Officially, they have no legitimacy. But their rule is unchallenged in the communes of the District of Abidjan and on the bus stations in the interior of the country. To the eyes and the beards of our decision makers.
All those who have traveled once in their life in Côte d'Ivoire, by bus, or who simply moved from one commune to another in the District of Abidjan, by means of communal taxis commonly called Wôrô- wôrô, certainly remember these young people. They are
generally imposing by the form, physically fit people for the
mostly. In their ranks, we also meet people with a frail physique.
Some wear enough black rings on their fingers, as if to say
that they have some mystical powers.
Their mission is to organize transport with or against the will of users. Thus, they create spaces that serve as bus stations. They invite the vehicles to come in to load, and they find customers for the drivers who agree to load at their station. All this, by means of studied taxes that they fix to the owners of vehicles or drivers who use their spaces.
In their environment, misunderstandings are regulated by force. It is quite often that for refusing to pay them 100 F, 200 F, 300 F or 500 F that they beat with blood, sometimes to death of the drivers. Or passengers trying to challenge or denounce their system. A few years ago, they coldly shot a policeman in Adjamé (Texaco), recently in Koumassi, they made talk about them. The examples are legions. This Sunday, August 25, 2019, it is the Marshal of Logies (Mdl) Tiékou Anderson, who paid cash his will to intervene between these great gentlemen, our dear masters and a driver, according to witnesses of the scene.
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they managed to identify very quickly the young gendarme who was in
unknown territory and alone against all. The Gnambros, our dear masters
could just hit him, disarm him and take him to the post
Police station nearest. That no ! Our dear masters do not work
so. Although they live on Ivorian territory, they are governed by
rules of their own. Certainly for this kind of case where a
an intruder tries to reason with them, we must take away his life. And they did it …
Anderson Tiekou, rest in peace!
May your soul rest in peace, mono. Like any good Gendarme, Policeman or Military, you wanted to put order, certainly. Or, you wanted to help a person in danger of death and you died. Some will take the shortcut and say, who sent it there? He was not on a mission or he knows very well that the Gnambros are violent … and patati and patata. And your brothers-in-arms, your buddy, and your promotion colleagues who have learned this sad news spread across the country since 3 pm this Sunday, will not be able to do anything. For at least three reasons:
that they must remain worthy in their pain,
that they are Gendarmes and therefore an elite body,
that they have no right to justice.
Meanwhile, our dear masters, the Gnambros, can continue to play the heroes, to scare passengers and drivers, to impose their laws. Our authorities who have made the choice to treat on a case by case basis, the issue of disorder in transport in the municipalities of Abidjan, for reasons of their own, will certainly take a decree on Monday, August 26 to prohibit the activity unions in the municipality of Yopougon, perhaps they will not dare.
"They can unsheathe when they want, kill whoever they want, impose their taxes to increase the transport without it sparing our decision makers"
And if they came to ban the activity of the latter, Yopougon would be the second common after that of Koumassi. Meanwhile, this disorder can flourish in the other communes of the District of Abidjan. We will wait until our dear masters still kill at Bingerville, Abobo, Anyama, Adjamé … before daring to react.
Did not the Prefect of Abidjan, Vincent Toh Bi Irié, declare on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, following the clashes in Koumassi: "The activism of isolated violent or criminal groups within a community, as important and strategic as the transport community, will be fought "?
Because they are our dear masters. They can unsheathe when they want, kill whoever they want, impose their taxes to increase the transport without it spurring our decision makers. Yako to my military friends, to all the brave Policemen. And finally, thinking of you, dear gendarmes of the Azaguié Brigade, for your assistance while I was down, in the middle of the forest, between Azagui and Yakasse-Me, on the night of August 18th. God protects you in your respective missions and keeps you.
Jules Claver Aka
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