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GAMBIAN AUTHORITIES PICKS BONES WITH AL-JAZEERA

September 2, 2015
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Al-Jazeera-logoGambian authorities have felt uncomfortable with the team of Al-Jazeera journalists who were in Banjul to film and report on a wide range of issues related to human-interest.

They were told by the Gambian authorities to stop filming or risk being arrested after the government annulled their credentials. According to sources in Banjul the team were asked not make any film or report on any issue about the Gambia. The sources further noted the journalists were also informed that their permit was also revoked which was obtained prior to their entry into Banjul. “The Al-Jazeera team got the information that their permit has been revoked through their fixer” our source elaborated. It is not clear what must have fueled the Gambia government’s anger towards Al-Jazeera but some analyst postulated that the government feared that A-Jazeera may unveil the gross human rights violations taking place in the country.

Yesterday , 1st September Al-Jazeera broadcasted an interview with Gambia’s most radical rapper Ali Cham Aka Killer Ace. He was asked about his most talked about single track “Ku Boka C Geta G” where he stood up to the power that be , highlighting the rule of tyranny and the fear hovering over the skies of Banjul. Al-Jazeera has recently made interesting documentary on Senegal’s rich wrestling culture but their wish for a similar project in neighboring country, the Gambia is derailed by a pompous dictator.

In a democratic setting a free press should be able to ask legitimate questions and keep those in authority on their toes. In the Gambia such an atmosphere is very far from being realized. The tiny West African country is the most unfriendly media government in the sub- region. The country whose debt is 80% of GDP is dwelling in a financial turmoil. Since Yahya Jammeh took over power in a military coup in 1994 he has ruled the country with an iron fist making the West African nation not a heaven for journalists, opposition parties, and human rights defenders.

This year Gambia faced United Nations human rights group to review its human rights report but the country’s report was one of the poorest, according to rights defenders. In 2014 the country interrupted UN Rapporteurs on Torture and extra-Judiciary killing from their investigation in the country.

GUINEA BISSAU TOP OFFICIALS IN BANJUL FOR PEACE NEGOTIATION

August 29, 2015
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Dictator CALLING HIS CRONIES

Dictator CALLING HIS CRONIES

Top senior officials from Guinea Bissau government are currently in Banjul for peace negotiations talk that would ensure lasting solution in Guinea Bissau political turbulence, official informed Kibaaro News. The five-man delegation arrived in Banjul on Wednesday evening following an invitation from the Gambian leader. They are scheduled to meet the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to discuss the crisis in Guinea Bissau.

The Bissau crisis evolved after the falling apart of the President and his former prime minister, Domingos Simon Preira, who was sacked a few days ago. Political analysts said President Jammeh has excellent relations with President Mario Vaz, and can play an excellent role to reconcile the two parties.

Previously, President Jammeh used to mediate and reconcile authorities of Guinea Bissau whenever they had differences. Sources added that members of the Bissau opposition party, PAIGC, who had the row with their President, are expected to come to The Gambia next week to meet with President Jammeh.

GAMBIA ELECTORAL COMMISSION DEMARCATES FIVE NEW CONSTITUENCIES FOR 2016 POLL

August 29, 2015
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IEC Chairman Mustapha Carayol

IEC Chairman Mustapha Carayol

DICTATOR JAMMEH

DICTATOR JAMMEH

The Gambia Independent Electoral Commission has created five more constituencies in the Greater Banjul region of Kanifing Municipal Council making the total number of constituencies totalling fifty-three for the entire nation.

“The IEC undertook this assignment of re-demarcation with a lot of cautious commitment,” said the IEC chairman, Alhagie Mustapha L. Carayol, during an opening of a two-day workshop on the electoral reforms and the re-demarcation of electoral boundaries held yesterday at the NANA conference hall.

“The areas re-demarcated are: Kombo North, Kombo Central, Serre Kunda East, and Serre Kunda Central”, Mustapha Carayol the chairman of the commission disclosed to his audience at the conference.

Kombo North with a voter population of 110,132 is divided into three constituencies namely, Sanneh Menterreng Constituency, Old Yundum Constituency and Busumbala Constituency.

Kombo Central with a voter population of 53,956 is divided into two constituencies, namely Brikama North Constituency and Brikama South Constituency.

