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SEDIA BAYO’S NTCG CALLS FOR MASS PROTEST AGAINST JAMMEH

December 18, 2014
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SIDIA BAYO

SIDIA BAYO

Burkinabe Protesters -  Gambians implored to emulate!

Burkinabe Protesters – Gambians implored to emulate!

The president of the National Transitional Council for the Gambia, Sheikh Sedia Bayo has called on Gambians to march to the streets  in protest against President Yahya Jammeh’s plans to change the Gambia’s constitution, in order to allow him to become king of the Gambia.

In terse press statement issued yesterday in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, the Gambian French born activist stated: “ On the 10th anniversary of the death of journalist Deyda Hydara, prominent Gambian journalist and Founder of the Point Newspaper and also known like the Gambian press freedom  icon, whose killers have not been brought to justice or identified. The NTCG is launching a formal appeal to the Gambian population, civil and military bodies to protest on the streets on Thursday, December 18, 2014, for the start to dislodge Jammeh from power.”

According to Bayo, who is currently based in Dakar, ‘The march is planned from Westfield   at 11 Am down to New National Assembly Building (Parliament) and the State House, where the president lives to stop this injustice and violation of human rights in Gambia.’

“We received information that President Jammeh plans to violate our constitution on 22 January 2015 using our toothless bull -dog National Assembly Members to change the constitution to allow Jammeh to establish a monarchy in Gambia by passing a law that will remove our republic status and install a royal dynasty.” He said, adding:

“The NTCG   formally requests the Gambian army to act immediately and close all military outposts of the territory to President Jammeh and his entourage, and to seize all the necessary force in order to obtain his resignation and compel him to leave power as soon as possible. I  personally as the leader of NTGC, will soon be coming to Gambia despite whatever threat  to carry out  the fight to prevent irreparable harm to the Gambia with this anti democratic and anti-constitutional project of Yahya Jammeh regime scheduled  for 22 January 2015 with a royal inauguration scheduled for 25 May 2015″.

Mr Bayo alleged that the supposed crown for his royal highness King Jamus Junkung Jammeh Yahya Babili mansa is currently being carefully crafted and decorated in India to be delivered once completed.

GCC DISTANCES ITSELF FROM FALAI APRC DEFECTION

December 16, 2014
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The GCC Logo

The GCC Logo

falai

Falai Baldeh – Is he truly APRC?

The Gambia Consultative Council under the able leadership of Dr Seedat Jobe, former Gambian Foreign Minister, have issued a press release distancing themselves from reports of Mr Falai Baldeh’s defection to the Gambia’s ruling APRC party of Dictator, Yahya Jammeh.

Mr Baldeh, who until recent reports of his alleged defection, was a strong political stalwart of the Gambian opposition to the dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh. Mr Baldeh had participated in numerous anti-Yahya Jammeh demonstrations in the United States and once engaged into a physical fight with a Gambian diplomat about the Yahya Jammeh issue.

Reports of his defection had shocked the Gambian opposition and created a heated debate on the social media between the protagonists and antagonists of the regime of Yahya Jammeh.

Although, Mr Baldeh had made no formal reaction to the reports of his defection, Kibaaro News has been reliably informed, by friends of Mr Baldeh, that he had not defected to the APRC party as of yet; but had visited the Gambian embassy in New York and planned to engage in talks with the Gambian regime’s emissaries abroad, in order to find a peaceful solution to the Gambia’s current misfortunes of being ruled by Dictator Yahya Jammeh.

We publish the GCC press release below:

“To the general public:

It is with regret that the Gambia Consultative Council (GCC) expresses deep disappointment in the recent defection to the AFPRC of dictator and murderer, Yahya Jammeh, of one of its executives members, Mr Falai Baldeh, in charge of Protests and Demonstrations. GCC was clearly blindsided by Mr Baldeh’s actions particularly at a time when nothing, whatsoever, has changed in the political situation at home.

While GCC clearly disagrees with the actions taken by Falai Baldeh, until recently one of the most vociferous critics of the Gambian regime under Yahya Jammeh, each member of the GCC executive enjoys the freewill to make decisions that are in their best personal interest. GCC, therefore, wishes Mr Falai Baldeh well as a member of a regime that continues to wreak so much havoc on Gambian society.

Finally, GCC has nothing further to add to this unfortunate transfer of allegiance from the interest of the suffering Gambian people to Yahya Jammeh, the source of all that suffering. All further clarification on this matter can we addressed directly to Mr Falai Baldeh himself.

The GCC executive

December 14, 2014

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.

