Karim Wade’s arrest isn’t strange

17 Apr

Karim Wade

After several interrogations in connection with cases involving corruption and embezzlement, Karim Wade the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has finally been apprehended for the same charges.

His arrest and subsequent detention has come as no surprise, since he has constantly been under scrutiny since it became cleared that his father had been grooming him to be his successor.

This choice was fervently criticised by most ministers and the opposition in general.

Macky Sall a former prime minister under Wade finally won him in an election which most critics and opposition had challenged his candidature.

According to them Abdoulaye Wade’s application for another run was invalid after serving two terms in the office.

Although there was a general strike and street protest against his standing for the election, Wade stood his ground with the argument that his real two term of office actually started when the two-term office was introduced into the Senegalese constitution.

Wade persisted and when to the polls but failed to get an absolute majority to win.

Macky Sall received support from other opposition parties and figures including that of celebrated international star, Youssou N’Dour and went on to become Senegal’s fourth president.

Since taking oath of office, President Sall, 50, has indulged in sleeping reforms including a campaign to investigate members of the former government of Wade, with Karim Wade the prime suspect.

President Sall also surprised many in Africa when he obtained for the seven term of office to be reduced to five, starting with his own tenure.

Wade on his part, came in to power as a national hero, after obtaining a landslide victory against Abdou Diouf, but quitted with humiliation and has also been investigated of charges of mismanagement of public funds.

Karim, the big catch

Although all the alleged charges labelled against Karim are yet to be proven in court, it is hard to say that he would successfully prove not guilty for all.

As former minister of the luxurious ministries of infrastructure and air transport and his current amassed worth, at the time when most governments are struggling to cut budgets to save funds, Karim would find it hard to escape.


The Wades could be involved in the case

Karim case could equally pull in his father Abdoulaye to take responsibility marking matter even worse for the Wade’s dynasty.

Senegal remains one of the models of African democracy and could score more points by setting the example that nobody is above the laws as far the state’s funds are concerned.


Posted by on April 17, 2013 in News, News Analysis


2 responses to “Karim Wade’s arrest isn’t strange

  1. David Akana

    April 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Without knowing the details behind his arrest, if he is guilty of any form off embezzlement, he should be punished for it. I know there are always going to be conspiracy theories about his arrest – but as long as it is rooted in any form of mismanagement of public funds in Senegal, he should pay for it. I really admire Wade, he inspired me alot when he came to power in early 2000. But as soon as he started mulling his son for leadership, he lost immense respect. I however still respect his democratic spirit, a spirit which caused him to accept defeat in the last elections. Great post though

    • I. Mizuh

      April 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you so much, your opinion always counts here!


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