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JAMMEH TESTS EU’S RESOLVE, AS HE EXPELS REPRESENTATIVE WITHOUT REASON

June 7, 2015
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Expelled EU Representative and Gambia's Foreign Minister

Expelled EU Representative and Gambia’s Foreign Minister

Gambia Dictator Yahya Jammeh

Gambia Dictator Yahya Jammeh

The European Union (EU) was on Saturday, June 6, rudely awakened to the realities of the Gambian plight under the dictatorship of President Yahya Jammeh; after its country representative to the Gambia was expelled without reason.

The news that came as a surprise, left the Union reeling for answers; as their French citizen country representative for 5 years, Ms Agnes Guillaud, was on Friday, June 5, given 72 hours notice to leave the Gambia or risk forceful removal. The Union had no prior notice or warning of it and had so far received no official reasons for it.

The only ramblings forwarded by the Gambian Dictator and his Ministers, which seems like their reasons, but explains no fault of Ms Guillaud were expounded in the following quotes of President Jammeh and his ministers.

“We will not accept chicken change just to be colonized again. We will not be colonized twice,”  explained President Jammeh.

The “Government of The Gambia (GOTG) will continue to adhere to and uphold international norms and values but will also protect the sanctity of its sovereignty and safeguard its religious beliefs, culture, customs and traditions of its people, which constitute the pillars of its society;” explained Ms Neneh Macdoull Gaye, the country’s Foreign Minister.

“As an independent Muslim country, we will not be tied to any bloc that promotes decadence and ungodly behavior. We are no longer going to entertain any dialogue with the European Union, either directly or through the sub-regional, regional and international blocs of which we are members;” explained Bala Garba Jahumpa, the country’s most useless and Worst Stupid Minister for nothing more than talking nonsense aka Minister for Works and Transport!

However, if this was seriously their reasons for kicking out Ms Guillaud; one wonders why they never recalled their ambassador to the EU first. Instead, they still maintain their ambassador to the EU, who was summoned by the EU on Saturday, June 6, to explain what on earth is going on.

The Union’s spokeswoman, surprisingly, disclosed that the decision had simply left the Union astonished. But should the EU be surprised at all, despite the fact that they have been told, many a times, by Gambian activists that the Gambian Dictator is no more than a donkey in human flesh. A 21st  century Idi Amin Dada of Africa, who serves no interest of his people; but that of his own egoistic whims. A President, who lacks all disciplines of a school boy, much more a statesman or diplomat.

However, it seems the Union still has much to learn about the Gambian Dictator, Yahya Jammeh. Asking questions never gets you answers in the Gambia, much more the correct answers. The Union should have consulted Ms Guillaud, who had been in the country for almost 5 years to explain what had happened; whether they should, in fact, be expecting any justifiable reasons for her expulsion from the country.

She would be in a much better position to offer reasonable explanations than the errand-boy Gambian ambassador to EU, whose knowledge is limited to what he is told to say!

The Union ought to have known that the Gambian Dictator never has reasons for his decisions, except to satisfy his egos. In fact, at most, speculations tend to present a much accurate picture than the reasons forwarded by the regime.

This is why the reasons forwarded by the Dictator that the EU wants to impose colonisation and homosexuality cannot be taken their words worth. In fact speculations had it that the expulsion may have been simply a ploy to divert attentions from the ongoing Thione Secka millions case in Dakar and his subsequent arbitrary arrests of the Mandinka boys: DJ Lamin Cham, Momodou Sabally and Yusupha Saidy, all of which happened in the last 7 days.

Therefore, it seems the EU still has much to learn about Yahya Jammeh. The British have learnt the best formula to deal with Yahya Jammeh. That formula is not  asking for answers, but reciprocating his actions full on.

In 2006, the Gambian Dictator expelled the British Deputy High Commissioner to the Gambia without any justifiable reason. The, then, British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, did not waste any time asking for answers, before reciprocating the same action by expelling the, then, Gambian Deputy High Commissioner to London on the same date.

