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A SOLDIER IN FEAR – MY ENCOUTER

January 25, 2017

A soldier with Saikou Jammeh at statehouse

By Saikou Jammeh

It was, after all, going to be an easy ride to State House. Anyone who doubted this did not see what Yaya Jammeh saw. Senegal-led Ecowas troops arrived at the gates of the palaces after taking command of key military barracks and security installations across the country. The troops started entering the Gambia from multiple border points, combing the streets with armoured vehicles.

The head of the presidential guard, Ansumana Tamba, was nowhere to be found, but his men put up a barricade in what appeared to be a standoff that lasted more than six hours. No guns were fired. Just talks. And about half an hour before midnight, the heavy gates of the presidential palaces were opened. Dozens of soldiers, behind four armoured vehicles, walked in.

In the past twenty-two years, many men had attempted to forcefully enter this fortified palaces to remove Jammeh. The latest and most daring was two years ago. All failed. In the process, many lives were lost.

Now, though, those that were in command are under someone’s command. The foreign troops were received well by the people of Banjul, who poured out in huge numbers to pose for photos, cheer and served them tea and coffee.

For the Gambian soldiers at gates, this was a long evening duty. Visibly defeated and subdued, they were booed by their very own people for not standing up to Jammeh in time of need. Until that day, it’s beyond any stretch of imagination that a day would come when some Gambians would go near gates of the palaces to protest. On this night, some young Gambians unleashed years of anger. The story of two of them was quite sad. Their fathers were soldiers. Both killed. Not in war. By who? They let the soldiers on duty know about it and told them they were coming after them.

From a distance, I saw anger in the eyes of those Gambian solders. I approached one of them for a chat. ‘Here, we want just peace,’ he told me. He asked for my name and I told him. When I asked for his name, he felt unsure whether to tell me his last name. Badjie, he whispered. There was no confidence in his tone. He’s apparently a Jola. I looked at him closely. Then I realised that what I thought to be anger was actually fear.

The Gambia has a new government. New political and economic players are in charge. Generally, the change has brought about joy and huge prospects of better Gambia. But there’s also fear of the unknown, fear of being excluded.

So, when I was bidding farewell to this brother soldier of mine, I shook his hand affectionately and told him, my brother, it will all be okay. In this New Gambia, our surnames won’t matter anymore. Say it aloud, with confidence. I could have been a Jola, I share the same surname with ex-president. I could have been Serer because some of my relatives are. I could have been Mandinka because that’s what my dad and mom told me I am. But I choose to be a Gambian. As a journalist, I know that Gambians voted for the coalition because it represents unity. That’s the spirit of the New Gambia.

He smiled. Thank you, he told me. He was still waiving while I turned to leave. I hope messages and assurances like this are important, moving forward.

GAMBIA: MONICA NJIE KIBAARO’S HOST OF EVERY WOMAN SHOW RELEASED FROM DETENTION

January 20, 2017

Monica Njie released from detention

Kibaaro news  can without an iota of doubt report that Monica Njie who was arrested by the Gambia’s spy agency has been released and is united with family and loved ones. Monica is Kibaaro’s Finance Manager and host of the Every Woman show was arrested at the ferry terminal in Banjul for taking photos and detained for over 48hrs before being released without any charges or whatsoever. Kibaaro was able to speak to her on the phone after her release and she confirmed to us that it was indeed the NIA that arrested her at the ferry terminal in Banjul for merely taking photos.

She is a breast feeding Mom and lamented to us that when she was held in detention she requested to breast feed her child but the officers on duty did not answer to her demand until after 38hrs that was when her child was brought to her for breast feeding. She also lamented on the deplorable detention cells at the NIA dungeon and people languishing there for flimsy charges or no charges at all.  Monica also went on to express her gratitude for all those who campaign for her release on social media and by extension to the efforts of the British government and journalists.

The Gambia under the brutal leadership of the former president Yahya Jammeh has been marked by numerous arrests, detention without trial and disappearances without trace and we hope that in the 3rd republic such acts would be a thing of the past. We hope that the prisons and detention centers would be emptied of those wrongfully detained or imprisoned.

GAMBIA : NIA SHOULD CEASE ARRESTING INNOCENT CITIZENS – FREE DABA MUHAMMED KUYATEH NOW!

