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“GAMBIA IS A LIVING HELL FOR HER CHILDREN”, SAIKOU SORA TELLS KIBAARO’ BAMBA SERING MASS

December 17, 2014
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SAIKOU SORA

SAIKOU SORA

GAMBIA'S POLITICAL WHORE

GAMBIA’S POLITICAL WHORE

Speaking to Kibaaro’s Bamba Sering Mass on line from Paris, France, Mr Saikou Sora blasted Jammeh as a rotten hypocrite. Mr Sora, a Gambian resident in Paris hails from Jarra Sutukung and a heavy-weight UDP militant. He was reacting to arrest, detention and pending deportation of one Mamadou Jabbi in Sweden. Without mincing words, Mr Saikou Sora coined the Jammeh led APRC government as a regime that treats dissidents like the West does to terrorists.

“Gambia is a living hell her children living abroad who dare criticise it ruthless regime. No one is free to express a divergent opinion albeit a positive one. Is that democratic?” he fumingly lamented.

When it was put to him if he had ever tasted torture in the Gambia? Mr. Sora replied was beautifully wrapped in the riddled “Only he who feels it knows it”. He went on to elucidate, “What happens to vulnerable people inside that notorious NIA and some police secret cells, no human being would belief you when you tell them until they experience it themselves. Those officers carrying out these atrocities are devoid of any human qualities. They are callous, means and ruthless. They are always on drugs before torturing their captives”.

His voice sudden changed, charged with emotions as he reflected on his hair-splitting experience with Jammeh’s thuggery. “Gambia is no longer a free country. No one feels safe there anymore. Imagine a small private argument with another civilian could land you into serious trouble. People as young as 11 years are arrested and caged with murders and drug-dealers in the same cell, Bamba”, he moaned.

“What is your take on US pushing a lifestyle on Gambians, Mr Sora?” Bamba tested him. “Non-sense. It is, Mr Mass, utter non-sense. Why would US choose the Gambia out of all the countries in the world to propagate homosexuality? Jammeh is trying to reshaping public opinion on his dying regime. Gambians are very religious and anyone allegedly accused as gay or lesbian forfeits public sympathy. Such a person loses respect and any form of sympathy even if such allegations were unfounded.  Europe or America should be very careful before they deport any Gambian back to the Gambia”, he retorted

“Why should Europe or America be careful in deporting Gambians who do not merit international protection in their soil?” Bamba challenged Mr Sora. In a rather numbing voice he postulated, “There is no place better than home Bamba. As a consequent, any person who fears being sent back to his own country of origin must have a genuine fear. The West knows what obtains in the Gambia even more than most of us Gambians. Gambians go through worse circumstances experienced in Nazi camps.  Some of us are very young.  Why we should choose to abandon our homes where we have our parents?”

“Oppositions are classified enemies of state and unpatriotic citizens. Civil servants and some security officers also face many forms of bogus charges and attempted coups. What would a talibeh (Islamic student) have to do with a coup d’état?  Majority of Gambians are illiterates as a result they tend to rely on national news related in the local languages and all the news is government controlled. That is precisely when the Jammeh government is on the rampage of misinforming them about homosexuality and America’s position on human rights”, he concluded.

US AMBASSADOR STAPLES FAULTS PRESIDENT JAMMEH FOR ACCUSING THE US OF PUSHING A LIFESTYLE ON GAMBIANS

December 15, 2014
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GAMBIA'S POLITICAL WHORE

GAMBIA’S POLITICAL WHORE

AMBASSADOR STAPLES

AMBASSADOR STAPLES

The US charge d’affaires, Ambassador George Staples, has clarified that the United States is not trying to foist homosexuality on The Gambia while buttressing his country’s respect for The Gambia’s sovereignty. Meeting editors at his residence in Fajara on Friday afternoon, the new head of mission at the US Embassy in The Gambia was asked by The Standard editor Sainey Darboe about the recent heightening of anti-homosexuality rhetoric and criticism levelled at the US for perceived interference in the domestic affairs of The Gambia.

