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GAMBIA GOVERNMENT CHASES SHADOWS WITH ITS YOUTH

August 31, 2014
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BABILI MANSA JAMMEH

BABILI MANSA JAMMEH

GAMBIAN YOUTHS

GAMBIAN YOUTHS

There is no misgiving that Ebola is a deadly virus which continues to wolf lives in affected West African states like a bush-fire in a windy summer day.  The “Back Way” exodus to Europe via turbulent seas and grilling deserts is equally devouring lives of many Gambian youths. In the recent past, over 96 youthful lives perished in the Atlantic oceans when their boat was engulfed by a tempestuous storm wiping out their precious lives and dreams within the blind of an eye. The graphic images of their bodies washed ashore send volcanic shock waves down viewers’ spines.  

Jammeh’s government approaches this national saga with the wrong foot. Firstly, the Libyan Head of Mission to the Gambia, Ibrahim Abusheriah lashes out at the West for their “unfair economic policies”. Very easy approach, passing the buck. What he and the Jammeh government failed to admit is they have not put in place realistic and just policies which will curb the wastage of Gambian youth resource. Instead of rushing into seminars with the rural youth telling them to “venture into the productive sectors of the country’s economy such as agriculture”, Jawara Cham-Personal Assistant to Commissioner on Irregular Migration, they should have researched and know the causes of the endemic to effect development, education and create a conducive and sustainable but realistic environment to avert the youths from daring this ominous venture into the unknown

The seminars should have engaged the youths by finding out what is actually driving them into such life wasting ventures and draw policies around their needs but no. What do we see in Basse and Farafenni? In Farafenni, the campaign was spearheaded by the Gambia Immigration Department. Just because it involves travelling, yes the immigration department should deal with it. This is what the Officer Commanding Farafenni Immigration Post, Kebba Jammeh said to the youth, “You can work and become successful here when you take ownership of the available resources in the country”. Nevertheless, OC Jammeh fails to tell the youth what those resources are and how to access them. In Basse, a group of 50 youth relived one Mori Conteh’ experience, “In 2001, I embarked on a terrible journey from The Gambia via Mali but was I forced to return to the country due to the hardship I faced on the way. I saw a mass grave of illegal migrants who died because of hunger. I urge other young people in the country to desist from the practice.” Experience helps us to make informed choices but one cannot make a choice without variables for goodness sake. Ig Jammeh’s government is really serious about averting Gambian youths from venturing the “back way to Europe in search of greener pasture, it should embark on a serious consultation with youths in each of the administrative regions to find out exactly what is driving out of the once “smiling coast of Africa” in the merciless laws of the unknown and create realistic policies on their needs and aspirations.

A serious government of the people will be accountable and transparent. It will revisit it policies to ensure that reflect and meet the current realities of its people needs. Is the President Award Scheme or the National Youth Service Schemes is the answer to youth unemployment? Certainly not Mr President with many titles. The educational system should be such that it will not only teach students to pass exams but make them resourceful and equip to make the most out of their lives. How about the economic policies? What is it there for the youths in agriculture, fisheries and artisan trade? Stop chasing shadows with the youths and do the right thing, please.

 

 

AMADOU’S BRUSH WITH INJUSTICE

August 30, 2014
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BABILI MANSA

BABILI MANSA

Amadou is a very shy but upright man who resides in Kankary Kunda. He alerts and avails himself to the needs and aspirations of his community particularly those who are in dire need of financial and moral support. Albeit he most often goes the extra mile to be there for anyone that requires his assistance in one form or another, he is also conscious of not overstepping his moral and religious obligations. He treats all his neighbours equally. Amadou is so generous that he is dotingly nicknamed Mobayta by his friends and family. His house was never short of visitors. His family especially the little ones could not understand why he has so many visitors day in and day out. At one point, it was highly rumoured that he was aspiring for a political position. Soon it dawned on his friends and family that Amadou nurses no political ambition. His best and childhood friend, Samba once confronted him: “Ams why are you so unwittingly generous?” Amadou was taken aback by Samba’s unexpected rhetoric question. For a while he was quiet battling to figure out the right answer to his friend’s query. As if Samba has forced him to plunge into a deep reality check pool, his mind exploded with conflicting reasons. Some painted him as a fool who deprived his family only to help others who do not even appreciate his kindness while others glorified him as a man who gives to his community without expecting any returns. After what seems an unending silence, Amadou finally found his voice and replied: “One who does not live for his community is never missed by its”.

