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THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF DICTATOR JAMMEHH’S SELECTIVE AMNESTY

February 22, 2015
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GAMBIA'S DELUDED MONSTER

GAMBIA’S DELUDED MONSTER

LONDON DEMONSTRATORS

LONDON DEMONSTRATORS

In the wake of the Banjul failed December coup aftermath, many were in grandstanding that the 50th nationhood celebration will be evoked in history not for its imposing rituals but its impressive political resuscitation. Nevertheless, as predicted, Dictator Jammeh saddled his unbridled tomfoolery in his exclusive with GRTS DG Kebba Dibba. At one point, one was tempted to conclude, “That is it”; Jammeh will leave his sceptics’ mouths ajar by decongesting the prisons, freeing all political detainees and extending a blanket amnesty to all Gambian nonconformists in the diaspora. That would not only have rejuvenated the abating political system but also give a facelift to his awful human rights record.

Some will argue that he has pardoned some prisoners on the occasion by using his presidential prerogative of mercy bestowed on him by the constitution. Yes, he has. The fundamental question is what crime has those pardoned committed? No single one of them was a political prisoner. In other words, these people were sentenced not due to their political view or membership of a civil advocacy group but felonies they committed and served three-quarters of the time of their sentence. Would such a gesture reconcile a politically volatile society? The dead bodies of the failed Banjul December coup are still in the hands of the dictatorial regime. Some siblings of the plotters are still languishing in prison for a crime they have never committed. Amadou Sanneh, Mamburay Njie and many other vulnerable Gambians are enduring daily the sting of the brutal regime’s lashes in dark cells all over the Gambia. Instead of cleaning his own backyard, Dictator Jammeh tries to reach out to Diaspora Gambian nonconformists by dishing them selective amnesty

on lacerating uranium plates, “Falai Baldeh has insulted my mum and Sam Sarr wrote a book full of lies about me. Some of them have done things I will never forgive. I will forgive some of them in the diaspora to come home if their intentions are genuine. Those who personalize it, they know themselves and they are less than ten. If they come here, they will go to jail. The others can come back but if you want to destabilize this country, I will wipe you out”.  Peace is not attained by issuing threats. Moreover, national reconciliation has certain precedence without which it become futile, waste of time, resources and lives.

What is worse than unlawfully arresting, detaining, torturing and killing an innocent person? Deducing from Dictator Jammeh’s unapologetic stance, insulting his mum and writing false stories about him out weights any of the crimes he has committed against the rest of us. Ironically, I am reminded of what Malcolm X said to his comrades about the two types of slaves: the house Negro and the field Negro. “The house Negro always looked out for his master. When the field Negro gets too much out of line, he held them back in check. He put them back on the plantation. The house Negro could afford to do that because he lives better than the field Negro. He ate better. He slept better and he lives in a better house. He lives better next to his master in the basement. He ate the same food his master ate and wore his same clothes and he can talk just like his master. Good diction. And he loves his master more than his master loves himself. That is why he didn’t want his master hurt. The master gets sick; he said what is the matter boss, we sick? When his master’s house caught fire, he tries to put the fire out because he doesn’t want his master’s house burnt. He never wants his master’s property threatened and he was more defensive of it than the master was. That was the house Negro. But then you have some field Negroes who lived in huts. They had nothing to lose. They wore the worst kind of clothes and ate the worst kind of food. They felt the sting of the lash. They hated their master. Oh yes, they did. When their master gets sick, they pray for him to die. When their master’s house caught fire, they pray for a strong wind to come along. This was the difference between the two and today you still have the house Negro and the field Negro. I am a field Negro”.

Slave Master Jammeh has systematically and successfully turned us into house Gambians Negroes and field Gambians Negroes. Unfortunately, the house Gambian Negroes are worse than the house Negroes. Unlike the house Negro who was protective of his master and cleaned his mess, the house Gambian tortures and kills his fellow Gambian for Dictator Jammeh. ANSU BADJIE caught my attention when he asserted on his Facebook page “this struggle is turning into a mafia jungle…fuelled by personal issues, attacks, grievances, protectionism, emotions, egoism, despotism, tribal, name-calling, vulgarity…the strong and loud mouths muscling out the weak, were the loudest and most aggressive rule, cults springing up at every corner and families protecting their interest…becoming less about Gambia and her political woes..”  I will hasten to add the house Gambian has become a beast of burden that is uninterested on the Gambia and her political woes and more driven by disturbing fondness for his lord Dictator Jammeh. He thinks his Master Jammeh-the spiteful oppressor and murderer is the victim of the oppressed field Gambian. Consequently, both the lord Oppressor Jammeh and his house Gambian Negro believed the oppressed field Gambian Negro owes Oppressor Jammeh an apology. Thank you very much Dictator Jammeh for the offer, but I would rather die standing than live on my knees.

