The President’s Controversies and Unsuspected Spending

The President’s Controversies and Unsuspected Spending
The President’s Controversies and Unsuspected Spending

Senegal is preparing to celebrate Tabaski this Monday, June 17, 2024, without the foundations of the Nation being called into question, even if the interurban transport sector is in turmoil. In Gounass, Sharia law seems to have conquered some territories, causing tensions right from prayer.

In Dakar, tradition dictates that President Macky Sall performs his ritual of purchasing sheep for the celebration. This year, under strong escort, he bought two sheep at a public price of one hundred and sixty thousand CFA francs each. These amounts, while reasonable, raise questions about the protocol, security and communications costs associated with this presidential purchase.

The head of state ensured that the process took place in front of the benevolent cameras of the RTS, with Bassirou Diomaye Faye choosing two worthy sheep so as not to create marital crises. However, ancillary costs remain unspecified, fueling speculation about the transparency of public spending.

During this period, the national economic debate focused on the rise in food prices. Some Senegalese, immune by their privilege, care little about price fluctuations, while others, recently made poor, struggle to adapt to new economic realities.

On the other side, the nouveau riche, former prisoners supported by the March 2024 electoral project, proudly show off their checks on social networks. The slogan ‘Diomaye môy Sonko’ having been sent as a letter in the post, life seems better for those who were able to benefit from this change.

Internationally, the president will soon have to go to France to maintain good relations with global financial organizations. Controversial subjects such as the criticisms made by Ousmane Sonko against France, the slogan ‘France get out’ and the accusations of crimes against humanity against Macky Sall by Juan Branco are on the agenda.

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