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THE GAMBIA WAVE OF PROTESTS HITS NORWAY

April 30, 2016
Gambians & Friends of The Gambia at the solidarity gathering in Oslo

Gambians & Friends of The Gambia at the solidarity gathering in Oslo

The wave of protest to show solidarity with victims of the recent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators in Gambia has reached the shores of Scandinavia where the waves finally hit the city of Oslo yesterday evening Friday 29th April at 4:30pm. After attending the normal Friday prayers and listening to a strong sermon  from an eloquent Imam who touched on holding fast to the truth in this world come what may, concerned Gambians and friends of the Gambia marched out to the Younstorget open Plaza Downtown Oslo  to protest against recent happenings in the Gambia.

Despite the short notice given , attendance was unprecedented.  Previous protests on Gambia in Oslo hardly attracts a dozen participants but this time around the turnout was impressive. This shows the fear factor both in the Gambia and abroad is being gradually hack to pieces. Before the event started the crowd sang  revolutionary slogans depicting the appalling human rights situation in the Gambia. “Na dem” “na dem”  meaning «let him go» «let him go» freedom for Gambia, down to dictatorship the crowd chanted.

After warming up with revolutionary chants the event proper started with the singing of the national anthem of the Gambia.  After the roaring national anthem a host of speakers took to the podium and each and everyone of them lamented on the pressing need to release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in the Gambia. There was a representative from the Norwegian Council for Africa who spoke at the event. He echoed concerns of the UN repertoire on torture on the human rights situation in the  Gambia. He buttressed that the regime in Gambia should release all the detained peaceful protesters and drop all charges leveled against members of the opposition party UDP.

Prior to the gathering on Friday a delegation of the Oslo-Gambian affairs had a Meeting With the Norwegian Foreign affairs Department in which the Gambian delegation was given an opportunity to address the Foreign Department on the human rights situation and issues of concern in the Gambia. The Meeting took Place on Thursday 28th April . The delegation brought the following Points to the attention of the Foreign Department;

  1. Enhance efforts through the EU and other bodies to impose and strengthen a travel ban on Jammeh and his henchmen
  2. More pressure to facilitate access for the UN Special Rapporteur to investigate human rights violations in The Gambia.
  3. To closely follow Jammeh’s close collaboration with Turkey. Turkey is being gradually embraced by the EU and we tried to highlight the contradiction of a possible EU member state enhancing a dictatorial regime.
  4. Political asylum for Gambian dissidents in Senegal who had fled the country and urgently in need of protection.

The foreign department expressed gratitude for the visit and stressed the Norwegian government’s commitment to human rights, which they ensure is high on the agenda in international fora. They also mentioned that the Norwegian ambassador in Ghana is accredited to Gambia and that the ambassador while presenting his credentials to Jammeh, discussed both democracy and human rights. The embassy sends updates, but that they will appreciate more updates on the developments in The Gambia. The delegation promised to be sending more information.

The Foreign Department has promised to send an official response to address the issued raised by the Oslo-Gambian affairs delegation.

The nose is tightening for the rogue regime in Gambia. The Oslo-Gambian affairs has planned to take part in the 1st May procession in Oslo to further expose the deplorable human rights situation in the Gambia. The procession will begin at 11:30 am on Sunday 1st May at Youngstorget downtown Oslo.

SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS: DARBOE & CO BETWEEN MILE II AND COURT; REGIME’S STRATEGY FOR SURVIVAL

April 27, 2016
Defiant Protesters around the High Court in Banjul

Defiant Protesters around the High Court in Banjul

Paramilitary Personnel on guard around high court in Banjul

Paramilitary Personnel on guard around high court in Banjul

By Gambiankolu

Today marks the third time when the Gambian prominent opposition leader Lawyer H Darboe and the co were brought to court hearing since their arrest and detention following the peaceful march geared towards the release of the detained UDP youth wing leader Solo Sandeng and his colleagues. The court, which has denied the opposition their bail application, is believed to be devising calculated strategies, engineered by Yaya Jammeh, to manipulate and delay the procedures in an attempt extinguish the moral of the detainees and their families. As the demand by Mr Darboe for release of Solo Sandeng dead or alive is fall on deaf hear, Lawyer Darboe are being frequented the court for the third time in two weeks.