January 1, 2017

Daba Muhammed Kuyateh in the hands of NIA arrested for exercising his constitutional right

Reports are feeding in that the Gambia’s spy agency NIA is going after innocent people harassing , intimidating and  in some cases arresting them for merely expressing their constitutional rights. People wearing T Shirts of Gambia has decided have not done anything wrong but only affirming  a decision they have made on December 1st 2016 for change of government. The ordinary people of the Gambia have every right to uphold the election result which is nothing but the will of the heroic people of our country. We gathered information earlier this week that arrest warrants where issued for the leaders of the Gambia has decided campaign but knowing the public outcry such a dumb decision would generate the coward NIA is now going after young innocent youth in the street corners wearing the Gambia has decided t shirts. The latest to fall victim to this cowardly sinister project is Daba Muhammed Kuyateh. Young Kuyateh was arrested yesterday in Bakoteh for just merely wearing  a t shirt that affirms the will of the Gambian people.

Kibaaro contacted family members of the younster and they have confirmed his arrest by the notorious NIA. They have tried to establish contact with their loved one but to no avail and as we write this story Muhammed is still in the hands of the NIA.  We are vehemently reminding who ever must have orchestrated the arrest of this youngster that the Gambian community is aware of the arrest  and if anything happend to him they would be held responsible. The NIA should desist from such cowardly acts of trying to silence  an awaken populace. The people of the Gambia have decided and the shackles of fear are already broken into pieces so there is no way they can cow an energized youth population. Be aware that all crimes and atrocities are being documented and surely justice will be divered sooner or later.

MINORITY LEADER WARNS IEC TO ANTICIPATE VIOLENT POLLS AMID RARE PROTESTS

May 30, 2016

 

Modu Ndow at a demonstration in London

PEACEFUL PROTRSTORS

Can Jammeh be kicked out through the ballot box?

Can Jammeh be kicked out through the ballot box?

As Monster Jammeh is at his best in threatening to kill opposition members ahead of the December 2016 elections btagging no one can do anything about it, the Gambia’s chief opposition lawmaker in its parliament, Hon. Samba Jallow has advised the country’s electoral commission chief, Alieu Njie to prepare to address fairly without nepotism a potentially violent electoral period which is already marred by violence with eruptions of rare protests for electoral reforms. 

Ongoing crisis

During the parliamentary committee session, Minority Leader Jallow (NRP – Niamina Dankunku) said the Independent Electoral Commission cannot exempt itself from the ongoing crisis that has drawn international condemnation for the excessive use of force towards peaceful protesters by security forces. Political parties in The Gambia have sent electoral reform demands to the commission. They were largely ignored but an inter-party committee has been set up to address and mitigate political tension and to secure a free and fair poll ahead of the December presidential polls.

Violent crackdown on opposition protesters

Protests erupted last month in the West African nation leading to at least three deaths, said the United Nations. The EU, ECOWAS, and the African Union condemned the heavy-handedness of the paramilitary police force in quelling the protests. Opposition leader and human rights lawyer Ousainou Darboe, along with at least 50 others, mostly members of his UDP party are being prosecuted for conspiracy and inciting violence. The UN rights commission has demanded their release and for Gambian authorities to respect their international obligations towards freedom of peaceful assembly.

Embarrassing

A high court judge, Justice Ottaba who was presiding over the case has called the prosecution of the protesters, especially that of Mr. Darboe embarrassing. Hon Jallow presaged against partial addressing of electoral issues amid recent tensions. Jallow has been mounting pressure on the Gambia’s government to get an electoral chair after calling former commission chief Mustapha Carayol’s leadership ‘illegal.’ Critics, however, said new Chairperson Njie is a registered member of the ruling APRC Party and had pursued public office through the party. The opposition has, however, steered away from questioning his integrity.

New constituencies and registration fees may cause low voter turnout

Hon. Jallow has warned the new chair of some discrepancies in the electoral landscape, which may cause voters to stay home. Jallow said voters will be unable to renew their cards due to costs associated with the replacement of voter registration cards and the adverse effects of the demarcation of certain constituencies. At least four constituencies were further demarcated during the amendment of electoral regulations last summer; meaning those who were registered in the old constituencies and now fall under new ones will have to pay a GMD D100 fee for replacement. Jallow found that unacceptable after parliament approved GMD 33 million to the commission for elections.