In reply, Ambassador Staples stated: “Here is my answer to that and I am glad you asked that question so that I can set the record straight with all of you. You have seen the statement put up by the National Security Council [of the US]. Is that statement pushing a lifestyle onto The Gambia or any other country? The answer is no. What it talked about, what we talk about, not just in The Gambia but around the world, is respect for human rights. We are not pushing a lifestyle – in this case homosexuality or anything else or saying this is how The Gambia should be and this is what Gambians should do. Not at all. We simply say there are all kinds of people in this world that have all kinds of lives and as human beings we should respect each other. I don’t know of any country in the world that has brought out a law saying that people who have a certain type of lifestyle should face life imprisonment. Life in prison is what people get for murder; killing a child not for something like this [homosexuality]. And I would say that all of you in the media need to take a look at how you report this. The USA is not pushing a kind of lifestyle on The Gambia. We are pushing mutual respect, respect for human rights and recognition that people, however they live, should be treated with dignity. That’s all. If you look at the rest of the statement it is not just about the homosexual matter”.

“It was about arbitrary arrests and detention. In this beautiful country where we have had a relationship going back well over a hundred years – in my wall I have a document accrediting a vice-councillor in 1881 – in this special country with such long ties of friendship, it should not be the place where people live in some cases worrying about a knock on the door late at night. And you might be taken off to jail where – forget about 72 hours – you may not be heard from again for 720 hours or for 7 years. Anything could happen. That is not the way that I know people should live and be treated. The Gambia is not a country of the former Soviet bloc. It is a free country and what we consider in many, many ways democratic and a friend of the US. If you looked at that statement it talked about arbitrary arrest and detention. We are concerned about that. We are not singling out The Gambia. We have expressed those concerns everywhere. And this is not new. This is not new news. If you look at our previous human rights reports and so forth, we have expressed these concerns many times. So take a look at our statement, take a look at our position and what we stand for in this world. And that is what it means. It is not pushing a certain kind of lifestyle”, he buttressed.

Reminded that the US is not practising what it preaches about human rights in other countries with the Guantanamo Bay detention centre among other violations, the veteran career diplomat averred: “Around the world, especially this week, there are reports about the senate investigations report. We are a big enough nation to recognise that we have made mistakes and to admit it publicly and to release a public report and be criticised. We are big enough to do that. Tell me another country especially in Africa willing to do that? Give me the name of a country willing to have its leadership – from the president on down – go to people and say we made mistakes, we are correcting them, we are gonna learn from them and do things differently? Where are you gonna find that? So it is not whether you have the right to criticise. If you care about human rights and human decency, then you do speak up. And even when you make mistakes, you admit it, learn from it and move on. That’s pretty special and I wish one country in Africa will be that special.”

Ambassador Staples said the US government and its people are the best friends The Gambia has and that when they level criticisms against issues in The Gambia, they express them as friends.

Source: standard.gm

WAAPP COORDINATOR ARRESTED

December 14, 2014
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Police PRO Kujabi could not be reached for his reaction!!

Police PRO Kujabi could not be reached for his reaction!!

Mr Lamin Jobe,  Coordinator of West Africa Agricultural Production Productivity (WAAPP) has recently been arrested by the Serious Crime Unit of the Gambia police force, according to credible reports reaching Kibaaro News desk.

Mr Jobe is alleged of stealing two thousand bags of fertilizers, which he is accused of handing to someone, named unknown to our sources at the time of going to press, the person is however said to have fled the country.

According to sources within the Police Department, Mr Jobe has already been charged with theft of the fertilizers and will appear in court on Monday, December 15th to enter his plea.

Mr Jobe had been working with National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) as research coordinator for more than a decade and was recently appointed as WAAPP coordinator by Gambia’s Dictator, Yahya Jammeh. He has now fallen into the hands of the Gambian security apparatus.

He is still detained at the Police Headquarters in Banjul, by the time of going to press, and the Police spokesman could not be reached for comments.

