At the PACP party launch and celebration of Yeah’s candidacy on July 10, Yeah gave an excellent accpetance speech, sharing his vision and plans for his country. Read the translated version here:
Ladies and gentlemen of the diplomtic corps,
Dear guests, leaders, and supports of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action,
Dear guests and friends of the political parties CODEM and RpDM,
Before I speak to you, let me pay tribute to the very people who helped me arrive here today. My father, Seriba Samaké, who educated me, who gave me a sense of service to the community, who taught me integrity and respect. Thank you, father.
I would also like to honor my mothers, Yiridio Konate and Fanta Bagayogo who are with us tonight. These women made many sacrifices so that I could eat and survive the challenges of hunger. Thank you mom.
I was not the easiest child so I thank you Seriba, Ganta, and Yiridioo for all you have done for me. This is honor, and this is why it is essential that it all starts with the family.
To this point ,my candidacy is dedicated to the Malian family, to every Malian family during the next five-year period that will put their trust in me as president.
Before beginning my speech, I take this time to say that every Malian family will know dignity, every Malian family will experience a good education, every Malian family will be healthy, every Malian family will be reassured that this great Mali which we all have high hopes, will never capsize.
Dear guests, I thank God for allowing us to be here today together to turn the page on twenty years of bad leadership.
However, I should like to ask that we observe a minute of silence for the Malian army and those that we have lost, that our parents may rest in peace.
With that said, Ben Sharif Diabate, Mr. Sidibe, Sibiri Mariko, and Mr. Fomba, will each take a turn talking about the specific values that we follow including, a sense of service to serve one’s nation.
Today I would like to acknowledge once again my dear wife Marissa Samake.
Marissa is an Indian, as you may also call her a Hindu, who was born in the Arab country of Bahrain. I met her in the United States and she left her home, she left the United States of America, to accompany me to Mali. I entrust it to you that this is because she has adopted Mali as her country. She came to serve women in Mali, she came to serve the youth in Mali, she came to serve Mali.
Ladies and gentlemen, today is history. We have the opportunity today to go through the front door of the history of our country.
We will not miss this opportunity, we must seize this opportunity to help Mali shine and we must seize the opportunity to raise Mali from the ashes of tragedy, a human sociopolitical tragedy that we have known.
Together, we will will raise this great Mali that is going to review these 53 years and look into the eyes of other nations with confidence, as an equal, and not as a national less than others, as the pride of Mali is restored.
Ladies and Gentlemen, with you, I am honored to carry the flag for the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action given to me for the election on July 28, 2013.
Humbly, I agree to serve.
I agree to accept this candidacy.
I agree with your support, to bring a victory.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
PACP is based on values.
We are a young party founded on the fundamental principles of human dignity, we are committed.
Ladies and gentlemen, to this end, we create a program, a vision, that will put money in the pockets of the poor, which will provide access to the best quality of education, which will provide each village with a classroom so that children no longer have to walk 3 km to go to school, a single development program, a development program that will ensure stability and prosperity of Mali for each Malian family.
This vision is based primarily on the concrete.
Unlike other parties, we believe in tangible projects.
When we talk about education, when we say we are going to improve the quality of education in Mali, when others make merely promises;
As the PACP, we have some projects and we take action, concrete actions in the direction of improving the quality of education and improving the access to educational infrastructure, including construction of classrooms and the gift of scholarships whose value is higher than Mali has ever given at 25 million CFA per year for nine people with three years of training.
Nine (9) Malian children have benefited from our scholarships and still today, continue their studies in the United States.
Some parents of these students are in the room with us, to show their gratitude and their honor in seeing their children study in the best atmosphere.
With all of that said, with President Samaké in Koulouba (the Presidential palace), each region will have its own university, because we can no longer continue the “brain drain” to the capital.
When a young man receives education beyond the high school level, he is regularly separated from his community and sent to Bamako where there is the only university in Mali.
Each region needs its resources. Each region would be better if the intellectuals stayed behind as they would with the creation of universities in every region. Teachers will arrive in these regions.
I tell you this because it is a part of the developmental program of PACP. We will also introduce technology in education.
The management of our universities today lack credibility.
We must ensure that grades are awarded on merit, by introducing an evaluation system that leaves no room for compromise.
It will start from the first year that PACP is in power with President Yeah Samaké, speaking of the education program.
At university level, education will be financed by the government.
We will be looking to turn this page on July 28.
We turn the page on management without results.
We will require results whenever taxpayers’ money is invested.
We will ask and will require results of our teachers.
That education is accessible to our children. I, myself am a teacher by training.
I’ll tell you about the PACP program, which also includes improving the quality of healthcare by requiring that hospital law is enforced, that Malians can received care in the ER. Doctors will now have the opportunity to serve in state hospitals rather than in clinics and they will be paid and results will be expected of physicians.
Briefly, I will tell you that security is an important component in the development program of PACP. It is certain that development is not possible without security, we are at peace because of the presence of security. So, security is an important component of the PACP project. We will ensure that the Malian borders are more porous, engaging over 15,000 young men and women in the armed forces and defense division.
The most important component is decentralization, where the PACP is strongly invested.
To make it effect, the process of decentralization across the Malian territory is done by putting communities in charge of the management of their resources to avoid the expectation that the state distributes money to them.
This will strengthen the capacity of municipal leaders so as to involve traditional leaders and religious leaders in the development process of the country. Each Malian has a duty to participate, serving Mali to become a strong nation.
Ladies and gentlemen, briefly addressing some elements of the PACP, we will ensure that this new Mali will be served.
Mali will also need a “Water” initiative to serve farmers.
We need to create fertilizer factories that will not only create jobs, but also to lower the price of fertilizer so that we can put money in the pocket of the farmers.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to prepare you to take you to witness the fact that I am committed to serve the Mali and not serve me in Mali.
With you, I pledge to turn the page on 20 years of bad leadership in Mali,
To turn the page on 20 years of bad education,
To turn the page on 20 years of social injustice,
To turn the page on 20 years of irresponsibility.