Serre Kunda East with a voter population of 54,904 is divided into two constituencies namely, Tallinding Kunjang Constituency and Latrikunda Sabiji constituency.

Serre Kunda Central with a voter population of 42,510 is now divided into two constituencies namely, Serre Kunda Constituency and Bundungka Kunda Constituency.

The heartless Jammeh regime and its crunched cronies are hell bend to rape the 2016 election at all cost. Firstly, his unwitting members of the National Assembly introduced the undemocratic political bill aimed to exclude all potential opposite and barring political changes through the ballot. This latest move by the IEC is the final nail on the 2016 election casket to avert an amazing disgrace for Dictator Jammeh. Gambians must not let this political barriers planted by the Jammeh regime deter you from booting him and his cronies out of office in the 2016 poll.

FORMER IEC OFFICIAL EMPTIES JAMMEH’S DIRTY VOTER REGISTRATION

August 28, 2015
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Mr. Mousa Lamin Suwaneh

Mr. Mousa Lamin Sawanneh

Former supervisor with the Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission, explained how he was forced to illegally register ineligible voters 2011 voter registration and later illegally detained incommunicado for more than 72 hours on suspicion of disclosing the same to the press. 

Mr. Mousa Lamin Sawanneh claimed he was supervisor of registration in the 2011 voter registration process conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). He said he and his team were all rounded up after exercising their duty as enshrined in the constitution and the codes of registration and guidelines.

Narrating how they were arrested and detained, Mr Sawanneh claimed it all happened after giving information to the press about illegal voter registration in the Kombo East villages of Pirang and Faraba Bantang. He said they’ve done nothing wrong except being patriotic in denying illegal voter registration of under-ages and non Gambians.

Mr Sawanneh alleged that on the 14th of June 2011, while at Pirang in Kombo East, registering eligible voters in a supplementary registration exercise, a smartly dressed man approached their desk and spoke in his ear saying that some people in the queue are supposed not to be questioned. But he, Mr. Sawanneh, quietly asked why? The man told him he will explain later let him just do as he was asked. He said he suspected may be they had no papers, but he said they were so scared to ask questions and carried on registering until all were registered. They did this to avoid getting into any trouble.

However, some members of the press came there and spoke to some of his colleagues.

He confirmed that the people, they were asked to register without asking question, brought no birth certificate, ID cards or a letter from an Alkalo (village Chief) or district Chief. He said those group of men and women, were without doubt non Gambians and some of them were even underage.

He said as supervisor, he later inquired from the gentleman, who spoke to him about the group, who were, but the man’s response was simply that that “they would vote for us”, without any further explanation as to what that “us” meant.

When the story came out that there was illegal voter registration in Kombo East, he was asked if he had spoken to any member of the press, which he he denied. But despite his protest of innocence, few hours’ later four men in black suits, suspected to be from the country’s notorious and feared National Intelligence Agency, came and asked for their names and addresses before they left.

He said he was scared but did not suspect the men to cause him any harm, as they were in the registration process and security personnel do used to visit them there to see how they are doing. So nothing happened till they finished and went home after work and while in his house at Kombo Wellingara, two men came to see him and asked to speak with them outside and as they went out of the compound, he was bundled and rushed in a jeep parked outside their home and the vehicle rush toward Banjul. While in the car, all the men asked him was to cooperate with them.

When asked if they beat him up while they were on their way to Banjul, he replied in the negative saying they did not beat him then. All they asked him was what did he said at the voter registration centers at Pirang and Faraba and he replied that some group of men and women came to register without no documents and when a man who came with them whispered in his ear that those people should be registered without questioning them to avoid suspicion, he refused as he was under oath. He said the men asked him whether that was all he said and he answered in the positive. Then the men shook their head and said ummm and there was silence as they drove towards Banjul. He said when he asked them where they were taking him and what has he done? They just told him he was being taken to meet some IEC official and he would be brought back after it is just to clear something concerning that incident he was involved in.

He said when they reached Banjul; he was rushed into the NIA office where he met the same man who spoke to him about registering those non Gambians and some underage people. He said he was immediately accused of hating the president and told that somebody saw them talking to journalists saying to them that some underage and non Gambians were being registered by the President’s people. He said when he tried to deny it he was slapped and kicked and asked to do monkey dance and the men told him if he is tired of life and wants to die, they would make it quick and easy for him. He said he cried until his voice went horse till he could not hear himself any longer.