MAMADOU JABBI RISKS DEPORTATION TO THE GAMBIA FROM SWEDEN

December 11, 2014
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Mamadou Jabbi

Mamadou Jabbi

Mamadou Jabbi who hails from Jarra Sutukung in the Gambia fears for his life and safety as a deportation order from the Swedish authorities hangs over his head. Mr Jabbie sought international and humanitarian protection from the Swedish government as he fled persecution from a dictatorial regime in the Gambia. Mamadou Jabbi risks unlawful arrest, detention, torture and/or murder if he is forcefully or otherwise removed from Sweden and returned to the Gambia.

It is disheartening to note despite EU governments being alert and aware of the human rights abuses in the Gambia, they still deport Gambian asylum seekers fleeing persecution. As a result, all human rights activists in Sweden and around the world are urged to fight for Mr Jabbie as his life is in imminent danger. Gambian authorities continually label opponents as homosexuals and anti-establishment before charging them with bogus crimes and sentencing them for lengthy years in jail. Similarly, many political opponents are also falsely accused by the dictatorial regime in Banjul of one crime or another and their fate are often decided by mercenary judges hired by the regime to persecute its opponents. Fight for Mr. Jabbie by calling the Swedish authorities and doing whatever you can to stop his deportation. The number to call is 0046 729371394

“WHY IS PRESIDENT JAMMEH REMAINING HUSH-HUSH ABOUT HIS JAILED DIPLOMATS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM?” QUERIED A CONCERN GAMBIAN

December 11, 2014
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GAMBIA'S POLITICAL WHORE

GAMBIA’S POLITICAL WHORE

Y.BOJANG-A CONVICTED DIPLOMAT

Y.BOJANG-A CONVICTED DIPLOMAT

My fellow Gambians, 

A lot has been written and said in the aftermath of the conviction of the “gang of Gambian diplomats”.  Many blamed the convicts themselves; some, the Gambia government, principally Yahya Jammeh; others, mostly pacifist, attempted to place a veil on our vision by coming up with conspiracy theories, to the extent of casting aspersions on the British government.  These pacifists charged that the convictions were the results of the British government’s reaction following Yahya Jammeh’s withdrawal of The Gambia from the Commonwealth.  What an absurd and irresponsible theory. 

Yahya Jammeh’s government approved Ambassador Elizabeth Harding’s conspiracy against her former colleagues and wittingly endorsed her participation in selectively prosecuting the former diplomats through “prosecutorial” discretion and bargaining. Yahya Jammeh’s government lifted the diplomats’ diplomatic immunity and gave permission to proceed to prosecute. Elizabeth Harding was the star and principal witness, the position she traded to avoid being equally prosecuted by the British authorities.  Therefore, an alleged conspiracy of the sort above is way further from the truth. Now, what could Yahya Jammeh’s government have done? Yahya Jammeh’s government should have first negotiated with the British Foreign Office – I am conscious that the dictator is crude and lack etiquette. Where negotiations with the British government failed, recall the diplomats and prosecute them in The Gambia. Let us remember here: Gambia government possesses and enjoys certain diplomatic privileges as enshrined in the Geneva Convention. In addition, in stretching my argument — I agree tax crime and other pecuniary matters are very serious as far as Western democracies are concerned.

Equally, there can be overriding powers, considerations, or leverages, when it comes to issues relating to protecting and preserving certain provisions of the Geneva Convention vis-à-vis diplomacy. Some of the provisions of the Convention with respect to immunity are sacrosanct. However, when criminality is alleged, in as much as withdrawal of immunity can be applied, under-the-table negotiations are also explored in some instances. The case of the Indian diplomat who was indicted in the United States earlier this year comes to mind. The United States requested India to lift the diplomat’s immunity so that she could be prosecuted.  The Indian government refused, thus the Indian diplomat left the U.S.  There were tit-for-tat reprisals, but relations between the U.S and India continue. Let us also recall, though remotely relevant to the current issue, Baba Jobe’s indictment by the United Nations Security Council following the blood diamond issue. Baba Jobe was placed among Interpol’s fugitives. Did Yahya Jammeh hand Baba Jobe over? No. Yahya Jammeh knew his own hands were not clean, and went on to murder Jobe.

