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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 “The Al-Jazeera team got the information that their permit has been revoked through their fixer” our source elaborated.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.

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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.


July 22, 2015
Jammeh said even Pa Nderry is pardoned to insult Asombie Bojang!! Do you believe it?

Jammeh said even Pa Nderry is pardoned to insult Asombie Bojang!! Do you believe him?

The Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh has declared his pardoning of murderers, coupists, rapists and ardent critics in a sinister amnesty, which did not include political prisoners and family members of 30 December 2014 coupists, who are still arbitrarily detained for seven months without charge.

The President declared the amnesty during an unscripted marathon address to a gathering in Banjul on Wednesday, July 22, marking the 21st anniversary celebrations of his coming to power, through a military coup, on 22 July 1994. The President, who bragged to have turned a new page in his life, claimed to have learnt forgiveness from the holy scriptures of the Koran and the Bible, and for that reason wished to forgive some but not all.

Political prisoners, such as UDP’s Amadou Sanneh were not included. This was the case, despite claiming to have forgiven murderers, military coupists, rapists, drug dealers, etc.

The Dictator, who reasoned that if he does not forgive; how will god forgive him; declared that his forgiveness has limits and he explained those limits as follows:

“All those convicted of treason from 2013 to 1994 and are in Death Row are hereby pardoned”……As from today all those convicted of murder and have served 10 years and above are hereby pardoned……. Except in 3 cases that I know of, the carnival, who chopped the woman and ate her body………….. will not be forgiven…………. the man who killed his wife ……….nicknamed Ayatollah, will not also be pardoned ……….. and the group of foreigners, who killed a British citizen, will not also be pardoned.” President Jammeh declared.

All those convicted of Cannabis related offences and served 3 years or more in prison are also pardoned. As well as those sentenced for hard drug offences, such as: Cocaine and Heroin; and have served 5 years or more are also pardoned, with the exception of repeated offenders.

Rapists who have also been in prison from 1994 to 2013 are also pardoned provided their victims were adults of over 20 years. No forgiveness for child rapists and those convicted of infanticide; as the president claimed to have no mercy for those who committed crimes against women and children.

All those pardoned, who are foreigners are to be deported.

As for his ardent critics, who he once labelled as the ill gotten sons and daughters of the Gambia, the Gambian Dictator claimed to have unconditionally forgiven them. “All those people mostly in the USA, UK who have fought against this country and said all lies against this country; whether you attempted a coup plot or lied and ran away, you are all pardoned”; the Gambian dictator declared.

But one thing that is not clear, is whether his forgiveness covers only the past deeds of his critics in the diaspora or whether it will continue to cover further criticism of his regime?

Although, he added that they must be warned to stay away from the wrong side of the law. Declaring that “murder, rape, drug will never be accepted in this country. But this is a country, where mere criticism of the President is deemed to be on the wrong side of the law. It therefore remained to be seen as to whether the Gambian Dictator has indeed “turned a new page”, as he claimed; and whether first person who stain that page will not be his critics.

He has however warned that the first person to stain the page will pay the “ultimate price”. This is from a man who claims to have a forgiving heart. Some people will never change and Yahya Jammeh is one of them.


July 15, 2015
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Yahya Jammeh’s musical chair: Yankuba Sonko and Ben Wilson swap IGP post again!

Reports reaching Kibaaro News Desk have confirmed that the Gambian Dictator, Yahya Jammeh’s electrical broom has visited the Gambia Police Force Headquarters, leaving a trail of devastating mass sackings and detentions of senior police officers, some of whom face questioning.

The electrical broom had swept away the Police Chief, IGP Ben Wilson, leaving vacancy for his predecessor, Yankuba Sonko to bounce back and cling on to his one time coveted post of Inspector General of Police, after losing the same in November 2014 to his now predecessor Ben Wilson.

Ben Wilson, who served at the post of IGP for less than a year, has been axed and detained for questioning, police source confirmed to Kibaaro News, on Wednesday.

It is not yet known the circumstances surrounding the termination of Ben’s service and detention” explained our police source.

Ben Wilson was the former Commissioner of Western Division, before being  appointed as the Inspector General of The Gambia Police Force, replacing his now successor, Yankuba Sonko, who is the longest serving IGP under the reign of Dictator Jammeh, after previously manning the post from March 2010 to November 2014.

IGP Sonko was then redeployed to the Ministry of Justice, where he served until his reinstatement as the country’s Police chief.

One officer who spoke to Kibaaro under the disguise of anonymity chided that the Gambian Dictator is very stupid! “He keeps firing and hiring like a headless chicken. Don’t be surprised if he reinstate Ben in few months time and dump Sonko into the ditch. This President of ours is seriously insane!

The Police Administrative Officer, Abdoulie Sanyang, is also reported to have been axed with no official reasons for his removal.

Many other top senior officers of the force may receive their marching orders very soon, but it is not yet clear and we don’t really know why?” added our police source.

Sudden hire and fire is common tradition in The Gambia for most civil servants and other public sector workers, since the emergence of Yahya Jammeh to the helm of the Gambian apex on 22 July 1994. Security of tenure for civil servants in the Gambia has since become historic and security of tenure only hangs on the mercy of Dictator Jammeh.

Civil servants are in constant fear of being fired, and in most cases  risk arbitrary arrest and detention by state security agents, after their dismissals, for reasons best known to the state, which are never disclosed to the affected persons.


July 3, 2015
Migrants at Sea

Migrants at Sea

As the world witness the worst refugee crisis in modern times finding a solution or ameliorating this crisis rests squarely on the shoulders of the entire human race. Hundreds of thousands of youngsters from the African continent and other war-torn areas of the world are storming the european shores and thousands die in the high seas before reaching the shores of europe. Each and everyone one of us has a perception of what is responsible for this crisis and the possible solutions to it.

Some say the answer to this crisis lies in fixing the issue of governance in third world countries as Lakhdar Brahimi puts it “The crisis is not in the sea. The crises are in the countries where there are so many problems that people are willing to face almost certain death to leave their country. Conflicts, like in Syria; the absence of governance, like it is in Libya; and Myanmar, you have communities that are the victims of total injustice.” Others like Saul Njie say  “we need a plethora of things, including a serious overhaul of our structural, economic, monetary, financial, political, and most importantly – our societal edifice”.

It is on this backdrop the African Centre for Information and Development (ACID) in Norway is organizing an international conference to create awareness on the crisis so as to brainstorm on possible solutions. The conference which is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation(NORAD) will take place on the 28th of July 2015 from 15 – 2100hrs  at Photels Grensen 19, Oslo Norway.The theme for the conference is deadly migration through the mediterranean by African migrants: what are the challenges for Africa and Europe  It is an open conference and the entire public is highly invited to attend. For more information on the conference contact; email:  or call: 4794572695/ 4791616055.