Tajiks President bans donkeys from his sight

August 13th, 2012 - 9:16 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Kulob, Aug 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) According to a report by local media, citizens in the city of Kulob in Tajik have been banned from appearing to the streets on hand driven carts by officials during President Emomali Rahmon’s visit to the city. Since several districts in the city have no functioning water supplies, the residents are forced to get water from elsewhere using donkeys.

On Thursday, the local radio station reported that the residents have been requested not to appear on the streets with their donkeys and handcarts during the president’s forthcoming visit by the Municipal lawmakers. It still is not clear if the residents are going to obey the unofficial request thus to please their president by not looking for water which in turn translates to no water for domestic use.

In 2012, Tajikistan was ranked as a ‘non free’ country by the US based freedom house watchdog in the freedom of the world index. A non-free state is one which the citizens are not let to exercise their democratic rights. Tajikistan has been ruled by President Rahmon for 20 years now. Kulob which is Tajikistan’s third largest city with a population of 150000 people had been given $3.5 million to renovate the city’s water supply.

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