At the beginning of the afternoon of September 9, a long procession stopped in front of the headquarters of the National Agricultural Bank (BNA). Kaïs Saïed, file under his arm, came in person to demand accountability from Mondher Lakhal, CEO of the bank, whom the president nevertheless had every opportunity to summon au Carthage Palace.
But a trip by the Head of State is never trivial. According to Kaïs Saïed, or according to what he was told, the financial institution would have failed to materialize a delivery of wheat.
However, the BNA, which is a public establishment, had relied on a guarantee granted by BNP Paribas and had taken all the steps to quickly obtain a delivery of wheat, which the country sorely lacks.
Tunisia: Kaïs Saïed, or the personal practice of power
However, said supplier was still presenting unpaid invoices to Tunisia, information that, obviously, neither the Ministry of Commerce nor the stakeholders in this case, in particular l’Office of cereals, have passed on to the president.
The surprise visit had no effect since the problem is the responsibility of the government. But during this particularly scorching day, Kaïs Saïed continued on his way and went 40 kilometers from the capital to fruit and market garden produce merchants installed by the side of the road. Followed by the cameras of the presidency, he wants to show that he must take care of everything and that the situation, unless it is the lack of competence, obliges him to go to the field in person.