Since that date, 12 years ago, Jammeh has learnt to live with the British diplomats in Banjul than kicking them out; despite, his claims that the British, in 400 years of colonising Gambia, did nothing except teach Gambians “how to sing Baa Baa Black Sheep”.

The EU needs to learn that the Devil is only appeased at the anger of God. Therefore, it is time for the Union to heed to the calls of the Gambian activists and rights groups, to start getting tougher on Jammeh with travel bans on him, his family, government officials, and party cronies.

Only such a language will get into the thick skull of the Gambian Dictator that Europe too has a moral duty to protect the sanctity of its sovereignties and safeguard its religious beliefs, culture, customs and traditions of its people, which constitute the pillars of its societies. And that does not allow them to permit leaders, who are dogmatic in their retarded beliefs that they are god’s prophets on earth sent to persecute Homosexuals, Right Groups, Journalists and political oppositions.

Trust Bank’s Deal with Someone on US -Anti-terror List Sparks Row with Western Union

June 2, 2015
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Western Union  terminate contract with Trust Bank Ltd

Western Union terminates contract with Trust Bank Ltd

Trust Bank Gambia Ltd is reported to have been doing business with someone on the US – anti-terrorism list which resulted to Western Union shivering ties with the bank as its Master Agent. Trust bank has been doing business with the international money transfer agency for over two decades. The bank has been western union’s established agent in the Gambia and the decision to shiver ties with the bank has come as a big surprise according to a press release issued by the bank management on Monday 1st June 2015.  The release went on to indicate that ” Western union stated that the proprietor of one of our point of sale shops was on the US -anti-terrorism list and therefore, our business link with the shop contravenes the law and the rules of our agreement”.

The bank however assures its customers and the general public that it would continue to negotiate with western union to restore the terminated contract they had with western union.  In the press release Trust Bank didn’t dispel charges made by western union and didn’t give any indication as to who might be the suspected terrorist the bank was having business with.  At the end of the press release the bank showed some remorse over what has happened and assured customers of a continuation of bank services  by closing with the following lines “We wish to apologize to all our numerous customers and well-wishers for the inconvenience this will cause in offering the complete bouquet of Trust Bank services to them.We look forward to continuing to offer you trusted and superior services in all other areas, even as we pursue discussions with Western Union.”

“AMERICA IS NOT INTERESTED IN REGIME CHANGE IN THE GAMBIA”, DIVULGED U.S DIPLOMAT STATIONED IN BANJUL

June 2, 2015
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JOSEPH STAFFORD

JOSEPH STAFFORD

OBAMA SHAKING A DICTATORS HAND

OBAMA SHAKING A DICTATORS HAND

As Gambians are struggling to come to term with America’s betrayal and selling of their heroes to Monster Jammeh during the aborted Banjul December coup, Uncle Sam came out clean that he is neither interested nor ready to facilitate a regime change in Banjul despite acknowledging Dictator Jammeh’s dismal human rights record. What the Obama administration can do for the sake of the political values it preaches is to bare its closet of the December thwarted coup. America owes it to her citizen and the families of the Gambian fallen heroes to come out clean on what, how, when and why it helped a despicable tyrant foil a plot to oust his regime. Gambians will forever remember America as that so-call world police and super power who compromised their freedom and humanity.  Below is the detailed press conference given by America’s Charge d’Affairs Joseph D. Stafford

The most senior United States diplomat in Banjul has said that the relationship between Washington and Banjul “is correct” but the two governments continue to have reservations about each other. Charge d’ Affaires Joseph D. Stafford at the US embassy in Banjul said: “The relationship we have with the Government of The Gambia is a correct one; it is one where we have dialogue at different levels, and we are committed to continuing that dialogue.”