He said he held at the notorious NIA for weeks without being charged for any crime. According to Mousa, they were being subjected to torture, abuse and harassment. Explaining his ordeal at the hands of the NIA, Mr Sawanneh told Kibaaro news that none of his family knew where he was and even the men that held him told him no one knew they had him and his life lies in their hands and they have the power whether they live or die. He said he only came to know about his other colleges few days later when he saw one of them being subjected to beating and monkey dance for uncountable hours. Almost still scared to give further details about conditions at the NIA saying he feared for his life, Mr. Sawanneh said while at the NIA, He continued praying and crying to God to save him even while in pain. He said out of God’s will like a miracle, when they could not think of any crime to link them to except hating the President; they were called one day by one Badgie of the NIA and told to go home. Thank God they were finally released but nonetheless they were told they could be called upon whenever any further clarification on the matter is needed. Out of the NIA, he said he told his colleges that there is no way he would wait for that any further clarifications. He must find a way to leave the Country totally.

JAMMEH ENABLERS AND STRUGGLE ENEBLERS! WHO IS WHO?

August 25, 2015
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Gambian struggle enablers

Gambian struggle enablers

 

Dictator Comanding his enablers

Dictator Comanding his enablers

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Bamba Sering Mass (UK)

 

 

The term enabler is as according to the Oxford Dictionary: A noun and it means: A person or thing that makes something possible: PART ONE

Now how can we as people make things possible? People throughout the ages enable things happening by not necessarily being visibly playing active roles. So in regards to the above topic Jammeh enablers and Struggle enablers who is who. Let’s first aim to give a brief definition of who Jammeh enablers are but in Part one I would rather much center on Struggle enablers:

  Jammeh enablers are people who enable President Yahya Jammeh different ways. As Jammeh continue dictating the affairs of state by disregarding the respect for the constitution that constitute the state for equal treatment of people regardless of their colour, creed, religion, political affiliation and sexual orientation. These types of enablers can be further divided into many sub groups as per their direct involvements and indirect involvements So let me try as much as possible to define them just briefly one by one.

  First those that works directly with Jammeh in his administration promoting his agenda and upholding his grip on power. They are those we see openly playing direct roles in carrying out his orders and any proposals brought forward by him without regard to their individual oath of office. So we call them open enablers. They include cabinet ministers, some Army Police and NIA officers, Parliamentarians, certain members within the Judiciary and Local government officials ect. Second are his agents either in the electoral commission or other supporters who promote his agenda to the electorate vote for him be it party officials, Chairmen and Women, Yai Compins, party stalwarts, the green boys and girls, ordinary town and village supporters who have benefitted one way or the other by their support of the regime and even secret enablers within the opposition and diaspora group that pretend they are opposing the regime.

  I shall come in detail about the above subheadings later in this article but please allow me to define the struggle enablers also and give detail analyses to roles they play either enabling the struggle or enabling Yahya Jammeh.

  First the Opposition with their open and secret supporters both on the ground and in the diaspora, certain government staff that are unhappy with the status co and wanted change but yet can’t do it openly as a result they work underground with either the oppositions or various diaspora groups furnishing them with vital information to bring the defaults of the regime in the open, some of them too work with the media groups both at home and abroad to help reveal the dirty dealings of the regime and to help expose it to the outside world. There are also the diaspora struggle enablers and their collaborators. In this group being very crucial under the present circumstances, there are the open advocates of regime change while there are some who only want the regime to do some sanitation work within its system in terms of promoting human rights and respect for the rule of law and as long as they do this it is ok they can remain in power as long as it is possible. There is also another group of vocal struggle enablers within the struggle that are basically interested in promoting their own individual interests or agendas like become potential leaders in a post Jammeh era or use the struggle to gain monetary benefits. As far as the first that I called position seekers are concerned, post Jammeh, all those oppositions on the ground should be seen as useless and therefore they should be out of the equation so that new faces can step in and take over. As for monetary benefit seekers, they are the worst for they don’t care if the struggle succeeds or fails but all they care is how much can they gain while promoting the struggle? But their dark secret they hate to be exposed in the open as that would be too bad for their business. So any move that is geared towards achieving the end of tyranny and as a result end to their business, they would do everything to fight against it by banging heads against each other closing their eyes hitting left, right, center causing mistrust to take root within people in the struggle. There is also another set within the struggle enablers that interested in dipping their hands in their purse to put money together in an effort to gather enough capital that would help the struggle financially but they would not want to play any active role rather they would prefer to remain in the background. They help different Struggle enablers so that they can challenge Jammeh and his enablers pound for pound.

