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The imam of the day (06/17/2022) at the Demba Wagué mosque in Djélibougou announced at the start of his sermon this Friday that the Economic and Financial Pole of Bamako has asked imams to speak on the theme of corruption.

At first sight, nothing abnormal that an imam speaks about the flaws of society during the weekly Friday sermon. But, that a body like the Economic Pole asks that the imams deal with a specific theme in the mosques; it can open Pandora’s box.

Today, Imam Traoré did not go by the back of the spoon. He had a document certainly drawn up jointly by Limama and the Economic Pole. He revealed that between 2005 and 2019, more than 1000 billion were diverted in the public administration in Mali, that this amount could make it possible to build more than 200 hospitals like the hospital of Mali, more than 40 bridges like the third Bamako bridge, etc.

Then, he threw himself, like in a political meeting, into a judgment against the political class, from those resulting from the coup d’etat of 1968 to the present day. For 45 minutes, he castigated, denounced, accused, denigrated and even cursed, without really giving the sources, nor any evidence to support the allegations made. Alone, without opponents, he shed the embezzlement and generalized the filthiness of state clerks.

In the mosque, we heard a lot of whispers. After the prayer, the discussions in front of the religious enclosure were really rough and went in all directions.

We wonder if this method of raising awareness of the Economic Pole is effective. And then will it not produce the opposite effect of the expected result? Finally, the imams who must bring the message by mixing faith, politics, macroeconomic analyses, by measuring the consequences of budgetary vagrancy, all of this in a few minutes, will they not confuse the faithful, the majority of whom are really not in a position to sort it out?

The Economic Pole must concentrate on its investigations to make it easier for judges to do their job. And on the other hand, imams must clean up the souls of believers, appease national opinion and allow citizens to choose the right path. Each entity has its path already mapped out, its mission clearly defined, but trying to mix genres can lead to uncontrollable dreams, especially in a country that is trying to find its way.

Do not classify me in any camp, I am only opining on a process that I do not find profitable to my country in the current context.

Moussa Sey Diallo

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