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GAMBIAN CIVIL SOCIETIES GEAR UP TO SHAME JAMMEH IN WASHINGTON

July 23, 2014
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Shameless Jammeh wants to meet the Obamas - Go get him Gambian Americans

Shameless Jammeh still wants to meet the Obamas – Go get him Gambian Americans.

PRESS RELEASE: OPERATION FREE GAMBIA

Our nation is in the middle of an escalating situation that must come to an end and if we do not act, this will devastate our country, which our children would inherit. We all want a Gambia, where every young person, no matter where you come from, or what you look like, or who your parents are, can make it if you try and work hard not to live in poverty; a Gambia where there is economic progress, meaningful development, security, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

For the past 20 years, we have been denied this and our people face injustice and brutal oppression. The Gambia is in crisis and we stand at a crossroad and the path we must take is the road to liberate and free our nation. This is a moment of great challenge but in a moment like this, that we Gambians face, exits a greater opportunity to liberate our nation and build a country that will become a hope for all, a true heaven of Africa, a real smiling coast.

This is why we are calling on all Gambians and Friends of The Gambia to join us for a major protest against the injustice committed daily by the Jammeh Government to our people. President Jammeh and his government will be attending the U.S. Africa Summit, this will be a chance to stand our ground and be heard by Jammeh’s Government and the international community.

Date: August 5, 2014

Venue: The White House, 1200 Pennsylviania Avenue, Washington, DC 2002

Time: 11:00AM – 5:00PM EST

The FREEDOM MASK will be given to all attendees to stand together in solidarity to call for change in the Gambia. This event is proudly supported by all Gambian civil society organizations: CORDEG, GCC, GDAG, DUGA, STGDP & GMDD and other African civil society organizations.

A local Imam in Detention without Trial

July 19, 2014
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IGP Sonko where is Imam Lasana Fatty?

IGP Sonko where is Imam Lasana Fatty?

A local Imam of Kerewan Dumbo Koto in Lower Fuladu District of Central River Region is reported to have been picked up by the police. According to family sources the Imam was detained since Saturday, July 5th 2014. The reason behind Imam Lasana Fatty’s arrest and detention without trial is not clear but others say it might be as a result of a dispute over the construction of an additional mosque in the village. Villagers express dismay about the involvement of Police on a civil matter that is on the verge of being resolved.

The regime in Banjul is known for intimidating religious clerics who are upright and don’t shy away from telling the truth to the power that be. Imam Bakawsu Fofana was also a victim of such intimidation by the satanic regime. He was arrested and seriously maltreated on two occasion and he had to flee to neighboring country Senegal. Imam Ismaila Manjang was also detained without trial for a number of days when he gave a lecture condemning idol worship and associating partners with God. The religious cleric whose arrest and detention caught international attention was Imam Baba Leigh currently living in the United States. He was arrested and kept incommunicado for barely 5 months without any charges. Relatives of Imam Lasana fear for his life as this regime is known for treating those in detention inhumanely. The regime should either charge the religious cleric and bring him to court or release him. It is totally outrageous that in this holy month of Ramadan a government headed by someone who parades with the Holy Qur’an and wears big white “haftan” would keep an Imam away from his family , loved ones and congregation.

THE NEW SECRETARY GENERAL IS BUTTED OUT

July 9, 2014
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DICTATOR JAMMEH

DICTATOR JAMMEH

MR SALLAH-GAMBIA'S SHORTEST SERVING SG & MINISTER OF PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS

MR SALLAH-GAMBIA’S SHORTEST SERVING SG & MINISTER OF PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS

Mr Abdoulaye Sallah, who took over office from Momodou Sabally barely a week ago, has been fired by Gambia’s rapist President- Yahya AJJ Jammeh. No reason was communicated for the sudden and unexpected sacking of Mr Sallah. As we go to press, Kibaaro News can only authoritative confirm that Gambia’s shortest serving Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs has handed over his portfolios to Mr Kalilu Bayo.

Prior to his assumption of the highest civil service position, Abdoulaye Sallah was Secretary to the Cabinet. We will update you with the development of the story as we gather more information for you.

BALDEH BANNA…A HERO, A FIGHTER AND A PRODIGAL SON HAS FALLEN

July 9, 2014
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THE LATE BUBA BALDEH

THE LATE BUBA BALDEH

The death of a fighter, a hero and a true son of the Gambia, Alhagie Bubacarr Michael Baldeh, is sadly announced to all Gambians, friends of the Gambia and all human rights activists. He passed away last night in the Senegalese capital, Dakar where he was in exile after falling out with the scallywag Jammeh government. The circumstances leading to his demise remain opaque. Some close associates of the late Gambian political activist opined that he was poisoned while attending a conference in Nigeria last week.