  Having tried to define the two now the anus of reality lies with a sound thinking mind to analyse and pin point who is who in both camps as the race over wining the hearts and minds of Gambians intensify. There is no doubt that the Gambia is hard and things are not the ways they should be and despite the present situation which should have been a gaining ground for the opposing group instead it is the Jammeh and his enablers winning why? If the government does things democratically this whole thing would have ended long time ago but alas there is no democracy in the Gambia. Now the only thing we can do as Gambians is by weighing the scale and see where the heavy weight balances the lighter weight and who gains out of it all. In our opinion it is only on technical grounds that the Jammeh regime wins the whole opposition group both on the ground and in the diaspora in terms of strategies of operation. It shall be explained how and why the regime sustains itself so well in that field. Despite President Jammeh and his camp are known worldwide and even inside the Gambia to be repressive, brutal and vicious, they are good at mending fences with their foes by ways of amnesties, reconciliations and reappointments. Whereas within the opposition, either they are always suspicious of each other or rumour mongering to destroy one another for their individual benefits. This is true both on the ground and in the diaspora. People are suspicious of each other while the mongers continue their rumour of division. It is quite becoming a cancer within the Gambian opposition that old strugglers are kind of not comfortable with new comers fearing either the influence new comers may bring or the likability of such new comers within society. But first let us hasten to acknowledge that because of such suspicions and mistrust of each other many of strugglers within the opposition have made themselves enablers of the Jammeh regime indirectly without some even knowing it. We all know division within various opposition groups on the ground and in the diaspora only enables the regime in power to sustain the status co. So instead of realising the shortcomings, the reason struggler enablers always remained stagnant when it comes to uniting to achieve their collective goal lies in collective failure. While Jammeh and his enablers work day and night to mend fences with their enemies in other to bring them onboard into their camp, Struggle enablers constantly tear each other apart causing open confrontation and breeding hatred amongst their midst. Now who dare accuse the other of being Jammeh enablers leaving himself or herself behind? The truth is only those without shame can contemplate trying.

  On the ground front in the Gambia, when discussing Jammeh enablers on this essay, we tend to put aside our focus away from Yai Compins, party stalwarts, the green boys and girls, even ordinary town and village supporters who have benefitted one way or the other by their support of the regime just to give a classical example where we in the struggle fail to achieve our collective aims of restoring democracy back to our motherland Gambia. Just a question to those in the opposition and in the diaspora would do the math. Why have we failed to convince our members of families to stop voting for Yahya Jammeh for them to gain their respect and dignity as people and also enable us breath relief always worrying who is kidnapped, imprisoned tortured or killed amongst them. Why can’t we openly expose these diversionists amongst us whose families enable Jammeh day and night? The answer is simple because they are our own families, parents, uncle, aunts, cousins nieces friends ect. I challenge anyone within the opposition and Diaspora to deny having a family member within the Jammeh enablers and we will have no one. So when some of us very vocal against the system cannot even convince our own family members, parents or even close friends to vote against the system, where do we have the moral right to challenge any other person who has been within the system but now joins the struggle to help uproot tyranny?. While some have relatives that still vote for the regime and campaign to convince others to vote to sustenance the dictatorship, they go about run their dirty mouths like tap or stream of river Gambia flowing from Futa Jallon meandering toward the Atlantic.

