Deadly clashes in Madina Gounass: general call for calm and consultation

Deadly clashes in Madina Gounass: general call for calm and consultation
Deadly clashes in Madina Gounass: general call for calm and consultation

The unfortunate events of Madina Gounass which caused a stir in Senegal did not leave public authorities and public authorities indifferent. However, they called on the protagonists of these clashes for general appeasement to allow people to live together in peace.

Discussions will begin “very soon” to find a solution to the dispute between Muslim religious communities of Madina Gounass, a religious city in the Vélingara department, in the Kolda region (South), announced the Minister of the Interior, Jean -Baptiste Tine. “I went to Madina Gounass on Tuesday following the unrest which unfortunately left one dead and around twenty injured, most of whom were released from treatment,” he declared. Arriving in the city of Medina Gounass the day after the clashes, the Minister of the Interior, Jean-Baptiste Tine met the Caliph Generals of Medina Gounass, Thierno Amadou Tidiane Ba, and of Fouladou, Thierno Mounirou Baldé. “If there are measures to be taken, we will take them and in any case, discussions will begin very soon to find a lasting solution to the situation in Medina Gounass,” assured Mr. Tine. The Minister of the Interior further stressed that following these events, an investigation will be opened and a meeting with the two religious guides will be organized in Dakar to find a definitive solution to the dispute opposing the two communities in Medina Gounass. General Tine also indicated that he had highlighted the joking cousinship between the Serer and the Fulani to ask the two Caliphs to contribute to appeasement in this religious situation. “I took advantage of the joking cousinship between Fulani and Serer people to humbly ask them that they do everything to bring calm and serenity to this region for the benefit of our populations,” he said.

For its part, the Unitary Framework of Islam in Senegal (Cudis), also calls for a lasting resolution of the dispute between the communities. “We call on the State of Senegal and the entire national community to mobilize to help restore calm and resolve this problem in a sustainable manner,” indicates the movement. Cudis recalls that this conflict, dating back several years, with multifactorial determinants, has experienced “recurrent, sometimes fatal eruptions” in the past, and constitutes a latent threat to Senegal’s model of living together. The organization calls on “the parties in conflict to pull themselves together, to show self-improvement and to favor their common affiliations and the Islamic teachings of peace and fraternity so that calm and serenity return very quickly to the locality”. Cudis, which includes personalities with links to stakeholders, “reaffirms its strong desire” to initiate conciliation procedures and to support any other approach in this direction.

Like Cudis, the National Council of Imams and Ulemas of Senegal (Cnios) also expressed “its deep concern about the recent clashes that occurred in Medina Gounass. An opportunity to formulate some recommendations to move towards an easing of tensions. “We encourage the opening of an inclusive dialogue between the parties concerned in Medina Gounass to find peaceful and lasting solutions. We are ready to offer our mediation to facilitate these discussions. As a reminder, on Monday June 17, just after the Eid El Kebir or Tabaski prayer, around 11 a.m., unfortunate incidents broke out between the faithful of Thierno Amadou Tidiane Ba, the Caliph General of Madina Gounass and (those ) of Thierno Mounirou Baldé, caliph of Médinatoul Houda, the other name of Madina Gounass. Initially, 2 deaths were reported, but the press release from Thierno Amadou Tidiane Ba’s relatives limits it to 1 death.

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