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SHAMED COLONEL UMPA MENDY BACK AT STATE HOUSE

October 19, 2014
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THE HUMILIATED COL MENDY

THE HUMILIATED COL MENDY

President Jammeh’s longest serving Principal Protection Officer, Col Umpa Mendy, who received his matching orders after been humiliated with a callous demotion from colonel to private has swallowed what was left of his tattered pride to serve Dictator Jammeh to the chagrin of his colleagues, irrefutable source reaching Kibaaro News has intimated. Col Mendy has bitter encounters with his unpredictable boss several times in the past but their recent clash followed aftermath of the historic DC demonstrations by Gambian nonconformists in America resulting in his disgraceful exit from both the army and State House.

Some reports held that Col Umpa Mendy was met by an emissary of Jammeh shortly after he was demoted and dismissed soliciting him to resume duties for the Gambian Dictator which he flatly turned down without a second thought saying, “Over my dead body will I accept a job from Oga again”. Many of his colleagues and junior officers hailed his stand with gallantry and pride. However, that pride was curbed short by his unfathomable sudden U-turn from his position of never to work for dictator Jammeh. Our State House informant posited that Col Umpa was persuaded by the devil’s advocate, Imam fatty who pursued the destitute Col in Senegal.

Reader will recall that Imam fatty tried the same with Ba Kawsu Fofana but failed to convince the upright cleric to make peace with the person who wanted and ordered him killed. It is still unclear as to what fatty must have told Umpa to make him accept Jammeh’s offer of employment again but it is certain that he has his col rank back on his shoulders. “The man is a disgrace just like Samsudeen Sarr. Both men are not fit to be associated with the GNA”, a furious young officer of the State guard charged.  “I just don’t get it”, another angry officer added, “he was demoted three times…three times he got demoted over very silly little things. Firstly, he was late to escort Oga; the second was when he stopped a woman approaching Oga in one of the Meet the People Tour and his recent one after return from US with Oga. I only hope he will not be cleared next time round”.

Col Umpa Mendy is perceived as an officer who lacks personal protection expertise by President Jammeh who accuses him of security lapses. The DC experience was a humiliating one for both men which is believed by many as the reason for his kissing farewell to his job as PPO. “Perhaps, he will learn from his experience and do things better this time”, opined our source.

LANG TOMBONG TAMBA FOILED NDURE CHAM’S 2006 COUP

October 16, 2014
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MUM IS IT SAFE FOR ME TO COME HOME?

MUM IS IT SAFE FOR ME TO COME HOME?

LANG TOMBONG AND NDURE CHAM

LANG TOMBONG AND NDURE CHAM

Readers will recall that Gambians woke up on Wednesday 22 March 2006 to another doctored presidential communique of a foiled coup. However, what most Gambians were unaware was the coup had almost succeeded until Lang Tombong Tamba stepped in to safe President Jammeh by foiling the coup. At the time, panic-stricken President Jammeh was on an official visit to Mauritania. 

Gambians were told, “Security forces yesterday discovered that a group of army officers led by Colonel Ndure Cham, former Chief of Defence Staff, were at an advanced stage in their plot to overthrow the constitutional government of The Gambia”. The communique went on to assure Gambian “All those involved are presently in custody and helping the security forces in their investigation, except the leader who is still at large. The general public is hereby assured that there is no cause for alarm and the situation is firmly under control.”

Reliable sources have impeccably confirmed that the plotters comprised Lang Tombong Tamba, Ousman Sonko-Interior Minister, Ndure Cham and a handful of other officers. The plotters disagreed on leadership. Lang and Ousman vehemently opposed Ndure Cham leading the plot because they believed Cham was not only ill-educated but lacks charisma and leadership quality. According to Ousman Sonko, “Ndure has a shabby appearance and a ghetto personality.” Their argument was bitter and when it became obvious that none of the two camps was willing to compromise on who should lead, Lang embarked on foiling the coup.

Lang Tombong then phoned President Jammeh in Mauritania and informed him about the coup plot. He further advised and convinced Jammeh to return to Banjul. A member of Jammeh’s entourage with him in Mauritania who wished to remain anonymous disclosed that Jammeh was reluctant to return to Banjul as he was seriously shaken by the plot. The source went on to add that Jammeh was determined never to return to Banjul as he was convinced that he will be arrested and killed the moment he lands in Banjul. To assure him, Lang went to see Asombie Bojang; Yahya’s mum for her to assure her son that it was safe for him to come home. Jammeh was scared to death. “I will wait here in Mauritania until all potters are behind bars and it is safe for me to return”, he told Lang Tombong and his mum in a shaky voice.

