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February 28, 2015
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Police had to be called in to restore order after a crowd gathered to see a cheating wife and her lover locked together during sex after the rumour spread that her husband had asked a witch doctor to put a curse on her private parts. And although medical experts say the embarrassing experience was more likely a case of ‘penis captivus’, in which the woman’s vagina had contracted too much and trapped the man’s penis, they were unable to stop the rumour and the mob had quickly assembled.

Local media said that unfaithful Sasha Ngema, 34, had reportedly been romping with toy boy Sol Qoboza, 22, at a rented apartment in the city of Johannesburg in South Africa while her husband was away on business. According to the story that spread like wildfire through the neighbourhood, they found they could not separate afterwards apparently because suspicious hubby Neill, 42, had gone to a witch doctor who put the curse on his wife’s private parts before he left. The spell, known as a muthi, is designed to make sure that if someone other than the husband tries to have sex with the woman in question; he will remain stuck until the husband returns to extract his revenge.

The shocked couple began calling for help, which soon turned into screams as they became more desperate for him to withdraw, according to local media. Neighbour Priscilla Ndlovu, 34, said: “At first I thought it was just the screams of sexual pleasure, but it turned out to be screams for help. I knocked on the door to see if everything was OK, and when I went in I saw him lying on top of her sobbing as she screamed to be freed”.

News of the curse quickly spread and by the time police arrived over 2,000 people had swarmed onto the street outside the apartment block demanding to see the cheating couple. A police spokesman said: “We had to use pepper spray to disperse the crowd as they refused to leave and were causing huge problems”. Local woman Janet Pieterse, 35, said: “Everyone was curious to see what was happening because although you always hear about such things you never see it. The police’s reaction was completely over the top”.

The couple were reportedly taken away by an ambulance that had been called to the scene. It took the pair to a local hospital but local magic specialist Sangoma Mathabo Mofokeng said: “No one will be able to separate them until the woman’s husband comes back”. However, medics said although rare it was possible that a man’s penis could become trapped inside the woman in exceptional circumstances.

In October last year for example Italian media reported how a couple’s plan for an outdoor romp in the sea ended in agony when they became stuck together during sex. The Italian couple had reportedly taken advantage of a warm day and an isolated beach in the Marche region of Italy by going for a skinny dip in the sea, and embracing in a passionate clinch. But the passion soon became embarrassment and pain when they realised they were unable to pull away from one another after sex at sea. A woman who was passing by on the beach came to the amorous couple’s rescue and called emergency services. She handed them a towel to protect their modesty as they sheepishly scrambled back on to the beach, still ‘as one’ the newspaper reported. They were taken to a local hospital, where a doctor freed them by giving the woman an injection to dilate her uterus.

Penis captivus is a rare occurrence in intercourse when the muscles in the vagina clamp down on the penis much more firmly than usual (a form of vaginismus), making it impossible for the penis to withdraw from the vagina. Two papers published by 19th-century German gynaecologists Scanzoni and Hildebrandt, had dealt with cases of the condition. Scanzoni’s patient was ‘a completely healthy young woman, married for six months’. She and her husband had to abstain from sexual intercourse because her intense vaginal contractions were ‘most painful to him and… did on several occasions end in a spasm… which sometimes lasted more than ten minutes and made it impossible for the couple to separate’.



February 27, 2015
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Brikama Power Station

Maltreatment of staffs at this Brikama Power Station

An anonymous whistle blower working with the National Water and Electricity Company (Nawec) has written to Kibaaro News’ editorial email complaining of maltreatment of staffs by foreign based administrators of the Brikama plant. The writer, who begged for anonymity, confirmed that he worked for the Brikama power plant: Let me introduce myself.  I am a staff of Nawec working at the Brikama 1 power station.” 

He alleged that “there are some unfortunate things happening at the power station”, which he wishes to bring to the attention of the Nawec management and the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. “Please publish this story so that President Yahya Jammeh, the managing director of Nawec, Gambians and the world at large can know what is happening at the Brikama 1 power station”.

We publish the rest of the writers article below, as he requested:

“As you may know, this station was initially managed by Global Electrical Group (GEG), which is owned by a Lebanese business tycoon, Muhammed Bazzi.  The power plant is now taken over by Nawec, in line with the agreement between the company and the Gambia government that after certain number of years it will be taken over by Nawec.