Dictator Jammeh’s selective amnesty has ripple effect. Primarily, as a President of a nation, you have a duty of care towards your citizens which incumbents upon you to always think and make informed decisions which embody the interest, security, freedom and wellbeing of all Gambians irrespective of their political opinion. You alluded in your speech that Allah is forgiven so who are you not to forgive. Be reminded that Allah will forgive all sins repented before one meets his dead. Allah never said I will forgive Bilal but not Umar. A true Muslim does not pick and choose what teaching of Islam he has to uphold or discard Mr President. Listening to you, I concluded that you need to make peace with yourself first. Once you admit that yes you have wronged Gambians in your quest to develop the Gambia for all Gambians, and only then you will understand all we want is for you to respect and uphold our basic rights as citizens. Owning up to one’s errs is manly. Next, you decongest the prisons, close all dark and torture chambers and free all political prisoners unconditionally. Then the whole world will be convinced that you are ready to sit on truth and reconciliation table.

The threats issued with your selective amnesty have rendered it insignificant and elusive. Actions are predicated by intentions. You said some of us in the diaspora think we are safe where we are but we are not. That is a worrying threat. Do you intent to abduct and/or poison us from our comfort zones? Furthermore, you said when they come let them not ask me for jobs. How do you expect them to survive without employment? “I will wipe them out if they come and want to destabilize the country”, you threatened. Do you mean that when we come, we should become house Gambian Negroes? What we are doing is challenging your inadequate policies, disregard for the due process and enforced disappearances. Is that destabilizing the country Mr President?

In conclusion, those who are apologizing to you are only saving face but not reconciling with you. You can do the math to decipher my point.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF NATIONHOOD

February 18, 2015
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POLICE BAND IN PARADE

POLICE BAND IN PARADE

GAMBIA'S DELUDED MONSTER

GAMBIA’S DELUDED MONSTER

Today 18th February 2015, the Gambia under the watch of Dictator Jammeh wakes up into blinding colours of celebration. The fanfare and musical jamboree dotted by match pass of the security forces, school children and civil societies will temporally drown Gambians into a euphoric trance of disquieting peace, tranquillity and contentment. However, beneath all that glittering fanfare lays unnerving extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, decaying economy, hunger, poverty, unlawful arrests and detentions. Dependable reports emanating from the presidential office corridors had it that Ghana, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania have officially confirmed their gracing of Gambia’s 50 years nationhood celebration in Banjul.

It is an African ritual to be hospitable to one’s visitors but to hand out $69,000 to each of the visiting heads of states by the rogue Jammeh regime is not only absurd but unacceptable especially when 90% of Gambians are struggling to keep up a decent daily meal. These leaders need to be aware that they are pocketing bloods of vulnerable Gambian citizens by accepting the money from the dictatorial government. As they bite into the delicious and fatty lamb, chicken and beef chunks and wash them down with wine and juice, thousands of Gambians are been tortured and molested in dark cells all over the Gambia. The continued silence of the UNHCR on the unlawful detention of siblings of the alleged December Banjul coup plotters is worrying. These people’s only crime is been family members of the alleged plotters.

As the Gambia wakes up to her 50th nationhood, her children seem to be more divided in drawing a line between development and tranny than before. Probably the most striking illustration is how the dictator’s supporters publicly shower him with unsettling love. For them, Jammeh embodies development and pan-Africanism. They are either blinded by his rogue regime’s white elephant development or coerced by fear to overlook his gross human rights violations of susceptible citizens. Paranoid Jammeh, on the one hand, is all out to attain public and international acceptance and recognition. As a result, he employs intimidation, corruption and wealth to buy his most deficit supplement: love. The Gambian nonconformists, on the other hand, who have often been coined as “enemies of progress” see the Gambia beyond her new roads, sophisticated buildings and Banjul by night jamborees. Yes, they may be tough on Dictator Jammeh but they appreciate development does not exclude peace, security, due process, freedom of speech and free and fair election.