 As Director of the Department of Care and Hospitality, Amadou is always mindful of not mixing business with pleasure. Consequently, he admonished all his friends and family that his office is purely for official matters; anyone who has a personal issue should come to his house instead. Those who could not draw a line between business and personal matters saw him as a martinet and a very strict person. Some of his colleagues at work who often entertain their friends and families at work considered him as the bad apple in the bag. Word soon started going round the department that he was cold and callous. Anytime he walks the corridors of the department, chilling whispers followed his footsteps. Once in a while he summons some of his junior staff to caution them about using their offices for personal issues such as allowing their friends to abuse the office telephones. Furthermore, he established a very strict break system for his department which curbed down the amount of time wasted by some of his staff loitering in and out of office during official hours without reason. This earned him a handful of scheming foes. Whenever he is at work; the idle one feels unease. They tried everything possible to influence him. One of such was to set him up with charming girls. Anytime he was alone in his office, they will send in a very beautiful girl provocatively dress to charm him. Again this failed abysmally to their greatest disappointment. When it became clear that it was not possible to seduce him, they spread another story that he was so scared of his wife that he could not look at another woman. Some even went further to conclude that his wife’s marabou has turned him blind to other women. Their every effort to bring him on board failed.

One day, the Seyfo of Kankary Kunda gave a new decree that every fortnight everyone in Kankary Kunda must attend his Mansa bengo. The Mansa bengo was an occasion to while away time, fornicate and waste community resources. It was also a moment for merry making by wining and dining with the Seyfo. Loud music from various cultural groups of Kankary Kunda fills its airs. The Seyfo dressed in a white kaftan sits under a makeshift shed surrounded by his “Konsin mbaroos”-security guards and council of elders. The Konsin mbaroos carried strange weapons which mesmerised the people. The Seyfo, Afang Karamo Kankuntu Nyapinkang Jaralaa Mansa, smiled as he browsed through the huge crowd. His gaze lingered on a very beautiful young girl before his scary face broke into a devilish smile. He then turned and whispered to his chief security. He took a bundle of cash and handed it to his guard to give to his latest prey-the charming young face in the crowd. Amadou was not happy which what was going on. He promised himself that he will not attend the next Mansa bengo. He could not understand how the Seyfo could be so lavish when most of his people were languishing in abject poverty. As he drifted into a captivating day dream, he recollected his father demanding “What kind of a neighbour will go to bed with a full stomach while his neighbour goes with an empty and crying stomach?” Suddenly, he was catapulted back to reality with a nauseating uproar by the crowd and saw the Seyfo dancing like a Nfanbondi.

In his train of thoughts, he wondered if as little as quarter of the resources spent on the Mansa bengo was used to build good road networks, it will go a long way to harness travelling between the wards of Kankary Kunda. It will also make it easy for traders to transport their products from one market place to another. Once the economy booms, the health sector will also be improved since the educational sector is being looked after by the Toubaboo. He decided to suggest that to the Alkali of Seyfo Kunda since he was also overseeing his department. Perhaps the Alkali will also suggest the same to the Seyfo. On a second thought he decided to keep his idea to himself less he is perceived as anti-establishment.

The next Mansa bengo was observed without Amadou. This did not go down well with the Seyfo. He called his Alkali and thundered: “I knew it…Yes, I knew it…Amadou is a very bad citizen. He is one of my enemies. Why didn’t he grace the last Mansa bengo?”The Alkali tried to reason what might compelled Amadou not to attend the Mansa bengo. He said, perhaps, Amadou was either ill or out of town. “No!” roared the Seyfo “I know he is planning a plot against me. But I will teach him a lesson.” At that point the Alkali kept his peace and let the Seyfo continue to rattle. Shortly after the Alkali left his office, the Seyfo rang the Kebba of Nyapinkang Agency and ordered for the immediate arrest and detention of Amadou.