  Let us ask ourselves, which one amongst us that gives information vocally on radios or write on news papers to people, do not have informers within the Jammeh regime? Now let’s be honest to the struggle how do we call our informants? Are they Jammeh enablers or struggle enablers? If they are the former why don’t we scold them for being part of the evil system? No we secretly protect them while they run the machine of tyranny and dictatorship but yet we all openly attack their colleagues who are not in their brackets and some of dare go even further by vilify their former colleagues who broke ranks with them to join our struggler calling them ex Jammeh enablers and destroyers of the struggle. Is it fair? But let us not forget we have in our midst various group of struggle enablers and Jammeh enablers. So who is who? Let us be wise for once because only fools buy into cheap propaganda tools that directly or indirectly help maintain the Jammeh tyranny. We are all with eyes and ears seeing and hearing that Jammeh and his enablers welcoming some of our own with the struggle enablers that jumped ships in to the Jammeh enabler folks. With some hoping to get positions, while others aim to grab the presidential pardon in other to visit their motherland to help cure their nostalgic sicknesses. Another group jump ship into the Jammeh enablers because of their frustrations over disunity and infighting within the struggler enablers. So as a result, Jammeh enablers increase their number each day while we decrease in number each day. What is wrong with us welcoming former Jammeh enablers? Is it because of few sick minded people amongst us whose problems I shall explain later in the essay feel uncomfortable about their presence or what? Are those people amongst us feeling uneasy because they have something to hide from us? We have all for now failed collectively and that includes you and me though That is why some of us only concentrate on Yahya Jammeh because of our failures to convince every member of our extended families not to support dictatorship. Some have failed in that field despite it is impossible to have everyone on board when advocating against a sitting regime. What we can do now is to occasionally attack the top enablers of tyranny to slow them down so that we can gain the winning ground which is acceptable in politics. But what about our immediate family members? Why must we fail there too? Then who can we convince to belief in us? Now that brings me to why the division within diaspora? One must be very careful when reading this part of the essay as may leave no stone unturned. It is down to only three problems Tribalism, Jealousy and envy.

  The most sensitive issue which is tribalism that a lot of us try as much as possible not to discuss it is what I will try to touch first. Now let me try defining tribalism to be able to analyse it appropriately:

  Definition of tribalism in Oxford English Dictionary: A mass noun which is a state or fact of being organized in a tribe or tribes. Example in sentences could mean chiefly in derogatory terms as the behaviour and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group: which in essence is a society motivated by cultural tribalism.

  Now if by going within the context of the Oxford Dictionary meaning of tribalism, then most Gambians are tribalists. By general and most acceptable societal derogatory definition, tribalists are people who tend to promote their tribe above other tribes. But even within that context, most Gambian are again still tribalists because everybody loves his or her tribe more than another tribe like everybody loves himself/herself more than you would love another. The last which is a more general acceptable term of definition of tribalism, can only exists from the fear of the minds especially when from a smaller tribe. But it does exist in every tribe and they are group of people who have the minds of either their way or the high within society. In that and in most cases it’s mostly the larger tribe that receives the punches while the fan of character assignation and the venom of mistrust and hate roles.

  Readers must not forget the fact that the Author is aware of today’s dominant view of African politics which is without any doubt that most voters ballot strategically to ensure that “their man within their tribe” winning the top office, so that the benefits of patronage could trickle down to them and that reality is often felt in our Gambia as evident within political parties set up along tribal lines. But the truth in a broad view is promoter of tribalism are the greedy few in any given society that fans division because seeking to lead and nation or section of the state should be based on one’s ability serves that nation and section of the state better than their opponents in the race and rather not based on tribal lines. Having acknowledged that fact, it is also discovered that much of such nations that vote on tribal lines have only thrived in corruption more than nations that vote better candidates into office. Maybe because of the above, some potential aspirants of high office cry behind tribalism accusing their opponents of using or benefitting when they use it more or benefit from it better. The truth could be that some candidates vie for high office because they belief their tribal affiliation would play favourably for them while others are simply vie for office because they are rather a winnable candidate and their agendas would sell better in the electoral market than their opponents. So it depends on who one listen to attentively in a debate as in Africa especially the Gambia, voters are often the weakest link in the chain of democracy, as their ignorance and poverty is easily exploited.