Whether one supports or against the dictator, the fact remains indisputable that he is a virtual monster dressed as a statesman. There are adequate evidences to substantiate the afore premise. While the musical jamboree of both the police and army bands, the echoing sounds of the security forces unified steps march left…right and national songs melodiously sang by school children fill the airwaves of the mourning nation, thousands of Gambians will be screaming in agony as their sore bodies endure more thrashing from state torturers in dark cells. Others are cracking their heads in figuring out where and when will they have their next meal. Some will be lying in their pool of blood as the bones flattened under heavy rots hammering.

When the dust of celebration settles, all visiting heads of states kiss goodbye to wailing Gambia and reality sets in the dictator will resurface his ugly demonic head.  Gambians will continue to grumble in silence fearing to hear their own nagging. The dictator will take their deafening silence as a declaring of their icy love for him. Many, particularly some of the soldiers purportedly suspected of aiding the Banjul coup plotters, will be court marshalled and secretly executed. That is the developed Gambia we are celebrating.

BAI LOWE’S 13 YEAR OLD SON RELEASED

February 15, 2015
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Breaking News

Breaking News

Kibaaro News has been reliably informed that Bai Lowe’s 13 year old son, Yusupha Lowe and his 19 year old brother, Pa Alieu Lowe have been released by the Banjul Monster, President Jammeh.  The duo’s freedom from tyranny was secured as a precondition by the Ghanian President in accepting his invitation to grace Gambia’s 50th anniversary of nationhood.

We will keep you updated as more news filters in from the nostrils of Dictator Jammeh.

“Legal Profession under the Radar” Jammeh Tells New Lawyers

February 7, 2015
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Dictator Jammeh are you qualified to preach justice & rule of law?

In a speech delivered by the deputy speaker of the national assembly dictator Jammeh told 27 new lawyers that were called to the bar that the legal profession in the country has lately been under the radar due to the undesirable behavior of some of its members. President Jammeh who has been severely criticized by rights groups for gross violation of human rights in the small West African country mustered the guts to preach new lawyers on the rule of law and justice. He said peace and security of a country is created and nurtured through social imperatives like the rule of law and the equitable dispensation of justice. This is the 3rd time lawyers trained at the University of the Gambia are called to the bar.

Critics say dictator Jammeh’s speech is an indication that lawyers are being watch and that they could be in hot soup if they happen to trample on the interest of Gambia’s chief adjudicator. The climate of fear in the Gambia has made it very difficult for people in various works of life to execute their duties appropriately. Civil servants have fallen victim to the unjust system hovering over everyone’s head. A number of individuals in the legal profession were arrested and dragged to court over frivolous allegations and others ended up behind bars for some time. It is one thing to write very brilliant speeches exhorting peace, justice and rule of law but it is another thing to act accordingly. As the saying goes a speech that comes from the heart would enter another heart but a speech that comes from the lips of an insincere and deceitful leader would bounce off the ears of listeners. If there is anyone who needs to internalize such a speech on justice, peace and rule of law it is dictator Jammeh himself.

THOUSANDS OF GAMBIANS CONVERGE AT WESTMINISTER ABBEY TO DENOUNCE DICTATOR JAMMEH

January 27, 2015
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LONDON DEMONSTRATORS

LONDON DEMONSTRATORS

GAMBIAN NONCONFORMIST

GAMBIAN NONCONFORMIST

Gambian nonconformists across Africa, Europe and America have dotted Monday 26 January 2015 as a day of hailing their fallen heroes who met their untimely demise during the Banjul failed coup on 30th December 2014 and most importantly to unequivocally decry Africa’s most heinous dictator-President Jammeh- who continues to unapologetically disregard the due process with impunity. The UK based Gambians protest against Dictator Jammeh’s brutality in front of the Parliament Building, Westminister Abbey; London is a full house success. It locked steps in closed order with a week-long memorial tribute of the fallen heroes whose departed souls received immense prayers from all callers and donors. Funds were also raised in support for their loved ones particularly spouses and siblings. Some of the funds raised will equally be used to subsidise legal fees for Cherno Njie and Papa Faal who are standing trial in America for their alleged involvement in the Banjul failed coup.  

