It is common to hear ex-prisoners complain about the poor conditions of incarceration in prisons. What we didn’t know is that there is a thriving business in prisons running on the backs of inmates. This situation was relieved yesterday by the coordinator of the Frapp France Dégage movement, Guy Marius Sagna, who, accompanied by the families of the detainees of Kaolack, gave a press conference.

“Something unacceptable is happening in prisons. Until now, the inmates of the penal camp have been banned from receiving meals from their families under the false pretense of the coronavirus, while people are entering the stadiums to watch matches or concerts,” protests Guy Marius Sagna informing that a thriving business is becoming kept on the backs of the prisoners in the penal camp. “In the prison there are three tangana who each sell 5,000 FCFA a day and pay it to the prison administration. This is almost 500,000 FCFA per month. Where is this money going? Mystery and a chewing gum,” said the coordinator of the Frapp France Dégage movement during the press conference he organized yesterday. For the tangana to work, Mr Sagna says, family meals must be prevented from entering the prisons. “In addition, shops are prohibited from selling eggs. All this to encourage the prisoners to go and buy eggs at the level of the tangana. We demand that breakfast, lunch or dinner that families want to give to their detained relatives may enter the penal camp. What happens in the penal camp is a prison matter”


The second point raised by Guy Marius Sagna relates to the situation of the Kaolack prisoners. “A month ago, more than 20 detainees, all of whose parents are in Dakar, were taken to Kaolack. The prison administration has this right. It is important that the State gives a strong social dose in the decisions it takes and implements. These families do not have the resources to bring food to their children in Kaolack every day,” he emphasizes before revealing that Kaolack inmates buy sugar in a glass of tea at 125 FCFA. “It is outrageous to abuse inmates by selling at unacceptable prices. In Kaolack Prison, there is only one crane for more than 250 inmates. There is no water in the rooms. And the roofs of the cells are made of zinc. The 10 seconds of telephone communication will be billed at 60 FCFA. It is trade on the backs of prisoners,” says Guy Marius Sagna.

According to him, a proposal had been made to the authorities to check the 37 prisons in Senegal. “For five days, some prisoners have been held in solitary confinement for protesting against certain practices to which they are subjected.”

In addition, Frapp’s leader is very sensitive to the plight of prison guards, which he finds deeply unfair. According to him, the latter are among the worst paid defense and security agents. “They are poorly paid in terms of salary, benefits, bonuses and allowances. But whatever their situation, these prison officials we defend must not go after the inmates or take advantage of them to make ends meet,” said Mr Sagna, fearing a mutiny might one day break out in the prison. prisons. “We are sounding the alarm. Then we discuss what else we can do. In the coming days we will talk about an action plan that we are going to roll out,” he says. As one of the parents of detainees, Thierno Aliou Bâ asks the authorities, in particular the Minister of Justice and the Prison Administration Directorate (Dap) to return their children to Dakar.

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

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