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December 5, 2014
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Lawyer Ousainou Darboe - Leader of the Gambia's main opposition party, UDP

Lawyer Ousainou Darboe – Leader of the Gambia’s main opposition party, UDP



Veteran Lawyer and opposition leader, Ousainou Darboe, has said the government is using the homosexuality debate to divert the attention of Gambians from more pressing issues and that withdrawal from EU negotiations will have adverse ramifications for the country.

In an interview with The Standard at his Banjul chambers yesterday, he enunciated: “I am not sure whether the statement I heard from the Minister of Foreign Affairs is a complete withdrawal from negotiations with the EU. If I understand him well he was saying that they will not discuss homosexual issues with EU. I was taken aback by that statement. The Gambia is a secular society. It is a secular state. It is not a state that operates on Islamic law and principles. It is not an Islamic state. I think the government, and President Jammeh in particular, are trying to use Islamic values to divert people’s attention from the problems of the country. After all, I know for a fact that those who profess belief in the Christian religion are against homosexuality so they cannot say we are against this because it is against our values as Muslims. Are they saying that this is condoned by the Christians? I know that the main Christian churches are up in arms against homosexuality. So, I want to advise The Gambia Government to be very circumspect in the statements they make. They should not try to create a situation where the focus is on one particular religious grouping”.

Lawyer Darboe went on to charge, “When did homosexuality become an issue in this country? It had never been an issue in this country. I had never heard of any people of the same sex wanting to get married or co-habiting in The Gambia? The government’s obsession with this homosexuality is a tactic to divert people’s attention from the endemic problems confronting the nation. We see that everyday poverty is on the increase. People’s standard of living and earning capacities are on the decline. We have things that we need in schools and hospitals. All this talk about free education are all glossy statements that are not supported by any tangible facts. If Jammeh is indeed criminalising homosexuality for moral reasons why has he not criminalised prostitution? Jammeh is known for making ill-considered, extemporaneous statements. Things just come to his mind and he just utters them without proper consideration. I think a head of state should be very, very careful in making his statements because whatever he says can be regarded as government policy. In The Gambia here government policies are seen as law when they have not even been enacted”.

He then admonished, “I think the withdrawal from EU negotiations will be most disastrous if we have to strain our relations with such valuable development partners. That will be very unfortunate. After all, the EU are not saying that ‘come and let’s discuss the issue of homosexuality’ but about human rights in general. The EU wants us to discuss prison conditions. We are all prime candidates for Mile 2 because we are seeing ministers going to Mile 2 either at the remand wing or as convicted prisoners. You have judicial officers of the highest echelons who were detained. We have seen the director of prisons himself even detained there. Human rights should be the concern of everybody because we should put ourselves in the shoes of those people in Mile 2. I went to Mile 2 when I was given a conducted tour of the facility by the government in search of Kanyiba Kanyi and at that time the remand wing was in a very terrible condition. This happened at the time when the six journalists were in detention and it was a horrible sight.”


Courtesy of Standard Newspaper


December 4, 2014
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Illegal Migrants


United Nations migrants rights expert, Francois Crepeau, has faulted the idea that the cultural identity of British is under threat from migration as fantasy and bull****. The senior UN Aide has also unequivocally decried the UK Tory led coalition government’s stance on supporting search and rescue efforts to prevent refugees drowning in the Mediterranean.

“The fantasy is there is a core British culture that was created probably 2000 years ago and carried on, and now it is being threatened by all those barbarians that are coming to our gate. This is utter bull****. But who is going to say this?” charged the outspoken UN Aide.

He went on to add, “That is why I think we have problem with political conversation we can’t have.”

Concerned by the rise of anti-immigration sentiments across Europe, he warned, “If Britain is ruled by UKIP or with UKIP-type policies, it is not going to be cool”.

He also said it was wrong not to support rescue missions involving migrants. “Not supporting search and rescue operations means letting them die. If we accept that, I think we go well beyond the moral boundaries of our political system”.

In October the Foreign Office set out its opposition to search and rescue operations, claiming they simply encouraged more people to attempt the dangerous sea crossing. However, after facing criticism, ministers said Britain would offer further support on top of the simple debriefing expert already allocated.

Less the former colonial master forgot, they invaded, colonized and looted African resources for years. Those poor African had to pay with their sweat and blood to reclaim their independence and freedom. It can be rightly argued that they still implant their puppets as leaders who serve their interests only. As a consequent, supporting search and rescue operation for migrants is a moral duty for the West Powers.  It is hypocrital for the British to shun both economic and political migrants consideration their historical relation with them.

Courtesy of the METRO


December 4, 2014
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The National Assembly Member for Niamina Dankunku District and House minority leader, Samba Jallow, has accused the Public Accounts Committee and the Public Enterprise Committee (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly of “selective justice”.

Jallow faulted the PAC/PEC for having blamed the Ministry of Finance for tabling reports before lawmakers which indicated some obscure payments being made without vouchers, noting that the approval of the recent supplementary appropriation bill tabled before lawmaker deserves similar scrutiny.

