Russian Mercenaries To Start Collecting Coffee Tax In Central African Republic

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The Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in the Central African Republic have taken over the collection of taxes on coffee being exported to other countries.

According to locals in places like Bria and Ndele, the Russian mercenaries are now in charge of taxation of agricultural export products such as cocoa and coffee.

They told newsmen that tax on each ton of coffee destined for export, which hitherto was extorted from producers by armed groups, especially the Seleka and Anti-Balaka, has been taken over by the Wagner Security Group.

Locals revealed that the Wagner Security Group has set up units in Bria, Ouadda, Ndele and other agricultural production zones for the collection of taxes for each ton of coffee bought by Sudanese businessmen who come to the Central African Republic to purchase the commodity.

Before the Russian mercenaries took over the collection of taxes on coffee in Bria and Ndele, the taxes constituted 70 per cent of the income of armed groups operating in the area.

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