Boubacar Kamara works for a single opposition list. Because the chairman of the Pcs Building and Solidarity Party (Jengu tabax) considers cohabitation “possible and obligatory” from the point of view of the Legislative Assembly of July 31st. In this interview, the opponent and former director of customs analyzes the economic policy of the government.
In the Astu Sokhna case, the president of the republic fired the director of the hospital. Do you think Maki Sall is determined to solve the problem of our hospitals?
Sad case! My condolences go out to Mrs. Sokhna’s family and to all women still traumatized by the ordeal of childbearing. To die, having given life, is unthinkable, especially when there are shortcomings in the treatment of patients. This unfortunate event is the grain of sand that darkens the picture of inaugurations and good sports news. Added to this is pressure from teacher and health worker unions, dizzying price increases, widespread unemployment and preparations for election campaigns. The old Le Dantec hospital file has been dusted off. How long ? It’s known, but it’s a broken record. Everyone knows that in Senegal it is necessary to take care of health at all levels. A real solution for the development of human capital in the field of health requires a policy of general and medical prevention by achieving a share of the budget of 15% (recommendation of the African Union) dedicated to health, instead of less than 5% at present and well below the WHO standard. ten%. Everyone knows that in Senegal, the high cost of treatment is painfully built between the diagnosis of the disease and its treatment. The case of kidney failure is an eloquent illustration of this. According to the news, in a few days the President of the Republic will move on to something else, once again relegating the main issues to the background, unfortunately for the Senegalese.
Does the Tabax jotna coalition you created last weekend represent the 3rd seat in the July 31 parliament?
On Saturday, April 9, we launched the Tabax jotna coalition, which consists of a meeting of two coalitions, namely the Tabax euleuk coalition, which I initiated, and the Jotna coalition, formed the day after the presidential election. I clarify that we were once members of Yotna. These two coalitions ended up with other parties. In total, we have 39 political parties that have agreed to form this political coalition. The peculiarity of this organization is that it is a political coalition, and it will develop a government program, a management program for Senegal in all areas. This means that it is not cyclical. Even if we come to power or lose it, we must always have a renewed axis that allows us to interfere in the political field. We chose this option because it is a need for consistency. This is an opposition coalition that has a strategy for gaining power. We are discussing with Juvi, Vallu, AND Naule, AND Liggy… In short, with all the opposition, to see the best strategy. In the coming days, we will find out with whom to go to the polls.
Have you already started these negotiations?
We started talking to a lot of them and things are going really well.
What kind of National Assembly does Senegal need?
This is a real question. We are in a situation of organizing legislative elections before the presidential elections, in which the question arises of the participation of the outgoing president. He should not participate in these elections for several reasons. It is already necessary to signal the departure of Maki Sall with the parliamentary elections. So we need a National Assembly made up of a majority of the opposition. The second problem is that many opposition leaders have court records that are at least procedurally violated. These leaders must be restored in their rights. Therefore, we need a responsible National Assembly that can put these issues back on the table. We are not talking about impunity, but we must correct the use of these files to eliminate political leaders. The third question is that there are adopted laws that pose a threat to the freedom of citizens, in particular the law on terrorism. The authorities took advantage of this to introduce provisions that infringe on the freedom of the citizen.
There has never been cohabitation in Senegal. Do you think this is possible in 2022?
Absolutely! It is possible and necessary. How to get there: we need a single list of opposition. This is the promotion we are doing. We are discussing this with other coalitions.
This idea of a single list has always been agitated, but never carried out by the opposition…
I say it’s possible. To get a majority in the National Assembly, you need a single opposition list. This single list of opposition is needed by the Legislature because of the departmental list voting method. Several opposition lists will divide the votes and allow to keep power. A single list would serve as a referendum between Benno and the opposition. We will form a single opposition list based on the representation of each coalition. Therefore, the opposition should be united as much as possible within the framework of the coalition. Together we will define a distribution key that will allow the appointment of deputies. There is no need to be afraid of living together. It is a form of breathing democracy. With cohabitation, there will no longer be vassalage between the executive and the legislature.
How do you evaluate the results of this 13th Legislative Assembly?
The results of this 13th Legislative Assembly are very negative. His image is tarnished, because there are many court cases that denigrate the deputies. Even if these questions arise individually. At the international level, this is of great importance, especially in relation to counterfeit banknotes and illegal traffic in passports. How the National Assembly was able to allow the state of Senegal to allocate so much money to projects whose priority is in doubt. This is extremely serious! This 13th Legislature allowed President Mackie Sall to go into debt for projects like Ter, a $150 billion stadium… How could the Assembly leave it? The third is the processing of files on corruption, the National Assembly has the role of overseeing public funds. Sometimes they even arrange fact-finding missions instead of investigations. The case of 94 billion remains vague (a commission has been created, ed.). The National Assembly has become a graveyard for corruption files.
Pcs/Jengu Tobacco has one hundred municipal and departmental elected officials. ¬¬Are you going to join the Network of Local Elected Representatives of Senegal formed by the Yewwi askan wi coalition?
At the moment, these debates do not concern us. To be honest, I don’t think it’s a priority. Where we are, the priority is not to create associations of local elected officials. The good idea is that the state should not be allowed to control local elected officials because there are appropriations to be made. We cannot force people to join the association. They can create parallel associations. But for me it’s really not a priority.
What, in your opinion, explains the fact that the measures to reduce the prices of sugar, oil and rice are not applied by traders?
This cut decision is a political bluff as the president has no control over the price. We are in a liberal system where people buy and sell freely. The government may consult with some operators and agree to waive certain taxes and ask them to take these measures. Operators may agree to do so under certain conditions. They may say that they have stock or the proposed increase is too low and that it may change in a few months. Someone will say that there is a war going on in Europe, that oil has risen in price, that the level of freight has increased … So this story with a drop is pure cinema. We need to let prices skyrocket, but create the conditions for the product to be affordable and cheaper. To do this, we need to change direction: we must produce what we consume.
However, in his April 3 speech, President Macky Sall talks about food sovereignty…
It’s good that you say that he talked about it. The best way to hide your evil is to shout against this evil. As far as food sovereignty is concerned, Maki Sall is in a political sham. He called 2017 the year of rice self-sufficiency. 5 years later he comes back to tell us about the same thing. Where he failed, before people say it, he makes a speech about it.
With the influx of Senegalese on the Terre, have the disputes about the relevance of this means of transportation been finally settled?
What is a necessity is the transport of the Senegalese. We can transport the Senegalese without spending so much money. And without having to spend so much money to make it work. The debate is not because people think Ter is good. If there is Ter, you must take it. What should we do ? Nobody said that Ter should be destroyed. The problem is knowing that instead of Tera we can have a transportation system that costs less and that allows you to transport the maximum number of people and that does not work on the basis of debt status every month. We take billions to run a society that will never be profitable. Not with Senegalese tickets Ter will be profitable. We must take the State out of Ter and sell it to private individuals, with the stipulations that we keep the investment we have made and that the operation is given to the people. River and sea transport is much easier to set up. Ter is a bad investment.