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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  • This is a recent video released by Yeah Samake and the team for his presidential candidacy. Check it out! There are subtitles too, so that French and English speakers can both understand :)

    Yeah Samaké Candidat Mali 2012

    While Yeah is currently campaigning in the US, the campaign moves ahead as our party leaders in Mali continue to make PACP known. A successful meeting was held in Siby, a tourist location about 1 hour away from the main city of Bamako. Siby is a rural municipality in Mali. It is located in the Cercle of Kati in the Koulikoro Region, 50 km from Mali’s capital Bamako. The municipality of Siby has a population of 18,983 inhabitants.

    17 people attended. We were disappointed at first at the number but then as the meeting progressed we saw the leadership potential in each of these individuals. Each of these individuals has the potential to create a Yeah Samake/PACP club on their own. Looking at the possibilities, the word can spread faster when there aspiring leaders that can take action on their own. There were even two individuals from a neighboring village. The word is spreading fast. We are excited at our recent progress!!!

    As many of you know, Yeah is the Executive Director for Mali Rising Foundation (MRF). He continues to create opportunities for education for his fellow Malians. MRF builds schools that are easily accessible to Malian children.

    On October 15, Mali Rising Foundation held their 8th annual dinner event at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. All proceeds will go towards building more schools. They auctioned beautiful African items for additional fundraising.

    It is difficult for many of the children in Mali to go to school because of the distant locations and the amount of time it takes away from family business and chores. With the kind donations from local and national businesses and individuals, MRF has reached out to many different villages and regions.

    Mali Rising Foundations accomplishments to date include:

    • 13 Schools Built
    • 12 Middle schools
    • 1 Elementary school
    • 946 Girls enrolled
    • 1,292 Boys enrolled
    • 68 Teachers trained
    • 2,000 Books distributed
    • 3,760 School kits distributed
    • Solar panel installed at 2 schools

    Through Mali Rising, Yeah has been successful in bringing many students from Mali to America to pursue educational opportunities. Each year, one student is chosen to come to a prestigious high school, Wasatch Academy, on full scholarship. High School is not common in Mali because they are few and far between and it prevents children from making money. Yeah also encourages families with high school graduates to send their children on to get a bachelors, masters, or doctorate degrees. To date the Mali Rising Foundation has made sure that at least 30 Malian high school graduates have come to America in the pursuit of freedom through higher education.

    Education is the very essence of progression. Everyone deserves to have basic education, both boys and girls. In a country where illiteracy is common, education will become the lifeline which will teach a man how to fish and not how to get a handout. Mali Rising is making education less of dream and more of a reality. Yeah will continue to make education a reality for his people when he is elected next April.

    Yeah Samaké recently sponsored an event, held by the Danaya Association, to donate money and books to school children in Niamakoro. A large number of children surrounding the vehicles when we entered. The other primary sponsor of the event was Habib Koite, a famous Malian musician, representing UNICEF as the first ever Malian UNICEF Ambassador. It was an incredible event!

    Seydou Coulibaly conducted a very nice interview with Yeah and it was published online yesterday. We have translated it into English below.

    Yeah Samaké, Mayor of Ouelessebougou, candidat for the 2012 presidential election: “I have a real passion to serve Mali”

    Unknown on the national political scene, the mayor of the rural town of Ouelessebougou described himself as “the candidate of change” for Mali in 2012. In an interview, he tells us why …

    Afribone: What can you draw from your two years as leader of Ouelessebougou?

    Yeah Samake: One cannot fairly judge himself. But I will simply state what we have achieved in the city of Ouelessebougou. I said that this is not my record, but the record of the city council team that I lead.

    We tend to believe it’s the mayor who does everything. In Ouelessebougou, that is not true. Of course the law gives certain powers to the mayor but the exercise of these powers is not necessarily required. We must first use common sense, especially good leadership, centered on principles of integrity, sharing, and especially open communication. I opted to work with my staff but also closely and collegially with the council so that we could achieve a lot. The most important achievement for us is not infrastructure but capacity building. We have ensured that the City of Ouelessebougou is structured, that employees know their relationship to each other and also with elected officials.

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    The Sutherland Institute interviewed with Yeah back in July. Click on the video title below to view the video on YouTube.

    Yeah Samake Uses Sound Principles to Effectively Govern in Mali, Africa

    Yeah Samake was elected mayor of Ouelessebougou, Mali in 2009. Samake overcame many obstacles en route to becoming the Mayor of Ouelessebougou, and, at the same time, earned a masters degree from BYU. On the way, Samake learned and applied essential principles of effective government.

    Below is the script for the video:

    VOICE-OVER: What can a mayor from Mali, Africa, the second-poorest country in the world teach Utahns about principles of sound government? Yeah Samake overcame many obstacles en route to becoming the mayor of Ouelessebougou, a small city in Mali, and, at the same time, earned a master’s degree from BYU. On the way, Samake learned and applied essential principles of effective government.

    YEAH SAMAKE: “Having learned some principles and leadership skills from BYU, as I did a masters of public policy — so having enjoyed certain type of principles like respect of property right of others, I decided I would like to get involved, so before running for mayor, I went to several villages and told them I would like to be mayor, and if they will trust me. But this means we will work together.”
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