Speaking to journalists on Friday at his residence in Fajara, the U.S. diplomat said the White House has continued to appreciate The Gambia government’s efforts in combating terrorism; its contribution to peace and security in the continent and beyond through its participation in the regional peacekeeping forces

Similarly, he said Washington recognised President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia as the sovereign leader of a sovereign country. “We wish him, his government and his people well. We are not interested in regime change in The Gambia,” said Ambassador Stafford, who was a fully accredited US Ambassador to The Gambia from 2004 to 2007.

Relations in transition

In spite of the correctness of the bilateral relations and the appreciation of the Banjul government’s efforts, the relationship between The Gambia and U.S. is not the best. As Ambassador Stafford said the bilateral relation is in a “transition period”. The Gambia government continues to see the U.S. as imposing its beliefs and lifestyle on The Gambia and wanting to meddle and pester into the domestic affairs of an independent country.

On the other hand, Washington sees the Banjul government as having to adhere to and uphold various human rights and democratic principles. The tension between the two countries reach its all-time peak in the recent years as there has not been fully accredited US ambassador to The Gambia, neither has there been a Gambian ambassador to the US for the past few years

“I recognise that there are challenges in our bilateral relationship,” Ambassador Stafford said

Asked to further dilate on the root cause of the diplomatic fracas, he said: “I recognize that there are challenges in our bilateral relationship, but I want to assure you that the US believes that the past is the past. We are looking into the future; I expect in the incoming months to have ambassadors in each other’s capital.

“The U.S. is committed to working with the Government of The Gambia in the spirit of goodwill, to address the challenges and move forward on the basis of mutual respect,” he said.

Frank dialogue neede

According to the US diplomat, in order to put the challenges to bed, there is need for Washington and Banjul to have “a frank and open dialogue” where the US will table its concerns and the Gambian side can also bring in their concerns in the spirit of goodwill

“We can discuss, find areas of common ground, identify what are the areas of difference; we agree to disagree in the spirit of mutual respect,” Ambassador Stafford said.

“We are expecting to have such a dialogue as soon as possible when our annual human rights report is publicly released; we expect that to happen soon. We will use that document as an important part of our dialogue to present the assessment we have of the human rights in The Gambia and look forward in the spirit of frankness and openness to the reaction of The Gambia government.”

Not a demigod

The U.S. diplomat said his country has no intention to play god or impose its beliefs on any country. “What we do is call upon the international community and other governments to live up to their obligations under the international agreements,” he said.

He also said any country that signed the UN Charter should respect human rights and democratic values. The Gambia like the U.S. or any country that signed the charter is expected to be committed to its human rights obligations.

“The United States is not perfect; we have our own issues. Our system is not perfect; our system of rule of law is pretty good but it can always be improved,” Ambassador Stafford said.

“Every democracy is a work in progress; our democracy has been around for a long time; we think we have made a lot of progress but a lot can still be done.

“So it’s not a question of imposing or trying to impose our views. Human rights are universal values that people impose on themselves not the US imposing on them. It is important for all governments – our (U.S.) government, the Gambia government – to respect the norms, the principles of human rights, democratic values.”

Homos too have rights

The diplomat said Washington is not trying to impose its lifestyle on The Gambia or anyone else. “But what we are concerned about is that people – whether homosexual, heterosexual, or whatever – are human beings and they deserve to be treated with dignity, respect like any other human being without being discriminated against.”

Though thorny at the moment, The Gambia-U.S. relations is expected to be fully normalised in the coming months as the two governments are collaboratively working on improving relations in the soonest possible time.

Courtesy of The Point newspaper

CAN YOU IMAGINE IT WAS AMERICA THAT SOLD THE 30TH DECEMBER COUP PLOTTERS TO DICTATOR JAMMEH?

