SENATOR SONKO GOING TO PRISON?! PROTESTS ERUPT IN SENEGAL! WATCH NOW!
In a shocking turn of events, the opposition leader of Senegal, Ousmane Sonko, has been handed a 2-year prison sentence for allegedly corrupting the youth, inciting uproar and chaos in the streets of Dakar. To add to the perplexity, Sonko vehemently denies any wrongdoing in relation to a rape case and instead is accused of immoral behavior, leaving his presidential aspirations for 2024 in complete disarray.
The severity of the sentencing can also potentially dash his hopes of running for elections. His legal team argues that this is a direct impediment to his political career aspirations.
The 48-year-old politician has been accused of rape and threatening the life of a masseuse, further complicating the scenario. Though he denies the accusations, a criminal court has found him guilty of corrupting people under the age of 21, potentially rendering him ineligible to participate in the upcoming 2024 Senegalese elections.
One of his lawyers, Bamba Cisse, confirms this, stating that “With this sentence, Sonko cannot be a candidate”. To add to the intrigue, legal expert Ndiack Fall suggests that Sonko could opt for a retrial if he surrenders himself to the authorities.
The rape case has previously led to violent protests across West Africa, with Sonko’s supporters citing that these charges are politically motivated. His associates have dubbed this verdict as a political conspiracy.
The PASTEF party, led by Sonko, also ascertains that this is a political vendetta, calling on citizens to take to the street and protest. The demonstrations have already turned violent, with the protestors setting buses on fire and clashing with the riot police, leading to the use of tear gas.
Sonko has been a figurehead for the opposition and has been a vocal critic of President Macky Sall. His popularity has grown amongst the younger generation, who are frustrated with the current administration’s inability to create employment opportunities. Critics also suspect that President Sall might seek ways to bypass term limits and run for office in 2024.
The country has been embroiled in political turmoil since these allegations emerge against Sonko. However, it is hard to predict what the future holds. In a separate case, Sonko is also appealing against a six-month suspended prison sentence for libel. What this means for his future economic and political plans is also uncertain.
So in conclusion, expect the unexpected in the more and more unpredictable world of Senegalese politics. And with that, let us sign off and bid you adieu!