  A researchers Raphael Frank and Ilia Rainer, which examined voting patterns in 18 African countries which may include the Gambia, throws this into a tailspin, and pokes holes in the conventional wisdom that ordinary African voters are just poor, helpless creatures tragically exploited by politicians into selling away their vote for a half-kilo of sugar or a bag of rice. In our view, advocators and promoters who accuses others of tribalism are always the insecure members of society that intends to become recognised within that society but are fearful their agendas would not be acceptable by the people including members of their own tribe due to their behaviour or mindset and thus their chances of leading or succeeding being minimal though not because they come from that smaller ethnicity but because they do not have a better agenda for the betterment of the nation. With such fear in their mindset, they can only resort to creating mistrust for the opposing camp by fanning the flames of tribalism especially when they belief such might play a part in their success to become what they seek. That is why the Oxford Dictionary gave the definition as the sentences could mean chiefly in derogatory terms because it’s only in derogatorily term such advocators that succeed. Otherwise tribalism can never gain grounds when the nation’s people are of a listening ear looking for candidate with solutions to their problems regardless they are from smaller tribes or the larger tribes. Inferiority complex can be dangerous in human beings. Likewise we must know the notion of tribalism and its advocators are dangerous to national development. Fear mongering within the smaller ethnic groups about domination of the larger ethnic groups or candidate from a smaller ethnic group being labelled as only interested in promoting the agenda of his/her tribe is a derogatory tool used by those few to cause division in a nation and derail unity of people as one nation. In a nutshell advocators fanning the flames of tribalism are always within the inferiority complexity brackets of any society. History has shown us that people, who would be bold enough to go out there approaching the society regardless of their tribe to sell their good ideas to them, are most times lucky to become great leaders of that society. Examples in Africa are: Leopard Sedat Senghore who comes from the Serer tribe and the larger Wollof Fula Mandingo and Jola tribes of Senegal with his agendas of a united and better Senegal, succeeded after selling such ideas to his people in becoming first President of his country. Nelson Madiba Mandela, who comes from the Thembu tribe, managed to penetrate the larger tribes like the mighty Zulu tribe and other tribes in uniting all South Africans under the ANC to challenge Apartheid and succeeded in becoming first democratically elected President of his country. Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu who hails from the minority Nsenga ethnic group was able to thrive beyond tribal lines to become leader of his nation and so many African leaders. So it is after all true also that in some African countries, that ethnic favouritism i e the tendency by a leader to favour his own ethnic group (or clan) with jobs, schools, hospitals and other “fruits of development” can be canned and sealed in today’s Africa much to talk of the Gambia? If the above is so, then why fanning the flames of tribalism? Why can’t people follow the examples of such leaders that managed to thrive above the venoms of tribalism to make their nations the envy of their neighbours thus becoming great icons of their people and beyond? Advocators of tribalism do cause frustrations and weaker minded people always fall for their cheap traps and sometimes such kind of people out of their frustrations do respond to their noise of hate and division thus plunging the who nation into mistrusting one another along tribal lines.

  The author must hasten to acknowledge that he has himself in the past nearly fell for those same air of mistrust due to advocators of tribalism and as a result he was not proud of himself even though then he did what he did not because he was a tribalist but to simply hurt back those promoters and advocators of tribalism whose only aim was to divide people that are one regardless of which tribe they may come from. Those who accuse others of being tribalist or simply saying there is tribalism there is tribalism here but would dare not be brave to name who they think are those tribalists. Due to statements they made or wrote the Author once or twice responded in kind to attack them but realised he may have hurt other innocent and genuine uncles, aunts’ brothers and sisters from another tribe different from his. But now he is happy because he had proudly apologised to those genuine people either publicly or privately that is why he can today openly discuss this topic with fellow citizens. There is no doubt in the Author’s belief in the broader mindset of our nation’s people for unity as one family regardless of tribe or religion because we collective belief the better united we can become as proud people of one nation, the more develop our dear motherland can become. So the smaller group that is in the minority who are Promoters of tribalism though we are aware of their determination to have it their which is to divide us along tribal lines, the fact still remain that more sober Gambians from all works of life are begening to identify themselves one by one so as not to fall for their hate campaign. It is beautiful we are crying together “not in our name”.

  The other is Jealousy and envy which I intend to deal with together due to their similarities. These areas are other sensitive areas that we as Gambian need to discuss if we aspire a new better and solidly united Gambia post Jammeh era.

