Abidjan: Life Resumes After Mutiny

  • Traffic jam at Liberté round about in Adjamé, Abidjan | Wikimedia Commons

The economic capital of Abidjan and the main cities of Côte d’Ivoire have returned to normal with the end of the soldier mutiny that had paralysed activities for several days.

Traffic jams, a common sight in the megalopolis of some 5 million people, have reappeared and common modes of transport and other woro-woro (shared taxis) were circulating as per a normal day in Abidjan.

The plateau, the administrative district – the seat of the Presidency, Government, and Parliament, department stores, banks, and all offices have reopened and attendance was normal.

Employees of the African Development Bank (AfDB) resumed work at their headquarters after three days of absence. “All is well. Everybody is at his workstation”, Clémence Niamké says, a senior official of the Ivorian administration.

On Tuesday, the rebellious soldiers returned to their barracks after four days of unrest that had affected several cities for the payment of bonuses promised after the first mutiny in January.

An agreement reached the previous day between the Government and the mutineers allowed the end of the movement launched last Friday in Bouaké, in the north of the country. On Wednesday, the activities were normal in Ivory Coast’s second-largest city.

In addition to Abidjan and Bouaké, the cities of San Pedro in the south, Korhogo in the north, and Man in the west, where the mutinies were extended, have also returned to normal according to local residents.