The immaculate white chèche that covers her head goes perfectly with her boubou bazin. This May 26, during the 22nd Bamako Forum, Mahmoud Dicko speaks: “While the Malian people are taken hostage by arrogant governments, I say “arrogant”, we are not looking for solutions. [aux problèmes de notre pays]. We are in our arrogance, and the people are dying. “The imam continues, exhausting the junta – he deplores the lack of visibility on the exact duration of the current transition -, but also the Malian political class, which he considers “moribund”, which “does not move, does not no longer exists”, and civil society, “which has ceased to exist”.
Mahmoud Dicko: “In Mali, it’s not up to France to impose its solutions”
In front of him, the audience of intellectuals and experts from various backgrounds remains impassive. But the video of his vitriolic exit is spreading like wildfire. In the media and on social networks, we take a stand, who to support, who to criticize these remarks. “They can arrest me… I will tell them their arrogance,” Imam Dicko insisted, referring to current fears. The arrests of personalities whose voices are dissonant with those of the authorities are regular and perceived as a strategy of the junta aiming to gag anyone who is unfavorable to them.