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November 20, 2015
 Secretary General Lamin Nyabally dismissed and disgraced

Secretary General Lamin Nyabally dismissed and disgraced

Kibaaro News has received unimpeachable information that the Gambian dictator; Yahya Jammeh has fired his Secretary General and Presidential Affairs Minister, Mr. Lamin Nyabally yesterday Thursday 19th November 2015 while on his presidential tour in the Upper River town of Basse. According to information received by this medium, President Jammeh was not happy with the way health issues are handled in Basse and its surroundings and he kept asking his secretary general Nyabally how comes he was never briefed by him on such issues. The President was said to have blamed Nyabally for his incompetence and without a second thought, he was fired from his post as Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs. After Health Minister Omar Sey informed the seriously ill President that he did discuss the issue with Secretary General Nyabally, but no action was taken since then.

The President was reported to have been very angry and the anger landed Secretary Nyabally into the presidential hot water and before the end of the inauguration of a thirty million dalasi health centre in Sabi village near the town of Basse, Nyabally was fired publicly by his boss and told to make sure he clears his desk within 24 hours. The President did said Nyabally was very lucky that he the President is in a happy mood thanks to as according to him the warm welcome he received from the people of URR otherwise he was going to the hotel. Ex Secretary General Nyabally was seen shaking and sweating continuously thanking the President like a lame duck about to be sacrificed but the owner changed his mind. Our sources did indicated that he Nyabally still retains the forestry ministerial portfolio but his rank within the Jammeh highrachy was lowered beyond belief and many confidently continue speculating that Nyabally would not serve another year before his final engagement with the electric broom. Either the hotel or the streets is anyone’s guess. At the time of going to press, Nyabally was said to have rushed to Banjul to clear his desk as instructed and is later expected to rejoin the Presidential tour today.


November 12, 2015
Jammeh is mad with Sall for dressing like him!!!

Jammeh is mad with Sall for dressing like him!!!

The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh has started, what could be best described as, a dangerous diplomatic spat against his neighbouring President, Macky Sall of Senegal, by taunting the latter as feeble and puppet. The erratic Gambian leader made the remarks at a meeting in a major border township of Farafenni on Wednesday night, during his annual meet the people’s tour of the country.

In what could be best described as a premeditated and calculative move, the Gambian leader took advantage of the town’s large Senegalese populace to hurl his spleen at the Senegalese Presidents of past, immediate past and present leader Macky Sall. He berated President Sall as a bad leader, a hypocrite and a stooge of the west, who wants to destroy the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The erratic Gambian leader further berated the Senegalese leadership of responsibility for the ongoing border impasse between the two countries and further accused them of engaging in subversive activities to undermine his country’s economy and security. To which, he declared a warning to his counterpart that his country is not scared of any country and is prepared to fend off any inevitable attack.

I am ready for Senegal in every way ……….., and let Macky Sall be warned that we are not afraid of any nation on the face of this earth. Whatever they are planning, they will find us here. We will deal with them mercilessly.”

The paranoid Gambian leader justified his accusations by claiming that Senegal continues to harbour his enemies. By these, one could only think of the Gambian asylum seekers in Senegal, who sought refuge in the neighbouring country from fear of his persecution of them in the Gambia. However, the Gambian leader had for long feared these refugees in Senegal and wants Senegal to hand them over to him, so he can simply exterminate them.

Jammeh further went on to disclose his personal dealings with the current, immediate past and past Senegalese leaders: Macky Sall, Ablaye Wade and Abdou Diouf respectively, to his bewildered audience, who were wondering what must have spurred the Gambian leader to expose such diplomatic dealings public.

But considering the fact that the location of his tirade was a major crossing border town, one can be forgiven for concluding that, Jammeh’s tirades were simply his way of explaining the border impasse to the masses in the town. This is because Jammeh seems to perceive the border impasse with Senegal, as a Senegalese leadership’s ploy to sabotage his country’s economy. For that reason, he explained that he is not blaming the Senegalese people, but that of their leadership from past to present.

