It is common to hear former prisoners condemn the bad conditions of incarceration in prisons. What we did not know is that a thriving business is maintained in the prisons on the backs of the prisoners. This situation was ventilated yesterday by the coordinator of the Frapp France Dégage movement, Guy Marius Sagna, who in the company of the families of the detainees in Kaolack animated a press briefing.

“Something unacceptable is happening in the prisons. Until now, the prisoners in the Penal Camp have been banned from receiving meals from their families under false pretenses of coronavirus, while people flock to the stadiums to follow matches or concerts “, protests Guy Marius Sagna, who states that it is a thriving business. maintained at the Penitentiary on the backs of prisoners. ‘Inside the prison, there are three tanganas, each selling and paying 5,000 FCFA a day to the prison administration. That’s almost 500,000 FCFA a month. Where does this money go? Mystery and a chewing gum, said the coordinator of the Frapp France Dégage movement during the press briefing he hosted yesterday. For the tangana to work, Mr Sagna says, family meals must be prevented from entering prisons. “In addition, shops are banned from selling eggs. All this to force the prisoners to go and buy eggs on a par with the tangana. We demand that the breakfast, lunch or dinner that families want to give to their detained relatives can enter the Penal Camp. What’s happening in the Penal Camp is prison business “


The second point addressed by Guy Marius Sagna concerns the situation of the Kaolack prisoners. “More than 20 prisoners, whose parents are all in Dakar, were brought to Kaolack a month ago. The prison administration has this right. It is important that the state in the decisions it makes and executes puts a strong social dose. These families do not have the means to bring food to their children every day in Kaolack “, he emphasizes, before revealing that the prisoners in Kaolack buy sugar in a glass of tea for 125 FCFA.” It is scandalous to exploit the prisoners by selling at unacceptable prices In Kaolack prison there is only one tap for more than 250 prisoners. In the rooms there is no water. And the roofs of the cells are made of zinc. The 10 second telephone communication is billed to 60 FCFA. It is business that takes place on the back of The prisoners, ”says Guy Marius Sagna.

According to him, a proposal had been made to the authorities to review the 37 prisons in Senegal. “For 5 days, some prisoners have been in isolation because they protested against certain practices to which they are exposed.”

Moreover, the leader of Frapp is very sensitive to the fate of prison officers, which he considers to be deeply unfair. He believes the latter are among the lowest paid defense and security officers. “They are poorly paid in relation to salaries, benefits, bonuses and allowances. But regardless of their situation, these prison guards, whom we defend, must not go after prisoners or exploit them to make ends meet, “said Mr Sagna, who fears a mutiny will break out one day in prisons.” We ring the alarm bell. Afterwards, we will consult to see what else we can do. In the coming days, we must talk about an action plan, which we must roll out, ”he says. As one of the parents of the detainees, Thierno Aliou Bâ is asking the authorities, in particular the Minister of Justice and the Directorate of Prison Administration (DAP), to bring their children back to Dakar.

In tears, Salimata Ndiaye wants more compassion for the detainees, especially those in Kaolack. “We want them to respect their rights because they are human and not animals,” she says.

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