Senegal: Tension, internet freeze over Sonko’s trial
By John Eche
Tension is rising in Senegal even as the authorities are suspected to have imposed an internet ban in the country on account of more planned protests by the opposition over the trial of opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko.
A presidential contender in the country’s 2019 polls, Sonko had emerged third on the ballot and is expected to be one of the frontline contenders in 2024.
He is being tried on charges of rape based on allegations from an attendant at a massage salon.
His supporters and other members of the opposition however see the trial as more of a political witch hunt and have continued to protest it.
On Thursday, one person died in the accompanying unrest.
President Macky Sall has come under increased criticism on account of what opposition groups like ‘Enough is Enough’ call his dictatorial tendencies.
President Macky Sall of Senegal