In the spotlight: expensive life and poverty in Senegal

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“The march towards the dear life that was killed in the bud,” exclaims the newspaper South. The march planned by activists and other members of civil society, politicians and civic movements the day before yesterday Sunday [12 septembre], in Guédiawaye, against the high cost of living, was interrupted by the police. The police, who marketed the area very early, carried out violent arrests by the organizers. Activist Guy Marius Sagna and some of his comrades from the Frapp / France Dégage movement and civic movements and organizations were arrested. ”

A counterproductive ban? “Absurd, launches Enquête. Power phobias have polluted prefectural reasons and stifled public intelligence. It would have been easier to let this demonstration run and channel it […]. It would have been more useful for the public to be accommodating, although it may seem paradoxical, to let these men and women go to condemn the high cost of living, as well as detrimental to power itself. It would have been more thought-provoking to ally with these protests through its state, to condemn the surplus of certain food complexes, certain real estate lobbies and some citizens who are eager for profit and at the same time take bold measures to neutralize the unscrupulous beast’s unscrupulous profit. “

Is Macky Sall scared?The country in Burkina Faso adds: “We wonder what Macky Sall is afraid of. Instead of giving answers to the people, some of whom pull the devil by the tail, he prefers to oppress them. Would Macky Sall want to hide the sun with her finger? We know, Ouagalais points out daily, that the housewife’s basket is shrinking like hell in Senegal because of the high prices of basic food. And if they do not take appropriate action to counter this situation, Macky’s power should have established a dialogue with civil society. It is obvious that oppression cannot be a response to the high cost of living. “

Poverty is getting worse … This march against the high cost of living has therefore come to a head, at the same time as a study from the National Agency for Statistics and Demography on poverty in the country is emerging. “While the government is proud of an ’emerging Senegal’,” states WalfQuotidien, this study shows that the number of poor people has increased in Senegal (6 million in 2018, compared to just over 5 million in 2011). Worse, 50.9% of Senegalese consider themselves poor. “In addition,” this study undermines the government’s comments on agricultural production. In fact, its results show that “food insecurity is still a reality” in Senegal. It mainly affects rural areas in the regions of Kolda, Kédougou, Sédhiou, Tambacounda and Matam. “And again,” Survey notes, this study was conducted in 2018 and 2019, that is, prior to the arrival of Covid-19, “which seriously affected the economy and Senegalese households.” The situation must therefore have worsened.

Alpha Condé: “Better to be killed than to sign during my resignation” On the front page also these revelations of Young Africa on the conditions of detention and Alpha Condé’s state of mind. The former Guinean president is being held in the special forces unit, which is installed in a wing of the People’s Palace, at the entrance to Kaloum, and more specifically in the suite where Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya previously lived. It is also in the same room (and not in the Sékhoutouréya Palace) that the now famous photo of Alpha Condé, sitting on a sofa and surrounded by soldiers, was taken shortly after his arrest. […] Alpha Condé has a bedroom, a living room and a bathroom, but does not have access to its telephones or to the radio. The TV, which he could watch for a while, was taken from him because, according to his guards, he “gets angry every time he sees Lieutenant Colonel Doumbouya on the screen and it affects his state of health”. “

In addition, always according to Young Africa, Alpha Condé would refuse any resignation: “Rather killed than signed”, he would have said. Finally, the Pan-African website reports, the former president “still struggles sometimes to realize that he is no longer at the head of the country. He demands that his work computer be sent back to him, where “a hundred documents” are stored which he had to sign in order to conclude an agreement between Guinea, the IMF and the World Bank. He also reminds that he was expected at the UN General Assembly on September 23 to speak on behalf of Guinea and he is worried about who will take his place. “

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