Finally, President Jammeh agree to returned to Banjul only after strong assurance of his safety and wellbeing from his mum and Lang Tombong. He then cut short his trip to Mauritania, returned to Banjul under cover of darkness with an escort of Mauritania military commandoes.

Ndure Cham remained in self-exile in Senegal until he was subsequently arrested in August 2013 near Numu Kunda. Cham started travelling to the Gambia in 2010 disguising as a ‘NARR’ all wrapped up and travelling by ‘SARET’-a donkey or horse cart. Another reliable source also disclosed Ndure “Cham was thoroughly interrogated after his arrest and then cleared”. When asked to shed light on what he meant by “cleared”, he laughed before saying “killed of course”.

General Saul Badjie was not in any way linked or associated with the 2006 coup plot. However, General Badjie is the one who saved Ousman Sonko because he still has the report of the coup plot but continues to keep Ousman’s involvement from Jammeh. President Jammeh also personally ordered the killing of Daba Marena and co.  Many Jammeh supporters felt that he has betrayed Lang Tombong who saved his life by foiling the 2006 coup that had otherwise succeeded already.

AN EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE TYRANT: WHY YAYA JAMMEH IS SO BITTER

October 16, 2014
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WHY DID YOU ABANDONED ME MUM WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST?

WHY DID YOU ABANDONED ME MUM WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST?

“President Jammeh is a fraud and callously wears a chip of hatred and bitterness on his shoulder”, one of his siblings furiously disclosed. This is a trait of The Gambia’s President Yaya Jammeh that most Gambians are all too familiar with, for many are living witnesses to his vengeance.  But why has a man who supposedly came from a humble beginning turned into such a monster?   His upbringing detailed below might provide some clues.

Contrary to what the forged birth certificate has as his date of birth – President Jammeh was born neither in May nor 1965, his exact date of birth, like most of his generation in rural Gambia, remains disputable and unrecorded. This is due to the fact that before the 1980s, record keeping of child births in the rural areas was almost non-existent because most were delivered at home with no nurses present to keep records of any kind.  Consequently, most provincial Gambians are left with no option but make up their own dates of births around events and celebrations of their choices. President Jammeh settled for the month of May marking African Liberation Day and 1965 to coincide with Gambia’s independence to, as part of his self-mystification, present himself as a pure Pan-Africanist even through birth. “Jammeh is either born in 1962 or 1963 but definitely not in May 1965, the coincidence is way too good to be real”, the source added.

President Jammeh’s father, Junkung Jammeh, had three wives and was never a wrestler as some other reports portrayed. He was renowned drummer mostly during wrestling contests. However, many believed his late father never had a ‘Sulayman’ as a middle name. Perhaps, a possible explanation for Jammeh personally adding the Sulayman to his Dad’s name stems from a mandinka believe Junkung is synonymous to Sulayman. Junkung’s three wives are Yassin Jarju, Fanta Kolley and Asombie Bojang-who was the most beautiful of the three. Fanta had three boys: Araba Jammeh, Seneng Jammeh and Nyandorr Jammeh. Seneng who later baptised into Christianity, died of cancer in 1993 in Mayork after the family moved from Kanilai, as they believed the village was full of witches and blamed their father, Junkung’s death on witchcraft.  Perhaps this explains why Jammeh subjected many of the Foni in March 2009 to brutal witch-hunt rituals in which many old folks lost their lives.

Both Yassin and Asombie had a child each for Junkung. Yassin’s child, Ansumana Jammeh-Gambian Ambassador in Qatar, was born in Sintet and Yahya Jammeh; an only of Asombie was hailed from Kanilai.  Nyandorr also passed away shortly after the demise of his brother. It is reported that he collapsed at Serre Kunda. He was also suspected of having died of cancer. The Jammeh family has a history of cancer and mental illness. His cousins, Kunyaa and Ansu Pajero, all suffered some form of mental issues. His father died in Kunjunjorr, he moved there for treatment after he fell off and sustained a fracture while tying his goat, it was narrated. The old man was never a wrestler but a renowned drummer. He often played during wrestling matches.