What is Yahya Jammeh opting to achieve! Yaya is prolonging the process in order to permit the enthusiasm and zeal of determination and defiance to be killed in the people with time . This is because the continuing trend of defiance and persistence of fearlessness for Yahya Jammeh are unprecedented in The Gambia; thus, Yahya Jammeh is paranoid with presence of large number of people in the court. This uneasiness with the situation is manifested in blocking routes to Banjul and to the higher court and the deployment of para militaries in the site. The fact that Yahya is out of sight publicly also demonstrates the amount of fear and uncomfortableness he is retaining at the moment vis-a-vis the unfolding situation in Banjul.

Despite the fact the defiance and determination are higher among the people, this could be vanished if we put into consideration the financial cost and the hardship of traveling to Banjul to attend the court procedures; this is even acute if we consider the fact that so far there are no melodious and positive outcomes which can be touched by these people with their presence. Therefor, amid the deterioration the legitimacy of Yahya among The Gambians both at home and abroad; as Yahya Jammeh is sensing the fragile nature of his grip on power; as regional and international pressures are being built on Yahya Jammeh; as international media are closely watching the development in The Gambia; as foreign diplomats in the Gambia are engaged in the process of releasing the detainees; and as the security as cautious to attack the people amid mobile-photo-taken revolution, it is the higher time for Gambians to seize these opportunities to organize another peaceful march the message of which should revolve around releasing the detainees.

This is even acute when we put into consideration the uplift moral and inspiration of the people especially women who show now fear to confront the regime through what I term ” calama revolution”. To this end, the UDP party partisans and emphasizers, in collaboration with other enthusiastic party leaders should mobilize people to take to the street. In this context, the roles of the online radio should be emphasized on getting the date and avenue of the March across. Unless this is done, Yahya Jammeh we recover from his fear, and he will be brutal than ever before.

NEW GAMBIA: OUR “VISION OF TOMORROW”?

April 27, 2016
New Gambia

New Gambia

By Sait Matty Jaw

I bet most of you think that this is a Manifesto. Well, it is not. But when critically discussed, we might be able to come up with one that highlights the agenda for a “New Gambia.” For now, let me share some lessons learned from the Students at Risk Conference in Oslo.

Last weekend, I attended one of the most refreshing workshops on Non-violent action thanks to the Norwegian Centre for the Internationalization of Education (SIU) and Students and Academics International Help Fund (SAIH). I must admit that the time was too short, but the lessons learned within the six or so hours of interaction can change a society for good. While seated and as the workshop lead from the Centre for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) took us through the principles of non-violent actions, all I could think of was our very own struggle in The Gambia: the things we did right and those we either did not know or took for granted. I took away so many valuable lessons that the New Gambia movement can learn from. The purpose of this blog is to share some those ideas and hope that with clear reflection we will be able to continue our journey to not only liberate Gambia from autocratic rule, but to also inspire every Gambian to help Gambia adopt democratic principles for our own advancement. The interesting part about all I am about to raise is for us to discuss and debate amongst ourselves. As such one could either agree or disagree. But we must also pay attention to the very principles of the game.