June 1, 2015
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OBAMA SHAKING A DICTATORS HAND

OBAMA SHAKING A DICTATORS HAND

FALLEN HEROES

FALLEN HEROES

In a very disturbing article coined “How a reviled African ruler survived a coup hatched in the United States”, The Washington Post bare how America sold our heroes to Monster Jammeh. Frankly, the revelation has not come to me as a surprise knowing the two-faced side of America. Below is the full excerpt of the article:

MINNEAPOLIS — Every other Saturday evening, the coup-plotters excused themselves from their wives and kids to join a conference call. The half-dozen dissidents — all middle-aged men, most with military experience — dialled in from their suburban homes scattered across the South and Midwest.

There were operational details to discuss, logistical hurdles to overcome. How would they smuggle rifles and night-vision goggles to Gambia, the tiny West African country from which they were exiled? Was their $221,000 budget enough to topple the brutal strongman who had ruled Gambia for two decades?

In the predawn hours of Dec. 30, according to court documents and interviews with people involved in the operation, the U.S.-based conspirators teamed with other dissidents to assault the Gambian presidential palace. They expected to find it lightly guarded. Instead, they ran into an ambush. Four people were killed. Those who survived fled the country.

Afterward, the Justice Department charged four U.S. residents with taking part in or supporting the failed coup, saying they had violated the Neutrality Act of 1794, an obscure law that prohibits Americans from taking up arms against countries that enjoy peaceful relations with the United States.

What the U.S. government did not disclose, however, was that it had been monitoring the plotters and had secretly tipped off West African authorities to the travel of at least one of them. In doing so, U.S. officials may have at least indirectly helped to protect the president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, who has drawn international condemnation for his dismal human rights record, his violent rhetoric against gay people and bizarre beliefs such as his claim to have concocted an herbal cure for AIDS.

According to three U.S. law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because details of the case remain secret, the FBI interviewed the plotters’ lead military planner, Lamin Sanneh, an exiled Gambian army officer, in early December at his home in Maryland. The FBI had been monitoring Sanneh, and agents wanted to know why he had purchased a plane ticket to West Africa, the officials said.

Around the same time, a second plotter who had arrived in Gambia to prepare for the coup confided to co-conspirators that he also had been contacted by a federal agent, according to a person involved in the operation. Soon after, other hints surfaced that Gambian officials had received a tip that a plot was afoot. The exiles decided to proceed anyway after a Gambian informant assured them they had not been exposed. It was a fatal miscalculation.

According to two U.S. law enforcement officials, the FBI notified the State Department that agents had concerns about Sanneh and that he had left the United States. In turn, one of the U.S. officials said, the State Department alerted authorities in a West African country near Gambia that Sanneh was returning to the region — in hopes that local officials could intercept him and prevent any possible bloodshed. The official said Gambia was not alerted for fear that the country might round up innocent Americans.

Sanneh managed to slip through the net. Like the other conspirators, he flew into Senegal and travelled overland into neighbouring Gambia. Although it remains unclear how Gambian authorities learned of the scheme in advance, they laid a trap. When the plotters tried to seize the presidential palace, “the Gambians are waiting for them,” a U.S. law enforcement official said. Sanneh was among those killed in the ensuing gunfight.

Rodney Ford, a spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, declined to comment. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven also declined to comment. West Africa has long been riddled by coups and countercoups. But the Gambian putsch was perhaps the first to be hatched on U.S. soil by immigrants who had carved out comfortable lives in their new land. Most had arrived in the United States decades earlier and worked hard to become citizens and build successful careers. Three had served in the U.S. military; two were veterans of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The investigation into the botched coup has been centred on Minnesota, home of a thriving community of Gambian immigrants as well as the base for federal prosecutors and agents overseeing the case. Three plotters have pleaded guilty to firearms charges and violating the Neutrality Act. A fourth defendant has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. The prosecutions have stirred anger among many Gambian Americans who fled their country to escape repression under Jammeh. Some praised the coup organizers for risking their lives to bring freedom and democracy to Gambia, while sharply criticizing U.S. officials for siding with a ruler they described as a tyrant.

