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GAMBIA POLICE CHIEF – IGP SONKO FIRED

November 27, 2014
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IGP SONKO FIRED

IGP SONKO FIRED

Breaking News

Breaking News

The Inspector General of Gambian Police Force, Yankuba Sonko, has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect according to information emanating from the office of Dictator Yaya Jammeh.

According to sources reaching Kibaaro News Paper, IGP Sonko was said to have been removed from his post November 26th, and has since been replaced by Ben Wilson and ex-convict. Sources revealed that since his removal, Mr Sonko was again hired and deployed to the justice department.

Sources from the police further revealed that the Deputy Inspector of Police, Famara Gibba, has also been dismissed. He was redeployed to Operations but within hours he was finally booted out. Sources told our reporter that Landing Bojang, is now been moved from dictator Jammeh’s operation bulldozer to Commissioner of Operations.

Police sources added that the new IGP Wilson served as a soldier in the Gambia Armed Forces and had been on a mission to Liberia before he was jailed at Mile Two Central Prisons, after infraction with the law. Ben Wilson also served as a Deputy Inspector General of police briefly before been appointed as the Inspector General of Gambian police force.

GAMBIA ISSUED ARREST WARRANT FOR SEDIA BAYO

November 26, 2014
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SIDIA BAYO

Jammeh wanted Mr Sidia Bayo for assaulting his business friend but is that all!

A magistrate Court in the Gambian Capital, Banjul, has approved an arrest warrant for the arrest of the supposed leader of the National Transitional Council of the Gambia (NTCG), Monsieur Sedia Bayo, yesterday 25 November 2014, for allegedly assaulting Gambian business tycoon, Mr Amadou Samba.

The order to arrest Mr Bayo was ordered following an application by the police prosecutor’s office for Mr Bayo to be arrested and brought to the court to answer two counts of assaults against Mr Samba. The presiding Magistrate Mr Samsideen granted the said application as requested.

Mr Bayo is wanted in the Gambia for the incident that happened in this month, November, in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, after his private security detail assaulted Mr Samba, according to the prosecutor’s bill of indictment.

Mr Bayo, is a French citizen of Gambian decent, whose parents migrated to France, where he was born. Mr Bayo has declared his intentions to effect change of government in The Gambia by all means necessary. He has since been shuttling between France and Dakar. Mr Bayo is believed to be a former French soldier.

MOMODOU SABALLY FINALLY GRANTED BAIL – AT A GREAT COST

November 26, 2014
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Ex - SG Momodou Sabally

Ex – SG Momodou Sabally

A High Court Judge in The Gambia had yesterday, 25 November 2014, granted bail to the former Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Momodou Sabally, at the tune of D1.5 Million bond. Momodou sabally, who was arrested and detained for more than four months, is also expected to surrender all his travel documents to prevent him from fleeing the jurisdiction of the Gambia.

Justice Emmanuel Amandi stated that the former SG is responsible man, who had served the country with commitment and had no doubt that he will respect and fulfill the terms and conditions attached to his bail.

Mr. Sabally used to be a close Jammeh aide. He was arrested and detained for abuse of office. He was later slammed with five more charges, including two counts of economic crimes; three counts of abuse of office; two counts of neglect of official duty and one count of giving false information.

Mr Sabally, 40, is accused of giving false information to President Jammeh that one Alasan Ndoye had given him two vehicles “with intent to annoy and cause financial loss to President Jammeh, information which is alleged to have known to be false”.

He is also accused of causing economic loss to SSHFC at the tune of D402, 500. Prosecutors further accused Mr Sabally of causing economic loss to the government of The Gambia at the tune of D38, 424, being money received as per diem allowance for a trip to South Africa in order to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma, which he neglected to attend.

According to the indictment, Mr Sabally also ‘willfully’ and ‘negligently’ delayed the departure of the Vice President’s flight from South Africa for 45 minutes while part of the delegation.

