Protest Over Missing $1.5bn Covid-19 Funds Banned In Senegal

The Senegalese authorities banned a protest planned for Friday to denounce the findings of a report which raised questions about the management of the country’s $1.5bn (£1.3bn) Covid-19 fund

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The Senegalese authorities banned a protest planned for Friday to denounce the findings of a report which raised questions about the management of the country’s $1.5bn (£1.3bn) Covid-19 fund.

The report, published by the Court of Auditors two weeks ago, said that there were irregularities in how the money has been spent.

The government responded saying that the failures reported account for less than 1% of the fund.

They said they will following the recommendations from the report, one of which included investigating officials in the ministries.

While the authorities stated that the place chosen for the demonstration was subject to “major works” ahead of Independence Day celebrations, supporters of opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, told the BBC that they believe the protest was banned because the government was worried about the impact it would have.

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