“Why in the world would they act on his behalf?” asked Pa Modou Ann, a former Gambian army officer who ran afoul of Jammeh in the 1990s and now lives in a Minneapolis suburb. “We have talked about it incessantly because it doesn’t make any sense.”

One plotter who has pleaded guilty likewise expressed astonishment. Papa Faal, a U.S. military veteran who served in Afghanistan, noted that the State Department has blasted the Gambian president’s human rights record for years.

“People need to know: Is this the kind of person who needs to be protected by the country that claims to be a beacon of hope?” said Faal from his home in Brooklyn Park, Minn. He declined further comment because his sentencing is pending.

Smiles with Obama

Dressed in white tribal robes, Jammeh was ushered into the White House on Aug. 5 for a handshake with a smiling President Obama. It was a diplomatic home run for Jammeh, whose government widely circulated a photograph of the encounter. Jeffrey Smith, an advocacy officer for the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights, said that, from Jammeh’s perspective, the photograph’s underlying message back home was invaluable: “He was saying, ‘There’s nothing you can do to oppose my rule. The strongest nation in the world and the strongest man in the world stand behind me.’

Jammeh was invited to Washington to attend a U.S. summit with African leaders. But the special White House welcome puzzled Africa policy experts. Over the years, Jammeh had irritated the U.S. government by cosying up to Iran, Venezuela and Cuba. He had no tolerance for dissent, at home or abroad. During his August visit to Washington, his bodyguards attacked a group of Gambian dissidents holding a protest outside the Hay-Adams hotel, sending some to the hospital. Jammeh has earned special notoriety for his persecution of gays. Homosexuality is illegal in Gambia. In August, the government went a step further and declared that the crime of “aggravated homosexuality” would carry a life sentence.

Gambians living in the United States said they’ve long been perplexed at the U.S. government’s unwillingness to take a harder line with Jammeh, whose impoverished country has just 1.9 million people and few natural resources.

“People are surprised and they’re angry, because they find it to be hypocritical,” said Pasamba Jow, a Gambian political activist from Maryland.

Around the time that Jammeh visited Washington, the coup-plotters intensified their planning, according to court records filed by prosecutors and the FBI. They purchased about 30 firearms, body armour, ammunition, night-vision goggles and military-style garb, stuffing the gear in 50-gallon drums and shipping it to Gambia, the records show. In other ways, the plot came off as amateurish. The players referred to each other with code names such as “X,” “Fox” and “Dave.” One of them kept plans in a folder labelled “Top Secret” but left it at home, where it was later seized by the FBI. At another defendant’s house, agents found a book titled, “How to Stage a Military Coup: From Planning to Execution.”

‘Gambia Reborn’

According to the FBI, the group was led by Cherno Njie, 57, a real estate developer from Lakeway, Tex… Njie, who holds dual U.S.-Gambian citizenship, financed the coup attempt and would have replaced Jammeh as president had the plot succeeded, according to the FBI affidavits.

The FBI said it found a document at Njie’s home titled, “Gambia Reborn: a Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development,” as well as a spreadsheet breaking down the coup’s $221,000 budget. Njie is the only one of the four defendants to have pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Andrew Birrell, declined to comment fully on the allegations, saying: “It’s a legally and factually complex case.”

According to participants in the plot, the military mind behind the operation was Sanneh, the exiled Gambian officer who was killed while storming the presidential palace. Once a rising star in the Gambian military, Sanneh was awarded a coveted scholarship in 2012 at the National Defence University in Washington, which caters to U.S. military officers and diplomats, as well as foreign students in military exchange programs. Shortly afterward, he was named head of Gambia’s presidential guard. Within a year, however, he was forced to flee the country after being targeted in one of Jammeh’s frequent political purges. He sought asylum in the United States and lived with his family near Baltimore.

