In Senegal, the controversy over the management of Covid funds continues

The management of funds released to fight the Covid-19 pandemic is controversial in Senegal.

Here, a health professional prepares a vaccine in Dakar in 2021 (illustration image).

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The final report of the Court of Auditors on the management of funds to fight against Covid-19 provokes the anger of the opposition and civil society in Senegal who denounce embezzlement.

The Senegalese government relates these accusations and claims that 99% of the funds were well managed.

But these explanations did not convince part of the public.


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With our correspondent in Dakar,

Birahim Toure

“The heist of the century!

», « 

the Republic of thieves


 “, “

 stay at home, we are in charge of stealing from you! 

": these are the few murderous phrases relayed by the opposition, civil society and even journalists in Senegal in recent days, after the publication of the

report of the Court of Auditors on the management of funds

devoted to the fight against the Covid pandemic -19.

We need an explanation of the Court of Auditors' report on mismanagement of #covid19 funds.

It is simply an abomination!

The taxpayer's money must be returned to the state coffers.

— Aminata TOURE (@aminatatoureklk) December 19, 2022

The government had organized a press conference on Friday, December 23 to try to defuse the controversy.

In the end, the charm operation seems to have had the opposite effect.

Several politicians, members of the opposition, say they are disappointed with this attempt at minimization, according to them.

7 billion CFA francs in damage

This is the case of the Yewwi Askan Wi coalition.

This entity bringing together part of the opposition calls on the people to demonstrate on Friday, December 30 to force the government not to leave what it calls a forfeiture without follow-up.

All to the demonstration of the 30th!

— Yewwi Askan Wi (@yewwi_askanwi) December 28, 2022

The total damage is just under 7 billion CFA francs, or just over 10 million euros according to the government.

The Senegalese Minister of Finance maintains that this represents less than 1% of the 1000 billion committed for the management of Covid-19.

A non-negligible sum, believe certain private media which, for several days, have been offering their readers, listeners and viewers summaries of the report of the Court of Auditors.

The text, which covers nearly 180 pages, recommends for certain officials of the ministries involved in the management of these funds, the opening of judicial inquiries for various offenses including: overbilling, embezzlement of public funds, among others.


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