In my study of People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) I used Gene Sharp’s theory of power to help me understand the approaches and strategies of PDOIS. In case you do not know who Gene Sharp is, he is the world’s leading writer on non-violent actions (Google him). Sharp uses power to distinguish between rulers and subjects and on the withdrawal of consent as the key to effecting political change. That is, the power base of the ruler is constructed on the approval of subjects. The minute the subjects withdraw this consent, the ruler loses their support as well as the legitimacy to rule.  My interest at that time was to see how PDOIS, a political party and a non-violent group was mobilizing the masses to withdraw the support base of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara. We all know that it did not work due to many factors both structural and otherwise. Today, we have many groups (civil society, political parties, and movements) and individuals in The Gambia and in the diaspora working to effect political change in the country with the slogan “Jammeh Must Go.” However, the question with all that is going on, the misinformation, the blame game etc., I would like to ask whether we are trying to withdraw the support base of Jammeh or alienating the masses and forcing them to reject our movement?

I must admit that I am a very active participant in the New Gambia movement. I also strongly believe that Jammeh Must Go. He has done his part over the past 22 years. We appreciate all the projects he has to his name including my favorite: The University of The Gambia. Nonetheless, this does not guarantee him the right to continuously flaunt the laws of our land, abuse the rights of dissenting citizens and even those that support him. His actions and ways are not the ways of our country and people. He has divided us against each other, instilled fear in the minds of every Gambian, and forced many to leave the country in exile; there’s also less employment opportunities for our youth and above all, his attempt to turn the Gambia into an Islamic State. This, for me, is the last straw.

That being said, I think we need to revisit our approach so as to have an effective campaign that not only removes Jammeh but also changes the entire Gambian society. I have had this debate many times before.  Jammeh is just part of our problem. One may argue that he is the greater part or the lesser part of it. I think he may sound and look rash, but he has great influence on us as a people. For a very long time, he directed the game and all we did as a people was to react. For change to come we must turn the tables around, we must control the narrative and attack with evidence so as to weaken his support base. We must also know this support base. It is not only the security forces. It is his personal economy and the many people promoting his agenda. Again, we must be able distinguish between civil servants and what we call the “Jammeh enablers.” For most of us, we consider anyone working for government as an enabler. I don’t think that should be the case. This whole struggle is about who controls information. What Jammeh wants to do like many other lunatics before him is to control the flow of information; under-serve the masses and keep them ignorant and disenfranchised. We have been helping him to some extent by sending out scary images­–some of them seemingly propaganda material– that do not reflect what was on the ground around April 14th and 16th.

We have also weakened his power, yet we do not realize this. Solo’s march for electoral reform shocked the entire Gambian community. In one of my previous writings, I did warn that Gambians are no longer governed by fear. I gave an example of the standoff at Fass Njaga Choi as well as NRP’s defeat of the APRC government in the Saloum by election. What is happening now is just part of the entire game. Everything happening slowly but surely.

So, what do we do now to maintain this momentum? Firstly, as active participants in the New Gambia movement, we must realize that each individual or group have their personal and group agenda tied to the removal of Jammeh. My own agenda is to change Gambian society (democratize) and I believe my greatest obstacle like many of us is Jammeh. However, I believe we will not be able to achieve this if we continue to tell the people — that we expect to act through mass protest or election — what we want and reject especially where we do not understand their own personal agendas. I have quite often seen many people in the diaspora or even at home and on the same team calling each other hypocrites. The reason I believe is, we do not understand our personal interest in this whole movement. I strongly believe and it is evident that people only engage in most cases when issues affect them personally. It is true that unemployment is high; the human rights abuses are rife, but why are some people indifferent and why do others act? For the activists, we can argue it is their work and that even where they are not paid to push an agenda, the abuse of human rights makes it personal for them. But for the ordinary person to act, either a family member or close relative or friend must be affected. I must also say that in my own experience, I saw many people that I did not know on a personal level show concern about my safety. This, however, could be a limitation to what I am trying to put across.