As a result, the Gambian leader is not a fan of Senegalese Presidents, especially the current and his immediate predecessor Ablaye Wade. He derided President Sall as feeble, who is incapable of developing “a backyard much more a country”. Jammeh did not further have better words for Sall’s predecessor, Maitre Ablaye Wade, who he chided lack the ability to become responsible of a hair on his head, much more bearing the burden of the responsibility of a country. “How can someone whose head could not bear the weight of human hair be tasked with the responsibility of shouldering the affairs of a country.”

Gambians should however be warned about the dangers of Jammeh’s undiplomatic spat against a sitting President of another country, much more a country as close to the Gambia as Senegal. What Jammeh is doing is not only insensitive, childish or stupid but very dangerous.


October 20, 2015
The Late Landing Jallow Sonko RIP

The Late Landing Jallow Sonko RIP

News is feeding in that Landing Jallow Sonko passed away in Dakar today. The former Minister of local government and lands in the PPP era was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dakar where he succumbed to death. The late Honorable Sonko was knocked by a car and sustained serious injuries as he was returning home from early morning (Fajr) prayers at the Pipeline Mosque. He was flown to Dakar for further treatment but answered to the call of his creator today.

The PPP era Minister is hailed by many as an upright man who lived his life with humility and dignity. It is reported that the so-called commission of enquiry sett up by the military junta of Yahya Jammeh didn’t found him wanting and even the chairman of that commission praised Landing of being one of Gambia’s finest and honest Ministers in the PPP era.

Ever since news of Mr. Sonko’s demise broke condolences and tributes have been flooding social media and Gambian online news sites. Ebrima Sillah Gambian journalist in Dakar wrote in a tribute piece the following “For 30 years Hon Landing Jallow Sonko lived an exemplary life of honesty. During his time as State Minister, Hon Landing Jallow Sonko had never spent his weekend or public holidays in the Kombos. Rather he was always on his farms with the rest of his family to supplement whatever he was getting from his work as Minister”

Tijan Masanneh Ceesay, veteran broadcaster based in the U. S chipped in his condolences by asserting that “A good Man has gone home. This Man encouraged me in my journalism career like no other. Always polite and classy! Niumi is bleeding today and the Masanneh Ceesay clang have lost a cousin.”

Sainey MK Marenah also a Gambian Journalist in Dakar described him as a true son of the Gambia. Reliable sources have indicated that Honorable Landing Jallow Sonko’s body would be flown to Banjul today and funeral services are expected to take place tomorrow. We pray that the Almighty God shower mercy on his gentle soul and grant him everlasting bliss in paradise, ameen!


September 2, 2015

Al-Jazeera-logoGambian authorities have felt uncomfortable with the team of Al-Jazeera journalists who were in Banjul to film and report on a wide range of issues related to human-interest.

They were told by the Gambian authorities to stop filming or risk being arrested after the government annulled their credentials. According to sources in Banjul the team were asked not make any film or report on any issue about the Gambia. The sources further noted the journalists were also informed that their permit was also revoked which was obtained prior to their entry into Banjul. “The Al-Jazeera team got the information that their permit has been revoked through their fixer” our source elaborated. It is not clear what must have fueled the Gambia government’s anger towards Al-Jazeera but some analyst postulated that the government feared that A-Jazeera may unveil the gross human rights violations taking place in the country.

Yesterday , 1st September Al-Jazeera broadcasted an interview with Gambia’s most radical rapper Ali Cham Aka Killer Ace. He was asked about his most talked about single track “Ku Boka C Geta G” where he stood up to the power that be , highlighting the rule of tyranny and the fear hovering over the skies of Banjul. Al-Jazeera has recently made interesting documentary on Senegal’s rich wrestling culture but their wish for a similar project in neighboring country, the Gambia is derailed by a pompous dictator.