During the time the power station was managed by GEG, the full management team were foreigners:  the plant manager Alain Moreau, is a French; assistant plant manager, Eduwardo Manuel, a Philippine; logistic manager, Mahmud Bazzi, a Lebanese; electrical manager, Abdul Rida, a Syrian; mechanic manager, Patric, a French; fabrication manager, Amidou Jallow, a Senegalese, assisted by another Senegalese Abdoulie Thoubou.  The only Gambian among the senior team was the operations manager, Muthar Bah.

It is so dishearten to inform you that if you see the plant manager smiling with any staff, the person is a foreigner.  Gambians in our own country know nothing from the man but humiliation, maltreatment and unlawful termination; nothing used to come out of his maladministration which has been going on since 2005.

When the news that Nawec was going to finally take over the plant was received, all of us, the staff, were beaming with smile, jubilating.  We were very happy, for we thought the bullying of the staff by foreigners was coming to an end.  Lo and behold, we are still in the same distress and the management structure still remains the same; in fact there is no Gambian there now.

The French plant manager, Alain Moreau, brought one restaurant entertainer by the name Ndey Mariam Nying.  The girl was working as an entertainer at one of the restaurants in Brikama called Nice to be nice where Alain used to go for lunch.  Alain fell in love with this restaurant entertainer, a school dropout, and employed her as the secretary.   He also paid her to attend a six-month computer course.  Even after the completion of the course, this school dropout cannot even operate a computer much more to type.

Alain is now playing with the girl full time; they are not even hiding it any more.  Most of the time, when you go to Alain’s office, you find the girl sitting on his lap, caressing him.  Sometimes, he, Alain, will leave his office go to the girl’s office to chat with her.

At the moment, Alain built a house in the girl’s family compound in Brikama.  He also bought a Benz C Class for her.  Now he usually spent weekends with the girl at his residence in Fajara M Section, where Nawec rent a full compound for him.  During week days, instead of going to a restaurant for lunch, as he used to, Alain goes to Ndey’s house for both lunch and dinner.

As it is now, Brikama 1 power station is literary in the hands of Ndey, the restaurant entertainer who is now an administrator.  When she is not talking to any staff the French plant manager, Alain, will not talk to you.  In fact, Alain has already elevated her and made her the human resources officer for the power station.  Despite this, the girl comes and closes from work as she pleases.  She usually comes after 11am and closes by 3pm while the official working time is from 8am to 5pm.

The then operations manager, Muthar Bah, the only Gambian among the senior team, told Mr Alain that employing somebody as a secretary without any secretarial background is a disgrace to the company.

But this French plant manager, on the hole, did not like what Mr Bah said about the restaurant entertainer.  The relations between Alain and Mr Bah started getting bitter.  Alain, as the plant manager, started to frustrated and sabotaged all the efforts of Mr Bah.  Any order that Mr Bah pass to the operations department, Alain will counter it.  Mr Bah had to eventually tender his resignation letter due to frustration.

It should be noted that Mr Bah was very energetic and committed to his job; he used to come to the power station anytime the need arises, even at night when any of the machines has fault, as soon as they inform him, he comes.

As I am writing this letter, Mr Bah got international appointment in Togo, at one of the national power stations there.  The Gambia has lost him due to the frustration of the French man.

Earlier on, Nawec wanted to bring another Gambian operations manager to fill the position of Mr Bah.  Alain stood against that.  He convinced the Nawec management to bring an expatriate from Togo.  Now we discovered that in fact this Togolese is Alain’s brother in law.  Alain’s wife is a Togolese and the so called expert they brought from Togo is a brother to his (Alain’s) wife.

Within one week, just within seven days, the so called expert from Togo destroyed six servers.  Our engine mechanics said it is hard for any server to develop fault.  In the process of checking the machines to familiarise himself, the Togolese operations manager spoil six of them, within one week.  Alain knew about this but did nothing about it and further did not inform the Nawec management at the head office.

In the meantime, the Togolese is given an official vehicle with free fuel coupons and fully furnished residence by Nawec, when he cannot do even what the junior Gambian mechanics at the operations department can do.

I don’t know whether Nawec management know about this and what is happening at Brikama 1 power station. There was a time we scheduled a meeting with the Nawec management so that they can have firsthand information about issues going on in the company.  But that meeting did not go ahead.  This was because Alain, went to the Nawec management and downplayed the importance of the meeting with us. He told them everything was ok at the power station.

Meanwhile, he continues to suppress us, Gambians. He treats us, as if we do not matter in the company.

