Senegal: M2D outlines demands

Mar 16, 2021, 11:15 AM

The Movement for the Defense of Democracy (M2D) informs the Senegalese that they have received Serigne Bassirou Mbacké Porokhane, emissary of the Caliph General of the Mourides, Serigne Mountakha Mbacké.

At the end of the discussions, the M2D accepted the request for postponement of the demonstration of Saturday March 13, 2021 made by the venerated Caliph.

In return, the M2D sent the Khalif a memorandum with 10 points demand. These ten points are:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release all incarcerated political prisoners and quash all charges against them.

2. Set up an independent National Commission, inclusive and open to civil society, the opposition and religious leaders, among others, to assess the reparations and compensation to be granted to the families of the victims and to assess their proper execution

3. Immediately end the politico-judicial plot against Ousmane Sonko and refrain from any further charges against him: restore his parliamentary immunity

4. Open an independent investigation to find and bring before national and / or international courts all those who, in the police as among the thugs and militiamen recruited by the authorities, are guilty of crimes in the demonstrations as well as their sponsors

5. Immediately stop the persecution of opponents, threats and intimidation, including through phone tapping and espionage;

6. Restore the rights of political actors illegally stripped of their rights to prevent them from standing for election;

7. Make a public commitment to organize local elections in 2021, legislative elections in 2022 and the Presidential election in 2024 under free, democratic and transparent conditions;

8. Publicly recognise the constitutional and moral impossibility of running for a third term

9. Require the audit of the management of strategic social sectors such as water, especially rural, as well as health and education

10. Immediate end to land grabbing, audit of national land assets

The M2D places its full confidence in the moral authority of the venerated Khalifes of all the brotherhoods and of the Church and wishes them to find, for once, an attentive ear with President Macky Sall for a lasting peace in the country.

The M2D thanks the Senegalese people, especially young people, for the confidence placed in the movement.

The M2D calls on the people to remain mobilised and attentive.

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