As soon as the Seyfo hung up on the other side, Kebba of Nyapinkang Agency began bobbing up and down his lavish office contemplating whether to carry out the Seyfo’s order. He knew Amadou as a very righteous, generous and caring man who commands a lot of respect from the community. Arresting him will spell gross misappropriation of justice. Furthermore, it will depict him as a puppet and unpatriotic who abets in the miscarriages of justice. On the hand, if he fails to arrest and detain Amadou as ordered by the Seyfo, he will not only lose his job but also might equally be arrested, detained and tortured. Either choice has damning consequences, he observed. He took a deep breath and caressed his nose unconsciously as a thought flashed like a lightening in his clouded mind. “Why didn’t I think of that before?” he heard himself thinking aloud. He took his private cell and phone Amadou. “What a pleasant surprise”, Amadou said from the other end. “Listen Na Kebba, we don’t have much time to waste on pleasantries. I have just received an order for your arrest from the Seyfo but I am giving you enough time to ready yourself and run for your safety”, countered Kebba of Nyapinkang Agency. At least, thinking this time he has done the right thing. “Are you out of your mind? How can I abscond and leave my family behind beside that will only confirm I have committed a crime. No, I am not going anywhere. You go ahead and execute the order”, Amadou sternly maintained. “Perhaps, Na Kebba, for once put your family before righteous. If you leave now, you will settle before you even realize and then arrange for your family to join you. But if you remain adamant and subsequently get arrested, tortured and/or even killed, who will look after the same family you talking about?” he tested Amadou.

“Hello…Hello…Amadou, are you still there?” as the long silence grew. Amadou was thinking of what Kebba of Nyapinkang just told him. Yes, it makes a lot of sense. Whatever choice he made, his family will be without him until God knows when. Should he run away as suggested by Kebba of Nyapinkang or should he stay and dare the devil he thought. “Yes, hello. I am still here, just thinking of my options”, he said when he finally found his voice. “Listen, Na Kebba, time is against us. Just go please”, he begged Amadou. “In as much as I would love to, my gut is telling me to stay and face whatever awaits me. Thanks so much for your kindness”, Amadou concluded and hang up. “Stupid!” he roared and banged his mahogany executive desk upsetting it neat and beautiful flower vases, pens, photos and files. “Are you okay boss?” queried his slender and charming young secretary as she walked majestically into his office. “Do I look like I am?” he snapped at her. “Oh darling”, she said soothingly as she wrapped her tender arms around him and planted her succulent lips on his. The touched of her moist and tender lips and her pleasant fragrance vehicle him to cloud seven and shortly brushing Amadou’s issue into the bin of his mind.

A loud knock on the door jolted them from their erotic position. “Come in please”, Kebba said reluctantly straightening his suit as he walks to stand behind his desk pretending to dictate a memo for his secretary. His deputy walked in looking very flustered. “Kelefa, what is it again? Whatever it is, let it wait. Now go and get two officers and pick up Amadou for detention”, he dismissed Kelefa with a wave of hand. Kelefa’s lights up with the order like a child seeing his father sing and almost run out his boss’s office. Kelefa is always excited by orders of arresting people especially the likes of Amadou.

Sulayman Jeng, UK

“DESIST FROM ABETTING PRESIDENT JAMMEH IN DESTROYING YOUR DAUGHTERS”, LAMIN SADDAM SANYANG REPROACHED GAMBIAN ELDERS

August 28, 2014
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LAMIN SADDAM SANYANG

LAMIN SADDAM SANYANG

GAMBIAN GIRLS

GAMBIAN GIRLS

Parents most often sacrifice their personal dreams to build those of their children. The most fulfilling satisfaction of any parent is watching his or her children growing and living their dreams. However, as we castigate President Jammeh for abusing our sisters in their Gambia, there are parents who not only encourage their daughters but help in their exploitation. It is neither an exaggeration nor disrespect to our elders but some of them allow President Jammeh to prostitute their daughters. That is the truth without any massage. For instance, when a jobless daughter comes home with huge bundle of new dalasi notes, very rarely is she confronted on how she obtains the money. True or false?