While at National Defence University, Sanneh wrote his thesis on drug trafficking in West Africa and frequently discussed the challenges of fighting corruption with his faculty adviser, Jeffrey Meiser. Although the university emphasizes the importance of civilian rule and working within a democratic system, Meiser said the political situation in Gambia was so hopeless that he could understand why Sanneh felt compelled to lead an armed uprising. Sanneh, he said, was confronted with a hard choice: “Either I’m going to be corrupt and part of the system, or I’m going to do something about it.”

Recruiting U.S. veterans

Similar motivations prompted three U.S. military veterans to join the plot. Njaga Jagne, a captain with the Kentucky Army National Guard, moved to the United States two decades ago from Gambia. He was deployed twice to Iraq and received his U.S. citizenship in 2006 — on Veterans Day — in a ceremony in Baghdad.

“He believed in the whole idea of going over there to bring the Iraqi people freedom,” said his sister, Sigga Jagne. “That’s who he was; he really believed in those ideas and tenets.”

Another member of the conspiracy was Alagie Barrow, a former officer with the Tennessee Army National Guard. Barrow, 41, has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. His attorney, Robert Richman, said his client had no reason to believe that fighting for freedom in his homeland was against U.S. law.

“One can certainly sympathize with the decisions of the Gambian expatriate community to do something that would have helped their relatives and friends still in the Gambia, who are living under an abusive regime,” Richman said.

The last to join the group was Faal, who served for a decade with the U.S. military. Even more than the other plotters, Faal had long seethed at Jammeh’s autocratic rule. Faal’s great uncle, Dawda Jawara, is considered to be the founding father of Gambia. He served as Gambia’s first prime minister in 1962 and then president after the country won independence from Britain in 1965. He led the country until 1994, when he was ousted in a coup — by Jammeh, then a young army lieutenant. In 2013, Faal self-published a book about a previous, failed attempt to oust his great uncle. In the book, titled “A Week of Hell,” Faal lamented the chronic coups d’état that have destabilized West African countries for generations, but he gave no hint that he would soon help plan one.

“When a country’s democratic process fails or is usurped, in my view, it may be necessary for the citizenry to force change through civil disobedience and peaceful demonstration rather than. . . through the barrel of guns,” he wrote. Coups, he added, only plant “the seeds of a future conflict.”

Shifting plans

The exiles returned to Gambia separately and set up a safe house in Banjul, the capital. For weeks, they discreetly monitored the comings and goings at the presidential palace, known locally as the State House. Early on there were hints something was amiss. Barrow, the National Guardsman from Tennessee, told others in early December that he had received a call from a U.S. federal agent, asking where he was. Later, Sanneh and another plotter met with a soldier in the presidential guard whom they hoped would support the coup. The informant reported that Gambian security forces had received a tip that a plot was in the works but weren’t taking it seriously.

The rebels’ original plan was to intercept Jammeh’s convoy on a highway as he travelled from Banjul to his native village for an annual holiday visit. But Jammeh suddenly left the country instead. Despite the unexpected developments, the conspirators decided to try to seize the State House anyway and oust Jammeh while he was abroad, according to FBI affidavits. At 2 a.m. on Dec. 30, the plotters split into two groups – Alpha Team and Bravo Team – and attacked the State House from the front and rear, hoping that a few gunshots would scare off the guards. But the State House had been fortified with extra soldiers loyal to Jammeh. Sanneh, Jagne and two other rebels were killed.

“The leak happened somewhere,” said one of the participants, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid self-incrimination. “Who did it, we don’t know.”

‘Unconscionable’ threats

Three of the accused plotters — Faal, Njie and Barrow — escaped and made their way back to the United States. The FBI arrested Faal and Njie within days of their return. Barrow was charged in late January. A fourth defendant, Banka Manneh, a Gambian dissident from Jonesboro, Ga., never left the United States but was charged in March with supporting the conspiracy.

Omar Faye, the deputy Gambian ambassador to Washington, said his government was keeping close tabs on the U.S. prosecutions. He declined to comment on particulars of the plot, saying he did not want to interfere with the criminal proceedings.

