Outspoken Kenya Pan African Orator and Academic, Prof PLO Lumumba blames the African Media for lack of coverage of the situation unfolding in Senegal. According to him, “African media is not covering what is happening Dakar”
Throughout last week, Senegal was faced with an unprecedented wave of violence across the country following the arrest of popular Pan African youth politician, Ousman Sonko over allegations of disrupting public order. Sonko has initially been accused of rape by a professional masseuse, Aji Sarr, and was on his way to answering the charges when he was arrested by police.
Protesters are demanding the release of Ousman Sonko. Many in Senegal believe the charge(s) against Sonko are politically motivated to liquidate him and enable President Macky Sall to have an easy ride in his widely speculated third-term bid.
In a short statement on his official media handle, the passionate Pan African advocate stated that “African media is not covering what is happening in Dakar, Senegal”. He went on to plead for regional intervention to address the situation in Senegal. “AU, ECOWAS please intervene and arrest further loss of life and destruction of property,” He said.
A new trend among the Pan African community is characterized by the use of the media to trade the pan African agenda while, perusing the political, economic, and social progress of the continent. The Western media such as the BBC, CNN among others have facilitated the establishment of biased perceptions about Africa especially in the West. For this among other reasons, Pan African advocates like PLO Lumumba continue to call on the African media to take the lead in factually reporting on events happening across the continent.
A coalition of democratic movements in Senegal have on Saturday called in a press conference for a three-day return of protest in the streets, nationwide, starting today, Monday.
However, with reports emerging that opposition leader Ousman Sonko has been released overnight and due to appear in court today, the protest which has so been violent and deadly may subdue.