Elders with self-esteem when tested to choose between poverty and shame often settle for poverty than riches ridden by endless disgrace. Greed, selfishness and lack of faith are usually the compelling factors for some elders to trade their dignity, pride and respect to the devil. As a result, they are not perturbed by the source of the money but interested in its continues flow.  What a shame fellow Gambians. Some, on the other hand, knew exactly how their daughters are accessing their monies but again choose to turn a blind eye due to either cowardice or shy away from their failure as parents. On a contrast, a hardworking young man who toils 24/7 but fails to match up her sister’s easy money gets shun at and call all kinds of derogative adjectives by the same parents. All of a sudden he becomes the unworthy child, the aimless child, the thief and loser in the family just because he can only provide D200 while his sister brings in bundles. No wonder all the young men are now sacrificing their lives by daring rough seas in search of greener pasture in Europe and America.

How responsible parents can permits his or her daughter to go to Kanilai every weekend knowing fully well that she will not be there for any serious or meaningful business but just to dance with the President and his bandits. At the end of that jam session, some girls will voluntarily jump in to bed with Mr. President and his bandits while others are raped. It is common knowledge that President Jammeh is an idiot, but after naming and shaming him with the parents, we should not forget the victims themselves. Lamentably, most of them opt to prostitute themselves. They go to Kanilai on their own volition chasing shadows, a pin of pleasure and most importantly easy and quick money.  Well, less you forget sisters, be reminded that President Jammeh’s promises are like a body without soul. All the money President Jammeh throws at you is but a mare bate and sadly you are daily falling fast and head deep in his traps. When are you going to wake up from your sleeping slumber? Having you heard the ominous experiences of some of your sisters and friends.

Women are highly honoured by Allah. You are mothers, best of teachers and custodians of society. Consequently, it is prudent that you down water down your value and dignity for few bundles of notes. It is said every successful man is helped by a woman. A man can only abuse, exploit and dump a weak women with low self-esteem.

 

“GAMBIA’S PROBLEM IS MORE THAN JUST ADOPTING ENGLISH AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE”, PAPA KUMBA LOUM REMINDS SEDIA JATTA OF PDOIS

August 28, 2014
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Mr. Sidia Jatta

Mr. Sedia Jatta

Sedia Jatta’s recent assertion in a public lecture in Norway that adopting the English Language as our official language is our major Problem is at best a half truth. With all due respect to Hon. Sedia Jatta, I do not believe for once that having English as the official language in The Gambia is the main cause of our problems. Adopting Mandingo, Fula, Wolof etc as our official language(s) or allowing Members of the House of Representatives to communicate in the local languages in their deliberations in the House of Representative will not necessarily hurl Gambia into a developed and first world country.

The cause of Gambia’s current socio-economic and political problems cannot be reduced to the adoption of a foreign language (English) as an official language and a medium of instructions in schools. Tanzania for example had replaced Kiswahili with English some over 35 years ago as its official language but that alone has not catapulted it to a developed country. The same can be also said for Ethiopia and Somalia which have adopted their local languages as official languages and also Kenya which adopted both English and Kiswahili as its official languages.

Let us face it, Gambia’s problems are numerous. Recently, bad governance, Yahya Jammeh’s blatant corruption and disregard for the rule of law, lack of foreign investments, mediocre educational schools and tertiary institutions and a massive brain drain are perhaps the major reasons why the country has reached its nadir point in terms of socio-economic development. Equally, the country’s size and population and a lack of a sizable middle class with purchasing power, lack of an informed and vibrant civil society,  disorganized political parties, a selfish and unsophisticated elite and educated class,  religious bigotry and hypocrisy and subtle tribalism all contribute to our past, current and future underdevelopment.