BAMBA SERING MASS-GAMBIA'S EDWARD SNOWDEN

BAMBA SERING MASS-GAMBIA’S EDWARD SNOWDEN

The week-long “Memorial Tribute to the Martyrs” was collectively structured and co-ordinated by Solicitor Yankuba Darboe, Bamba Sering Mass, Demba Baldeh, Momodou Krubally, Lamin Tunkara, Fatou Camara, Banka Manneh, Ndey Jobarteh, Sigga Jagne, Yusupha Cham, Omar Joof, Coach Pa Samba Jaw, Pata PJ, Juka, Omar Bah, Ousainou Mbenga, and Nanama Keita. All programmes were jointly aired by Faturadio, Gainako, Banjul focus, Jollofnews, Kibaaro and Gambia Daily online radios. Its objective was to pay homage to the gallant freedom fighters who forsake all worldly gains, pleasures and their priceless buoyant young lives to liberate the Gambia from the shackles of a vicious tyrant. One of the greatest landmarks of the memorial was knitting together the broken pieces of the struggle. Shortly after it was confirmed that President Jammeh has returned to Banjul and captioned the freedom fighters as terrorists, the struggle suffered a denting blow under its belt. Radio Kankan broke from hell and the devil reign for a while. As usual, voices of reason stepped in and restored normalcy.

The London demonstration was the brainchild of Bamba Sering Mass and Solicitor Yankuba Darboe both siblings of the Kibaaro family. Pa Modou Bojang, Kibaaro Radio manager, who covered the event live for Kibaaro radio described the turnout as the “largest ever held in London”. He went on to reveal that demonstrators want to reclaim the Gambia from its dictator and restore democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech. He cited examples where freedom of assembly is a no go area for any Gambian but supporters of the Dictator. Opposition supporters are persecuted for assembling without police permit.  The highly determined protestors defied the cold English weather and stood their ground a stone throw from 10 Downing Street chanting, “We are human beings too. End dictatorship now. Yahya Jammeh must go. The killing must stop. Yahya Jammeh is the terrorist“. Amidst the defiant demonstrators was Ebrima Ismaila Chongan, a true son of the Gambia to the core. Introducing him to Pa Modou, Bamba described Chongan as a Gambian household name who was the only service chief he stood and resisted the 1994 military junta. Mr Bojang began by asking him why they were demonstrating.

“We are demonstrating for the obvious reasons, that is, the things happening in our country-the Gambia where there is democratic deficit. We want to see democracy and the rule of law restored in the Gambia so that everybody will have an equal say in the affairs of the state. We are also looking for the opposition parties in the Gambia to work together in order to have three conditions: 51% constitution mandate for election victory, equal access to the media by all parties and a vibrant free and fair electoral process. Moreover, to have free and fair elections and anybody who wins is respected. But what is happening now is obvious. No one can say anything. There is no freedom of expression. That is all we are asking for. We are Gambians and we have a right. Furthermore, we in the diaspora should also have a vote”, Chongan accentuated.

“How will this demonstration achieve these lofty ideals?”  Pa Modou tested Chongan.  “This demonstration aims to showcase to our compatriots who are in the Gambia that we have to fight for our freedom of expression. We have seen recently in Sri Lanka which used to have a very strong man as a leader who was defeated through the ballot box. So we can also do it in the Gambia if only the opposition comes together. Right now what  is paramount is not a leadership issue, that is, who will lead the opposition but coming together as a precondition to demand real conditions for free and fair election”, he emphasised.

“Do you hope this can be achieved by this demonstration?” Mr Bojang further challenged the veteran nonconformist and former police chief. “This demonstration raises awareness so that our people become conscious and take control of their own destiny. Before Gambians, even those in the diaspora, were afraid to grace protests against the Banjul tyrant but now a lot of those who were scared are coming out in great numbers. Look at the crowd. It delivers awareness to the doorsteps of Gambians and friends of the Gambia on what is happening in the Gambia”, asserted Chongan.

