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Security and political crisis in Mali: PACP denounces the old guard – L’Indicateur
 
Following recent events in Mali: The PACP party officials make a point - Mali Demain
 
Niankoro Yeah Samake at a PACP Press Conference: Choosing Diango Sissoko as Prime Minister is a setback for Mali – L’Independant
 
Political perspectives in Mali: PACP favors holding the elections before liberation of the North  - 22 Septembre
 
Yeah Samaké, President of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP) – Le Phenix
 
Malian with Utah ties has big aspirations for his homeland  - Salt Lake Tribune
 
Yeah Samaké, “I have a passion for serving Mali” – Afribone
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  • On July 30, PACP held an event in Mali’s capital city, Bamako, in the morning. It was held at “La Maison Des Jeunes De Bamako.” It was attended in huge numbers, mainly consisting of the youth. It is very rare to attract large crowds, especially young crowds, to political based meetings on a Saturday morning but about 1500+ people gathered to greet the presidential candidate, Niankoro Yeah Samaké. The event was started with speeches by Garba and Fomba. Garba pumped the crowd up before welcoming Yeah to speak.

    Yeah was presented with a Ciwara, a symbol of excellence, that had the inscription: “Civisme et Patriotisme”. In Mali, the Ciwara symbolizes excellence. Yeah was honored by his party PACP for his strong commitment to his people and his return to Mali to make a difference. When Yeah got up to speak, the electricity went off. Rather than being deterred, Yeah, without a mic, rose to the occasion and addressed the crowd of 1500+ in a loud commanding voice. He spoke of what was possible for his people. He talked about how Mali is not poor but rather has been made poor leadership. The youth of Bamako received the message with rejuvenated enthusiasm. The desire to see change in the generation has come.

    The crowds gathered to hear Yeah Samaké speak in Bamako

    The youth surround Yeah as he proudly presents his ciwara

     

    Places for Us featured Yeah Samake on their blog. Thank you for featuring Yeah on your blog!

    Leadership Skills Will Help Yeah Samake Become Elected President

    By Sushinoms

    Niankoro Yeah Samake received his leadership development through the school of hard knocks. He was literally born poor in the second poorest country in the world. But his family was happy in spite of the persistent hunger and disease that beset them. Yeah’s father had a vision for his children. He knew that they would never have anything better if they didn’t all get an education. So, even when it meant going without food, which it often did, the children walked the miles to and from school in the desert heat of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It was in these years of endurance that Yeah began to form his leadership skills.

    Eventually, Samake was able to earn a graduate degree in the United States. After honing his leadership skills as the director of a foundation in the USA, and as a Mayor in Mali, Africa, Yeah announced his bid for president of Mali in the 2012 election. He is currently campaigning in Mali and large crowds are showing up to give their support. He will most likely win if he can raise enough campaign money to help with running a presidential campaign. The most interesting thing to read about Yeah’ is his leadership and bravery.

    Yeah and his wife, Marissa, with the Prime Minister of Mali (Middle)

    On Thursday, July 28, Yeah and his wife, Marissa, met with the  Prime Minister (PM) of Mali, Cissé Mariam Sidibe Kaïdama. Yeah presented his greetings to the Prime Minister and congratulated her on her post. Yeah presented his qualifications to the PM. The PM was very impressed with all that Yeah had accomplished within the last 5 years. As Mali Rising Foundation (MRF) director, Yeah has been instrumental in bringing roughly 20 students from Mali to the US for college, 5 students on scholarship to Wasatch Academy, medical missions of gynecologists and dentists to Mali, and helping build 15 schools. This was an excellent opportunity for Yeah to network and present his qualifications to the second most powerful person in Mali.

    Here is an interview conducted by Mamadou Fofana and published in the Malian journal, L’Indépendant.

    Niankoro Yeah Samaké, 2012 presidential candidate: “Those who have exploited this country for 30 years, do not deserve to lead”

    Taking advantage of meeting with his supporters last Tuesday in Ouelessebougou, the president of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP), Niankoro Samaké Yeah, had a recent interview with us as he explained what prompted him to run for president in 2012. For him, “Mali is not poor. It was poor leadership that impoverished it.” For the president of PACP, these men and women crave the hand of power and do not tell the truth. This young man, who just received the blessings and support of Djitoumou, is willing to run to be successor for President ATT. 

    The Independent: What are your real intentions as presidential candidate? You are mayor of Ouelessebougou, but you also live in the U.S., and some feel that your candidacy is a joke. They believe that you are a Malian from the outside, far from the everyday reality that plagues this country…

    Niankoro Yeah Samake: First, let me say that I am not a Malian from the outside. I have been mayor of Ouelessebougou for two years. For the same reasons that I became mayor, I am now running as a candidate in the 2012 presidential election. In January 2009, while staying in Ouelessebougou, I noticed the pool of candidates for mayor of Ouelessebougou and I was somewhat skeptical about the ability of candidates to achieve the full potential development of Ouelessebougou. Therefore, three months before the elections, I decided to run for mayor.

