Dakar (AFP) The US embassy has warned its citizens in Senegal of a “credible threat” of a terror attack in the capital Dakar, advising them to take special care when visiting places and areas popular with Westerners. The embassy also told its own staff members to stay away from seaside hotels in Dakar. A message, issued on Wednesday to US citizens in the country, warned them “to be vigilant when visiting establishments and staying at hotels frequented by Westerners due to a credible threat related to potential terrorist activity inRead More
Dakar (AFP) The 2018 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed on either November 8 or November 9, the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) said on Friday. The FSF said FIFA had decided on the possible dates for the rearranged game, with the initial 2-1 South Africa victory on November 12, 2016 having been chalked off after the match was manipulated by referee Joseph Lamptey. The Ghanaian awarded South Africa a controversial penalty in the original Group D encounter. Lamptey has since been given a life banRead More
Dakar (AFP) Idrissa Diallo lost three children in Senegal’s Joola ferry disaster, one of the worst in maritime history, but on the tragedy’s 15th anniversary he has questions left unanswered. At an official ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday to remember the 1,863 people who died when the Joola ferry sunk off Senegal’s Atlantic coast on September 26, 2002, Diallo vowed he would never let those killed “fade from memory”. Senegal’s justice system has failed to explain how so many lost their lives, the families of the victims believe, though aRead More
Dakar (AFP) The head of the powerful Tijaniyya brotherhood of Muslims in Senegal has died, just six months after the passing of his predecessor, Senegalese media reported Friday. Serigne Abdou Aziz Sy, who was 89, died in Tivaouane, the spiritual home of the Tijaniyya, a Sufi order, the public APS news agency reported. Around 95 percent of Senegal’s population is Muslim and most men join Sufi brotherhoods that combine Islam with distinctive local beliefs. President Macky Sall, who has just returned from the UN General Assembly, was expected in TivaouaneRead More
On Board the Dixmude (Senegal) (AFP) Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal’s marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally. Identity papers are demanded and the cargo is inspected: one of the crew members is not on the manifest of the “Casimir”, which departed from Hong Kong, and their fishing licence has expired. The scene is a simulation, but for the Senegalese inspectors and commandos the reality is all too familiar, as west Africa battles flagrant poaching in itsRead More
Dakar (AFP) A controversial West African activist who was arrested in Senegal for burning a bank note in an anti-colonial protest over the regional CFA franc has been acquitted by a Dakar court. Kemi Seba, born in France to parents from Benin, was arrested at his home in the Senegalese capital on Friday following an incident on August 19 in which he burned 5,000 CFA — a banknote worth 7.6 euros ($9.10). He was detained following a complaint by the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) on charges ofRead More
Dakar (AFP) Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf will miss Senegal’s 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header against Burkina Faso due to a knee injury, the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) said on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Diouf joins Rennes goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo on the sidelines for the September 2 match in Dakar, as well as the return fixture in Ouagadougou three days later. Senegal are third in Group D with three points from two matches and trail leaders Burkina Faso and second-placed South Africa by one point. Cape Verde are bottom afterRead More
Dakar (AFP) Staring out to sea on a flawlessly sunny day, underwater archaeologist Ibrahima Thiaw visualises three shipwrecks once packed with slaves that now lie somewhere beneath Senegal’s Atlantic waves. He wants more than anything to find them. Thiaw has spent years scouring the seabed off the island of Goree, once a west African slaving post, never losing hope of locating the elusive vessels with a small group of graduate students from Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University. Goree was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast between the 15thRead More
Dakar (AFP) Senegal’s constitutional council has confirmed a widely expected landslide for the coalition of President Macky Sall in legislative elections, bolstering his image ahead of a 2019 re-election bid. The constitutional council confirmed that presidential coalition Benno Bokk Yaakaar (BBY) would take 125 of the Senegalese parliament’s 165 seats, in results were published via the public APS news agency. The coalitions of ex-president Abdoulaye Wade and Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall took 19 and seven seats respectively. The decision is the final approval required for the results of the JulyRead More
Dakar (AFP) A Senegalese singer was granted provisional release Monday after 10 days of detention for “offending the head of state and spreading fake news”, her lawyer said. Amy Colle Dieng, a well-known singer of Senegal’s popular mbalakh form of dance music, had been arrested on August 3 and charged after audio of her lashing out at President Macky Sall went viral. The 39-year-old is heard calling Sall a “sai sai”, or “scoundrel” in the local Wolof language, who “operates in the shadows” to achieve his aims. She adds thatRead More