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.