Therefore, in summary, deputy ambassador Bojang and his fellow “gang” are victims of Yahya Jammeh’s divisive and ethnic hegemony. These diplomats were appointed based on ethnic and tribal sentiments; not merit. Period.  Moreover, I say this for the following reasons: Fellow Gambians, at the dawn of the second republic, The Gambia’s civil service was rated among the best in Africa.  Many African countries, especially Botswana, which is Africa’s success story at the moment when it comes to good governance and democracy, were sending their professionals through technical assistance by the World Bank and IMF to study The Gambian civil service model. The Gambian model was highly rated for quality and service delivery. The civil service then was the envy of many in the sub-region.  The quality of personnel was exceptional, considering Gambia had no higher institute of learning. Those professionals were the golden generation of civil servants bequeathed by the Jawara government to our brutal dictator.

It is undeniably visible through the current resources young Gambians are being fed online through social media by eminent former civil servants, especially Seedy Sanneh. Seedy’s analysis and blog on Gambian issues are so popular and authoritative. Mr. Sanneh’s blog is an institution of learning to many young Gambians, who are beginning to appreciate the functioning institutions Jawara’s regime left in place.  Seedy was among the many acolytes/cum technocrats of Jawara’s regime, and they became the golden generation that our brutal dictator inherited and destroyed.  In summary, what went wrong with our civil service is a simple answer: YAHYA JAMMEH.

From 1994 to date, many of our talented professionals have been given three options:

  1. To stay put in The Gambia and serve the dictator, compromising all professional principles and ethics, to the extent of reducing themselves to servitude. Did we not witness professional civil servants with no knowledge of a traditional farming hoe, weeding at Jammeh’s numerous farms? In addition, worst of all, Mile 2 has become many their Hilton or Grand Hyatt Hotel through bogus charges.  What a pity.
  1. The second option given to our then golden generation was to leave the country and search for greener pastures. This is self-evident in the popularity of many Gambian expatriates in the international job market post-94; and the huge amount of professional Diaspora Gambians doing fantastically well and feeding their families both abroad and back home. Evidently, sixty-five percent of our highly trained and experience professionals live outside The Gambia.  Our country is rated third highest in the number of professionals’ per capita living outside their countries among African states by the World Bank. Our country has lost so many talents; one imagines if a serious government had pooled all these resources, Jawara’s Singaporean dream will not be far-fetched today.
  1. The third and saddest option was exiling our fellow kith and kin for daring to be professional, principle; Jammeh’s actions once again detrimental to our nation state. Of prominent exiles, recently, the sad case of the late Honourable Bubacarr Baldeh comes to mind. Honourable Baldeh’s late father fought for The Gambia; the son, Buba, followed suit. Honourable Baldeh’s last rites were denied by our ruthless dictator, who threw our decent tradition, culture and the non-negotiable principle of respect for the death by wickedly refusing to accept Buba’s last wish: to be buried in his father’s village.  Buba’s fate awaits many in the Diaspora, who are currently the economic engine of their loved ones in The Gambia, and the national economy.  These Diaspora remittances are what is holding the economic wellbeing of our people.  The Diaspora contribution is clear demonstration of patriotism on their part and it goes to demonstrate how caring Gambians abroad are towards their various families.  However, the brutal dictator continues to lie and propaganda that Diaspora Gambians are the enemy, when he is the actual nemesis to our country’s progress. Therefore, my fellow Gambians, the time is up; let us act in unison and send this dictator to where he deserves to be prosecuted and sent to his own Mile 2 Hotel.

