EYEAFRICA TV: Dakar, SENEGAL: Senegal’s President Macky Sall today said he learned with great difficulty, the disappearance of one of his country’s compatriots, Djibo Leyti Kâ.
A politician of exceptional size, Mr. Kâ died early Thursday morning at the La Clinique des Madeleines in Senegal’s capital, Dakar.
He had served several times as the French colony nation’s Minister of the Republic and, for about two years, President of the National Commission for Dialogue of the Territories (CNDT).
President Sall praised Mr. Kâ of the commitment to the service of his country.
President Sall described Mr. Ka as an illustrious son of Senegal and his name is intimately linked to the country’s political history of the last fifty years, man having assumed, with constancy and positive passion, among the highest offices of the State,” Mr. Sall said in a statement this afternoon. “I extend my heartfelt condolences to the nation and its family,” Mr. Sall said in afternoon statement.
Djibo Leyti Kâ was born in Thiarny, located in Louga Region on February 21, 1948. He was a Senegalese politician and the Secretary-General of the Union for Democratic Renewal (URD). He was a prominent minister under President Abdou Diouf from 1981 to 1995 and founded the URD in 1998 after splitting from Diouf’s Socialist Party (PS).
From 2004 to 2012, he again served in the government under President Abdoulaye Wade, initially as Minister of State for Maritime Economy and then as Minister of State for the Environment beginning in 2007.
He was Deputy Governor of Saint-Louis Region from 1975 to 1976, then Technical Adviser and Deputy Director of the Cabinet of President Leopold Sedar Senghor from 1976 to 1977.
From 1978 to 1980, he was Director of the Cabinet of the President. When Abdou Diouf succeeded Senghor as President, Kâ became a member of the government; he was Minister of Communications from January 1981 to April 1988 and was additionally responsible for relations with the assemblies from 1983 to 1988), Minister of Planning and Cooperation from 1988 to 1990, and Minister of National Education from 1990 to 1991.
On April 8, 1991, he became Minister of Foreign Affairs, serving in that position until June 1, 1993; he was then moved to the position of Minister of State for the Interior, serving in that position until March 1995, when he was dismissed from the government.