Radio Erena: 26 February 2015
Eritrea’s ruling PFDJ party intensifies its contraband businesses from neighboring Sudan to supply its shortages in the country.
14 Lorry trucks loaded with perishables like milk, cooking oil, flour, soap, and some laundry detergents were seen to be headed to the Eritrean town of Tessennai last week.
According to the news confirmed by Radio Erena sources from the area, one of the 14 trucks turned over before it crossed over to the Eritrea and its driver is reported to be dead.
Embassy of Eritrea staff and members of the PFDJ businesses in Sudan registered as business owners are believed to be the main actors who perform the illegal business activities in Sudan.
Although the Sudanese government has put in place a special military force between Eritrea and Sudan to prevent the illegal commercial activities, the PFDJ agents are still seen to carry on importing perishable and non-perishable items across the border. And this is attributed to wide spread of corruption by the Sudanese authorities in the area.
At a time when people in Eritrea are hit hard with food shortages, seeing outdated perishable items furnished by the PFDJ contrabands sold in the streets in the country is prevalent.
Our sources from Eritrea underlined that the PFDJ ration distribution shops that were set up to serve the people by selling perishable items like sugar and cooking oil at a fair rate, are also reported to be unable to supply themselves.