Senegal’s President Macky Sall has rejected calls to reinstate the death penalty following recent waves of brutal killings in the country.
Sall was speaking on Sunday during a visit to the family of Fatoumata Makhtar Ndiaye, Vice-President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Cese) and member of the ruling party who was allegedly slaughtered in her room by her own driver Samba Sowe over a pay dispute last weekend. The accused person Sowe is currently under state custody helping agents in their investigation. His action prompted the state prosecutor to convene an emergency news conference to denounce the act and called for law and order.
President Sall promised that new security measures would be discussed during Thursday’s cabinet meeting but gave a deaf ear to calls for the reinstatement of the death penalty.
He warned that the law will take its course and that whoever is found guilty of such brutal murders will be jail for life. He indirectly rubbished the call for the reinstatement of the death penalty and insisted that anyone found guilty on such offences will be sentenced to life imprisonment and will die in prison.
President Sall advised the people to respect the law, ensure peace and order and go by the teachings of the Holy Quran. He also called for attitudinal change among young people to be able to overcome the challenges in life.
Senegal has abolished the death penalty in 2004 but in the last couple of weeks, the West African nation has seen a series of murder cases.
Over the past weeks, the civil society organisations and political coalitions call for tougher legislation and better security.
Last month, a Taxi driver was gunned down by another driver at the petrol stations during a mere argument of who comes first and who should buy fuel first.
This was preceded by various brutal murder cases in the country over the past months.