What is even more agonizing is the announcement of the felonious Jammeh regime that Mr Baldeh’s corpse will not be allowed entry into the Gambia for burial. Readers will recall Dictator Jammeh took the same stance when Kukoi Samba Sanyang also passed away in Mali last year. This uncultured decision by President Jammeh punctuates his hatred for Gambia and her true sons and daughters. Even the death that deserves societal last respect are scorned, humiliated and banished by President Jammeh. What sort of a Muslim will deny his fellow Muslim his last religious ritual apart from Jammeh?

The late Buba Baldeh, as he was affectionately known, hailed from Basse Mansasjang-Kunda. He worked for the Action Aid before opting into politics and becoming the first parliamentarian of the newly demarcated Jimara Constituency. Later he became the Minister of Youths and Sports until the military coup in July 1994. Buba also served the Jammeh regime as the APRC Secretary General and Managing Director of the Daily Observer before running afoul with President Jammeh and subsequently living in exile. He is survived by two wives and many children, the eldest, Muhammed Baldeh, residing in the USA.

The management and staff of Kibaaro News hereby extend their condolence to the Baldeh family. May his blessed soul rest in peace.

MOMODOU SABALLY HAS FINALLY BEEN FIRED AND ARRESTED!

July 7, 2014
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DISGRACED MOMODOU SABALLY

THE DISGRACED MOMODOU SABALLY

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Unmpeachable news reaching Kibaaro has confirmed that “The Mighty Pen” of Banjul, Momodou Sabally, has finally run out of ink. According to the State owned Radio and Television Service (GRTS) tonight 22:00 News edition read by Ndey Kumba Demba, Momodou Sabally has been fired and relieved off all cabinet duties with immediate effect. No reason was given apart from his sacking order was issued by the President. Sabally who was recently stripped off his SG and Minister of Presidential Affairs portfolios and redeployed as Minister of Higher Education is dumped by Jammeh who perceived him as “being too arrogant”. Last night he was spotted at the nefarious NIA headquarters in Banjul.

“It is highly predictable that” Sabally, “like some preceding functionaries who allegedly ran afoul of the dictatorial Jammeh regime, will soon be slammed with charges of negligence of duty and malfeasance” (The Gambia Echo). The disgraced former SG and Minister of Presidential Affairs cannot say that he was not forewarned by those he coined as “bad and irresponsible citizens tarnishing the image of the Gambia in the diaspora”. His doom was so obvious that even the blind could see it coming like a hurricane.

Many believed Dictator Jammeh was alluding to Sabally when he stated: “Arrogance would not be tolerated especially towards anybody more so towards your fellow ministers. You’ve a responsibility but you are not a lord of anybody. If you are given a responsibility and you think that you are so good that you decide when to be approached and when not to be approached, you are in the wrong place because my government is not meant for that.”

President Jammeh continued: “You are given a responsibility to serve the people of The Gambia whether you are the president, vice president, minister, permanent secretary or minister for Presidential Affairs. Whatever you are in this government, you are just a mere servant of the people of The Gambia for which our boss is the Almighty Allah.”

“You cannot be more president than the president himself, you cannot be more Muslim than the Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and so I see no reason why anybody would see his or her appointment as a license to show arrogance and bluff, it will not work in this government. I am humble because I know why because the Almighty Allah is the master and that He says that we should all be humble.  So one fundamental principle is the fact that we are servants of the people of this country and being servants we cannot be so arrogant or bluff, after all what is it? It is just a mere appointment. After all, all we have is just the position and Allah can take it at any time. Being president doesn’t mean I am better than anybody. I am appointed president to serve the people of The Gambia and humanity and that’s why we are here. Even if you are an Imam, you are appointed to serve the people, so if you think that you are better than anybody else you making a great mistake. Allah talks about being moderate in every verse of the Qur’an, being humble, approachable and reasonable. When you look at Suratul Asri, as short as it is, it is the one that determines your relationship with anybody. It defines who you are.”

 “We work together for the good of everybody in this country, so if you think you are better because you are appointed something else when you are not even the president, you are you just attracting the yellow card in addition to the red card because once I give you the yellow card, the next would be the red card. After all what is it, if we die, we going to be buried in the same soil like the beggars where even the lunatic is going to be buried. So what is the big deal about being a minister or secretary general? We are just the mere servant of the people and in the eyes we are all slaves, so let us work together as a family. Let us always wish each other well because in Cabinet we are a family. The truth will always prevail, I didn’t appoint anybody to suppress anybody or to look low upon on anyone,” he concluded.

Sabally’s fall from grace to amazing disgrace should be a wakeup call for those Gambian intellectuals craving for a pine of pleasure with Dictator Jammeh who is celebrated for using, shaming and dumping people after they accomplished his dirty jobs for him.

MOMODOU SABALLY STRIPPED OFF TWO SECRETARY GENERAL POSITIONS

July 6, 2014
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Sabally lost two scretary-general positions within a week.

Sabally lost two scretary-general positions within a week.