In a democratic setting a free press should be able to ask legitimate questions and keep those in authority on their toes. In the Gambia such an atmosphere is very far from being realized. The tiny West African country is the most unfriendly media government in the sub- region. The country whose debt is 80% of GDP is dwelling in a financial turmoil. Since Yahya Jammeh took over power in a military coup in 1994 he has ruled the country with an iron fist making the West African nation not a heaven for journalists, opposition parties, and human rights defenders.

This year Gambia faced United Nations human rights group to review its human rights report but the country’s report was one of the poorest, according to rights defenders. In 2014 the country interrupted UN Rapporteurs on Torture and extra-Judiciary killing from their investigation in the country.


August 16, 2015
The Author of Book of Lies and Gambia's lying Diplomat: Samsudeen Sarr

The Author of Book of Lies and Gambia’s Diplomat of lies: Samsudeen Sarr

The Book of Lies aka Coup D'Etat by Gambia National Army, authored by Samsudeen Sarr

The Book of Lies aka Coup D’Etat by Gambia National Army, authored by Samsudeen Sarr

The family of the two US citizens, arbitrarily arrested and detained in the Gambia, Alhagie Ceesay and Ebou Jobe, were forced to issue a press release, this week, debunking yet another dishonest statement from Samsudeen Sarr; President Jammeh’s newly appointed self confessed liar of a diplomat.

Mr Sarr, who without any proper enquiries with his employers, the Gambian government, misinformed the United States’ Advisor to the President, Ms Susan Rice, that “reports of the two missing Americans – Alhagie Ceesay and Ebou Jobe, is nothing but another dubious story fed to US authorities by the enemies of President Jammeh…”

Mr Sarr further went on to state that: “There is no record of the two Americans at any of The West African nation’s entry points”.

According to our sources, Sarr had in fact made no contact with anyone at the Gambia’s Civil Aviation Authority or Immigration Service, to assist him to his conclusion that the two abducted US citizens have never landed in the country in 2013.

But what truth can be expected from a man, who confessed to writing a 296 page-book in 2007, titled ‘Coup D’Etat by the Gambia National Army’, based on the fiction of his imagination; which he sold to many Gambians as the the true non-fictional biography of the 22nd July 1994 military coup in the country, which brought Yahya Jammeh into power. Sarr further continues to sell the same book on Amazon for $30 up to the time of this editorial.

They said ‘once a liar always a liar’. It seems the Ex-Lt. Col. has an enduring alliance with or allegiance to falsehood. One reason, one will be forgiven to reason with him, is the filthy benefit he acquired from his lies. In fact, such lies have consequentially assisted him to the successes he brags of in many of his writings, of recent.

Sarr had been depreciated to have lied his way to the top of the Gambian National Army, and has undoubtedly lied his way to his current post of being the country’s diplomat! Sarr is further attributed to many false statements and deceits, some of which he confessed to.

Sarr has been accused of lying to have achieved a degree in Agric Science in the US from 1981 to 1984, which he used to gain recruitment into the Gambia National Army, as a Cadet Officer, in 1985.

In 1990, he was alleged to have lied about suffering from an unknown medical condition to avoid his deployment to Liberia to take part in the Gambia National Army’s role in the Ecomog peace keeping mission in that country, at the time.

In 1994, Sarr was arrested by the AFPRC Military Junta, which was headed by Yahya Jammeh, for an alleged subversive activity to overthrow the AFPRC Junta.

In 1999 he was booted out of the Gambia National Army for allegedly giving false account of his squabble with the former Commander in Chief of the Gambia National Army, Babucarr Jatta.

In August 1999, Sarr confirmed in his Book of Lies that he had lied on his asylum claim to gain refugee status in the United States. He wrote in his book:

“Mr Goldber wanted me to build a story stating that although I had worked for President Jammeh’s government that overthrew President Jawara’s, I was all along secretly loyal to the old regime until the new government got suspicious of me. Then on a surprising investigation on me, they found some evidence of recent contacts I had had with President Jawara, who was in exile in England; but before the order was given for my arrest on charges of treasonable offence, a friend tipped me off, advising me to leave the country immediately, which I did.”

