Recently invited on the set of national television (0RTM/JT at 8 p.m. on November 12, 2022) to explain the problem of the high cost of living in Mali, the Minister of Industry and Trade really fell into the dilatory and demagoguery to the point of no longer attracting the attention of Malians. Giving an overview of the situation, he dwelled above all on “the country’s normal supply»! Which is a way of drowning the fish since we all know that the problem of the Malian lamnda is elsewhere: the dizzying rise in food prices ! The market may be well stocked, but what good is it if the vast majority cannot afford to live decently?
Not to mention that the minister teaches us nothing by reminding us that there are cause and effect relationships between the inflation we are experiencing and the Ukrainian crisis, the induced effects of the sanctions taken by ECOWAS and UEMOA against our country already tested by the security and health crises linked to Covid-19. And, obviously to clear his conscience, he tries to convince us by comparing the prices between Mali, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. Objectivity then required him to also compare the incomes of Malians, Senegalese and Ivorians.
As one colleague wrote,if fuel, oil, milk… cost more in these countries than here in Mali, the Minister cannot derive any glorification from it because, in these countries, incomes and salaries are higher… and the powers have adopted many facilities there to support households“. In reality, the Malians did not expect such a difficult exercise from the Minister of Commerce. They just wanted concrete solutions to their ordeal. For example, they wanted to understand why, despite the efforts made by the Transitional government to the tune of several billion CFA francs to cushion the price of basic necessities, prices keep climbing?
But, he preferred to still entertain the gallery. Meanwhile, Malians learn that the transitional ministers of a neighboring country have decided to give up 50% of their salaries. During this time, they learn that President Macky Sall of Senegal announced (November 5, 2022) reduction measures relating to housing, rice, oil, sugar or even school supplies to relieve populations facing the high cost of living. The presidential measure aims to relieve the Senegalese who have recently been confronted with an increase in basic necessities and other basic services… Here is something concrete! And that is what people expect from a government.
Malians have so far shown amazing resilience. And despite the increasingly exorbitant cost of this transition, few people flinch. Proof that the majority have understood that there is a price to pay for change and that they are ready to assume it. But you shouldn’t pull too much on the rope either! Failing to be able to relieve their ordeal, we must at least avoid making certain statements as if we were taunting them. Silence is golden ! And when there are no solutions to the difficulties of the people, you have to know how to keep a low profile and continue to lead the reflection to comfort them.
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