A year ago Momodou Sabally, who was singing praises for The Gambia’s leader, Yahya Jammeh with the pen was appointed Secretary-General and head of Civil Service, as well as the Minister for Presidential Affairs. He also doubled as the APRC party secretary-general.

Sabally an economist, who was working at the Gambia Central Bank wore two Secretary-General caps until his recent fall out with Jammeh, which resulted in him being demoted to serve as Minister for Higher Education. In less than a week after his demotion from the position of the mighty Minister of Presidential Affairs and head of Civil Service, Sabally was also stripped off his position as the Secretary-General of the President party, APRC.

He would go down in the history books of Gambia, as the Secretary of State, who lost two Secretary-General positions in the space of 7 days.

There are no clear-cut explanations as to what might have resulted in Sabally’s nose-dive from the top of the ladder of the Jammeh regime, but observers pointed at the President’s recent speech condemning arrogance of certain civil servants. Mr. Jammeh made the remark during the swearing ceremony of Sabally’s successor Mr Abdoulaie Sallah, who is now the new Secretary-General and Minister for Presidential Affairs.

The Gambia leader is reported to have said that “nobody can be more President than the President himself”. He condemned some cabinet Ministers of being too arrogant, even to their colleagues. He said some of them make themselves unapproachable and even decide on when to be approached by fellow cabinet Ministers. Jammeh condemns such behaviours, as unacceptable. One thing is clear about Jammeh though, is his jealously over his position of presidency and would  frown at anyone, who behaves like a President right under his nose at State House.

Editorial:

Kibaaro News has been reliably informed by our sources within the corridors of the State House that Sabally’s fall out with the President started sometime after his infamous speech of October 2013, when the young Sabally took a swipe at the Mandinkos as unpatriotic. Our source explained that the problem was not what Sabally stated in the speech but what he did before delivering his speech on the GRTS. Our source explained that, Mr Sabally is said to have requested for the National Anthem to be played first on air, a tradition that is only reserved for the head of state, before he delivered his infamous speech. 

Our source explained that that mistake of Sabally had sent President Jammeh fuming and had never forgiven him for it since. Thereafter, it is believed that he had given Sabally his infamous long rope to hang himself. The President is said to have, on several occasions, derided Mr Sabally as a fool! He further told him off, on several occasions, by asking to go back to school and learn, as he knows nothing. Despite boasting to be the Gambia’s pen!

Our source further explained that Momodou Sabally, however failed to read between the lines and behaved inappropriately towards his colleagues, including the man who becomes his successor Mr Abdoulie Sallah, who he once rebuked for using a pen to take minutes of their cabinet meeting.

Our source concluded that this is just the beginning of the fall out of President Jammeh and Mr Sabally. Kibaaro will keep you posted on this fascinating story of the down fall of Momodou Sabally! 

 

DID THE SENEGALESE PRIME MINISTER RESIGN OR WAS SHE SACKED?

July 5, 2014
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AMINATA TOURE-EX PRIME MINISTER

AMINATA TOURE-EX PRIME MINISTER

PRESIDENT MACKY SALL

PRESIDENT MACKY SALL

Following the aftermath of last Sunday’s poor performance of President Macky Sall’s ruling party in Senegal’s local election result, his Prime Minister Aminata Toure, has been reported to have tendered her resignation after less than a year in office. However, what remains uncertain is whether she had actually resigned or was given the matching orders by President Sall. The Senegalese Press Agency also fell short in their reports to shed light on her departure from office by merely stating “Toure had left the government”.

Officials close to the Senegalese Presidency told our reporter in Dakar that “President Macky Sall had asked Ms Aminata Toure to stand down”. When our reporter further pressed the official for an explanation why Aminata Toure ran afoul with the Sall regime, the official postulated “Toure’s Alliance for the Republic (APR) was defeated in key cities according to preliminary results. Her negligence of duty and malfeasance led to discontent over economic policies contributing to the party’s poor results.”

“She was sacked. She is no longer the Prime Minister”, another jubilant official who is pleased to see her go added.  Toure’s sympathizers believed she has been used as a scape goat, used and dumped by the “apologist Macky regime”. “Aminata Toure is a woman of substance who has very high self-esteem. She has resigned as she does not want to be a party of a failed regime”, one of her supporters told our reporter.

Toure’s departure from office has opened up the way for Macky Sall to try and speed his reform process. It would be recalled that President Sall mounted the Presidential chair in March 2012 when he victoriously defeated Abdoulaye Wade, who had been Senegalese President for 12 years promising to eradicate poverty and corruption.  Senegal is seen by many as the beacon of democracy in West Africa as it remains the only state in the region which has not had a military coup.

Whether Aminata Toure has resigned or had been sacked, she is no longer the Senegalese Prime Minister, a woman who is highly respected in many international and national quarters for her principles, up righteousness and contributions to her people’s development.