Born on July 15, 1974 in Thiès, Ousmane Sonko is the president of the political party PASTEF-Les Patriotes “Patriots of Senegal for Ethics, Work and Fraternity”, created in January 2014. He is currently elected deputy and carries the voice of the NDAWI ASKAN WI / People’s Alternative coalition in the National Assembly since July 2017.
From parents from Casamance and Baol, he spent part of his childhood in Thiès where he attended school before starting a university course in St Louis of Senegal.He is also passionate about sports, including basketball where he excels. As a brilliant student, he graduated top of his class at the entrance examination at the National School of Administration (ENA) of Senegal – the same year, he obtained a master’s degree in public law at the Gaston Berger University (UGB) of Saint Louis. In 2001 he graduated from the ENA, “Taxes and Domains” section and joined the administration with a first position that led him to the Tax Services Center of Pikine. In 2003, he obtained a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in public finance and taxation from Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD). He also holds a Master 2 in Management and Public Finance from the Higher Institute of Finance (ISF) and also a doctoral student in public economic law and taxation at the University Jean Moulin Lyon III.
Ousmane Sonko began his career as Chief Inspector of Taxes and Domains. He was a tax auditor and the head of the Tax Audit Brigade in charge of the real estate sector. He was an internal auditor at the Internal Control Department (DCI) of the General Directorate of Taxes and Domains (DGID) responsible for drafting the code of ethics of the DGID when it was struck off by the decree N ° 2016-1239 of the President Macky for “professional indiscretion”. This episode largely relayed by the Senegalese press has revealed Ousmane Sonko to the general public. After only three years in the administration, he created the Autonomous Union of Tax Officers and Domains (SAID) and became the first Secretary General from April 2005 to June 2012. Then he became Secrétaire général honoraire from June 2012 to August 2016. He led victorious struggles that led to a significant improvement in the working conditions of DGID agents.
In the Senegalese political landscape, Ousmane SONKO undoubtedly embodies the renewal. Observers agree to define him as the precursor of a new type of politician steeped in values such as integrity, courage or determination. He advocates the moralization of political life and the defense of Senegal’s best interests. He has a great mastery of public policy topics. His honesty is recognized by most of his former colleagues as evidenced by this testimony of Ibrahima Diop, a former retired tax inspector: “When he landed here, I was three years away from retirement. It is a pride for the Senegalese administration: a good, hard-working man who believes in God. “