MALI. Bamako: Mali’s Interim Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane has opened a new fishing port and a military camp in the town of Konna in the central region of Mali.
The setting up of a new fishing port and military camp is being viewed by many to bring hope to the population in the war-torn area.
Ouane said, “To provide a sustainable response to the crisis in the centre of our country, we must materialize two principles through concrete actions.
“The first is the main principle of national solidarity: this solidarity must be the first response to the tragedy that is affecting our fellow citizens in the central regions. This national solidarity must be shown at all levels”, he said.
In early 2013, Malian jihadists took control of Konna before the main city of Mopti.
Eight years down the line, the Interim Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane believes that the rehabilitation of the port is an indication of the best things to come in the region.
Deputy Mayor of Konna, Demba Samouka praised inhabitants of the area for the achievements in the face of insecurity.
“Konna has a resilient population that since 2013 has not hesitated to fend for itself, men and women alike. Konna is one of the main fishing ports in the region, everyone knows it since the time of the colonists. Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina and everywhere! Everyone used to come to Konna to buy fish”, Samouka stated.
Since 2015, jihadism has spread to the countryside of central Mali.
Abuses against Fulanis are rife in Konna, where a fair brings together many herders from the area every week.