Donkey drivers who took up jobs as trash collectors are now required to register with the National Environment Agency, the Inspector General of Police said on Friday.
The police chief did not specify if there is a fee associated to the registration but donkey drivers in the Kombos have been used as the primary collectors of trash from homes for disposal.
Area and municipal councils who are responsible for trash collection and disposal have failed in keeping up with the job. Piles of trash are left in neighborhoods and marketplaces posing serious health hazards.
The police said donkey drivers who fail to register will face consequences.
The police chief’s office said their carts may be impounded or may even be arrested for not having the proper license to collect and dispose trash.
“They need to leave the donkey drivers alone. We are doing a service their fellow public officials who take taxes from us everyday have failed to do. They should go arrest those people,” said Kanyi, a donley driver whose first name is left out for privacy reasons.
Kanyi said there are no jobs and this is how they take care of their families and are helping keep neighborhoods clean and safe, especially for the children who play outside.
It is not the first time donkey drivers came under police radar. The Gambia’s police had earlier warned them to get makeshift diapers for their donkeys to avoid having their waste on the roads. The police at the time said it was to keep the place clean but are now wanting to put regulations around donkey drivers helping keep places clean.