Among the three power stations of Nawec within the Kombos, the staffs working at the station in Brikama 1 are the ones enjoying the least.  For example, every staff of Nawec is supposed to have a safety boot.  The supply came to our power station in Brikama, but the French man said the shoes should not be given to the security department.

The security department is the department he hates most. This is because there are people there, who are very outspoken about their plights, as workers while most of other departments suffer in silence, afraid that when they complain to the French manager, he will fire them.

All these days, our mechanics are on maintenance.  During periods of maintenance, Nawec used to provide lunch, not only to the maintenance team but to the entire staff on duty.  In other power stations, they have their own cooks, who usually cook for them in the campus during period of maintenance.  At our station here in Brikama, the French man used to take the money from Nawec and give it to the fabrication manager, a Senegalese, who will then give a token of it to one Senegalese woman who has a canteen in Lamin village, to be catering for the staff, each in a small plate.  The fabrication manager usually takes the balance and share it with his French boss.

They give it to the Senegalese woman, because they don’t want to give it to any Gambian; imagine catering food from Lamin town all the way to Brikama instead of giving it to some women in Brikama to cook for us, which would be much less expensive.

Please publish this story so that President Yahya Jammeh, the managing director of Nawec, Gambians and the world at large can know what is happening at the Brikama 1 power station.

Here is the telephone numbers of Alain, ————-, and Ndey Mariam, ————– should in case you need to hear their lies.”


Editors Note:

We made no efforts to contact Mr Alain and Ndey Mariam before publication of this story and have deleted their numbers from the writers article out of respect for their privacy. However, we would be glad to publish their side of the story, if they wish to react to this piece at anytime. Our contact details are published on our website and our email address is:

Gambia Running out of Reserves

February 25, 2015
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Amadou Colley The CBG Governor,

Amadou Colley The CBG Governor

The Gambia’s reserves decelerated to 11.9 per cent in 2014 substantially lower than the growth of 15. 1 per cent in 2013.

This was disclosed yesterday at a press briefing held at the conference room of the Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG) by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the bank.

The latest estimates from the Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) also indicated that the country’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 1.4 per cent in 2014, compared to the growth of 4.6 per cent and 5.9 per cent in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

“Growth in reserve money decelerated to 11.9 percent in 2014, substantially lower than the growth of 28.1 percent a year ago,” CBG Governor Amadou Colley said while delivering the MPC report at the press briefing.

“The slowdown in the pace of expansion of reserve money was mainly the result of the contraction in the NFA [net foreign assets] of the Central Bank by 47.4 per cent on top of the earlier contraction of 17.7 per cent in 2013,” the central bank governor added, saying:“The NDA [net domestic assets] of the Central Bank, on the other hand, increased significantly to D4.5 billion, or 77.8 per cent.Central Bank net claims on government rose from D2.5 billion in 2013 to D4.4 billion in 2014.”

Continuing his report on the country’s domestic economy, precisely on Real GDP growth, Governor Colley said:“The latest estimates from the Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) indicate that real GDP contracted by 1.4 per cent in 2014, compared to the growth of 4.6 per cent and 5.9 per cent in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

“The deceleration in economic activity in 2014 was primarily due to lower agricultural production which declined by 22.0 per cent due to late and insufficient rains and the negative impact of the Ebola epidemic on the tourism sector.”

Money and Banking sector Developments

The CBG governor said ‘broad money’ grew by 11.2 per cent in the year to end-December 2014 compared with the growth of 15.1 per cent in the previous year.

“The decline in the growth of broad money was mainly the result of slower pace of expansion in the net domestic assets (NDA) of the banking sector by 14.2 per cent compared to 25.8 per cent in 2013.The net foreign assets (NFA) of the banking sector, on the other hand, increased by only 2.2 per cent following a contraction of 8.7 per cent in 2013,” he said.

Government Fiscal Operations

Speaking on government fiscal operations, which takes into account government’s revenue and income as well as its expenses or outlay, Governor Colley said preliminary data on the execution of the Government budget for 2014 indicate that total revenue and grants increased to D7.6 billion (22.4 percent of GDP), or 26.3 per cent from 2013.

“Domestic revenue, comprising tax and non-tax revenue, amounted to D6.4 billion higher than the D5.3 billion in 2013 attributed to the 20.8 per cent and 21.5 per cent increase in tax and non-tax revenue respectively,” he said.