In all, there are 3 notable Jammeh Kundas of close ties with the bitter Yaya Kanilai. They are Alkali Kunda, Junkung Jammeh and the one Jejaw hailed from. Jejaw’s family was the one healing fractures and not President Jammeh’s as he claims. Jejaw died in the 60s. President Jammeh had it rough with his father, Junkung. Those close to Asombie recalled that she wanted to abort her pregnancy when she discovered she was carrying Jammeh. It did not come as a surprise to them when she left for Bakau as soon as she gave birth to Jammeh leaving the baby behind.  Jammeh was never breastfed by Asombie but Fanta Kolley, his step mum as Asombie shuttled between Bakau and Bujinga.  She walked out of her marriage because Yahya’s father could hardly make ends meet at the time. She was very pretty and young; marrying Junkung was her biggest mistake, according to sources. Walking out of the marriage gave her the freedom and attention she was craving.  Albeit, she never remarried after walking away from Junkung, she enjoyed her freedom as a young woman.

Young Jammeh was brought up by Fanta Kolley who is a well-known and loved “Kaa-nyaleng”. Kaa-nyalengs are celebrated for manifesting varied and comical emotions sending their audience and spectators into hysteric laughter. Many associate Jammeh’s unpredictability to this gene he inherited from his foster-step mum. Jammeh will be dancing and smiling one minute and frowns the next, a characteristic of the Kaa-nyaleng.  A family insider has it that Jammeh always scolds his mother for abandoning him when he needed her most. Yahya moved to Alfonse Tamba in Banjul after his Common Entrance exams.

As a result of his unstable upbringing and the bad experiences of his childhood, Jammeh’s emotional wellbeing is always rocky, and this is easily manifested when he is reminded of that past.  He killed Harona Jammeh who was always telling him off and admonishing him to stop grabbing land in Kanilai because his family abandoned Kanilai and moved to Mayork. The late Harona Jammeh’s son Tamsir Jammeh works at Drug Squad. He knows Jammeh killed his dad, but he could not confront him lest he kills him too.  Even with Asombi’s intervention, Yaya still hasn’t had the guts to face the family.

So any time Gambians see Yaya lashing out or engaging in erratic behaviour, it mostly emanates from the mental and emotional instability that were caused by both his unstable upbringing and history of mental illness in his family.

THE POLITICS OF THE MILITARY (PART TWO)

October 15, 2014
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DOES HE BOTHER?

DOES HE BOTHER?

GENERAL SAUL BADJIE

GENERAL SAUL BADJIE

Besides Gambians are now fed up with lies of one coup conspiracy after another. Samsudeen Sarr and Mamat Cham, Sana Sabally, Sadibou Haidara and even the current vocal secretary of state for the Interior Ousman Badjie were all at one time accused of dubious coup conspiracies and incarcerated at Mile Two Central Prisons for months and years. But were some these people not eventually released and appointed to the highest and most sensitive security positions in Jammeh’s government? How Samsudeen Sarr and Ousman Badgie could accused coup plotters become Commander of the Gambia Army and Secretary of State for the Interior respectively? Furthermore didn’t they try everything in vain to deceive the whole world about what really happened to the late Koro Ceesay? So for God’s sake let the narrow-minded intellectual sycophants of Jammeh’s government give us a break about their dubious coup conspiracy theory. They have really made the APRC government synonymous with Lies, Lies and Lies.

By the way I am definitely left wondering why another notorious bafoon among Jammeh’s thugs survived the downfall of his partners. Musa Jammeh was the third person in the three-man bullies controlled by Yaya. Perhaps Musa was spared simply because he was a “Jola” and a closer relative and puppet to Jammeh. Yet Musa is shamelessly more dangerous than the other two. Before the coup in 1994 Musa was among Ex-President Jawara’s closest body guards. And it is evident that since then in order to clear that past image, he had turned into one of the worst tools of Yaya. Anyway he should be keenly watched as another Jammeh-created snake that could at any moment spit his venom to his boss. I cannot however conclude my observation without mentioning one of the most critical and disturbing aspect Jammeh’s coup consequences. How come every time Yaya Jammeh’s government snaps with a fake coup it is only the Mandingos, Wolofs Fulas who are killed in the process and buried in the most indecent manner? Check this list since 1994:

Name of Soldier Executed Ethnic Group Burial Site 1.Lt.Basiru Barrow Mandingo Behind Yundum Barracks toilets. 2. Lt.Gibril Saye Wolof Ditto

  1. Lt .Abdoulie Bah Fullah Ditto
  2. Lt. Abdoulie Faal (D O T) Wolof Ditto
  3. SSgt. Fafa Nyang Wolof Ditto
  4. Sgt.Basiru Camara Mandingo Ditto
  5. Sgt.E.M.Ceesay Wolof Ditto
  6. Lt.Almamo Manneh Mandingo Not yet known
  7. Cpl.Dumbuya Mandingo Not yet known

In the final analysis, it is clear that members of Jammeh’s ethnic group are always unaffected. Landing Sanneh was for instance Almamo Manneh’s Boss in every respect, then how come the former, a Jola, survived the so-called coup attempt and the latter, a Mandingo, died in the shoot-out? Why not just call it the execution of more Mandingos? But Jammeh should know that the day of reckoning is drawing near and he should also start marking his own spot behind the toilets at Yundum Barracks. What goes around comes around body!

THE GNA SOLDIERS NOT THE POWER BASE FOR YAYA JAMMEH

Before dealing with my next subject, I would first like to extend my sincere appreciation to all those wonderful comments sent by various readers of my last issue. Your encouraging words were certainly morale boosters and have reinforced my determination and spirit to be more sharing with a candid approach. I cannot however ignore the few questions forwarded doubting the credibility of my information, because I sincerely believe that every sceptic deserve a satisfactory explanation of everything said about the Jammeh regime. Saying that I was a true serving member of the Gambia National Army (GNA) from its early inception in 1985 to its most recent past may not be sufficient consolidate the credibility I hope to project. If I also stopped at merely explaining my broad knowledge of military operations-orders ranging from the section, platoon, company or even battalion battle drills the highest operational capability of the present GNA my points may still not sink in well into the minds of those without proper military education.

However before elaborating on some more tangible lines, I would like to inform everybody that I am a well-trained infantry soldier with advanced skills of a combatant in field craft, the special ability of a sharp shooter but above all the discipline of a true soldier. A true soldier precisely means a good fighter for the right course without being unnecessarily bloodthirsty. It also means being professional and having less or nothing to do with politics. Soldiers with political aspirations are nothing but rebels or bandits in uniform. However let me now give a broader or additional proof of my assertion that Jammeh’s government always comes up with false coup plots merely to eliminate innocent Gambians. Take the case of Captain Yankuba Drammeh the current Commanding Officer(CO) of the largest fighting battalion in the GNA,1 Infantry Battalion. His office and cellular phone numbers are 4722121 and 990178 respectively. Call him and if he is honest with you should be able to tell you the harrowing experience he suffered at Mile Two Central prisons accused by Jammeh of a dubious coup plot against his government. Or you try Captain Cherno Jallow the present CO of the second largest battalion on his office number-497100-and he could also tell you the terrible days he was incarcerated at death row by Yaya for planning a coup he could not justify. Captain Alpha Kinteh at the Army Headquarters Banjul on 225772or225771 also suffered in the hands of Yaya on a coup conspiracy charge no one could enlighten for him. I could go on and on, but that would simply tie me down on this subject that I think I have now been adequately treated, at least for this forum. So I will move to my next subject deserving equal importance.

As a former member of the GNA I am now trying to find the right voice to speak for mainly those honest and good soldiers of the GNA who had nothing to do with Yaya’s coup and are ashamed of being associated with him or his government. Nevertheless the general civilian public often categorize all the soldiers in uniform as other Yaya Jammehs, Edward Singhatehs, Lamin Kaba Bajos, Yankuba Tourays or the few stupid ones blindly following them. Contrary to that stereotype concept, I can speak with confidence that 90% ormore of the GNA soldiers on active service are very good, honest and God fearing Gambians holding on to their jobs primarily to make a simple living.  But did you know that Lt.Gibril Saye was bayonetted all over his body including both his eyes before he was finally shot by Staff Sergeant Kanyi? Lt. Abdoulie Faal (DOT) had his back bone broken by bending him backwards until the bone snap at his waist before he was shot and killed with a 9mm pistol. All these stories were more or less known to the Gambian public, but because they were soldiers, the crimes were perfectly normal. So one could judge clearly the precarious message behind the whole episode. When Jammeh hits a civilian regardless of how friendly or close that person was to the tyrant, the action is condemned with the whole GNA sometimes blamed for it. Yet when a soldier attempts to even question the legitimacy of the idiot and is as a result maimed or killed the public says little or nothing about it.