Secondly, the general picture in The Gambia is a weak opposition and a strong incumbent party. For the longest, the contention has been between the weak opposition parties interested in political power and the ruling party that will do anything to stay in power. Now enters a third group mostly young people with no interest in political power. Dealing with such group especially when they are extremely organized is a huge challenge for any autocratic government. However, the danger with this group, especially when they realize their worth, is that they can threaten the survival of the state and society. Hence, they need to be controlled and by control, I mean there needs to be a form of leadership within them — people leading the actions. Power within such group must be horizontal and not hierarchical. The current challenge with our movement is that power is diffused randomly. No one knows who does what and when. It must be harnessed. When Ibrahim Ceesay, based on his activism, stood up, putting his life and that of his family on the line, we could detect a huge interest in the youth. With our situation, what the young people need is a face that will lead them. I have had this discussion with friends and the consensus was that if people are really concerned they will not wait for a face to lead, however, based on our context and history, our movement needs a face to champion the course.

In my last article, I argued that even if the opposition in The Gambia formed a coalition, they will be defeated by the ruling party. Yes, that was before all these events happened. It might be too early to conclude the outcome of the election later this year, but now more than ever, the movement must put pressure on the political parties to unite. I am sure the fate of UDP has also shown the party the need to stand up together to achieve their dream for political power. Even if we lose the election to Jammeh this year, I can guarantee that this will be his last term in office. I know some of you do not want to hear that, but it just might happen.

The third point or lesson that I have learned from the workshop and want to conclude with is the organizational bit. I briefly mentioned the leadership issue, I think the reason why the New Gambia movement — despite having people on the ground ready to get to the street and face the paramilitary — did not materialize, was due to lack of proper planning and organization. Everything was spontaneous. I learned that the worst enemy for a non-violent action is spontaneity. Our approach this time like always was reactionary. I think this should serve as a lesson for all of us involved. We must organize and strategize, understand deeply the need of our people on the ground and attract them to take action. We must not in any way also underestimate our opponent — Jammeh.  His tactic is to not inform the people, whilst ours is to use information to bring him down. Hence, the information must be credible and should be channeled in a way that will make people act. I also do understand that there is a whole team on Jammeh’s side posting information to distract us from achieving our agenda. Their aim is to discredit our movement and render it untrustworthy. We must be careful before sharing anything. We must make sure the sources are credible. I can understand that at some point, the idea is to get people to act, but for a country with a history like ours, people do not react to things they have no idea about. We should take note of that.

Finally, what is our vision of tomorrow? What is it that we want to achieve from this engagement? What capacities do we have individually that can help us get to where we want to be? How do we harness all our efforts and channel it towards a strong movement that is responsive to the need of every Gambian; one that is respected and trusted by the international community? These among others are questions we need answers to. Our quest should not be to make Gambia ungovernable. We need the institutions no matter how ineffective they are in governing.

We must continue to engage in non-violent actions, not actions that may cause injury or lead to death. This was a valuable lesson that I learned. In non-violent or peaceful struggle, we need our numbers and every life counts. We will not move ahead if we lose our ranks. We must understand that we are dealing with a government that is willing and ready to shoot people to death. Hence, let us not give them that opportunity to kill and maim. It is true that non-violent actions are not usually violent free; however, we must always try as much as possible to avoid actions that might lead to death. As yet, I do not have answers to questions regarding the best actions that suit our context, but I hope in due course we will come up with various campaigns that will slowly weaken the power base of Jammeh and shift it to the people.

Aluta Continua

PROTESTS CONTINUE IN SENEGAL, FRANCE AND GERMANY

April 23, 2016
Protesters demand the release of UDP leaders and illegally detained

France protesters demand the release of UDP leader and others illegally detained

Gambians and Friends of the Gambia clamoring for Justice under heavy rain in Germany

Gambians and friends of the Gambia clamoring for Justice under heavy rain in Germany

Gambians and non alike came out in their large numbers yesterday 22nd April and this afternoon 23rd April to protest against the brutalization of Citizens by the rogue regime in Banjul.  Ever since the Heavy handed response to peaceful protesters in Gambia on 14th and 16th April there has been an international outcry. Gambians in the different parts of  the world came out to Express their dissatisfaction and show solidarity to victims of protest.