PDOIS and its leadership should know this. They have been actively campaigning in rural Gambia trying to educated rural Gambians and the masses (using the different local languages) about their civil, political, economic and cultural rights and other developmental issues for the last there decades. Despite all their efforts, PDOIS has been unable to capture any meaningful support which could be translated into votes during general elections. I am not writing this piece to criticize or to give reasons for PDOIS political underachievement over the years but I expect informed politicians of PDOIS calibre like Sedia to give a more holistic picture of the Gambian problem otherwise he runs the risk of sounding like our idiotic President Yahya Jammeh and his acolytes of sycophants.

Gambians all over should start looking inward to decipher who we are as a people and why we are the way we are which unfortunately has resulted in a barbaric,  semi-illiterate, corrupt leader with inferiority  complex to manipulate and rule The Gambia for 20 years with the support of religious leaders and a so called educated class. These are the issues we as Gambians should discuss and decode and then begin to forge ahead in a positive way as a people and as a nation.

Let me iterate here again that Jammeh is corrupt with the help of Gambians, Jammeh tortures and kills Gambians with the support of other Gambians, Jammeh sells drugs, trump up false charges against his perceived enemies and imprisoned them with the connivance of a corrupt legal and judicial system, Jammeh molests and rapes young Gambian women with the help of his middle men/women and sometimes with the acquiescence of family members and meanwhile the so call religious leaders continue to pray for his long life and prosperity using the local languages and in Arabic and not in English. I hope you get my point. The problem is with us.

STATE HOUSE MELTS DOWN AS SEVEN GAURDS UNCEREMONOULY DISMISSED

August 26, 2014
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COMMANDER IN CHIEF JAMMER

COMMANDER IN CHIEF JAMMEH

GENERAL SAUL BADJIE

GENERAL SAUL BADJIE

State House shudders as seven unsuspecting soldiers received hot steps orders from their erratic Commander-in-Chief, President Jammeh late Monday afternoon. According to information reaching Faturadio from State House ambits, the abrupt termination of the service of Private Sanyang, Private Colley, Couple Masireh Gibba and Private Tamba was allegedly a result of a piece of “Jafo” a bark smoothly beaten and flattened into a “Kankurang costume suspected to be a juju was discovered inside the presidential aircraft. Jammeh, who heavily relies on black magic for his existence and survival, went volcanic and ordered for their immediate dismissal.

As the State House guards were recovering from their numbness at the outrageous dismissal of their several comrades, two other soldiers, lance Corporal Camara and Lance Corporal Spraka were also shown the exit point for allegedly smoking weed while on duty. It would be remembered that Jobarteh, Head of the Airport Security was forced to kiss his job good-bye couple of years ago when plates of coos were unearth at the tarmac shortly before the presidential plane landed.

Lance Corporal Sonko who was overheard lamenting, “I will never carry out an illegal order for I signed to protect Gambians” also bade farewell to his service after refusing to execute an order from a senior officer. A little bird has it that the allegations lack substance and their sacking is purely a result of contentious rivalry brewing among the guards.

General Saul Badjie, one of the five people captaining Gambia to unsafe shores, has prevailed over President Jammeh to reinstate State Guard Commander, Col. Ansumana Tamba who was transferred to the barracks to humble him shortly after returning from the US. Col. Tamba who served once as Jammeh’s ADC before ascending as State Guard Commander is saluted as one of the few excellent weapon experts in the GAF.

Col. Umpa Mendy, Jammeh’s Principal Protection Officer who was stripped off his Colonel to private, remained banished in Farafenni barracks. All this punctuates depots shy away from their shadows.

MOMODOU NDOW SAYS “WELCOME TO GAMROCK!”