Anyhow in actual fact, looking at Jammeh’s government since the coup in 1994, it has always been the civilians who supplied him with the right administrative ingredients that has sustained his government for so long. The soldiers could not and in reality would not if they could. Apparently even the most educated and best trained soldiers of the GNA had no clue of how to run a government much more Yaya one of the most under-educated and less-trained in the army. With his grade 11 high school education the idiot was not even a member of the GNA. He was a gendarmerie personnel with then worst record of professional or academic attainment. If the civilians worshipping him were aware of how mentally backward he was, and they decide to stop helping him today, within few hours his government would collapse altogether. But perhaps the civilians very well know the low mental level of the fool and enjoy exploiting it for their selfish interest What is only sad about it is the continuous denunciation of the ordinary common soldiers for keeping the Kanilai monster in power.

Gambians Furious over Dr Zakir Naik’s Partaking in Commemoration of an Illegal Event

October 12, 2014
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DrZakir Naik Gambia Tour

Dr.Zakir Naik’s Gambia Tour

Gambians in the diaspora have expressed shock and outrage over renowned Islamic orator Dr.Zakir Naik’s partaking in the 22nd July military coup celebration. An event organized by Gambia’s tyrant Yahya Jammeh. The event marks the illegal overthrow of the constitutional elected government of Sir Dawda Jawara 20 years ago. Jammeh who uses his ill-gotten wealth and military machinery to oppress ordinary Gambians is said to have invited Dr.Zakir Naik to bolster his image in a largely Muslim country where his popularity is crumbling. Gambians have been expressing their dissatisfaction on social media on Dr.Naik’s decision to wine and dine with a tyrant.

“Dr Zakir Naik seems to bask in his celebrity like status than deal with real ordinary issues faced by Gambian Muslims. I cannot imagine anyone with such a status as claimed by the admirers of this man to be oblivious of what has been happening in The Gambia under the evil dictator and thief  “President” Jammeh. Dr.Zakir Naik should have declined the invitation and refused to participate in ‘enabling’ a tyrant” posited a Gambian human rights activist  in Oslo. Another comment from a Gambian based in Atlanta reads “Am not impress by Dr.Naik…he is a hustler…paid to promote a dictators agenda….Charity starts at home glorified preacher”. Some have expressed disappointment over the fact that not any of Dr. Naik’s lectures in Gambian would address oppression and tyranny.

Even as the orator tours the country there is an Imam who is being prosecuted by the rogue regime for celebrating “Eidul fitr” on a day different from the one slated by Dictator Jammeh. Others also express the view that Dr.Zakir Naik who has earlier on shunned all forms of feasts and celebrations other than the two “Eids” has shot himself on the foot by joining the celebration of a military take over.

One thing is very clear Jammeh is an instrumentalist, he uses Islam as a tool to perpetuate  oppression and tyranny on ordinary  innocent Gambians and therefore any preacher he calls to grace an event should be very wary of him. As Ibn Qayyim Aljawziyya puts it “Islam is wisdom. If you see it going to foolishness and stupidity, then know that is not Islam.”

TWO TOP OFFICIALS ARRESTED AND DETAINED AS PRESIDENT JAMMEH COMMENCES A 10 DAY CELEBRATION OF HIS 20 YEARS OF TYRANNY

October 10, 2014
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THE WOLF IN SHEEP CLOTHING

THE WOLF IN SHEEP CLOTHING

THE RELENTLESS TYRANT

THE RELENTLESS TYRANT

Impeachable source reaching Kibaaro News has revealed that President Jammeh abetted by Ebrima Jawara-son of ex-President Jawara has ordered the immediate arrest and detention of Omar Jammeh-Project Coordinator of FAST DEBT and Babanding Fatajo-Project Director of African Development Bank (ADB) following the launching of a General Audit into the financial dealings of these departments. There is also an audit ordered into the activities of the VISACA Bank which would without doubt lead into further dismissals and subsequent arrests. “More arrests and detentions that are looming into the purported dubious and shady under worlds of VISACA in coming days”, the source further warned.

