A liter of super gasoline is now sold at CFA1,000 instead of CFA800 in the Far North town of Kousseri, Logone-et-Chari department. The new rate was set on May 5 during a meeting chaired by Fombele Mattias Tayem, the prefect of the department.
The increase was due to high demand from Chad, which caused the price of fuel to inflate from CFA800 to CFA2,500 a few days earlier. The situation has caused anger among the population, with a fuel shortage being reported and motorcycle cabs threatening to protest. According to Prefect Fombele Mattias Tayem, the new rate was decided to “promote peace with Chad and stabilize prices”. Law enforcement forces have also been engaged to combat fuel smuggling into the neighboring country.