 “What the PAC/PEC committee is doing is not genuine because they are blaming the Ministry of Finance for giving out an account without payment vouchers. So, the parliament approving this bill means that we are doing the same thing that the Finance did. It was just recently when we put the Finance Ministry to task for paying over one billion dalasi without any supporting documents. I believe the best thing is to start scrutinising the Office of the President since we are seeing this sort of spending coming out of the highest office in the state. And I don’t believe that the Office of the President has lack of vehicles to justify spending an extra amount of over D112 million as was seen on the Supplementary Bill. We have also spent D86 million to open an embassy in Malaysia and I wonder what economic ties we have with Malaysia to justify opening an embassy there with such a huge amount.

“This is why I advocated for our spending to be reduced and prioritised. There is no way we can minimise spending if we have two state houses in this country – Banjul and Kaninlai. Imagine the fuel cost of the number of vehicles they use on the presidential convoy when going to Kanilai every week. This is very expensive even if it were to be [once] every month,” he said.

He declared that the recent Supplementary Appropriation Bill tabled before them in the National Assembly was “the most serious fiscal abuse” that has ever happened in the history of The Gambia.

The independent NAM maintained: “Regarding the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, this is one of the most serious things that happened in this country. In 2012, there was an appropriation bill in parliament of D400 million and in 2013 we had it for D300 million which is reasonable. But looking at what happened this year, you cannot avoid the conclusion that this is one of the [biggest acts of] financial indiscipline in our history. There is no way one can justify it. Just imagine that by the first of December, we are tabling January 2015 to December 31st budget and barely two weeks to that, we are having this appropriation bill. This is serious especially under the Office of the President. Last time they were saying that the president was praising our Public Account Committee but for me, this praise is not genuine. You cannot praise the Public Accounts Committee avoiding yourself because the Office of the President is not accounted for because they are not reporting to that committee”.



December 3, 2014
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Gambian cabinet and EU representavives

Gambian cabinet and EU representatives

Courtsy of Foroyaa

The Gambia Government in its statement on what it perceives as exploitation by ‘white Europeans’ vehemently denounced the EU for wishing to twist its arms and dictate to the Gambia Government. The statement, which was read by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bala Garba Jahumpa, indicated that the intention of the EU is to undermine ‘our African heritage and Islamic values’ which ‘is unacceptable.’ It described the death at sea of Africans who use the back way as ‘racist genocide’ and called on all Africans to “stand up shoulder to shoulder to put up a definitive end to this humiliating vision.” This is funny to say the least. Needless to say, the Gambia Government is part of the European, African, Caribbean and Pacific countries that signed the Cotonou Agreement in 2000 which was subsequently amended in 2005 and 2010. The relevant parts of Article 8 of this Agreement, which provides for political dialogue, states: “1. The Parties shall regularly engage in a comprehensive, balanced and deep political dialogue leading to commitments on both sides. 2. The objective of this dialogue shall be to exchange information, to foster mutual understanding, and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas, in particular by recognising existing links between the different aspects of the relations between the Parties and the various areas of cooperation as laid down in this Agreement… 4. The dialogue shall focus, inter alia, on specific political issues of mutual concern or of general significance for the attainment of the objectives of this Agreement, such as the arms trade, excessive military expenditure, drugs, organised crime or child labour, or discrimination of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The dialogue shall also encompass a regular assessment of the developments concerning the respect for human rights, democratic principles, the rule of law and good governance.” Article 9 of the Agreement deals with the essential elements regarding human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law, and fundamental element regarding good governance. The relevant portion states: “1. Cooperation shall be directed towards sustainable development centred on the human person, who is the main protagonist and beneficiary of development; this entails respect for and promotion of all human rights. Respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including respect for fundamental social rights, democracy based on the rule of law and transparent and accountable governance are an integral part of sustainable development.” It is clear that discussion on human rights and fundamental freedoms is part of the political dialogue provided for in the Agreement. Our advice is that the Gambia Government gets on with the political dialogue which resumed earlier this year but was subsequently suspended. The amount of assistance from the EU is quite substantial and significant and failing to act maturely would tantamount to toying with the lives of the people. Why the need to engage in rhetoric when you can raise your concerns during the political dialogue? Gambians must not be carried away by the rhetoric of the government. It is simply blowing hot air for nothing. Prices are skyrocketing, businesses are collapsing, unemployment is rife, especially among the youth forcing them to take the back way to Europe, human rights are violated daily and hourly, the Constitution is treated with disregard, the rule of might takes precedence over the rule of law and so on and so forth. Gambians should be focused and regard the latest statement of the Government as empty words, a diversionary tactic.