In Paris the protest took Place in the form of a peaceful assembly punctuated with speeches and anti – government slogans. Sheikh Sidia Bayo who With his men earlier on invaded the Gambian Embassy in Paris was among the crowd displaying the slogan “wato sita” meaning time is up for the rogue regime in Gambia to pack and give way for Democracy and rule of Law. Speaker after speaker lamented on the injustice taking Place in the lining in the belly of Senegal.

In Germany over 200 Gambians turned up at the demonstration.  What happened in the Gambia on the 14th and 16th April is a very rare occurrence for the culture of fear have engulfed Gambians for a very long time. People hardly speak openly on the injustices taking Place in the Gambia for fear of reprisal  but the latest protests is an indication that the shackles of fear and intimidation are gradually being hacked to pieces. Despite the heavy rain  in Germany  Gambians and friends of the Gambia came out in their large numbers standing shoulder to shoulder to show solidarity with oppressed people of their homeland.

Yesterday 22nd of April there was a massive demonstration in the center of Dakar that gain wide media coverage across Senegal. Senegalese politicians, youth activists and civil society groups came out to show solidarity with citizens from the neighboring country. Killa Ace the Gambian revolutionary Artist whose single “Boka C geta G” went viral was at the demonstrations spreading the revolutionary lyrics.

Protest in Dakar denouncing tyranny in Gambia

Protesters in Dakar denouncing the tyranny in Gambia

Discussions are on the way in Scandinavia ; Sweden and Norway to stage  similar protests so as to draw more international attention on the situation in Gambia. Despite protests and international condemnation the Jammeh brutal regime has refused to release the leader of the UDP and dozens of protesters arrested on the 14th and 16th April. The Regime has paid deaf ears on the demands for the release of bodies of those tortured to death while in detention. Meanwhile the detained opposition leader is posed to appear in court again on Monday on the 25th of April to battle against flimsy charges leveled on him and other peaceful protesters.

GAMBIANS IN LONDON TOOK TO THE STREET DEMANDING DICTATOR TO STEP DOWN TO AVOID CHAOS AND CIVIL WAR IN THEIR COUNTRY

April 22, 2016
Ya Adam Darboe Daughter of UDP Leader talking to the press

Ya Adam Darboe Daughter of UDP Leader talking to the press

London Demonstrators demanding Justice for the victims and removal of dictatorship from the Gambia

London Demonstrators demanding Justice for the victims and removal of dictatorship from the Gambia

A Large group of Gambian protesters converged on the Gambian High Commission in London on Wednesday 20th April 2016 to show their outrage on the current political situation in their home country the Gambia. It all came after Thursday 14th April 2016 in the Gambia when peaceful protesters demanding electoral reforms in the Gambia were brutalised and severely beaten by paramilitary police in broad daylight while being arrested. But matters took a total different dimension when after their arrest rumours began circulating from Banjul and its environs of cause coming from some agents within the security forces that some of the protesters including a prominent opposition figure of the main Opposition United Democratic Party, Ebrima Solo Sandeng were tortured and killed while under police custody.

The UDP Leadership after receiving such prompt, sad and alarming news of the death of some of their party executives, they could not take the brutality any longer. They convene an emergency executive meeting on Saturday April 16th 2016 where their entire executive with Party Leader Alhagie Ousainou Darboe who is a veteran Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate decided on that same Saturday to take to the streets and demand the unconditional release dead or alive of all those arrested the previous Thursday and as expected by most Gambians and even the international community as they all knew the brutal and dictatorial nature of the Jammeh regime, the Gambia security forces pounced on them heavy handedly with batons and force and most of the executive were arrested and taken to the notorious Mile 2 central Prison.

These events led to international outcry calls came from UN though the Secretary General himself, the African Union, ECOWAS Amnesty International and most major international bodies all calling for their immediate and unconditional release as they have committed no crime. It was a peaceful protest which each human being is entitled to under international law.

