Ousmane Sonko's complaint against Macky Sall in Paris: bad advice or betrayal?
Macky Sall is clearly pulling out all the stops in his bid for a third term as President. We Senegalese have the onerous task of standing in his way. If we falter, if we let him get away with it, he won't stop there. After that, it will be a fourth term and a fifth and so on and so forth. He will stay in power forever and become the "Paul Biya of Senegal" (41 years in power in Cameroon) or the "Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Senegal" (44 years in power in Equatorial Guinea). Is this what we want? No. Macky Sall launched his gangs of killers against the Senegalese who were peacefully protesting against the court's decision to sentence Ousmane Sonko to two years' imprisonment with the sole aim of making him ineligible. Dozens and dozens of people were killed.
Macky Sall is spilling Senegalese blood to stay in power. This is a crime against humanity. It is therefore a good decision on the part of Ousmane Sonko to lodge a complaint against him with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. We support this decision. However, when, for the same reasons, Sonko lodges a complaint against himself with the Crimes against Humanity Unit of the Paris Court of Justice, we are astonished and demand explanations for this latest move. Does Sonko want to plunge us back into the French colonial yoke when he is not even president yet? Why is he entrusting the settlement of a Senegalese-Senegalese matter to France? Has he already betrayed us with this approach, or is he simply ill-advised?
Oumane Sonko's move during the tug-of-war with Macky Sall is raising questions among the Senegalese people. Is this the result of bad advice or already a betrayal? We Senegalese want our affairs to be settled in Dakar and not in Paris. Perhaps our assessment of this approach is not the right one. What is certain is that Sonko has a duty to explain this to the Senegalese people.