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Mali : the law on illicit enrichment embarrasses

In Mali, officials have until the end of August to declare their property to the Central Office for Fighting Illegal Enrichment, which was set up a few months ago. But the measure is already contested in the workplace.

The measure is described as “gnengo” (selfish in the Bambara national language), according to several headlines of the Malian press quoting anonymous sources, which aims to “prevent civil servants from living at ease”.

The sling comes in particular from the National Union of State Administration Workers (SYNTADE) led by Yacouba Katilé. According to our information, members of the Syntade believe that the measure is “unfair because not concerning the big fish that swim in the river of corruption”.

Yacouba Katilé, general secretary of the union, partially confirms the facts. Reached on the phone by, he first evokes “rumors”. Then he adds: “Yes, there is a hesitation that is wrong, but it is not because we reject” the measure. No more precision, but according to Mr. Katilé, work is currently underway on the subject at the union level and “everyone” will hear their point of view at the appropriate time. According to our information, the union already had two meetings on Sunday July 16 and yesterday Monday on the issue.

In Mali, the Central Office for Fighting Illegal Enrichment intimates the 55,000 civilian and military civil servants and thousands of other community workers to declare their property before the end of August. Under penalty of revocation and prohibition to exercise for five years.

Declarations of property, which will also be accompanied by other investigations to compare the gain of each worker to his fortune. “And the slightest discrepancy must be justified by the concerned person”, said a source in the Central Office for Fighting Illegal Enrichment.

Aboubacar Dicko