Last week, his lawyer, Antouman Gaye, urged the judge to release Sabally on bail promising that his client “will not run away”. The chief prosecutor on the other hand said Mr Sabally might abscond if granted bail citing the case of Benedict Jammeh, former head of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, who jumped bail and is now believed to be residing in Senegal

32 Gambian Refugees Facing Possible Removal from Malta

November 24, 2014
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One of the detainees in cuffs

One of the detainees in cuffs

A group of Gambian refugees currently at a detention camp in Malta are still at a risk of deportation despite public outcry over the past couple of months. If readers could recall the brutal regime of the Gambia struck a deal with the Maltese government to repatriate Gambians in detention camps in Malta some months ago. This deal caught international attention because of the appalling human rights situation in the Gambia. Gambians in the diaspora started confronting the Maltese government on their decision to return these Gambians; citing fears of possible torture, extrajudicial executions, and disappearance without trace. It came to the notice of Kibaaro that these Gambian refugees are still under detention and facing possible removal from Malta. They are said to be in detention for the past six months.

Kibaaro was able to get in touch with them. They express fear of possible removal from Malta into the hands of a government that is known for dishonoring agreements and gruesomely maltreating innocent citizens. We were informed that the group comprises of Gambians of different backgrounds; soldiers, businessmen, students…etc. The group speaking to Kibaaro express disappointment in the way they are treated at the detention camp. “We are treated like criminals despite the fact that we have not committed any crime as our movement is seriously curtailed” charged the purported spokesman of the group. He lamented that even when they fell sick and had to be transported to hospital for treatment they are put in handcuffs and chains. He also complained that their asylum cases are not fully processed and yet the authorities are adamant to send them back to Gambian which is breach of the refugee convention.

It is important to remind the government of Malta that the President of the Gambia is very unreliable. No government should strike a deal with a rogue state especially when it has to do with lives of refugees. It is the same Yahya Jammeh who made a proclamation some time ago that Gambian asylum seekers are out to tarnish the image of the country. We remind the Maltese government that a law which carries a heavy sentence has been enacted in the Gambia for so-called tarnishing the image of the country. There is a high risk that these Gambian youth in Maltese detention camps would be treated as enemies of the state and would therefore face full wrath of dictator Jammeh if forcefully returned home.

PRESIDENT JAMMEH SCONDERS SALARIES AND BENEFITS OF TAIPEI EMBASSY STAFF

November 24, 2014
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THE OAF THAT NEVER HEEDS

THE OAF THAT NEVER HEEDS

“The Gambian Embassy in Taipei left an indelible bad image as it hurriedly and unceremoniously nullified diplomatic relation its host nation”, a Taipei source informed Kibaaro News.  Long serving staff of the mission were neither paid their salaries nor compensated for their services to the Gambia government. The Jammeh regime still owes them several months’ salaries and benefits. To the chagrin of the former embassy staff, Jammeh makes them feel it is their fault that their salaries are not paid and the marriage of convenience between Banjul and Taipei dissolved unceremoniously.

“For example, the private secretary to the Ambassador, Ms Shirley Lin had worked for more than ten years in the Embassy. She even worked under Essa Bokar Sey. The Utility driver Lamin Camara, a Gambian had work since 1996. They spent most of their lives working for the mission and they were not given a single butut when the mission closed. Even though they work up to the last minute before the embassy closed”, lamented the source furiously.

“There was an officer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei who  transacted the mission’s vehicle papers for shipment also pleaded that the mission should try and give them something to hang onto before they get employment. Nevertheless, with all these efforts and intervention, the Jammeh regime blatantly refused to pay them their salaries. As you know all the missions are housed in one main building in Tai Mou Taipei. Other Gambian missions are also very angry about what Jammeh did to the colleagues in Taipei. They said the Gambian government should not have done that after these people devoted all their time working for the Mission”, added the source.

“What other missions do is they will calculate each year one spends with the mission and they give you a month’s full salary as bonus. As a result, the Private Secretary should have been paid ten months wages as she has spent ten years working for the mission judiciously.  The same applies to Lamin Camara. Lamin Camara has a family in the Gambia which he supports with his earnings from the mission. He is currently out of work and is finding it difficult to up keep himself and his family”, further disclosed the source.

“The mistreatment of people is being extended beyond the Gambia boarders by this repressive regime. As we speak it has led to the mistrust between Gambians in Taiwan. I think the Jammeh regime needs to improve its operation/dealing with the international world and abstain from tarnishing the image of the Country”, advised the source.

“In my next deliberation, I will avail you detailed accounts and in-depth budgets of the Missions as well as monies owe on school fees and health insurance for local staff and Gambian students in Taipei”, promised the source.