Maimina Kanyi one of the protesters talking to the police at the demonstration at the Gmabia High Commision in London

Maimina Kanyi one of the protesters talking to the police at the demonstration at the Gmabia High Commision in London

London Demonstrators demanding Justice for the victims and removal of dictatorship from the Gambia

London Demonstrators demanding Justice for the victims and removal of dictatorship from the Gambia

Gambians living abroad were the most vocal as they cried all over the world. From the United States, Europe and the UK all coming out to show their outrage about situations in their home country, demanding the international community to put more stiff pressures on the regime in Banjul through sanctions and other means to secure the release of all detainees dead or alive and allow peaceful protests in the country without intimidations. The London Protest was so huge as people came all over showing their outrage and speakers included Jeggan Bahoum a legal practitioner, Lamin Darboe, Ya Adam Darboe, Nephew and Daughter respectively of UDP party Leader Alhagie Ousainou Darboe, Bamba Mass UDP Member and Human Rights Activist, Yusuf Flex Tailor, a youth activist, Ansumana Ceesay, blogger of Gambiavoices, Sulayman Suntu Touray UDP Actiivist, Satang Sankareh a protester, Maimuna Kanyi commonly known as Mai Kanyi another protester and many others all showing their outrage over the brutal and inhuman treatments being meted out to Gambian by the Yahya Jammeh regime.

Many angry demonstrators went as far as wanting to break the doors of the High Commission and burn the building down in anger espacially when officials of the High Comision called the police for their protection and for police to move protesters away from near the Embasy building as they feared for their lives but a plea from organisers and also a Daughter of Ousainou Darboe Ya Adam Darboe who reminded them what her father said before embacking on the demonstrations in the Gambia leading to his arrest. She appealed to the demonstrators to respect her father’s advice if they respect his leadership reiterating the fact that she knew we are all angry at the way and manner the regime is trying to lead our beautiful and closely related Gambia into chaos and possible ethnic war. Ya Adam Darboe spoke like Zinzi Mandela daughter of Nelson Mandela did when her Father was imprisoned during Apartheid South Africa .

Many protesters were so touched by her powerful voice despite her small size that all heeded her plea and the demonstration went smoothly at the Gambia High Commision with police and protesters smiling and shaking hands. The group later converged at Number 10 Downing Street to cry out to the British Administration to use its influence within the UN and European Union one of Gambia’s greatest donors to try effect respect for human dignity in the Gambia and political freedom of expression. Most protesters later left in that evening returning to their various destinations.

GAMBIA: WHY IS YAHYA JAMMEH ANGRY WITH THE WHOLE WORLD?

April 22, 2016
Veteran Journalist Demba A Jawo marely asking a question

Veteran Journalist Demba A Jawo marely asking a question

Yahya Jammeh with his normal angry actions

Gambia Dictator Yahya Jammeh with his normal angry actions

By D A Jawo

Most Gambians were no doubt quite taken aback when President Yahya Jammeh recently threatened to withdraw from membership of both the African Union and Ecowas, if either of the two regional blocs should be “reduced to the control of Western powers”.

President Jammeh was apparently reacting to the recent aborted attempts by Ecowas to introduce a term limit for sitting leaders of Ecowas member states, which we are told was blocked by the Gambia and Togo, the only members without a term limit. He in fact accused the West of being behind that attempt. “… Now they [West] are trying to use Ecowas. They said Yahya Jammeh cannot be changed by elections. They want to use their stooges in Ecowas to impose term limit because that is … a Western agenda. Where were the so-called Western leaders today 20 years ago when I became head of state? Let me warn Ecowas – Gambia is nobody’s colony and our development is not dependent on Ecowas that has already failed because it has been hijacked by the West. Even if the whole world introduced term limit, I will not have a term limit and let me see what you can do. Democracy is power to the people and not power to the West,” he was quoted saying in the Gambian media.