On total expenditure and net lending, he said this amounted to D11.8 billion (35.1 per cent of GDP), higher than the outturn of D8.8 billion (27.0 per cent of GDP) in 2013.

“Current and capital expenditure rose to D7.8 billion and D2.8 billion compared to D6.5 billion and D2.3 billion respectively in 2013,” he said, adding that the overall budget balance (including grants) recorded a “deficit of D4.3 billion (12.6 per cent of GDP) which was financed by both domestic and external sources”.


Consumer price inflation, measured by the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI), increased to 6.9 per cent in December 2014, from 5.6 per cent in December 2013, the bank governor said.

He added: “Both food and non-food inflation rose to 8.43 per cent and 4.83 per cent from 6.72 percent and 3.74 per cent in December 2013 respectively.Similarly, core inflation, which excludes the prices of volatile food items and energy, rose to 6.86 per cent in December 2014 compared to 5.86 per cent a year ago.”

At the last sitting of the MPC in November 2014, the Committee decided to leave the policy rate unchanged at 22.0 percent,” Governor Colley said, in a conference room full of commercial banks’ managing directors and CEOs.

“Although headline inflation exceeded the end-December 2014 target of 5.0 per cent, policy actions take time to work their way through the economy and to impact inflation,” he said, declaring the next policy rate to be utilised for the next three months.

“The MPC judges the stance of monetary policy appropriate for now and therefore, decided to keep the policy rate at 22.0 per cent,” the CBG Governor declared.



February 22, 2015
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In the wake of the Banjul failed December coup aftermath, many were in grandstanding that the 50th nationhood celebration will be evoked in history not for its imposing rituals but its impressive political resuscitation. Nevertheless, as predicted, Dictator Jammeh saddled his unbridled tomfoolery in his exclusive with GRTS DG Kebba Dibba. At one point, one was tempted to conclude, “That is it”; Jammeh will leave his sceptics’ mouths ajar by decongesting the prisons, freeing all political detainees and extending a blanket amnesty to all Gambian nonconformists in the diaspora. That would not only have rejuvenated the abating political system but also give a facelift to his awful human rights record.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


February 17, 2015
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By Yero Jallow

“The invincibility of our cause and the certainty of our final victory are the impenetrable armor of those who consistently uphold their faith in freedom and justice in spite of political persecution” (Nelson Mandela. Culled from the web on 2/15/2015).

Part 4 of the series will focus on Alhagie Saidy Barrow. Mandela’s legacy never fails to resurface itself time and again. What crime has Barrow committed? What will be considered true justice for him? What is his personality? What evidence does the U.S Government have against Barrow? These questions no doubt poke each and every one of us. This author is the least qualified to answer these questions. As a result, let us utilize the little known to us such as the observations on court proceedings to make conclusive prediction of the likely outcome. Perhaps, the ultimate outcome will epitomize the intent by the U.S Government to prosecute and the evidence (not mere allegations) that they held against the accused.

One thing responsible Governments and citizens must avoid is to trying any accused person in peoples’ opinion, or incriminate them without clear evidence. Such an act would tantamount to criminal offense and a gross misrepresentation of the ideals for which justice and due diligence dictate. It is prudent to remind ourselves in the commonality of the law, an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a competent court of law. Similarly, it must be clearly stated the burden of proof is on the U.S Government to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the charges brought against Barrow and his co-accused are factual. Furthermore, the prosecutor must establish clear and convincing evidence that the accused has committed the felony. Sadly, The Gambian tyrannical administration cannot be trusted in this matter.  Any of what they are submitting and/or announcing on the controlled home media and beyond must be checked for accuracy due its track record of habitual lying and gross injustices. The Jammeh administration has never been honest even with little matters. Consequently, no one should expect their honesty and true cooperation in bigger matters. Besides, the APRC administration is as guilty as guilty itself. It is their continued infliction of pain and suffering on vulnerable Gambian citizens that provoked such undertakings and predictably, this will not be the last of its kind as the news sits on the wings of the passing wind.

With the alleged financier and mastermind, Cherno Njie, pleading not guilty to the same charges as Barrow last week in a Minnesota Federal Court, it becomes apparent that the United States Government has a lot of homework to do in convincing a Federal Judge that indeed the charges are true beyond any reasonable doubt. A potential state witness could be Papa Faal who already pleaded guilty in the process of negotiating for his freedom and cooperating with Federal investigations. The deal on the table for Papa is not that he must testify against his alleged conspirators but perhaps for clemency and a lighter punishment. It is a known fact that some of the freedom fighters died in the battlefield, their true story remains buried and unlikely to be known no matter how much they shared or confided with any other person.

