They have long considered themselves unloved among “men in uniform”. But the Senegalese Water and Forestry agents have just taken a leap into the future. A contract concluded on December 30, 2021 by the Minister of the environment and Sustainable Development, Abdou Karim Sall, and approved on January 11 by the Minister of Finance and Budget, Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, has in fact just assured them of a bright future in terms of equipment and weapons. This was revealed on October 25 by an investigation by theOrganized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an international consortium of investigative journalists.
A “deal” at 69 million euros
The satisfaction of the Water and Forestry agents, however, was short-lived. Because now, of the opposition deputies are brandishing the threat of a parliamentary commission of inquiry around this “deal” of 45.3 billion CFA francs (69 million euros) on which suspicion hovers. It must be said that in this file, the anomalies are legion. The first concerns the protagonists who have done business with the Senegalese Ministry of the Environment. Via a tangle of companies based in various countries, Aboubacar Hima, nicknamed “Little Boubé”, seems indeed to be the Deus ex Machina of this transaction controversial.
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