He went on to say that as a pan-Africanist he will not subscribe to any institution that is hijacked by the West and be used against Africa. “If it is the AU, I will leave AU; if it is Ecowas, I will leave Ecowas, but I will not be given lecture by any of these institutions on behalf of the West. Tell me about one electric pole here which was installed by the AU (African Union) or Ecowas or by the British or the Americans. We are not fools! Let them mind their own business.”

While there is no indication that President Jammeh is serious about carrying out such threats, but we can recall that in 2013, he unceremoniously pulled the Gambia out of the Commonwealth after accusing that organization of being a neo-colonial body. He did not even consult the National Assembly as would be expected in any country with a semblance of democracy. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to anyone if he made good his threats to withdraw from either of the two regional bodies.

However, it is hard to imagine how Gambians can handle the negative consequences of the Gambia withdrawing from Ecowas for instance. Presently, there is an Ecowas protocol which allows free movement of peoples and goods within the sub-region, which means that Gambians can travel to any of the Ecowas member states without requiring a visa. However, if the country were to withdraw from Ecowas, Gambians are not likely to continue to enjoy such a privilege.

Therefore, with virtually all foreign embassies accredited to the Gambia being based outside the country, mainly in Dakar, one can imagine the trouble that Gambians will go through if they had to travel to Dakar to apply for visa every time they intend to travel to any country within and outside the sub-region.

“Can you imagine one having to go to Dakar to apply for a visa to travel even to Guinea Bissau? That is the craziest idea that Gambians can never withstand,” said an opposition militant.

 

One would however tend to question whether there is something else that has made President Jammeh angry with these two regional bodies and indeed the whole world, apart from the term limit issue. Let us recall that he is presently the longest serving leader within Ecowas and the 7th longest serving ‘elected’ head of state in the whole of Africa. Yet, he has never been elected to head any of the two organisations, apparently because even his colleagues despise his usually undiplomatic behaviour. It is even harder for him to stomach the fact that Senegalese President Macky Sall, who is hardly three years in office has been elected chairman of Ecowas and a despot like Robert Mugabe has been elected chairman of the AU.

 

Of course some people feel that President Jammeh has a point because a person like Mugabe has been in power for more than 35 years while he (Jammeh) has served only 20 of the “one billion” years he intends to remain in power. Therefore, no one would say that it is because he has stayed too long in power that is why he has not been honoured with chairmanship of these regional bodies. There must of course be another reason why his counterparts tend to avoid him like a plague.

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: LAWYER DARBOE AND OTHER DETAINED PROTESTERS SLAPPED WITH FLIMSY CHARGES

April 20, 2016
Para-Military Personnel confronting Protesters

Para-Military Personnel confronting Protesters

The leader of United Democrattic Party (UDP) Mr.Lawyer Ousainou Darboe who was arrested on the 16th of April 2016 for leading a peaceful protest was arrainged today together with other detainees at the high court in Banjul.  Mr Darboe and other arrested peaceful protesters of around 3 dozens were slapped with flimsy charges , charges without merit whatsover. They where charged on six counts as follows:

1. Unlawful assembly

2. Riot

3. Incitement of violence

4. Riotously interfering with traffic

5.Holding a procession without a license

6. Disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession

However the most talked about detained protesters that  include Solo Sandeng, Fatoumata Jawara, Nokoi Njie, Fatou Camara  and Modou Ngum where not among those arraigned before the high court affirming earlier reports that they are killed or serious wounded due to sever tortue.Lawyer Antouman Gaye represented the peacful protesters and no bail was offered to them but were rather remanded at the mile II central prisons.

The rogue regime in Gambia is under high international pressure to release illegally detained protesters and seriously critcized for poor handling of poor handling of the situation. Meanwhile Gambias in different parts of the world came out in their large numbers to protest against the heavy handedness of the government on unarmed protesters. From London, Paris  to New York Gambians have expressed their dissaffaction with the recent happenings of security personnel brutalazing defenseless innocent citizens of the country.

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