Source: Foroyaa Newspaper


December 3, 2014
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Prime Minister Cameron

Prime Minister Cameron

Illegal Migrants

Illegal Migrants

The United Kingdom, under the Tory led coalition government, has opted to cut off its annual financial contribution to the EU for rescue services granted to migrants fleeing persecution and seeking for greener pasture in Europe from across Africa.  The government stressed this policy allows migrants to die by drowning to deter others from trying to migrate to Europe using the catastrophic back way across the Atlantic Ocean.

The UK will no longer support the EU in the rescue operations in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea to save political and economic migrants who are sorting safe heaven and to make their European dream come true.  When this inhumane policy is implemented, the UK government which has abysmally failed in capping its migration net reckons the dead of more migrants daring the back way will not only safe more money for the EU but will deter others from embarking on the risky and suicidal journey.

Albeit some of those risking their lives through the turbulent and tempestuous waves of the Atlantic Ocean are economic dream chasers, most of them are fleeing from persecution from dictatorship in Africa.  Moreover, as a former colonial master and champion of human rights and good governance, the British government has a morale responsibility to rescue these vulnerable migrants. Many of the critics of this British stance believed the policy is racist and inhumane. Former BNP leader, Nick Griffins was quoted as saying “We should shoot them dead on those boats”.

“I am appalled by this irrational stand of our British government.  This international crisis requires concerted effort to curb it. United kingdom is a land of equalizers, taking such a racist attitude towards a modern genocide is beggars’ belief”, lamented another furious British.

This crisis of flocks of migrants seeking to set foot in Europe can be described as the brainchild of all former colonial master and current west powers. UK and all of her EU counterparts continue to milk African resources yet every migrant setting foot in their soil hurts like a torn in the backside. Furthermore, they still aid and abet dictatorship in Africa, fertilize imperialism and turn blind eyes in African dictators squandering and looting billions of pounds from their poor countries and stashing it in their EU bank accounts. In a nutshell, this accentuates Western Powers double standard stance when it comes to the less powerful nations by preaching one thing and acting the opposite.


December 2, 2014
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Sheriff Tambadou, the lawyer for the imprisoned former chief of defence staff and six others whose death sentence was commuted to life following an appeal at the the supreme court, has appealed to President Jammeh for pardon.

Lt General Lang Tombong Tamba, Brigadier General Omar Bun Mbye, Colonel Lamin BO Badjie, Lt Colonel Kawsu Camara alias ‘Bombardier’, former deputy inspector general of police, Modou Gaye, Gibril Ngorr Secka and Abdoulie Joof were accused by state prosecutors of procuring arms and ammunition, equipment and mercenaries from Guinea Conakry to stage a coup d’état and overthrow the government. They denied any wrong doing but were sentenced to death by the high court after being found guilty on all counts in 2010.

The Supreme Court headed by hief Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan on 12 November commuted their death sentence to life.

In a letter addressed to the president, Sherriff Tambadou said the petition was personal and in exercise of his right as a citizen of The Gambia in the hope that the acceptance of their request will benefit his clients and their families.

While recognising the developmental quantum leaps registered under President Jammeh aimed at promoting the welfare of Gambian, he characterised president Jammeh as the “God chosen” leader who has earned the love of Gambians

While renewing his call for the president to exercise his prerogative of mercy, he wrote that the ability of his clients to successfully appeal their death sentence at the highest court of the land underscores the president’s respect for rule of law and non-interference in the functioning of the judiciary. 


Gambia’s Edward Snowden Rattles Cage of West Africa’s King of Impunity

November 29, 2014
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Photo: courtsy of MFWA

Gambia’s Edward Snowden Mr. Bamba Mass who is known for rattling the cage of Africa’s most brutal dictator has made yet another revelation of nasty economic practices of the rogue regime of Yahya Jammeh. Mr. Mass in his program of dialogue with the president on Kibaaro radio unveiled the nefarious activities of Gambia’s criminal president. In the program he highlighted that by the orders of Yahya Jammeh a special account was created at GT Bank for the deposit of taxes collected from parastatals like GIA. He cited that it was through the help of Fatou Mass Jobe former minister of tourism, a trained banker with years of experience that such a plan was hatched. This revelation of Mr. Bamba Mass is corroborated by the recent audit report by the Auditor General of the Gambia. In the Auditor General’s report he made mentioned of large stash of cash from national coffers  deposited in commercial banks around the country.

The economy of Gambia is on a freefall to abyss. The governor of central bank openly admitted that the central bank is running out of foreign currency reserve. He said that the amount of dollars used for paying of imports is dwindling at a fast rate. Despite all these warnings the newly crowned king of impunity for West Africa continues to live a very flamboyant lifestyle. His wife continues to shuttle between Banjul and U.S.A like a commuter between Banjul and Serekunda while majority of Gambians dwell in abject poverty. It is about time Gambians confront this thieve of a president who is stealing national wealth point blank before it is too late. Just recently the national assembly approved a supplementary budget of over one billion dalasis half of which is to go to the office of the president. Gambia’s Edward Snowden is determined to continue exposing the ill actions of a tyrant masquerading as a messiah.