Readers will recall it is the same notorious Ebrima Jawara who masterminded the unlawful arrest and detention of over 12 agriculture directors and senior officials mainly from Sapu and across the country more than two months ago. The said officials who include Kutubo Sanyang, Fafanding Fatajo and Musa Humma are still languishing in detention without charge. Many believed President Jammeh has recruited Ebrima Jawara to accomplish his malicious fight against the Mandinkas which erstwhile Secretary General Sabally has kick started for the Kanilai Monster.

President Jammeh’s 10 Day celebration of his unlawful entry into political power is only a hoax to cash sand in the eyes of Gambians and cover up the country’s economic and political decadence. While Jammeh and his rogue government divorced from the Gambian reality is splashing millions of dollars to fund the July 22nd Celebration dubbed “Revolution”, many Gambians are struggling to have a decent meal, medical bills and school fees for their children.

THE POLITICS OF THE MILITARY (PART ONE)

October 9, 2014
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COMMANDER IN CHIEF JAMMEH

COMMANDER IN CHIEF JAMMEH

I AM PATIENTLY WAITING

I AM PATIENTLY WAITING

In a strange kind of reality, the self-anointed Satan bares President Jammeh’s essentials in a revealing and graphic dossier captioned “THE POLITICS OF THE MILITARY”. To give the devil its due, Sam Sarr knows President Jammeh like the palm of his hand. Love the apologist or hate him, Sam must be credited for availing Gambians authoritative information and chilling facts about the epitome of evil-Monster Jammeh. His 114 page dossier walks its readers from the dark alleys of the military barracks into the evil workshop of Jammeh’s mind-set with a sleepover at the underworld of Jammeh’s treachery, betrayals and dubious plots. He then ushers in his readers into the nerve-racking corners of Edward Singhateh and Yankuba Touray.

Albeit many doubt and question Sam Sarr’s sincerity to his new ally, fact remains that he knows too much for Jammeh to snub. True, Sam admits that he said all the stuff he revealed about Jammeh because he was angry and vindictive at the time but both him and Jammeh did not doubt or dismiss the authenticity and accuracy of the informative dossier. As a result, we hereby reproduce the dossier verbatim for the benefit of all Gambians including President Jammeh who should be even more careful now not to ruffle the feathers of his new apologist who has the habit of baring the essential of those who disturb his peace and less goes on another massive scale of painful but realistic revelations.

While Sam aka Ebou Colley rues being angry and vindictive with Jammeh at the time, many wonder if President Jammeh will cushion the shock of betrayal from his vile and troubled apologist. There is no amount of renovative apologies that Sam can give Jammeh to appease for the damage he did to Jammeh’s already punctured pride, certainly not on the scale of painful but realistic image of his “man with a big heart” he bares in the open and documented in electronic for posterity. Whether both are sincere to each other or not, Sam has already presented Yahya Jammeh’s true persona to all Gambians and the rest of the world. Below is PART ONE from his dossier:

THE POLITICS OF THE MILITARY

Another Dubious Coup Plot in The Gambia: But Who were these Plotters- Lt. Almamo Manneh and Lt Landing Sanneh? To start with, let me make an essential reflection. Was it Yaya Jammeh trying to play the sense of the dramatic two weeks ago when he quoted a well-known Wolof saying to the elders of Banjul “wishes were like personal houses and those who built them usually ended sleeping in them”? Well, I wonder whether Yaya is familiar with this other classic Wolof proverb: “Those who train their own wrestlers usually become the first victims of their students.” In precise terms therefore, I am saying that if it was really true that Landing Sanneh and Almamo Manneh actually turned their arms of terror against their Boss Yaya, then the second proverb perfectly fits the so-called coup plot announced in The Gambia on the 14th January 2000. By all indications, it was no secret that Almamo Manneh and Landing Sanneh were Yaya’s most notorious thugs, bullies or killer machines after the tranquilization of Sana Sabally, the death of Sadibou Haidara and the recent marginalization of Edward Singhateh.