DEATH IN THE FAMILY

November 24, 2014
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THE LATE BAKARY JADAMA

THE LATE BAKARY JADAMA

“Surely we belong to Allan and to Him we shall return”, reminds us of death that we all await. It is with regret that Sulayman Jadama of Bristol, UK and the entire Jadama family in the Gambia, Europe and America announce the dead of a brother, uncle and son-Bakary Jadama in Sicily, Italy. This sad event took place on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

Bakary Jadama, who was born in 2nd February 1983, hailed from Farafenni in the North Bank Region. The news is extended to all Gambians around the world. The family is kindly soliciting financial assistance to repatriate the body to the Gambia for burial and religious rites. Anyone wishing to contribute in this kind gesture can do so through the following:

Account Name-MR S JADAMA

Sort Code: 40-14-20

Account #: 51419358

Bank-HSBC

Please donate generously. Every good deed will be generously rewarded by Allah (SWT).

A REFLECTION OF 20 DESPICABLE YEARS OF JAMMEH’S MISRULE

November 21, 2014
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BABUCARR DARBOE

BABUCARR DARBOE

GAMBIA'S DELUSIONAL LEADER

GAMBIA’S DELUSIONAL LEADER

Dislodging a sitting government, the 1994 coup d’état, translated to a cynical assault on Gambia’s democratic governance and culture. Overtime, the junta arrogantly disregarded the rule of law, which for a decade was a Gambian enviable norm. Constitutionalism and its fundamental principles of separation of powers reinforced by the independence of the judiciary were systematically and practically scrapped by a dictatorial regime which promised us accountability, transparency and probity. The fundamental principles of good governance enshrined in our constitution and way of life is replaced with a one man autocratic rule thus eroding the very republican values on which our once beacon of democracy was founded. An atmosphere of unabated harassment, unlawful arrests and detentions became a familiar face in every Gambian household. The cold denial of Gambians their innate rights as humans and citizens was executed in coerced despotism and chilling intolerance for dissent. In the process, state institutions also changed in nature and character, from constituting machinery devoted to public service and descended into a sectarian outfit.

The APRC regime gradually became the object of contempt in the country for its illegitimacy and its record of gross human rights violation. For its survival, it came to depend on ferocious repression, executive lawlessness and impunity to enforce the iron-fisted control imposed over the country. Despite the return of civil rule in 1996, the Gambia still remains a sham democracy with no credible elections. The Jammeh regime has created an electoral commission which fosters only his APRC’s objectives whilst denying Gambians meaning say over who rules them and how their affairs are governed. In effect, today, our country and people is hostage to an illegitimate one man rule. Suffice it to say the elections are characterised by deceit, thuggery and fraudulence. In order for Dictator Jammeh to cling onto power, he recklessly resorted to use of violence and intimidation to enforce his unpopular rule. The regime’s appalling record of misrule, ranges from human rights abuses and looting of national resources for his personal enrichment. Political opposition has been crushed and the independent media muzzled. The regime has effectively shut down all avenues for the expression of dissent. Constitutionally guarantee freedom of speech for Gambians has become a gold dust in the country.

This appalling situation of abusive rule, combine with political intolerance, killings, disappearance and intimidation has transformed the Gambia into a concentration camp. Governance and human rights crises which today are the subject of widespread expression of concern among Gambians both at home and in the diaspora as well as within  the international community. Democracy is the full protection of human right, good life, a life without threat, without fear and the provision of basic necessities such as affordable living cost, water and electric supplies. These are benefits inherent to democracy and are accorded to people who live under democratic rule. The freedom that comes with democracy for ordinary citizens brings a number of tangible benefits that are embodied in such values as participation, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability and representation. Citizens of democratic states are left alone to choose to be actively involved at both local and national levels of politics. They do no fear the arbitrary abuse of state powers and know that when they have an encounter with the state, laws are in place to protect them from unnecessary state intrusion into their basic rights. The due process of the law unfolds throughout that engagement to attain justice for the deserving. Their participation takes place formally and less institutionally through processes or informal and less institution through civil society organization and social movement activities. Moreover, they enjoy the freedom to speak out, criticise and make demands on government without fear of repressive reprisals. The basic framework of participation and accountability provided by democracy and a people’s regime is seen as ultimately beneficial for everyone.

Babucarr Darboe

Essex, Chelmsford