New electoral laws

The Gambia’s new electoral laws have made it difficult for the polls to be free and fair, giving incumbent President Yahya Jammeh an edge over opposition candidates. In 2011, a group of six opposition parties boycotted parliamentary and local government elections saying that they were not free and fair. President Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled the country of 1.9 million people vowed to brutally deal with any opposition member who disturbs the peace during the election, threatening to kill them and make them disappear for millions of years.

 

Source: US BLASTING NEWS.COM

MOMENTUM OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE BUILDING UP IN BANJUL ; LAWYER DARBOE AND CO DENIED BAIL

May 5, 2016
Defiant crowd outside court house

Defiant crowd outside court house

Women with brooms poised to clean the rogue regime's mess

Women with brooms poised to clean the rogue regime’s mess

The leader of the opposition party United Democratic Party (UDP) Lawyer  Ousainou Darboe  who was arrested on  April 16th along with other peaceful protesters were denied bail today at the high Court in Banjul.  Many view the decision to deny the formal bail application tendered by defense team of illegally detained protesters as a traverse to justice which highlight President Jammeh’s hair splitting stratagem of weakening the morale of concerned Gambians who ply to Banjul to protest in front  of the Court house during every seating.  Such a strategy is likely to backfire on the rogue regime because the People do not show any sign of relent as their numbers continue to bulge at every Court hearing.

The momentum of civil disobedience is gaining ground as People continue to mobilize and demonstrate  in front of court house chanting anti- regime slogans and demanding the release of Solo Sandeng death or alive.  Yesterday during the hearing of the first batch of peaceful protesters arrested on April 14th, the state produce eight new people held in custody among them  3 female protesters who were feared death. Fatoumatta Jawara, Nokoi  Njie and Fatou Camara were arraigned before the high Court yesterday. Those who saw these 3 ladies yesterday at the Court house lamented traces of torture and inhuman treatment by their captors.  There are revelations underscoring that these decent ladies were subjected to all forms of torture and rape while in incommunicado. This is the reason why the state refused to tender them in Court initially and waited until their torture wounds heal a bit before producing them in Court.

The fear factor is gradually desecrated in the Gambia for people express themselves freely around the Court house and are ready for whatever consequences. The women today came with brooms which signifies that the Gambia is in a big mess and they are ready to clean the country of that mess. With Those brooms they shall clean the country of dictatorship , oppression, torture and killing of innocent Citizens. Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, his UDP executive and other peaceful protesters plying the road between mile II Central prison and Banjul high court are in high spirit and resolved to face any consequences for the interest of the Gambian People. Next round of Court hearing is scheduled to take place next week Monday April 9th.

WHO IS KOMBO CENTRAL’S NEXT CHIEF?

April 22, 2016
Power struggle at the Brikama chieftancy

Power struggle at the Brikama chieftaincy

By Pa Modou Bojang

The seat of the chieftaincy for Kombo Central district in the West Coast Region has been vacant since the demise of the late Chief, Alh. Dembo Keleng Bojang of Brikama Mansaringsu. This has not only left the people of Brikama in suspense as no one knows who will be the next chief of the constituency, but also in doubt if the position will be occupied by a female chief for the first time in the history of the town.

Sources closed to the chieftaincy have it that, Mrs Kaddy Faal Bojang has been in charge of the position since the death of the late chief and some political analysts suggest that she might remain in the position as far as APRC government is concerned. If Kaddy Faal is given the appointment, this will be the first time for a woman to man that position in Kombo Central.

Kibaaro News was reliably informed that the divisional governor, Ms Aminata Siffai Hydara, in collaboration with the infamous minister of information, also a native of Brikama Suma Kunda, Sheriff Bojang, have been advising president Jammeh not to allow chieftaincy by- elections in Brikama. It is feared that the position might fall in the hands of the opposition as manifested in the last parliamentary elections in the district.

It could be recalled that Kombo Central was the only constituency in The Gambia which went against the candidate of the ruling APRC party by voting for an independent candidate.