“This is a very serious situation,” he said. “It is about trying to destabilize or remove a constitutional government that was elected overwhelmingly by the Gambian people.”

Meanwhile, Jammeh has kept up his controversial pronouncements. At a political rally in early May, he warned gays in Gambia that he would personally “slit your throat.”

“If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it,” he said.

That prompted a stern response from the White House. In a May 16 statement, Susan E. Rice, the national security adviser, condemned Jammeh’s comments as “unconscionable.” She noted that his threats were part of “an alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation” in Gambia, including reports of torture.

“We are reviewing what additional actions are appropriate to respond to this worsening situation,” Rice added.

 

GAMBIA’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BLAMES CENTURY OLD SLAVERY, BUT NOT JAMMEH SLAVERY OF THEMSELVES

May 31, 2015
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Gambia's Useless MPs debating!!!

Gambia’s useless MPs on the debate!!!

They said wonders shall never end! Despite the gross and flagrant human rights abuses taking place, just a stone throw away at the NIA Headquarters; The Gambia’s National Assembly members, on Friday May 29, had nothing better to do than tabling, debating and passing a motion declaring the 18 century slave trade and colonialism crimes against humanity and genocide, whilst forgetting their own master’s slavery of themselves. 

This was in a bid to please their own slave master Yahya Jammeh, as they have nothing better to do in the Assembly, of recent, since there is not much they can talk about on the current Gambian crises without attracting his adverse attention to their building. An enslavement, which Bob Marley famously sang as Mental Slavery, but yet unseen to the eyes and brains of the Gambian law makers!!!

The motion, which god knows it’s intended purposes and benefit for average Gambians, was debated all day Friday and bulldozed all of GRTS’s Saturday evening and night time programs. Apart from its impact on the GRTS TV programs, and utter failure to state anything about the Yahya Jammeh’s slavery of Gambians in the 21st century; there was nothing extra-ordinary about it. Furthermore, the assembly members had stated nothing new than recounting their High School recollections of their history lessons.

This was the case, despite grabbing headlines of it being an extra ordinary event.

Although, none would dispute that slavery amounts to crimes against humanity due to its cruel barbarity, but such cannot be limited to centuries old white men slave trade, when their own black magician juju prophet is engaged in contemporary modern slavery of similar magnitude to themselves.

The 18th century slave trade could be best described as a complete and utter disregard of human rights of human beings, when men were traded to other men as nothing other than commodities fleeced from all rights of human beings. Jammeh was not an 18th century slave trader, but operates in the 21st century Gambia like an 18th century slave master. Coercing people to hard labour at his Kanilai farms, raping women, arresting and torturing subjects, killing, electrocuting, etc.

Though, not on the mass scale as the numbers involved in the 17th, 18th century slave trade, but the pain and sufferings inflicted could be paralleled. And this is, by no means trying to underestimate or diminish the magnitude of the grotesque nature of the evil slave trade of Africans; but compared to some former slave masters Jammeh is even worse. He may not have a whip to whip but Jammeh has arbitrarily killed many of his subjects in ways that would have left many former slave masters, of 18 century, gasping.

Some former slave masters, at least, had the decency to dispose off the copses of their dead slaves, despite how brutal they may have plunged them to their death. They knew that dead deserved burial into the ground. Jammeh on the other hand has kept bodies of his dead victims for months without any forms of burial; others he dumped in latrines for maggots to feed, and others he sacrificed to idols, while others given to wild animals to devour as meals!!!

Jammeh has further arbitrarily arrested and detained his victims incommunicado detentions for years with impunity! Even children are not spared, so long as their parents committed crimes against him. The same fate is shared for the elderly. He banished many of his perceived foes from their mother land for eternity! And seized all rights to freedom of expression of his subjects.

The question therefore is not only, what authority does the Jammeh mouthpiece National Assembly has to  indict the centuries old slave traders, whilst acting under the dictates of a contemporary slave master, who won’t be charged for similar crimes; but is it the crimes of the past that should matter, when the same is being committed again by Yahya Jammeh in the country?

