Once we ask for explanations, everyone passes the money and we get on the line: welcome to Morocco in 2021
This case of the floods that just hit the city of Casablanca in early 2021 brings to the fore the issue of accountability, which is enshrined as everyone knows in the Constitution. And which, for the time being, gives the impression that it remains just a beautiful slogan, good only for the leaflets that Moroccan officials want to launch in international forums.
Because we must remember that this is not the first time that the financial capital has seen such floods. City decision makers, at all levels, do not know it, far from it. And yet, nothing happens. Like, whatever happens and continues to happen, they remain protected, without having to answer for their actions.
The people of Casablanca thus remember the bad weather of November 2010, when in a few days it rained six months. Ten years later, it is the same scenario where we are still, while today we are talking about the project structure or a marina that in principle must compete with Dubai and others. Unless the model is probably Venice and Amsterdam and tomorrow’s Casablanca is on stilts …
In 2013, King Mohammed VI also, in his inaugural address to the parliament of the same year, immediately pointed out “the great deficit in the field of hygiene. [dans la ville]”where achievements remain limited, in any case far below the needs of the population, compared to what has still been achieved in Rabat, Fez, Marrakesh and other cities.”
“This delay is reflected, in particular, in the rate of sewage treatment, which remains very low, at just 45pc, compared to 100pc already achieved in Fez and Marrakesh,” he said. “As we already knew at the time, We had to set foot on the stirrup, which the members of the city council at the time, under the chairmanship of the current Secretary-General of the Constitutional Union (UC) Mohamed Sajid, or who is now with the PJD (Justice and Development Party) ) Abdelaziz El Omari, must have noted.
The Sovereign had passed, four days after this intervention under the dome of the Kingdom’s main legislature, named Khalid Safir, head of the widerya of the greater Casablanca, and if the person concerned can certainly boast of a flattering assessment, seeing himself even in June 2017 to push the director general of local authorities in the Ministry of Interior, however he was not able to put an end to this very problem of hygiene.
And especially in the case of businessman Abdelkébir Zahoud, who succeeded Mr Safir after his appointment to the central administration of the “mother of ministries”, or the current one. wali and morocco Hebdo 2018 man of the year, Saïd Ahmidouch, in office since February 2019. Therefore, the administration must, no doubt, be blamed, and this at least in the same way as Lydec, who “was given by in August 1997, the management of the next thirty years of sanitation services in Casablanca, in addition to the distribution of drinking water and electricity, as well as public lighting.
It is also doubly responsible: part of the challenge now posed by the sewerage of the metropolis of Casablanca stems from the fact that it is essentially an oil slick, without at the same time requiring the development of the necessary infrastructure. . So it was necessary to stop the wilaya. But what about the city council? Does it not also sit, like wilaya and Lydec, on the board of trustees of authorized management? Since the beginning of the floods, however, we have seen Mr El Omari multiply his expenses to clean up his customs, reducing his role as an elected official to bringing mainly citizens’ grievances, as he had stated on January 7th. on his Arabic newscast in the afternoon of the 2M channel.
And finally throwing the bug on Lydec alone. Why does he stay in the office? Because for their complaints, the citizens can turn to Lydek, without having to go through it. Can’t do more? Could it not point out to Lydec that its sewerage networks were inadequate and, if the French company did not comply, raise the warning or even terminate the authorization contract by legal means? ; Why so much, in the end, to cling to the town hall, if in the end we will not be able to do anything and only pay for the broken containers with the first concern?
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In any case, this tells us a lot about the gangrene suffered by the public administration system in Morocco as a whole, in the sense that we are in a situation that suits everyone except the citizens: we see it that way, all the time, the administration and the political parties compete to expand their spheres of influence, to gain more power, but as soon as we ask for explanations, we all pass the ball to each other and enter the classroom. There is, in fact, a great deal of ambiguity that remains, no one can say exactly who is doing what.
Should he, in this case, leave everything related to the management of the municipalities to elected officials, so that they stop being removed, and therefore less problems are involved at this level? Or, on the contrary, in matters of strategic interest such as sewerage, give full power to the latter, but then submit them to means of control through the councils of municipalities and regions, in order at the same time to respect the democratic choice defined in the fundamental law? The devil, as they say, is in the details and this chiaroscuro we are in today cannot last forever, with the risk that the picture will be even more serious in the future than the current floods.
It is not the same phenomenon that, almost four years ago, for example led to the emergence of a real protest movement in the province of Al Hoceima, King Mohammed SIM expresses his regret in his speech from the Throne of July 29, 2017 “that the more actors prefer to be accountable for profit and loss, that they try to maintain their political capital, even to strengthen it, and that, as a result, they act to the detriment of the homeland and contribute to the deterioration of the situation “? No, things have to change and that this waiting attitude must end, something that does not honor Morocco in 2021 and the Moroccans …