Boubacar Camara is working on a single opposition list. Because the chairman of the Reconstruction and Solidarity Party Pc (Jengu tabax) considers coexistence as “possible and necessary” in the perspective of the July 31st Legislative Assembly. In this interview, the dissident and former Customs director examines the government’s economic policy.
In the case of Astou Sokhna, the President dismissed the director of the hospital. Do you think Macky Sall is committed to solving the problem of our hospitals?
Sad case! My condolences to Ms. Sokhna’s family and all women still traumatized by the ordeal of reproduction. It is unthinkable to die while giving life, especially when there are deficiencies in the treatment of patients. This unfortunate event is a grain of sand that darkens the picture of openings and good sports news. Add to this the pressure from teachers’ and health personnel’s unions, the dizzying rise in prices, widespread unemployment, and the preparation of election contests. The old Le Dantec hospital file has been dusted. For how long ? Known but a broken record. Everyone knows that in Senegal, attention must be paid to health at all levels. The real solution for human capital health promotion requires a general and medical prevention policy, currently reaching 15% of the budget allocated to health (African Union recommendation) of less than 5% and well below the WHO standard. of 10%. Everyone knows that between the diagnosis and treatment of a disease in Senegal, the high cost of care is painfully embedded. The case of kidney failure is a good example of this. In a few days, according to the reports, the President will switch to something else, once again putting the fundamental issues into the background and regretting the Senegalese unfortunately.
Does the Tabax jotna coalition you started last weekend include the 3rd for July 31 Legislative Assembly?
On Saturday, April 9, we launched the Tabax jotna coalition, which was formed by the combination of two coalitions, the Tabax euleuk coalition, which I initiated, and the Jotna coalition, which was formed the day after the presidential election. I state that we were once members of Jotna. These two coalitions resulted in other parties. In total, we have 39 political parties that have agreed to form this political coalition. The characteristic of this organization is that it is a political coalition and will establish a government program, a management program for Senegal in every field. This means it is not cyclical. Even if we come to power or lose it, we must always have an up-to-date axis that allows us to intervene in the political arena. We chose this option because consistency is needed. It is an opposition coalition with a strategy of conquering power. We discuss with Yewwi, Wallu, Nawlé and Liggey in short all opposition to see the best strategy. We will find out in the coming days with whom we will go to the elections.
Have you already started these negotiations?
We’ve started talking to a lot of them and it’s going very well.
Which National Assembly is required for Senegal?
That’s the real question. We are an organization where the participation of the outgoing President and the parliamentary elections before the presidential election is revealed. He should not participate in these elections for various reasons. The signal for Macky Sall’s departure should now be signaled with the legislative elections. So we need a National Assembly made up of a majority of the opposition. The second issue is that the court records of many opposition leaders were at least procedural. The rights of these leaders must be restored. So we need a responsible National Assembly that can bring these issues back to the table. We’re not talking about impunity, but we must fix the use of these files to eliminate political leaders. The third issue is that there are laws enacted that pose a threat to the freedom of citizens, especially the anti-terror law. The government took advantage of this to make provisions that would violate the freedom of the citizen.
Senegal has never experienced cohabitation. Do you think it is possible in 2022?
Exactly ! It is possible and necessary. How to get there: You need a single opposition list. This is our promotion. We are discussing this with other coalitions.
This single list idea was always provoked, but never implemented by the opposition.
I’m saying it’s possible. A single list of opposition is required to ensure it has a majority in the National Assembly. This single list of opposition is essential to the Legislature because of the method of voting in departmental lists. A few lists of opposition will split the vote and allow power to be retained. A single list would function as a referendum between Benno and the opposition. We will create a single opposition list based on the representation of each coalition. For this reason, the opposition should be brought together as much as possible within the framework of the coalition. Together we will define a distribution key that will make it possible to identify the deputies. You don’t have to be afraid to live together. This is the breathing of democracy. With cohabitation, there will no longer be vassalage between the executive and the legislative.
How do you evaluate the results of this 13th Legislature?
The results of this 13th Legislature are very negative. Its image is tarnished as there are numerous lawsuits defaming MPs. Even if these questions arise individually. At the international level, this has a huge impact, especially on counterfeit banknotes and passport smuggling. How did the National Assembly allow the State of Senegal to devote so much money to projects whose priority is questionable? Extremely serious! This 13th Legislature has allowed President Macky Sall to go into debt for projects like Sweat, a 150-billion stadium… how could the Assembly let it go? Third is the processing of corruption-related files, the National Assembly has the role of oversight of State funds. Sometimes they even put on fact-finding missions instead of investigating. The 94 billion issue remains unclear (A commission established, Editor’s note). The National Assembly has become a graveyard of corruption cases.
There are hundreds of municipal and departmental elected officials in the Mengu/Jengu tabax. ¬¬Will you join Senegal’s network of locally elected representatives formed by the Yewwi askan wi coalition?
For the moment, this discussion is of no interest to us. Frankly, I don’t think this is a priority. Where we are, the priority is not to establish associations of local elected officials. The idea is good because the state should not be allowed to control local elected officials as there are allocations to be made. We cannot force people to become members of an association. They are free to form parallel associations. But that’s not really a priority for me.
What do you think is the reason why traders did not implement the price reduction measure for sugar, oil and rice?
This downgrade is a political bluff because the President has no control over the price. We are in a liberal system where people buy and sell freely. The government may consult certain operators and agree to waive certain taxes and ask them to pass these measures. Operators may agree to do this under certain conditions. They may say they have stock on hand or that the proposed increase is very low and could change in a few months. Some will say that there is a war in Europe, the price of oil has risen, the freight level has risen… So this fall story is a movie. We must let prices explode, but create the conditions for the product to be available and cheaper. For this we need a change of direction: we must produce what we consume.
But President Macky Sall talks about food sovereignty in his April 3 speech…
Good thing you said you did. The best way to hide evil is to shout against it. On food sovereignty, Macky Sall is engaged in a political hoax. He referred to 2017 as the year of self-sufficiency in rice. 5 years later, he comes back to tell us the same thing. Where it fails, before people say it, they have a talk about it.
With the influx of Senegalese to Ter, has the controversy over the suitability of this mode of transport been definitively resolved?
A must is the transport of Senegalese. We can transport Senegalese without spending a lot of money. And without having to spend a lot of money to get it to work. The discussion isn’t for people to understand that Ter is fine. If the sweat is there, you should get it. What should we do ? Nobody said that the Ter had to be destroyed. The problem is that instead of sweat, we can have a transportation system that costs less, allows the maximum number of people to be transported, and does not operate on a status owed basis each month. We get billions to run a society that will never be profitable. It is not with tickets to Senegal that Ter will be profitable. We need to get the state out of Ter and sell it to private individuals who keep the investments we have made and with the phrases that the operation is given to the public. River and sea transport is much easier to set up. Sweat is a bad investment.