OSLO GAMBIAN COMMUNITY IN TEARS

December 11, 2014
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The Late Amie Joof may her soul RIP

The late Amie Joof may her soul RIP

The late Yandeh Njie may her soul RIP

The late Yandeh Njie may her soul RIP

The Gambian community in Norway is mourning the sudden demise in a fatal car accident of two women yesterday Wednesday 10th December 2014. Amie Joof and Yandeh Njie 55 and 49 years of age respectively met their untimely death in an automobile accident in Sweden. Many people woke up to the devastating news this morning and their reactions on social media were that of shock, sorrow and disbelieve at what happened. They were hailed by many as women of very outstanding personalities. The Chairman of the Gambian Association in Norway Mr. Omar Drammeh described them as formidable and phenomenal ladies. In a message posted on the Gambian Associations Facebook page Drammeh said “Both Amie and Yandeh were prominent figures in our community, giant pillars who selflessly served our community, worked and supported both the Gambian mosque and the Gambian Association committee through thick and thin for as long as I can remember; two decades and more! Heroines have fallen and our hearts are bleeding.”

Messages of condolence were pouring in from different directions in the Oslo Gambian community. Ndey Jobarteh described the fallen ladies as people who have been very central in the functioning of the mosque in Oslo. “Amie Joof has left a hole in me, a hole that am still struggling to accept that is there. A hole that I am afraid to look at! I saw you all over last night but if you are reading this Amie Joof, you have left me with so many questions than answers. I know that God decide but I still have questions Why you? Why now? Why so quick? Why when we need you so much? How can you be killed in the day of the Nobel Award when the issues that you love so much , that you fought for so much is getting the world attention that is children rights!” touchingly exclaimed Ndey. Neneh Bojang also described them as very influential women in the Gambia community and express sincere condolence to their close relatives and the entire Gambian community.

Ebrima Saye described this day of mourning as the day when the ink jar went dry and quoted a verse of the Qur’an which reads “Allah takes souls at the time of their death and [the souls] of those that do not die during their sleep. He retains those souls for which He has ordained death, whereas He releases the rest for an appointed term.” [Al-Qur’an 39:42]. A member of our editorial team based in Oslo said “I went to bed with this devastating news last night. I saw Aunty Amie at the Masjid last Friday and even took a bite of fish pie prepared by her. Death always come as a surprise. They are good women with very amazing personalities. May Allah shower mercy on their gentle souls and grant them the highest Jannat!”

We at Kibaaro  would like to express our sincere condolence to the immediate families of the fallen women. Our condolence goes to Awa Fofona Green, Hasan Njie and the entire Gambian Community in Oslo and the around the world. We pray that the Almighty God welcome to His mercy these ladies who lived a life of selfless sacrifice to humanity. May the most merciful forgive them all their faults and admit them in everlasting bliss.

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.

GAMBIAN DIPLOMATS REMANDED IN UNITED KINGDOM

December 8, 2014
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Yusupha Bojang, Deputy Head of the Gambian Diplomatic Mission in Kensington Photo: Central News

Yusupha Bojang, former deputy diplomat of the Gambian Mission 

GAMBIA'S POLITICAL WHORE

Yahya Jammeh is the boss of the Gambian diplomats

Deputy head of the Gambian Diplomatic Mission in Kensington, Yusupha Bojang, and his colleagues ordered 29 tonnes of rolling tobacco over three years. They imported more than half a million 50g pouches at tax-free rates for personal or High Commission use.

Much of it was sold from the embassy, the Crown Prosecution Service said. Because it was sold and not actually for personal use, VAT and excise duty should have been paid, the CPS added.

The trial was held at Southwark Crown Court in London.

Bojang, first secretary Gaston Sambou, welfare officer Georgina Gomez and finance attache Ebrima John, who all had diplomatic privileges, along with Veerahia Ramarajaha, Audrey Leeward and Hasaintu Noah, were found guilty of conspiracy to cheat the Inland Revenue .

Ramarajaha was also convicted of dealing, harbouring, concealing or carrying dutiable goods.

However, another defendant, Ida Jeng Njie, was found not guilty of conspiracy to cheat the revenue.

Immunity waived

Lisa Rose, specialist fraud prosecutor at the CPS, said the group’s deception involved a serious breach of the trust of their own government and of the British people.

“The scheme they designed and implemented not only resulted in the public purse being cheated of almost £4.8m in tax revenue, but it also abused their diplomatic status, taking advantage of the entire system of diplomatic privilege which is reliant on trust and responsibility,” she said.

“For all practical purposes, the scheme in operation was like running a business and the volume of tobacco was so large that to suggest it was for personal use, or for the use of the High Commission, is implausible.”

Ms Rose also thanked the government of The Gambia, which waived diplomatic immunity for four of the defendants.

“The public should have confidence that in cases where our tax systems have been exploited, all steps will be taken to ensure that diplomatic staff cannot commit offences and then hide behind diplomatic immunity,” she added.

Those found guilty were remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Wednesday.