My fellow citizens and women, one appreciates the fact that highlighting the ills/problems in our current political and socio-economic situation is very sensitive when it comes to addressing the ethnocentric, or loosely put, the tribal tendencies of the brutal dictator. This dictator is ethnically biased and highly tribalised. Gambians have lately come to realize Yahya Jammeh has failed attempts to divide our country on ethnic and tribal lines. The “superior class” Jammeh is seeking to plant in our socio-economic and political life will never see the light of day.  Moreover, lest I clarify, by “superior class”, this term is a pejorative for Jammeh’s ethnic and tribal politics. The ethnic politics is the elevation of undeserving and incompetent officials from his Jola ethnic group to senior or key government positions; for example, the current deputy chief of defence staff, Sulayman Badgie aka Karafa Bojang, who, it is alleged, joined the Gambia Army through a false and forged high school certificate.  All experienced commissioned officers have either been killed, jailed, forced into exile or prematurely retired.

The KMC mayor, Yankuba Colley; central bank governor, Abdou Colley, promoted over competent officers; Gibba parachuted to Gambia Ports Authority and Social Security; Susan Waffa-Ogoo, from a librarian to minister; Ben Jammeh, director of many agencies; Pa Harry Jammeh, elevated to Solicitor General with barely three years of post-call to the Gambian Bar; Essa Jesus Badgie, an unrefined amateur and criminal in police uniform, parachuted to IGP; Jammeh of Civil Aviation; the current NAWEC director; GAMTEL; former absconding boss of AMRC; Fatim Badjie, a young trainee, called upon to head one of the most important ministries; the Harry Sambous; the Kujabis; Ansumana Jammeh as an ambassador; the dictator’s mother occupying the front seat of a state function: where is the separation of state and family; young Jolas being favoured for scholarships; and the many other middle and junior level cadres recruited to key positions all courtesy of their Jola ethnicity.

Sadly, during the past few days for many Gambians in the United Kingdom, the current classic example is the case of former deputy high commissioner, now certified criminal, Bojang, elevated from a bottler and delivery agent at Gambega/Julbrew to the acme of Gambia’s diplomatic and Foreign Service. Bojang, with no diplomatic qualification or transferable skills in international relations whatsoever, had the audacity to believe that the actual ambassador and his former boss, Elizabeth Harding, was just warming the seat as it was a matter of time before the criminal dictator and his Jola mafias elevated him to the seat all because he was the Jola. One wonders what we have done to deserve such cruelty from that fateful “July 22ndsaint” that came to redeem our nation.

After 50 years of post-independence, how can we reconcile or accept the fact that the responsibility of steering our ship of state is placed in the hands of such inept personnel?  These personnel, together with many other appointees from the dictator’s ethnic group, and other ethnicities, lack the skill, aptitude, or experience to run a proper government institution. Clearly, everything is crumbling out here in Gambia.  Nothing works, and 50 years on, we are told to keep on dreaming to become a city-state. Let me clarify lest I be accused of fanning division, but enough of burying our heads in the sand, pretending this is not an issue.  Yahya Jammeh’s ethnic bias is a cancer, and has to be tackled and cured for posterity.

This brutal dictator mastered his Machiavellian doctrine on our people.  I agree that Jammeh created puppets within other social classes and ethnicities, which classes or groups are as predictable as Pavlovian dogs. Like his fellow Jolas, he elevated some of these inept and incompetent non-Jola Gambians to senior government positions to masquerade his brutal dictatorial charade. The Isatou Njie-Saidys, Saballys and the Mass Axi Gais are examples. However, all the incompetent and inept non-Jola elevations and appointments should not be compared to the rate of appointments of the dictator’s own Jola ethnicity.  Ousman Bojang, former National Intelligence Agency director of analysis, recently validated on Freedom Radio what most of us knew that 80 percent of our national army is from the Jola tribe.  What is startling is the quota allocated to the dictator’s mother, and some other influential Jola personalities. Such practices honestly maintains and heightens the conscious Gambian’s rage.  It is a recipe for disaster, and if allowed to continue, Gambia will be in a very regrettable position.