In 2007, Sarr published his book of lies, which he entitled, Coup D’Etat by Gambia National Army.

In 2014, Sarr confirmed that his Coup D’Etat by Gambia National Army book was full of lies.

In 2015, President Jammeh confirmed that Samsudeen Sarr’s book was full of lies.

July 2015, Sarr confirmed that he is appointed new Gambian Diplomat to the UN.

August 2015, Sarr lied to the US Presidential Adviser, Susan Rice, that the abducted US citizens, Alhagie Ceesay and Ebou Jobe had not been to the Gambia in 2013.

The question therefore, that begs asking, is why on earth would the Gambian President appoint Samsudden Sarr, as a diplomat for the Gambian people. A man with a long track record of lies, deceit and treachery. A man, who the President, himself, confirmed to have written a book of lies against him and was further a misfit of the Gambia National Army officers’ corps, in the 1990s, who was not fit to be a company commander, much more an army commander. How can such a misfit qualify to be a diplomat of a country; except if intended to be a diplomat of lies.

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Flight itinerary of Alhagie Ceesay and his flight was not the missing Malaysian Airliner

It is therefore worth reiterating to Susan Rice and the US authorities that Sarr cannot be trusted; and the two US citizens have indeed visited the Gambia, where they were arbitrarily arrested and detained by the Gambian authorities. Their evidence of travel to the Gambia is published below for all to see:



August 1, 2015
Marching from Prison to Politicians

Marching from Prison to Politicians

Jammeh's newly APRC recruits march!

Jammeh’s newly APRC recruits march!

From prisoners to APRC dancers

From prisoners to APRC dancers

Now tell the pardoned prisoners, this is Jammeh development outside Mile 2

To the pardoned prisoners, this is Jammeh’s development outside Mile 2

It is an internationally acclaimed sacred doctrine that rehabilitation of prisoners does not only end at the prison walls, but extends to the integration process of the prisoners into  society. And one important aspect of that process is respecting the rights of the released prisoners to privacy, to enable them make that transition from the life of a prisoner to the life of a freeman in a free society.

The Gambia seems to have distanced itself from that internationally acclaimed doctrine, by not only parading pardoned prisoners on national TV – as part of their pardoned conditions to confirm their: identity, conviction, sentence and thank the country’s President for their release on national TV -, but further dragged them into the streets of the country’s capital city, Banjul, to shower praises on the country’s Dictator, Yahya Jammeh, as the most benevolent deity of the universe.

The spectacle took place on Thursday, July 30, when the 227 prisoners, who were pardoned by the Gambian Dictator as part of events marking the 21 anniversary of his military takeover of the country in 1994, paraded themselves into the streets of the country’s capital, Banjul, in what was dubbed as a solidarity march to show appreciation to the country’s President for their release.

This was the case, despite the fact that some of the pardoned prisoners were actually detainees, who had never been convicted of any offense against the state or the Gambian people. But were rather political detainees, who were arbitrarily arrested and detained for many years for reasons best known to the country’s Dictator.

This was further the case, despite the fact that the pardoned prisoners had all been paraded on the country’s national TV, GRTS, and further gave radio and newspaper interviews to the national media, thanking and praising the country’s only magnanimous leader, Yahya Jammeh.

However, what is increasingly becoming palpable from the show is the level of political propaganda thrown into the melee, by the regime, to swindle what was a mere exercise of Presidential prerogative into a political points scoring for the Dictator. No doubt, the Jammeh regime’s propaganda machinery had ratcheted the President’s mere constitutional exercise into a political theatre, which is turning the pardoned prisoners into political pawns.

As a result, the pardoned prisoners, who were absent from the country’s political scene for months and years, whilst being caged at the country’s hell-hole Mile 2 Central Prisons, have turned themselves – or were turned – into seasoned politicians’ overnight, just days after their release. Preaching the country’s citizens to vote for the country’s President, Yahya Jammeh, in the looming Presidential elections slated for November 2016.

flooded streets of Gambia3

These are the daily woes of the Gambia, how sail through the flooded streets.

flooded streets of Gambia2

Streets of the world’s upcoming super power nation!