Over the years Yaya aide those two monsters who they were and encouraged them in every campaign of terror, torture and intimidation they had inflicted upon the peace-loving Gambian people. The vicious activities of these State Guard henchmen constituted the greatest nightmare of all Gambian, civilians and soldiers alike. Yet, nobody could do anything about them, because Yaya protected them with dogmatic intolerance. When Yaya appointed Landing Sanneh as head of his personal State Guard Unit, it was apparent that he made his choice of Landing purely on tribal lines i.e. Sanneh was simply a “Jola” like him. Furthermore, Landing was the idiotic type of person he could easily manipulate to carry out all his evil orders. But certainly there were more competent and saner officers to handle that responsibility better. However, Yaya by habit, and like most other despots, enjoyed being surrounded by empty-headed people like him whom he could easily lure into carrying out his dirty work.

Just take a look at the terrible things perpetrated by Landing as Commander of the State Guard – and in all these cases the Kanilai tyrant always commended him. In 1996, for example Yaya Jammeh shamelessly encouraged Landing Sanneh to pull a pistol on Edward Singhateh when the latter was the Vice Chairman of AFPRC government, the second most powerful administrator in the Gambia at the time. Edward Singhateh was merely paying a courtesy call to Mrs. Tuti Faal Jammeh (Yaya’s former wife) when Sanneh under Yaya’s directive threatened to shoot the Vice Chairman. When Yaya got the report, he commended Sanneh for a wonderful job well done. In that same year 1996, Landing Sanneh the State Guard Commander unleashed his men under the leadership Almamo Manneh to conduct the most brutal beating of members of the United Democratic Party (U.D.P.) supporters at Denton Bridge. To the Army itself Landing was a living terror with absolute encouragement and total support of Yaya. Former Army Commander and now Chief -of-Staff, Baboucarr Jatta was in 1997 openly challenged by Landing Sanneh in a manner that had totally undermined his authority as head of the Army. In that case also Yaya clearly stood by his ill-disciplined lieutenant against a whole Colonel. It was the ultimate message from Yaya Jammeh to the entire army that Landing was untouchable among Jammeh’s boys of terror.

However Almamo was a greater terror. Since the coup in 1994 the former sergeant was permanently identified with Yaya in every sort of terrorist action imaginable. In 1996 it was Almamo who shot and almost killed an innocent taxi driver in the streets of Banjul at broad daylight Yaya commended him for it because Almamo acted on his directive to shoot any driver on the move when his convoy was passing. Almamo like Sanneh were the very few soldiers in the whole army with the absolute authority to carry any kind of weapons at all times. Almamo could arrest any civilian or soldier and torture them with animal brutality just to please Yaya. The popular P.P.P. politician and former Minister Omar (O.J.) Jallow had on several occasions fallen victim to Almamo’s brutality on the orders of Yaya Jammeh. He kept the keys to the State House armoury; he was that ugly -looking soldier always in camouflage uniform with dark glasses moving beside Yaya.

Interestingly however with all the terror and madness associated with Almamo the non- commissioned officer, Yaya in 1999 promoted him to the rank of a lieutenant when the idiot could barely read or write. It was a clear manifestation of rewarding the most terrible and incompetent soldier in the whole Gambia Armed Forces. Then all of a sudden we are informed that Almamo and Landing were trying to topple their Boss Yaya but the former was butchered and the latter put on chains. Thank god what a great riddance that was for the Gambian people.

The only person who lost dearly is Yaya Jammeh, but knowing him fully well he would try all his tricks to turn it into a childish victory story for himself. He would fabricate big lies again about super-coup activities he had foiled only to once again expose his puerile mind. Apparently a lot of people may wonder what really brought Yaya and Almamo together in a whole army of over 1000 men; that’s a simple answer; they are more or less the same calibre in several ideas especially in the field of primitive ‘Jujus’. Yaya and Almamo had always shared the funny dream that the abundant of charms and ‘Jujus’ supplied to them by their marabous were actual bullet proof stuffs. Well, I only hope the demise of Almamo was a proper wake up call for the superstitious Jammeh to now know that those things don’t work at all.

As for the rest of the Gambian soldiers the fall of the mighty Lt. Landing Sanneh and Lt. Almamo Manneh was typical example of what could happen to those who have less faith in god and decided to choose the satanic path of evil doers. The Jammeh government had been built through treachery and deceit and Yaya has perfected his skill of destroying his greatest loyalists particularly the fanatical ones; ask Edward Singhateh if you want to know more about that. As a matter of fact it would have been an insult to the Gambia Army for Almamo and Landing to successfully lead them in a coup. Even Kukoi with his own madness would have been a better choice.

To be continued…