Readers would also be puzzled to know that in 2008, fourteen of the eighteen Gambian ambassadors were Jola. Both civil service and parastatal recruitment have always been dominated by Jola.  The government, amid private mumbling, have refused to provide statistics. What is the percentage of Jola population to warrant such discriminatory action? No justification whatsoever. Appointment should be based on merit, and done in the most transparent manner.  The claimed 16 percent of the Jola population does not justify this unreasonable representation of the dictator’s tribe in the national workforce. The service should be broad and reflect the diversity of our country. If one further audits our civil service and parastatals, one sees a systemic, sickening, and audacious machinery employed by our brutal thug and his cohorts to position his Jola tribesmen and women in key positions. What we were told in 1994 was appointment on merit, drawn from the hymn song: Accountability, Transparency and Probity.

Accountability, Transparency, and Probity were fanciful watchwords then.  Gambians understandably caved into this criminal dictator’s bait, and today we are paying the price.  We have seen year after year, many of our loved ones in the civil service, the parastatals, and even in the private sector, being shown the exit door simply due to their association with other sacked personnel, political leanings, ethnic composition, and many others.  I do not want to mention names for fear of the emotive nature of how such will be handled.  But the thrust of my case is, had the civil service upheld its ethos, monitored by a competent oversight body being the Public Service Commission, freed from political bondage, and staff allowed to serve their country, the current criminal debacle of the gang of diplomats and many others rotting at Mile 2 would have been avoided.

From the tribal front, we have witnessed or heard in the past of the civil service “barbecue vous” being Njogu Bah, Mamburay Njie, Tangara, Alhagi Ceesay and others.  Sad, indeed, to learn of Njogu’s current predicament, and Mamburay’s situation. Gambians should heed these lessons now, or never.  Our “Gambian pen’s” clique: Youth Minister Jammeh Tenengba and others were also in their tribal and elitist group. Sabally’s own friend took the stand against him in his trial the other day; and who better to remind Sabally of the common adage: “For evil to prevail, it takes good men to do nothing.”  Next time when given the opportunity, put humanity before position, Mr. Sabally; professionalism before selfishness; and country before self.  Had you and the Njogus, the Mamburays cleansed that judiciary of its putrid condition; you would not have been persecuted today.  However, as the Wolof say, “You make your bed and indeed you shall lie on it.” The Diaspora will nonetheless keep fighting for your rights, and hope you will join them in future to build a better Gambia.

My fellow Gambians, as we observe and continue to hope for the restoration of democracy in our beloved country, let all and sundry – including my fellow Jola compatriots and women – condemn ethnic and tribal politics. Let us equally condemn this dictator’s attempt to establish a corrosive Jola hegemony in our small country. Let us aptly condemn the dictator’s attempt at social engineering to create hegemony in our beloved country. Let us speak out and be counted and say: “NOT IN MY NAME”.

 Let us show the dictator that Gambians have cohabited for many centuries, and will continue to do so. If we do not act now, the wounds will fester, amplify and degenerate our society to a calamitous situation like Rwanda. Let us remember Martin Luther King’s words: “In the end, what we will remember is not the actions of the enemy, but the silence of our friends.”

God bless The Gambia and the resistance.

 

REMAINS OF PURPORTED TODDLERS EXHUMED AT SERRE KUNDA GENERAL HOSPITAL

December 10, 2014
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IGP BEN WILSON

IGP BEN WILSON

IS HE THE BABIES SNATCHER?

IS HE THE BABIES SNATCHER?

Remains of human skeletons believed to be toddlers were exhumed at the Serekunda General Hospital last Friday, Kibaaro has reliably learnt. According to the information reaching our news desk, the skeletons were dug up by Security Officers at the backyard of the Mortuary in Serekunda General Hospital after a tip-off.  A Mortuary attendant who is currently held at the Kanifing Police Station is allegedly said to be helping the police with their investigation. The exhumed skeletons remain kept at the Mortuary pending further investigation.

The Police PRO denied any knowledge of the unearthing when contacted to shed light on the alleged incident. His denial of the incident has created more unanswered questions and doubts especially when Monster Jammeh has been accused in many occasions of stealing new born babies and using them as sacrifice.