August 25, 2014
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THE AUTHOR

THE AUTHOR

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

A federal penitentiary with open skies and tighter than Alcatraz

Masses isolated in solitary confinement compelled to worship Babili

Escape a luxury only a few can afford

Corpse floating in the Atlantic Ocean from failed attempts

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

20 years of guessing and being in the dark

Blind visions differentiated only by number 2020, 2016, 2015

A recycling center where officials get dumped as toxic waste after use

But still many faithfully answer to the calling of Babili

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

Institutions hijacked and religion kidnapped

Oh God must I watch, hear and feel relentless scraping

Metal against flesh a country’s uterus screaming

Contracting wildly in confusion and excruciating pain

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

Blood racing into the river causing it to overflow

Fish migrate seeking a new and safe habitat

The Mile2 vampire constantly thirsty for fresh blood

Beating mosquitoes to every drop leaving them to starve

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

Economic progress a deadbeat dad and always absent

Unemployment a single mother and always present

Too many kids to feed in a dry land

Wonder if water will ever come out of the rock

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

Adults sitting with their tongues deep inside their pockets

Who will unfold the children’s consciousness?

The going is tough and the tough is at a standstill

Is God willing, unwilling, present or absent?

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

Night turns to day but darkness persistently lingers

The noise keeps growing in a nation’s head reaching a crescendo

And now out of commonwealth and into uncommon-poverty

Dancing with North Korea, I wonder who will aid who?

Welcome to Gamrock!

UNDER HEAVY WEIGHT OF CROWN THE KING LOST HIS HEAD

August 24, 2014
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SARJO BAYANG-A SOCIAL THINKER

SARJO BAYANG-A SOCIAL THINKER

MUM PLEASE HELP THEY ARE COMING AFTER ME

MUM WILL THEY CROWN ME KING?

Sarjo Bayang warns Gambians 

Dangerously ambitious to rule at all cost

Little known junior army ranker who paved his way to power by force of arms in July 1994  is now striving to be crowned king of Gambia in West Africa; a strip of land divided by a river some people say is where the country’s name came from. After 20 years forced ruled with an iron fist worst of dictatorship marred by rampant corruption, economic decay, financial meltdown,  state sponsored secret killings, disappearance without trace, and vast array of harmful encounters meted out to a population barely 2 million, life is still far from settle in Gambia.

 

What people say

Most people in Gambia when you ask them about the state of affairs will tell you that they had enough of a president who lays heavy hand on all public resources to build his finance base and material empire. They are afraid to talk in the open for good reasons. Anyone who simply says the country is hard to live in pays a price by immediate arrest, detention, and court charges for treason.  That is Gambia under Yaya Jammeh who now wants to raise the bar higher by getting crowned as king. Just last week, the state house and government of Gambia announced that the president acquired a new official title added to his chain of names. This new title “Babili Mansa” directly translates from Mandinka, meaning a king who builds bridges.

 

Background

River Gambia is navigable from the Atlantic Ocean to far end of the country bordering Senegal. Boats have cruise the steady fresh waters on the two banks of which all year round greenery can be enjoyed as you sail along. Two islands are long established settlements for many years. St Mary’s Island is where Banjul the capital of Gambia is situated. McCarthy Island is seat of former governor and settled on; Georgetown as regional capital of the area.

Significance of bringing these habitable islands into the equation is to draw the line of interest regarding how Yaya Jammeh feels fit to be crowned king. St Mary’s Island where Banjul is situated has been linked to the Kombo St Mary area of coastal Gambia by a bridge for ease of commuting many years ago. Georgetown was preserved as habitable island for reasons linked to trading and security among other matters. That is where one of the maximum security prisons was built since many years ago. Prison escape was rare due to crossing constraints. A cable ferry was installed on South of the island near Sankulay Kunda. People of the area have long been considering prospects of bridging to replace a risky cable ferry that caused fatal accidents in the past. Travel on North Bank of Gambia was constraint by another ferry crossing at Kerewan tributary. There too a motorised ferry was the main crossing facility.

