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Thursday, March 15 2012

Presidential Candidate Yeah Samake and Drinking Water in Mali

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Meridian Magazine is following the candidacy of LDS Church Member, husband, father, and BYU graduate, Yeah Samake, as he runs for President of Mali. You can find more stories about his experiences, as written by his wife, here.

logoyeah21 310Dialakoroji seeks clean running water from Presidential candidate

What other way to start the weekend than with a rally? As Yeah was holding his meetings in Paris, Team Samake, headed by Secretary General Fomba, started off the weekend with a rally in Dialakoroji, Koulikoro, Mali. Yeah’s brother, Drissa Samake, who teaches chemistry at the University, had arranged this meeting to introduce Yeah’s vision to the people of this region.

Team member Kane kicked of the meeting by telling the 120 people in attendance about Yeah’s background. Secretary General Fomba spoke of Yeah’s achievements. Fomba emphasized the difference between Yeah and other candidates. He advised that other parties misuse their funds, and are looking only for power. The people need a leader who will not misuse the people’s money and use it only to increase the welfare of Malians. If the current issues of education and healthcare are resolved, he said only good can come for the future generations.

One of the requests made by the women in the village was for a garden. Fomba suggested that the women co-op should get together and get a micro-finance loan. Another of the requests of Dialakoroji was the need for a water system. The wife of the village leader put forth the concerns that to get drinkable water, the villagers had to hike up a mountain every Sunday to get water for the week. The road is difficult and the path rocky for walking or even driving. By bringing a water source to the village, Dialakoroji could be made sustainable as they would not only be able to provide water for their needs but also be able to grow crops at a lower level for their own dietary needs as well as financial means.

At the end of the meeting the group went to see the water source in question. It is amazing the things we take for granted, clean drinking water, and here there are people who have to walk miles up a difficult mountain, just to be able to get drinking water.

This was a great meeting and it showed the support that Yeah is building in the villages. Many of the candidates have not visited the villages to campaign like Yeah has. These villages are essential to winning the campaign as there are some essential issues that need to be addressed like education, healthcare, and electricity and clean running water. This campaign hopefully will be won on issues. That is the hope that the people will be driven to the polls to choose a leader that could bring change and not a leader that can pay his way into newspapers and into Koulouba, and then once he is there he forgets about the people who actually suffer on a daily basis.

Here’s to choosing a leader that will make the difference for present and future generations on April 29th. Support honest leadership at Vive Mali!

You can follow the campaign trail through the eyes of Yeah Samake’s wife, Marissa Coutinho Samake, at First Lady Mali 2012.

Marissa Samake is Bahraini born and educated, Indian raised, and married to a Malian for the last 7 years. She received an Information Systems BA in the U.S. and has been blessed with two inquisitive children. She and her family have returned to Mali so that her husband, Yeah Samake, can run for President. The elections are to be held in February 2012 and then a final runoff is to be held in April. He hopes to provide his country with quality education, healthcare and to also decentralize the government’s power back to local leaders. The hope is to lift Malians out of the corruption that has made their country the third poorest country in the world.


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