“I am absolutely gutted by this unimaginable evil”, one of the Nurses at the hospital was heard lamenting.

“The sight of the skeletons clinging together like sedimentary rocks was horrifying.  Whoever did this to these innocent angels must be very callous”, one teary officer said.

The remains exhumed at the backyard of the Serekunda General Hospital Mortuary suggest new born babies are at risk in the Greater Banjul hospitals and health centres. New security measures must be set in place at all health centres and hospitals to protect new born babies and their mothers from anyone intending them harm.

ANOTHER GAMBIAN ACTIVIST FACES DEPORTATION FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM

December 10, 2014
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MIA JAWARA

MAI KANYI

ANOTHER GAMBIAN NATIONAL MS MAI KANYI IN THE HANDS OF THE BRITISH HOME OFFICE, IMMIGRATION OR LOCAL AUTHORITIES FACING DEPORTATION TO TORTURE CHAMBERS AND A NATION WHERE FEAR RULES. AREN’T THOSE AT DOWNING STREET USING THE PLIGHT OF IMMIGRANTS FROM AFRICA TO STATISTICALLY MATCH EXPECTATIONS OF THE XENOPHOBIC IN THE RIGHT WING PARTY?

Banjul Focus Investigates (WWW.BANJULFOCUS.COM)

Detaining a person like Mai Kanyi with the intention of deporting her to Banjul is not only callous but also could be read as a signal coming from a heartless cliché of politicians or immigration officials. Not only is that but it definitely irresponsible for any politician to use immigration as a guise when in actual fact the real motive behind this move more xenophobic than anything else.  To say that we received the news of the detention of Mai Kanyi with utter dismay, shock and total rejection of the act would be an understatement.  A case like Mai’s has ultimately convinced some of us to agree with those who tend to see xenophobia in the immigration system in most countries within Europe.

Hypocritically though, these are the very nations who fill or impregnate files at the EU with complaints or press releases against the abuse of human rights in countries like The Gambia, Zimbabwe and other nations where human rights is just a dream. If these politicians who are lurking behind immigration laws continue doing so only to expel those who run away from persecution think facts are controllable, means they must have been left behind for obvious reasons. Honestly speaking if they were to be tested by morality one should expect nothing from them other than a zero minus.

Going by those immigration laws such politicians lean on to put the lives of people like Mai in danger, sometimes one is left with no other perception but see it as a game being played against our brothers and sisters from countries like The Gambia. Politicians in the United Kingdom should be extremely careful of using immigration to score points therefore win against the right wing party or those who want to see all immigrants out reasonably  or unreasonable before the forthcoming elections in that country. Immigrants particularly those from West Africa are PREYS of racists in the streets of England and of course politicians in many other countries in Europe. It is so easy for one to read between the lines therefore see the hypocrisy on Sky News, BBC and other media  giants when they are reporting news on places like Missouri Ferguson, when in actual fact worse is happening under their own noses  but that tasteless part is being covered. Indeed contradicting integrity, honesty and impartiality. West Africans are somewhat an “endangered species” in many countries within Europe but they tend to remain silent out of fear.

As recent as three weeks ago a Guinean young lady was attacked, insulted and abused in a bus in Italy, she was called names and the beaten by assailants because they said “we” are carriers of EBOLA and other diseases. The question is, how many Europeans have resettled in our part of the world without facing any let or hindrance? After all has been said and the facts have revealed that governments within the Schengen zone of not excluding that of the UK or the British government have been on top of the list as far as deporting West Africans especially Gambians is concerned. Even not for the abuse of human rights in The Gambia, England should have been the last nation on earth to show an unwelcoming side of its face to subjects of its former colony. We wonder why such governments believe that they have any moral authority to speak about the abuse of human rights in The Gambia then. Especially when they themselves capture and hand over those they are claiming to defend alongside. Is that not irony? The same goes to France. The French police are some of the worst when it comes to stopping, arresting and deporting West Africans, be they from francophone or Anglophone countries. If members of the European Union, Francophonie and the Commonwealth think that they can stop immigration by cuddling dictators or avoiding blames from the xenophobic right wing parties is the answer, they must be lost in  a dark hole of mirages.