Other prominent speakers include a female protestor and solicitor Kabirou Darboe. “We want Yahya Jammeh to go. We don’t need him. He does not belong to a peaceful country like the Gambia. Britain must act”, she demanded. Solicitor Darboe was first quizzed to state his reason for demonstrating. “The reasons why we are here is no secret especially when it comes to the Gambia”, he began and continued to add, “We have a terrible situation in the Gambia. The situation is very close to that of Hitler’s Germany. Albeit the Gambian one is yet to cross its breaking point, the conditions are heinous. We are not exaggerating anything here”. “Are you convinced that Banjul is aware of the demonstration in London?” queried Mr Bojang. “Well, it is already there. Honestly, it is there. I was listening to Faturadio this morning and people in the Gambia were sending messages and calling to enquire when is the demonstration starting in London. They are listening and keeping an eye on what is happening. They cannot do it over there. They are depending on us.  This is precisely why I always maintain that when you live in the diaspora and you fail to appear on such protests; you are not only letting down yourself but also your people and country. I hope Britain will use this to show the Gambia government that her people are not happy”, solicitor Darboe stated.

Finally, Pa Modou asked if Solicitor Darboe thinks Britain will emulate America in declaring the Gambia as a friendly nation. “No”, he replied without mincing words. “I don’t think so. Britain will never do that. Britain has always shown many times its disapproval of the dictatorship in Banjul. Removing their embassy in Banjul speaks volume. Our relationship is no longer what it used to be. It is now a mere marriage of convenience. Britain will never call Gambia a friendly nation under a dictator’s captainship. Even though America did, it is but a diplomatic rhetoric.  America is not projecting to the world that it is in love with the Gambia but just to tell the world that they are not at war with the Gambia.  However, America should be mindful of her choice of words when talking about dictators like Jammeh who is constantly craving for America’s recognition and acceptance”.

Gambia Kicks Out German National despite Court Ruling

January 20, 2015
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Bern Georg Diedrich

Bern Georg Diedrich

The Gambia government acted with impunity by expelling Mr. Bern George Diedrich from the country despite winning a court case that established his rightful ownership to a plot of land. The German national bought land in Wullingkama, Kombo North District. After purchasing the land, came an executive order that he should vacate the land. He decided to take the matter to court and eventually ruling was made in his favor. The court ruled that Mr. Bern is the rightful owner of the said land and that no one should interfere with the land. Unfortunately for the German national Gambia has become a lawless country where the rule of might prevails over the rule of law.

The judicial establishment that Mr. Bern looked up to for protection of his property became helpless when officials of physical planning department accompanied by paramilitary personnel evicted him from his land. They didn’t only evict him from his rightful property but on top of that kicked him out of the country. This case  is clear manifestation of lack of independence of the judiciary in the Gambia. The country is ruled with an iron-fist by dictator Jammeh who has arrogantly declared on national television that the Gambia belongs to him. The case also reinforces the narrative that the injustice taking place in the Gambia deserves world attention for it is not only Gambians who are affected but foreign nationals as well.

CORRIGENDUM: FORMER GAMBIAN RADIO PRESENTER NOT SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS

January 20, 2015
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Kibaaro Got It Wrong: Mr Thomas was not sentenced to 22 years

Kibaaro Got It Wrong: Mr Thomas was not convicted or sentenced to 22 years

On 16 December 2014, Kibaaro published an article under the heading: “FORMER GAMBIAN RADIO PRESENTER SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS”; referring to former Radio One FM host Modou Thomas, who Kibaaro reported had been convicted and sentenced to 22 years for extortion of sex from 2 women. It has since been brought to Kibaaro’s attention that it had described and identified the wrong Mr Thomas in the story and picture.

Though, Kibaaro retracted the article on 23 December 2014, after the mistake was brought to Kibaaro’s attention, Kibaaro nevertheless deemed it necessary to set the records straight with this corrigendum for its wider readers to be notified that Mr Thomas has never been convicted and sentenced to 22 years imprisonment for extortion of sex from women, as was reported.

Kibaaro therefore profoundly apologise to Mr Thomas, his family and friends for the embarrassment caused by its story.

It further seize this opportunity to thank them for their understanding of the mistake made.