The spectacle has not only bewildered the Dictator’s political opponents, but even the country’s ordinary citizens are beginning to wonder, when were the prisoners released from prison, for them to have the requisite knowledge of the daily woes of the Gambian societies, to enable them to become its political professors.

As one political commentator told Kibaaro News “imagine murderers, thieves and armed robbers telling you who to vote for!”

It is becoming the realism of, what one pardoned prisoner described as ‘stealing-the-show event’. Surely, the Gambian President’s pardoning of prisoners, which was initially feigned as out of magnanimity, inspired by religious holy scriptures, is revealing itslef to be a blatant ploy to resucitate the dying popularity of an unfortunate President leading his country’s economy to the abyss.

But the President must be warned that exploitation of prisoners in this way, as political pawns, is not only appalling but inhumane! Prisoners deserve rehabilitation to become law-abiding citizens and not political pawns.

A murderer cannot teach or tell or show a reasonable mind traits of benevolence or magnanimity! Nor can a pardoned prisoner tell society what is good for its development, politically!!


July 30, 2015
Anti Drugs Team destroying confiscated drugs

Anti Drugs Team destroying confiscated drugs

A bilateral agreement for cooperation to combat drug trafficking has been inked. The agreement between the police force of the West African nation and the Russian Federal Drug Control Agency is geared towards fighting drug trafficking according to officials.

The signing ceremony held at the ongoing Moscow-Africa anti-drug dialogue conference, marking the 21st anniversary of the so – called 22nd July revolution.A revolution whose lifespan has witnessed the seizure of one million dollars worth of cocaine at a warehouse in Banjul. Critics doubt if bilateral cooperation with Russia would have any impact in combating drug trafficking in a country whose leader is accused of befriending drug kingpins like Bubo Na Tchuto of Guinea Bissau who is currently faces serious drug trafficking charges in the U.S.

The signing ceremony which was witnessed by Cabinet ministers and other government officials and representatives from Russia was agreed based on mutual understanding between the two countries. Speaking at the signing ceremony the Director of the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation, Viktor Ivanov, said “yes our agreement was based on mutual understanding and is aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two nations in the fight against illicit drug trafficking”.

Both parties affirmed that the cooperation agreement would be a firm legal basis in their fight against illicit drugs. “I am really impressed by the Gambia government for the steps they have taken to combat against drug trafficking, and I appreciate the work of the Gambia police force, for its contribution to drug seizures and combating drug trafficking” Russian envoy noted. On his part the Gambian minister for interior Mr. Ousman Sonko said fighting against drugs is a collective responsibility and therefore all efforts are needed to combat against the menace which is a worrisome. He buttressed that Gambia’s strong commitment to the fight against drug trafficking, adding that drug trafficking has negative impacts on the countries of origin, the transiting countries and the destinations, and has destroyed many youths in those countries. Drug trafficking leads to terrorism, he further stated.Sonko also said they are looking forward to the benefits of the signed bilateral agreement through mutually beneficial cooperation, and he commended Russia for taking the right path. It is expensive to fight against drug trafficking as it requires adequate and sophisticated logistics and capacity building, among others, Sonko added.

“African (countries) are the most affected, yet still we are not the cause and we are feeling it more,” he said, adding that they are looking forward to positively collaborate with Russia with extension to the level of the United Nations Security Council to make Africa’s voice heard, Sonko noted.

As the Gambia gradually faces alienation from its donor partners like the EU the regime in Banjul has been displacing desperate moves to partner with countries that don’t put too much emphasis on good governance and protecting fundamental freedoms of citizens. Countries like Russia that do not flood their partners in Africa with too much conditionalities are becoming the welcomes house for countries with brutal dictators like the Gambia. To what extend will such a bilateral agreement help in clamping down on drug trafficking in the tiny West African country is a wait and see situation.