  Envy and Jealousy, according to Oxford Dictionary means:

  ii. Definition of envy in English: is a mass noun which is a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck:

  iii. whereas Jealousy means: The state or feeling of being resentful

  Most people use the words “jealousy” and “envy” interchangeably, but they’re actually two distinct emotions. Jealousy is solicited anytime there is a threat to something that is of value to an individual in other words, it’s that icky feeling you get when you are afraid something will be taken away from you or you might lose something to someone. Envy, on the other hand, is the emotion solicited when somebody has something no matter whether you have more than that parson or less but all the same regardless that you want for yourself.

  One reason why people often mistake the two for each other is because jealous reactions and envious reactions often look similar, as according to Professor Yochi Cohen-Charash, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Who said that: with envy, “the gap is between what you have and what the other person has the other has something you want to have by all means necessary,” So the goal to reduce this gap becomes simply by bringing the other down either through harming them or using slander and lies to bring them down and bringing yourself up. But with jealousy, the idea is to protect yourself from having something taken away from you. These two are strongly built both within the Jammeh enablers’ camp and the Struggle enables’ camp. These are all feelings people get within this struggle as a result they feel insecure and in their insecurity they would go against anything they are not involved or part being of. They would disapprove any move that would yield the end result to ending tyranny and dictatorship in the Gambia and in essence they become the unidentified enablers of Jammeh even when openly they are seen as enablers of the struggle. This is a fact affecting weaker minds within the struggle.

  The truth is we don’t usually consider what it is like for those who are envied, but people who are the recipients of envy can feel very uncomfortable and hurt besides their families love ones do not sometimes help matters as they mostly encourage them to leave the struggle and relax thus also a hindrance to the struggle and strength to the Jammeh enablers. The truth is all Gambians are envied by one individual who is no other than our President Yahya Jammeh despite he has his enablers but the truth is he only let them be as long as they remain slavish to his commands. That is why we are so very hurt by this many actions. Imagine having someone dislike you, or even hate you because you have an attribute, a possession, or a privilege that they want to take away from you or control? Yahya Jammeh wants to control our freedoms as enshrined within our constitution and even our God given rights i.e. freedom of speech and assembly just to give example. But equally we have serious envious people amongst us whose characteristic the Author tried to explain above. The emotion of envy can be triggered in circumstances that involve a social comparison where someone perceives that you are famous, seeking position, likable by others and many other positive attributes, or attainments that diminish their own status and thus become a threat to them. These kind of qualities God gave others triggers hate in the minds of envious people who want everything to center around them. Through their campaign of hate and lies, other people listening to them will wrongly glamorize or idealize who you are or what you possess. These are the flavours of envy and Jealousy due to their ugliness and dirtiness. We must expose envious and jealous people amongst us if we aspire to achieve our targeted goal of removing tyranny and dictatorship in the Gambia.

  In other to end tyranny and dictatorship we must unite to shame these mongers amongst us regardless they are our friends, buddies, relatives or whatever. We must never allow any person or few individuals to deter us from uniting. Never must we forget they have different tactics and they come in different forms and fashion. Any person or group of persons, who left the Jammeh camp which is our opponent camp, let us welcome them with open arms so that we can encourage more deserters. Many could be waiting to see the green light to cross boarder and jump ship into our camp. We must be accommodating as that is the only way to defeat dictatorship. Ghana, Nigeria, and now even Burkinafasso is succeeding because opposition groups against their tyrants opened their arms to deserters not send them away buy mere accusations that they are ex Jammeh enablers when most of us and our families are still Jammeh enablers despite we shout in the still struggle against Jammeh camp……. to continued

 

 

EX-PRESIDENT JAWARA’S WIFE CONVICTED OF FRAUD IN UK

August 24, 2015
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JollofNews) – Lady Njaimeh Jawara, wife of a former President of Gambia, has been convicted of Housing Benefit and Council Tax fraud after continuing to claim support while visiting Africa.