    As I returned to the United States, where I was executive director of the Mali Rising foundation, I reflected again and came back to the conclusion that the candidates for mayor of Ouelessebougou. They were not convincing me. Their motives were also not very noble. So I thought that I could not leave Ouelessebougou, to which I owe everything, in this predicament. I reached the conclusion that my country, specifically my town, needed me more than the United States. Afterwards I decided to return to my country and serve my community.

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    Yeah recently attended the planting of trees in Ouelessebougou to move the community towards the “greenest” city in Mali. Yeah is working to move Ouelessebougou into this “green” spotlight as they have already emplaced a solar field in the Ouelessebougou community.

     

    Here is a piece of an article about Yeah in the LDS Living Magazine. Thank you LDS Living Magazine for your continued support of our campaign.

    Faith in Politics: LDS politicians share about their experiences in political office 

    By LDS Living Staff

    Mayor and Presidential Candidate N. Yeah Samake (Mali)

    Yeah Samake currently works as Executive Director at Mali Rising Foundation and serves as the vice president of the Mali League of Mayors. He has a master’s of public policy from Brigham Young University. Samake, a native of mali, serves as the mayor of Ouelessebougou, Mali. He and his wife, Marissa, have 2 children.

    Yeah Samake was born and raised in Ouelessebougou, Mali, the eighth of 18 children. Though drought and poverty has ravaged the small West African country since its inception just 50 years ago, Samake’s parents made every effort to ensure he and his siblings attended school. “My father knew the only way to break the cycle of poverty was through education,” he says.

    After earning a degree in teaching English, Samake discovered there were no jobs for him. “I decided to go back home to my village, where I offered to teach English for free for three years,” he recalls. “It helped me to deepen my roots with my community, and I was able to afford the admiration of my city.”

    Samake had met a couple of LDS families, and after visiting them in the United States in 2000, he decided to join the Church. He went on to earn a master’s degree in public policy from BYU.

    Samake says he always knew he wanted to be involved in politics. “For me, politics is the way of solving problems in the community, and I wanted to be in a leadership position to be able to solve problems.” Wanting to improve health care, education, and employment, Samake felt compelled to run for mayor of Ouelessebougou in 2009. “The country is 90 percent Muslim, so I made sure to tell people that I wasLDS. But as I made it an issue, people were asking me, ‘Why are you talking about this? We trust you.’”

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    The campaign was greeted in Ouelessebougou with hundreds of motorcycles. Most people wore t-shirts made for Yeah Samake’s supporter’s club in Ouelessebougou. The event began with music telling the story of Yeah and his lineage followed by another story about the history of Mali and what Yeah could accomplish.

    The event continued with speeches from Fomba, the party secretary and Garba, the party 1st attendant. When Yeah stood up to speak, the audience was pumped. They chanted “Yeah Samake” and “President” over and over. Yeah spoke of his purpose for returning to Mali – to fight for opportunities for his people. It was a well-received, spectacular event.

    The crowd excitedly greets Yeah upon entrance to the village

    The campaign recently held an event in Markala, a large village on the Niger River. Over 500 people attended.

    Campaigning in Mali consists of dancing prior to the event, a huge welcome crowd, a visit to the village chief, speeches, and singing. This event was planned primarily by the youth, one of our target populations, as a show of support for Yeah Samaké. The level of enthusiasm was almost overwhelming! The people were so excited about the parties and the goals for Mali. Yeah gave an excellent address. What a great way to start the campaign!

    T-shirts made by youth supporters

    Yeah with Foumba (left), party secretary, and Garba (right), 1st party attendant

     

    Read another interesting article below about the controversy behind Yeah’s candidacy. It was published in the Malian journal, L’Indépendant, by Abdoulaye Diarra. We have translated it into English below.

    The URD mayor of Ouelessebougou, Yeah Samake, candidate in the 2012 presidential election: “I am a candidate to stand in the way of Soumaila Cissé”

    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”

     

    Last Sunday, we attended a meeting attended by 30-40 youth (men and women). Yeah spent an hour with these youth addressing the concern of education and jobs. Mali today has an unemployment rate of 35%. The education system is rapidly degrading at the higher level. Many students not completing higher education. And even if they do complete a bachelor’s degree, no jobs are available. This is a vicious cycle that Yeah hopes to break with increasing employment opportunities.

    Yeah Samake and Garba Konate

    Friday brought villagers from miles around to attend a forum that was held in Ouelessebougou and headed by Yeah. The elder’s quorums of the surrounding 44 villages were in attendance. To explain a little, Yeah has created an elders quorum of advisers and the chief of the village. Who to better know their constituents needs than these individuals. These groups addressed their issues that were currently going on in their respective villages. Afterwards they were presented with spending reports and tax collection totals for the last three months by the mayor’s office. In a way, it was accountability for all parties involved to show villagers how they are contributing to the success and failures of their leadership. An opportunity to witness decentralization on a local level. This is one of Yeah’s primary messages on the campaign trail: returning power from the central government to the lower governments. Citizens were also informed of the services provided by the mayor’s office, the cost involved and the time taken to provide these services. This was a unique opportunity for accountability instituted by Yeah that is singular to the city of Ouelessebougou. The national TV ORTM and 4 major news papers captured this important event and it will be broadcast on news today. It provides an awesome opportunity to broadcast the changes that one section of Mali is enjoying. All in all, a productive week.

    Meeting to gain support in Bamako