San is a town and commune about 4 hours from Bamako, Mali. It is also the capital of the Cercle of San in the Ségou Region of Mali. PACP visited San to make their mission known. This event had been in the planning for 3 months. Once in San, PACP and Yeah were greeted by at least a 1,000 people. As party leaders, we first met with the village chief and then the Muslim holy leader. PACP gave many speeches on the current state of Mali and what we will do to improve the situation – better education, better health care system, more jobs, etc. Speechers were given by Daouda (Yeah’s brother), who had arranged the event in San, the mayor of San (a supporter of another huge political party), Fomba (Secretary General), Garba, and Yeah. The party was well received and the event was a huge success!
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On September 22, Mali celebrated its 51st independence day. Mayor Samake and his family celebrated in Ouelessebougou. On the evening of the 21st, they celebrated with the Malian fireworks. The youth gathered burning hay and with their hands held high, walked and sang the song of Mali’s freedom. It went on for about 3 miles on the road. The next day at the Independence day event, there was a crowd of about 500 people. Yeah spoke, along with the chief leader of the village, about Mali’s last 51 years of independence. Yeah also spoke about the upcoming presidential elections and the importance of community mobilization to support the new leader and change. That afternoon, there was a soccer came to sum up the festivities.
Overall, it was a wonderful day and another great opportunity for Yeah Samake to share his message with the people of Mali!
This last week, Yeah Samake had a rampage of meetings. Yeah has been soliciting the aid of Mayors from around the country from Timbuktu to Kayes. The Mayors are an essential tool to our campaign as Yeah believes he can effect these mayors constituents and their fellow-mayor supporters. It is exciting to see these Mayors come on board and support their fellow mayor. There is no other candidate in the election that is a mayor and that may be Yeah’s winning point. As a mayor he is the least removed from the Malian people and more closely connected to what his peoples needs are and what his fellow-mayor’s struggles are.
PACP sponsored a soccer tournament in Garatiguibougou, a village not too far from Bamako. This event caught the attention of the entire community as hundreds of people came to watch and participate. Fomba, the party secretary for PACP, spoke briefly and shared Yeah’s message of bringing hope for the people. This event was very successful in mobilizing more youth who is our primary voting target for the campaign. Unfortunately, we got very few photos but it was a splendid event with lots of additional support!
Continuing his campaign, Yeah headed to Darsalam to meet with some youth and supporters of his party. The message of change and a promising future for the youth was well received. This is just the start of more to come. It was a very successful event with lots of additional volunteers and supporters!