During the heated debates that have punctuated the agenda of the Senegalese National Assembly over the past five years, the interventions in the hemicycle of Mame Diarra Fam (Sarr’s wife), sometimes broadcast clandestinely on Facebook Live, have become legendary. Deputy of the Senegalese diaspora in Italy since 2017, she has debates sensitive with a verve and a humor that will have given a hard time to Moustapha Niasse, the president of the National Assembly since 2012, who is about to retire.
Deputy of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS, opposition), Mame Diarra Fam is not the type to make tapestry. Able to mix her speeches at the podium in an atypical way – passing from French to Wolof then from Wolof to Italian – this cosmopolitan Senegalese, who for a time commuted between Dakar and Canada, where part of her family resides , before putting down his bundle in Milan, is at the Senegalese parliamentary life what chilli is to local gastronomy. A condiment that sometimes sets the mouth on fire.
From June 17 to 27, this dashing 50-year-old, who has never had cold feet, spent ten days in police custody and then in pre-trial detention before being released without any charges being brought against her. His crime? Having gone to the home of the mayor of Dakar, the opponent Barthélémy Dias, on a day when the opposition was preparing to demonstrate in order to protest against the invalidations of lists submitted for the legislative elections without having any received authorization.