Suffice it to reiterate a personality like Barrow is so dear and admirable not only to his siblings but to many Gambians and Americans due to his upright character. His humility speaks for him. His spirit is very uplifting. He is a representation of hope, a hero, whose heart trembles at every injustice. He is a freedom fighter, one that represented the United States when he served honorably in the U.S military, and more than likely, those values he learnt, instilled in him a sense of urgency, a spirit to see a nation like the Gambia freed from the clutches of tyranny. Barrow is also a penguin who walks the talk whenever a night dawns on oppressed citizens. Barrow is willing to sacrifice all his achievements for a rescue operation. Such a noble sacrifice sits really heavy on the scale of justice and even on common law. He is also a family man and breadwinner. Albeit, Barrow willingly availed himself after knowing from media reports that he was wanted in connection with the failed December 30th operation in the Gambia. It must be clearly noted that concerned Gambians are not in dispute with the existence of the U.S Neutrality ACT, as announced earlier on the year when U.S Attorney General Eric Holder said, “These defendants stand accused of conspiring to carry out the violent overthrow of a foreign government, in violation of U.S. law,” and Holder added, “The United States strongly condemns such conspiracies. With these serious charges, the United States is committed to holding them fully responsible for their actions” (Culled from the web on 2/15/2015). What concerns Gambians more, since the U.S decided to prosecute some of the alleged plotters in December 30th  Banjul failed coup, is for the U.S through its known mightiness and celebrated judicial system to address the other party’s (The Gambian Government) deficiencies, neglect of international law and continued engagement in human rights abuses against its citizens. It is the author’s firm conviction that these charges cannot be properly tried without weighing on what might have provoked such an action. Ignoring the factors which led to the attempted coup will result in the trial been robbed of the opportunity for proper justice dispensation.

Most importantly, the motive for the operation and what provoked such thoughts must be fully taken into consideration before any judgment is passed. Justice in the case of these defendants must include weighing in intent and what provoked the alleged conspiracy. In a nutshell, the U.S should consider waiving its Neutrality law in lieu of the criminal nature of the Gambian Government. The U.S can also completely review, amend and repeal the said law.

Barrow hasn’t taken a guilty plea yet and his alleged contribution to the December 30th operation remains just mere allegations until proven otherwise. Like recently argued by Njie’s lawyer in Federal Court that all the U.S Government has against Njie were “mere allegations” and not “evidence”.  The same can be extended to Barrow, and it is very likely that Barrow will also plead not guilty. That will put more burdens of proof on the U.S government. If that happens, a federal judge can trash these cases out as “bullshit” cases due to lack of convincing evidence. Papa’s testimony stated clearly that most of those that allegedly participated in the Banjul coup were known to one another by code names only. Again, it is on the U.S Government to proof beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. X was using John Doe codename.

Finally, I will predict that Barrow would equally plead not guilty to the charges brought against him. The U.S Government, at that point, would be forced to negotiate, as he who alleges must prove beyond reasonable doubt. If the document they have which seems to be the main argument is rendered not credible, and no witnesses brought forward, then these cases might not see the light of day. With good lawyers, we all know, it is easy to flip the coin in a country like the United States.

With Civil Rights groups all over the U.S petitioning their Representatives and the United States Government, one can only fathom that their efforts mays earn sympathy and justice for the accused persons particularly where such laws can be waived. Waiving an unfavorable law is certainly part of justice. Justice of course includes having laws that are truly representing the Government and the governed equally. If any law doesn’t possess these two elements, then such a law is not just. In dictatorial governments, minor surgeries should be allowed to establish a government that represents it citizens. It was in this spirit of justice and very noble undertaking that led the founding fathers of the United States to liberate the United States from oppression. It is also possible for the Federal Courts to temper justice with mercy considering all those charged are first time offenders with no prior criminal record and being responsible family men with good moral character.

In conclusion, Barrow was found legible for bail. He has been Okayed to work. He will be expected to attend court sessions and subject himself to availability as needed by the courts which restricted him from travelling outside the United States and using the internet. That is commendable.

Part 5 is coming to you soon…it is also the intended conclusion piece on the series, though the author will consider extending the column at readers’ request. Thank you for sharing with your readers and fans.


February 15, 2015
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Breaking News

Breaking News

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

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