Lady Njaimeh Jawara claimed Housing Benefit and help with Council Tax from Mid Sussex District Council, and Pension Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions, on the basis that she was living in her housing association flat at Tower Close, East Grinstead. However, the 65-year-old did not tell either authority when she went to Gambia for five periods of over 13 weeks between 2008 and 2013. Claimants are required to notify the authorities if they will be away for any significant length of time because they are not usually entitled to benefits during prolonged absences. The trips Lady Jawara made to Gambia resulted in her being overpaid £9,255 in Pension Credit, £8,848 in Housing Benefit, £1,192 in Council Tax Benefit and £484 in Council Tax Support. On Friday 21 August 2015 at Worthing Magistrates Court Lady Njaimeh Jawara pleaded guilty to seven counts of failing to inform Mid Sussex District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions about changes in her circumstances.Gambia Magistrates sentenced her to be electronically tagged for 20 weeks, not to leave her home between 7pm and 7am during this period, to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and to pay Mid Sussex District Council’s investigation and prosecution costs of £4,286. Lady Jawara is also required to pay back all the overpaid Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Council Tax Support. “The Council works with the Department for Work and Pensions on matters like this and takes firm action against the small minority of claimants who seek to cheat and be a drain on the wallets and purses of the law abiding residents of Mid Sussex,” said Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Cabinet Member for Finance and Service Delivery.

UK GAMBIANS DEMAND JAMMEH TO RELINQUISH POWER

August 24, 2015
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Gambian protesters in London

One day, they will say these were the heroes, who fought for our freedom!

Gambian protesters in London

Battle hardened Gambian protesters in London !

Gambian protesters in London

They won’t stop till victory!

Flex Dan rallying the troops!!

Flex Dan rallying the troops!!

By Protest Gambia

Over two dozen UK Gambians added their roar to the bustling sounds of sunny London on Saturday, 22 August 2015, protesting against the 21 years of Yahya Jammeh’s tyranny in the Gambia. The demonstrators demand the Gambian Dictator to immediately vacate his most coveted occupation of the office of presidency in the country.  

The demonstrators, who gathered at the front gates of the British Prime Minister’s office and residence at: Number 10 Downing Street, London, chanted slogans: “down down dictator, down down Yahya Jammeh; down down APRC. Jammeh Must Go!” They further demanded the British government to do more to end the tyranny of Yahya Jammeh in the country, chanting: Britain must help, End dictatorship in the Gambia, Gambia is a former colony!”

They rejected the Gambian Dictator’s half baked reconciliation olive branch as laughable, which he offered on 22 July 2015, during a speech marking the 21st anniversary of his coming to power on 22 July 1994, through a military coup. They argued that it is actually the Gambian Dictator, who should be begging for amnesty and pardon from Gambians and not the other way round.

The demonstrators had attracted the attention of many visitors to the landmark area of London, Whitehall, which homes the central heart of the UK government, hosting the office and residence of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and many other government departments, including the British Houses of Parliament.

The protest started with a speech from the Gambian UK elder resident and dissident Mr Ablie Jobe, followed by Miss Mai Kanyi, Mr Yanks Darboe and Mr Yusef Taylor aka Flex Dan. All reminding the protestors of the importance of perseverance to continue their struggle to highlight the plight of the Gambian people to the wider world. They boasted that their activism had attracted the attention of the international community, which succeeded in the isolation of the Gambian Dictator, thereby forcing him to pardon some prisoners in the country, on 22 July 2015.

However, they contended that Jammeh’s pardoning of his selected prisoners, from the Gambia’s hell holed Mile Two central, was too little, too late. Rejecting the Gambia government’s propaganda that Jammeh’s prisoner release and so-call amnesty was done out of his magnanimity. They asserted that the decision was borne out of sheer desperation of the Gambian Dictator to receive international aid from the West, who have been withholding their development aid to the country, until the Dictator changes his ways and starts treating his people humanely.

The demonstrators believed that the Gambian dictator will revert back to his old tactics of fear rule, if succeeds at enticing the West to send him his much coveted international development aid, which is usually spent on his wife’s shopping sprees. They were unanimous in their doubts that Gambia will ever regain freedom, rule of law, respect and protection of human rights under Yahya Jammeh.

For this reason, they are not settling for less in their demands for the Gambian Dictator to quit his most coveted position, as president of their country.

The demonstrators ended the day by handing a petition to the British Prime Minister. They further plan to return on 11 November 2015 to remind the British Lawmaker at UK Houses of Parliament about the plight of the Gambian people under Yahya Jammeh.