They said those who live in glass houses should not be quick to throw stones!!!!

JAMMEH ANNOUNCES HIS FOREIGN EXCHANGE ROBBERY

May 5, 2015
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200 Dalasis note

The robber and our money!

The Office of the Gambian Dictator, Yahya Jammeh, has on Monday, May 4th, issued a press release, read on the country’s only national broadcaster, GRTS, dictating new exchange rates for the country’s depreciating currency, the Gambian Dalasis, against international currencies.

The press release, which came from the country’s President’s Office instead of the regulatory Central Bank, also banned the country’s citizens and residents from taking out of the country any cash amount more than $10,000 or its equivalent in Pound Sterling or Euros.

According to the President’s new foreign exchange rates, which come into effect from May 4th, the US dollar will now be exchanged at $1 to D34; whilst the British Pound Sterling will be exchanging at £1 to D50. This will be the new exchange rate in the Gambia despite the fact that in the world market, the Dalasi’s value remain far less than that amount. The Dalasis currently trades in the international market as D80.5 to £1 and D54 to $1.

The big question that begs answering, is what happens to the difference in the amount between the Jammeh exchange rate and that of the world market rate of the Dalasis, which in the case of the British Pounds is up to 30 Dalasis, being the difference between the Jammeh exchange rate of 50 Dalasis to £1, and the international exchange rate value of D80 to a £.

This seems to be the daylight robbery of the Gambian Dictator of his citizens hard earned money , as he stands to profit extremely from his state sponsored criminality.

In other words; every £1 send to a family member in the Gambia from henceforth, the Gambian Dictator benefits about 30 Dalasis from it, whilst the intended recipient receives half of their entitled amount. This is the robbery of Yahya Jammeh against the already poverty stricken Gambians, who are heavily dependent on the remittance support of their family members in the Diaspora.

Unsurprisingly; this is not the first time, the Gambian Dictator has committed such crime against the Gambian people. The Dictator did the same in 2012 in the name of “Operation No Compromise on Foreign Currency Hoarding” threatening the general public and licensed foreign exchange dealers against “speculative activities and currency hoarding”. He repeated the same in 2013 nullifying “All licences of foreign exchange bureaus issued by the Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG)”.

And each time, the Gambian Dictator chooses his timing at around the time of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. During which, he is certain that the country’s predominantly Muslim population will be expecting much remittance support from their family members abroad.

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May 4, 2015
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Happy three years anniversary to Kibaaro News. The site started three years ago today, 4th May 2012. It has since recorded more than 13 millions hits, as recorded on our hits counter below.

A year ago, on 4th May 2014, during the site’s second year anniversary, Kibaaro’s hits counter had recorded 7 million hits at the time. A year before that the papers hit counter recorded 2 million. Today, on the third anniversary of the paper, Kibaaro’s hits counter has now recorded over thirteen million hits, which means the papers has attracted twice more than the number of visitors it had attracted in the previous years of its existence.

This could not have been achieved without the brilliant hard-work of all of the paper’s staff, contributors and management team, who have done fabulous job to get the paper this far.

For this reason, Dr. Nobleman invites all to join him in expressing kudos to our staffs: Site’s General Manager: Bamba Serigne Mass, Deputy General Manager, Pa Ousman Darboe; Radio Manager, Pa Modou Bojang; Site’s Alkaliba: Baye Sankareh; Finance Manager: Monica Njie; Newspaper Editor-in-Chief: Saul Jeng; Managing Editor: Yanks Darboe; and Landing Nyassi; Sarata Jabbi Dibba, Tijan Massaneh Ceesay, Imam Seedy Ali Janneh, Imam Muhammed Sarr, for their hard-work in ensuring that the medium succeeds in its goals of informing, educating and entertaining the people, particularly Gambians.

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