 

Politics of bridge building

During his 20 years in power Yaya Jammeh first built a bridge at Kerewan on North bank of Gambia. Later he built a second bridge at Georgetown – Sankulay Kunda crossing point. He attracted sufficient praise from people of both areas especially party supporters and militants standing for his ruling APRC junta government. A Malian singer Sakouba Bambino Diabate was tipped about what supporters say Gambian President Yaya Jammeh achieved by building two steel bridges in his 20 years of rule. The singer was invited by Jammeh to compose songs in praise of his work. One of those songs happened to be “Babili Mansa”, the bridge building king. It was from then the idea of making his dream of getting crowned as king took another level. Even before that, some sycophants and blind supporters of Jammeh have been nursing this idea of naming him king of Gambia. Now the plans of making that to happen already reached advanced stage according to information reeling of out Gambia.

 

Influence of Gambia Muslim Clerics

Gambia Muslim association going by the name Supreme Islamic Council SIC have no secret about their open support of President Jammeh. They justify everything he craves or does. That includes the massacre of 9 death row prisoners in August 2012 when Jammeh swore he was to drink alcohol and eat pork if he would not carry out the killings that shook the world and made news headlines globally. He certainly carried out the killings amidst wide condemnation by Amnesty International and other rights groups around the world. Gambia Supreme Islamic Council sought to justify the gruesome act by citing the Holy Quran as point of reference. Out of all Muslim leaders, it was two Imams, Baba Leigh and Bakawsu Fofana who openly condemned the killings. Both have been arrested, detained, and persecuted by government agents for long periods. They are both on exile; Bakawsu in Senegal and Baba Leigh, United States. Now that Jammeh and his supports settled on plans of crowning him king of Gambia this will not go without the supreme Council of Islam justifying the unconstitutional widely condemned move.

Going by level of bias towards the lofty wishes and gross misconducts of President Yaya Jammeh demonstrated by the nation’s Islamic group it is very much anticipated by curious observers that they will throw their weight behind him in this venture of making him a king.

Gambia to have king like Saudi Arabia

Possible explanation by the group of Muslim politicians comes handy when they connect the king status to what prevails in Saudi Arabia. They seek to justify that having a king in Gambia is in line with political dispensation of Saudi Arabia, a leading Islamic nation. Jammeh is seen as following the ways of Muslim kings like that of Saudi Arabia and not bound by demands of democracy which is Western concept and practice of governance.

What makes it even dangerous is that already Jammeh is using position of president to order killings. Making him king will place sweeping powers at his command. That is serious and very dangerous for a man who is already drunken with iron fist grips on power he usurped by force of guns.

 

Wider implications

Those contemplating to unseat Jammeh before he does further damage could not be wrong taken into account the amount of danger a crown king Jammeh is ready to unleash on his victims. This move is unconstitutional and not required by already decayed situation of Gambia. Think of the cost. Maintenance and upkeep of a rubber stamp parliament is already weighing heavy on Gambian tax payers. Having to pay for a crown king of Gambia will sink the nation much deeper. Jammeh as a person who likes to feed on titles will enjoy utmost at a cost that generations of Gambians will bear in long years to come. Words have it that Jammeh already placed orders for a crown and all that makes him king of Gambia. The move is real mad venture. Wearing a crown under current hardship imposed on Gambians by 20 years of Jammeh misrule is seen as treating a king who lost his head under heavy weight of the crown nobody wants. Considering the risk to life and resources from what Gambians have endured under Yaya Jammeh in all 20 years, the most sensible and proper move is for him to step down so that the country recovers from that wreckage. Crowning a king of Gambia is not feasible. It is costly, unsuitable, and the worst that can happen. It will count another burden Gambians will regret to live under.  While Jammeh refuses to reason as he advances this infamous, senseless venture it is up to Gambians to restrain him by disallowing the occasion. This is very unwise idea that must be stamped on to terminate it before too late. In the event that Jammeh is crowned as king with sweeping powers he will turn Gambia into a slaughter field never seen before.  Already 20 years misrule is enough evidence that Yaya Jammeh is not capable of leading a nation. What more has he to offer that is not seen since July 1994 as the military junta prevailed with untold hardship endured by all and sundry?  Should that not serve as warning for the wise?