Satisfying electorates by capturing and deporting those being grilled by compelling circumstances both home and abroad, is paradoxical to begin with and hypocritical to end with.  You know what? Facts are there to reveal contents of the Geneva Convention and other clauses attributed to every reason why someone should be given sanctuary in a foreign land per those very clauses therein. The British Home Office needs to know or at best be reminded that flexing their muscles while tethering homeless, helpless and voiceless immigrants is irresponsible and will never fix social issues in their respective constituencies. Sense finds it hard to reason with those who prefer sending people back to countries where they face threats, death and or severe treatment. The same wave is disturbing the peace for West African immigrants including Gambians in countries like Malta, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Norway the list goes on. West Africans in those countries especially those who are legal residents must take to the streets or make their elected representatives feel the pinch by “refusing” to vote period. Any of our folks who remains indifferent in this, whether the person is  a legal resident or a citizen in any of these countries within Europe must know that he or is doing a disservice to his people back home and to the host countries too. A greater number of the local population in these countries are not unwelcoming it is only a few xenophobic ones and opportunists in the political arena who capitalize on such. Thus stir public opinion and usher it toward the wrong direction.

A person like Mai Kanyi has not been engaged in any activity that is contrary to the local laws neither has been subversive or involved in any criminal activity. However in the eyes of a callous and heartless killer like Yahya Jammeh handing over a person who anchors a program on Hello Gambia Radio is like handing over a lamb to a hungry wolf. In fact Mai has been on track and her paper work was proceeding fine but as soon as a tsunami of sour utterances from the right wing party started threatening the incumbent government in the United Kingdom, people like Mai were denied the chance to complete the process therefore arrested for deportation. Per our records and based on facts gathered from her legal representatives Mai has not been hiding behind closed doors or dodging law enforcement agents. In all honesty she has all along been following the way paved by the immigration to get her case regularized. Instead of compensating hard workers who obey the laws such immigration officials are more adamant on sending people home and make a government look good before some xenophobic constituents and politicians.  The latter contradicts logic. Law is the opposite of might. Law is the twin of right. Use law to protect the helpless but do not use law to as a curtain when in reality your actions are meant to promote xenophobia or appease with those who feed on it.

In light of the afore mentioned points which are pertaining to Ms Kanyi’s case, we are urging the UK authorities via the immigration to listen to reason and let this young lady home and continue leading her decent life. Characters like Mai are not liabilities for instead she would make a good British subject when it comes to her skills and abilities. Another side of her plight is that she has been medically diagnosed with chronic asthma. Her own doctor recommended ages ago, that she cannot live in The Gambia for a long time anymore. To be more precise in respect of the diagnosis made on her. Sincerely speaking Mai Kanyi’s status should have been regularized a long time ago. Hers is a combination of politics, security and health factors all in one. That apart, Ms Kanyi has been attending school and has ever since been pursuing that path and has never attempted to cheat the system. Mai is the granddaughter of the former President of The Republic of The Gambia Sir Dawda Jawara but has also never tried that route or use that story to apply for asylum; all she cared for is her schooling as an IT student. Enhancing the lives of our people goes with self-development which is what she has been doing all along. Her case should be a spat of shame on the image of any responsible leadership. Free Mai Kanyi she has done nothing to warrant her arrest, detention and possible deportation. Putting her on any flight to Banjul is equivalent to capturing and handing her over to be killed like Tabara Samba and 8 others were killed at mile two on August 23rd 2012.

Just a reminder the execution of the Mile Two is part of the 17 points the European Union placed before Yahya Jammeh’s desk. Do you really mean business then? We are all ears.

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Cc Gambian Online Journals.

The Daily in London,

The Guardian,

Le Figaro in Paris,

Senegalese Media,

Nigerian and Ghanaian Media.

Home Office United Kingdom.

 

Essa Bokarr Sey’s Shared Points. Analyst For Professionals Of Distributed Operations.