It is also revealed that Aminata Siffai Hydara advised the president to use his executive power to officially appoint her childhood and best friend, Kaddy Faal Bojang to the position. She emphasised “only that can boost our votes in Brikama for the presidential elections”. Since then, Mrs Faal Bojang has been in charge of the chieftaincy, which did not go well with some natives of Brikama who would also like to contest for the position.

Meanwhile, there is a serious disunion with the APRC (Brikama branch) as many ‘Brikamakas’ are looking for an election to fill the position. For those critics, President Jammeh has no executive power to appoint whom he wants.

Kebba Boajng of Brikama told our reporter that it would be hypocritical for the president to appoint the acting chief, Kaddy Faal, to the position.

It will be noted that the late chief Dembo Keleng Bojang was defeated by the former Bakary Santang Bojang in the 1992 chieftaincy elections. To the surprise of many, Bakary Satang was fired four years ago by the Jammeh administration without giving any reasons and was replaced by the man he defeated in the elections.

Meanwhile, our sources have also revealed that there are numerous candidates on standby and all of them are either from Brikama Suma Kunda or Mansaringsu. Historically, these are the two areas in Brikama to contest for the position, but since the coming of President Yahya Jammeh to power, all these norms have been undermined.

“THIS MAN IS GOING TO KILL ALL OF US BEFORE THE ELECTIONS”, COL. NDURE CHAM UNBURDENED HIS FEAR ON UNSUSPECTING LT. GANO

March 6, 2016
LANG TOMBONG AND NDURE CHAM

LANG TOMBONG AND NDURE CHAM

Jammeh has a Malicious Intention - Ebou Gaye

THE KANILAI MONSTER

Colonel Ndure Cham, former Chief of Defence Staff and allegedly the mastermind of 21 March 2006 foiled coup, is a man of few words. Contrary to what most of us in the diaspora thought of our Gambian Army, there are a handful who conclude the Kanilai Monster is “not only a liability to the Gambia and her people but also a big problem for the West African sub region as well as an obstacle for the general progress of the African Continent”. As a consequent, the likes of Col. Cham held that “Jammeh had completely outlived his usefulness as a president and therefore had to leave power by all means necessary”, disclosed Lt. Gano. The Colonel lost his cool with young officer Gano who could not spot the bark from the tree after presenting him with a glossy verbal portray of Monster Jammeh’s inadequacies as a president. “Col Cham lost his temper on me and threw a few profanities at me before adding:

‘Gano, you are talking like a dirty civilian. You see somebody aiming a weapon at you and you are telling me that you will dive when he pulls the trigger. This man is going to kill all of us before the elections. You continue to sit there and wait, I am not waiting for any bloody elections’.

I did not understood what he meant by that remark until three weeks later on the 22 March when I came to work and found the Defence Headquarters under siege by personnel of the State Guards Battalion. When I got to my office, I was informed by a female Corporal that there was a coup attempt the previous night”, Lt Gano further buttressed.

Forlornly, the Kanilai monster continues to be a thorn in the flesh of every patriotic Gambian. As anticipated by the Colonel, many gallant soldiers and officers of the GNA had been killed and others forced into hibernation by Jammeh since 21 march 2006. Some continue to languish in appalling prison conditions. No one is safe today in Banjul, even his most loyal Gambian house negroes are more at risk of disappearing into thin air than the Gambian farm negroes under Gambia’s slave-master. What is worse than being a refugee in your own country?

It is only in the Gambia that a president can openly threatens to kill people and he is applauded. “The opposition”, he said “many of them will die before the election.” Are we taking his threat with a pinch of salt or we just waiting for him to carry it out? In the past, the Kanilai monster has lived true to his words by carrying out any threat he issued publicly; most notably Mile II 9 execution. Colonel Cham was spot on in his assertion that the Gambia’s most dangerous criminal in a presidential attire has not only outlived his tenure but an obnoxious liability that must be removed by any means available and affordable.

My hope was spiced up by the lady of substance, Fatoumatta Tambajang on freedom radio. Her peppered speech and enviable efforts to get the opposition leaders come together and present a single candidate to remove Jammeh’s sorry ass from office in the December 2016 election are humbling. I hope her efforts will shame any of the opposition leaders intending to go solo. Like she noted, removing Jammeh from office is a national duty for every Gambian. If another Ndure Cham did not get him before the election, we must vote him out come polling day December 2016.