Mayor of Ouelessebougou, Yeah Samake, and First Vice President of the Association of Municipalities of Mali (AMM), publicized his candidacy for the 2012 presidential election on Friday, July 15. The announcement of his candidacy took everyone by surprise because he is from the URD party, whose godfather, Soumaila Cisse, is considered one of the favorites for this presidential election. In this regard, Yeah Samake declared, “I do not want Soumaila Cisse to be President of the Republic of Mali. He does not embody the values that I would expect from a president…” Yeah Samake, with the support of forty mayors across the country and from various other political groups, will soon create his own party (Party for Civic and Patriotic Action), which will be launched very soon.
The mayor of Ouelessebougou calls himself a supporter of integrity and transparency. He supports the Union for the Republic and democracies foreign values. As evidence, he speaks of the government of Alpha Omar Konare, which he argues is not exempt from criticism. Clearly, Yeah Samake says he does not want “a leader who drags pots behind him. He will not be a good president. Many of the people in the URD agree with me, but they do not have the political courage to say.”
The Mayor of Ouelessebougou, who has no personal problems with Soumaila Cisse, said he was approached by him for support in the elections. Yeah said he could not support his principles.
“It takes integrity and a sense of responsibility to make things happen in Mali. Human dignity holds little meaning in Mali because of the widespread corruption. The country has been depleted,” lamented the Mayor of Ouelessebougou. He intends to offer a different vision for Mali through the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action. His party will be launched very soon. To achieve his ambitions, he will focus on the contributions of his clubs and supporters, and the forty mayors who have pledged allegiance to him, as well as the 44 villages of Djitoumou.
Yeah Samake has a Masters in Public Policy from Brigham Young University in the United States. He is also the Honorary Consul of Mali in the U.S.. A few days ago, we have been told he spoke with members of the U.S. Senate to discuss security in Mali. He is Executive Director of Mali Rising Foundation. While there, he has built fifteen schools throughout Mali. Each year, through this foundation, students are also sent to the United States to attend college and graduate school.
To read this article online in French: Le maire URD de Ouélessebougou Yeah Samaké candidat à l’élection présidentielle de 2012: “Je suis candidat pour barrer la route à Soumaila Cissé”