue to ask for ‘payments’ in these difficult times which also affected their operations and income

"I would like to ask you to advocate for the people who took the ’Bajaj’ motorcycles on debt. They should suspend demanding for daily payments in these bad days that we are not working,” he appealed.

Prof Shyaka Anastase promised to spearhead dialogue between the relevant authorities so that motorcyclists are not subjected to further economic depression.

Empathy and humane acts of valor have not visited some of the owners of motorcycles hired out to riders and others to who they owe motorcycle loans

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