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BALDEH BANNA…A HERO, A FIGHTER AND A PRODIGAL SON HAS FALLEN

July 9, 2014
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THE LATE BUBA BALDEH

THE LATE BUBA BALDEH

The death of a fighter, a hero and a true son of the Gambia, Alhagie Bubacarr Michael Baldeh, is sadly announced to all Gambians, friends of the Gambia and all human rights activists. He passed away last night in the Senegalese capital, Dakar where he was in exile after falling out with the scallywag Jammeh government. The circumstances leading to his demise remain opaque. Some close associates of the late Gambian political activist opined that he was poisoned while attending a conference in Nigeria last week.

What is even more agonizing is the announcement of the felonious Jammeh regime that Mr Baldeh’s corpse will not be allowed entry into the Gambia for burial. Readers will recall Dictator Jammeh took the same stance when Kukoi Samba Sanyang also passed away in Mali last year. This uncultured decision by President Jammeh punctuates his hatred for Gambia and her true sons and daughters. Even the death that deserves societal last respect are scorned, humiliated and banished by President Jammeh. What sort of a Muslim will deny his fellow Muslim his last religious ritual apart from Jammeh?

The late Buba Baldeh, as he was affectionately known, hailed from Basse Mansasjang-Kunda. He worked for the Action Aid before opting into politics and becoming the first parliamentarian of the newly demarcated Jimara Constituency. Later he became the Minister of Youths and Sports until the military coup in July 1994. Buba also served the Jammeh regime as the APRC Secretary General and Managing Director of the Daily Observer before running afoul with President Jammeh and subsequently living in exile. He is survived by two wives and many children, the eldest, Muhammed Baldeh, residing in the USA.

The management and staff of Kibaaro News hereby extend their condolence to the Baldeh family. May his blessed soul rest in peace.

MOMODOU SABALLY HAS FINALLY BEEN FIRED AND ARRESTED!

July 7, 2014
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DISGRACED MOMODOU SABALLY

THE DISGRACED MOMODOU SABALLY

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Unmpeachable news reaching Kibaaro has confirmed that “The Mighty Pen” of Banjul, Momodou Sabally, has finally run out of ink. According to the State owned Radio and Television Service (GRTS) tonight 22:00 News edition read by Ndey Kumba Demba, Momodou Sabally has been fired and relieved off all cabinet duties with immediate effect. No reason was given apart from his sacking order was issued by the President. Sabally who was recently stripped off his SG and Minister of Presidential Affairs portfolios and redeployed as Minister of Higher Education is dumped by Jammeh who perceived him as “being too arrogant”. Last night he was spotted at the nefarious NIA headquarters in Banjul.

“It is highly predictable that” Sabally, “like some preceding functionaries who allegedly ran afoul of the dictatorial Jammeh regime, will soon be slammed with charges of negligence of duty and malfeasance” (The Gambia Echo). The disgraced former SG and Minister of Presidential Affairs cannot say that he was not forewarned by those he coined as “bad and irresponsible citizens tarnishing the image of the Gambia in the diaspora”. His doom was so obvious that even the blind could see it coming like a hurricane.

Many believed Dictator Jammeh was alluding to Sabally when he stated: “Arrogance would not be tolerated especially towards anybody more so towards your fellow ministers. You’ve a responsibility but you are not a lord of anybody. If you are given a responsibility and you think that you are so good that you decide when to be approached and when not to be approached, you are in the wrong place because my government is not meant for that.”

President Jammeh continued: “You are given a responsibility to serve the people of The Gambia whether you are the president, vice president, minister, permanent secretary or minister for Presidential Affairs. Whatever you are in this government, you are just a mere servant of the people of The Gambia for which our boss is the Almighty Allah.”

“You cannot be more president than the president himself, you cannot be more Muslim than the Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and so I see no reason why anybody would see his or her appointment as a license to show arrogance and bluff, it will not work in this government. I am humble because I know why because the Almighty Allah is the master and that He says that we should all be humble.  So one fundamental principle is the fact that we are servants of the people of this country and being servants we cannot be so arrogant or bluff, after all what is it? It is just a mere appointment. After all, all we have is just the position and Allah can take it at any time. Being president doesn’t mean I am better than anybody. I am appointed president to serve the people of The Gambia and humanity and that’s why we are here. Even if you are an Imam, you are appointed to serve the people, so if you think that you are better than anybody else you making a great mistake. Allah talks about being moderate in every verse of the Qur’an, being humble, approachable and reasonable. When you look at Suratul Asri, as short as it is, it is the one that determines your relationship with anybody. It defines who you are.”

 “We work together for the good of everybody in this country, so if you think you are better because you are appointed something else when you are not even the president, you are you just attracting the yellow card in addition to the red card because once I give you the yellow card, the next would be the red card. After all what is it, if we die, we going to be buried in the same soil like the beggars where even the lunatic is going to be buried. So what is the big deal about being a minister or secretary general? We are just the mere servant of the people and in the eyes we are all slaves, so let us work together as a family. Let us always wish each other well because in Cabinet we are a family. The truth will always prevail, I didn’t appoint anybody to suppress anybody or to look low upon on anyone,” he concluded.

Sabally’s fall from grace to amazing disgrace should be a wakeup call for those Gambian intellectuals craving for a pine of pleasure with Dictator Jammeh who is celebrated for using, shaming and dumping people after they accomplished his dirty jobs for him.

MOMODOU SABALLY STRIPPED OFF TWO SECRETARY GENERAL POSITIONS

July 6, 2014
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Sabally lost two scretary-general positions within a week.

Sabally lost two scretary-general positions within a week.

A year ago Momodou Sabally, who was singing praises for The Gambia’s leader, Yahya Jammeh with the pen was appointed Secretary-General and head of Civil Service, as well as the Minister for Presidential Affairs. He also doubled as the APRC party secretary-general.

Sabally an economist, who was working at the Gambia Central Bank wore two Secretary-General caps until his recent fall out with Jammeh, which resulted in him being demoted to serve as Minister for Higher Education. In less than a week after his demotion from the position of the mighty Minister of Presidential Affairs and head of Civil Service, Sabally was also stripped off his position as the Secretary-General of the President party, APRC.

He would go down in the history books of Gambia, as the Secretary of State, who lost two Secretary-General positions in the space of 7 days.

There are no clear-cut explanations as to what might have resulted in Sabally’s nose-dive from the top of the ladder of the Jammeh regime, but observers pointed at the President’s recent speech condemning arrogance of certain civil servants. Mr. Jammeh made the remark during the swearing ceremony of Sabally’s successor Mr Abdoulaie Sallah, who is now the new Secretary-General and Minister for Presidential Affairs.

The Gambia leader is reported to have said that “nobody can be more President than the President himself”. He condemned some cabinet Ministers of being too arrogant, even to their colleagues. He said some of them make themselves unapproachable and even decide on when to be approached by fellow cabinet Ministers. Jammeh condemns such behaviours, as unacceptable. One thing is clear about Jammeh though, is his jealously over his position of presidency and would  frown at anyone, who behaves like a President right under his nose at State House.

Editorial:

Kibaaro News has been reliably informed by our sources within the corridors of the State House that Sabally’s fall out with the President started sometime after his infamous speech of October 2013, when the young Sabally took a swipe at the Mandinkos as unpatriotic. Our source explained that the problem was not what Sabally stated in the speech but what he did before delivering his speech on the GRTS. Our source explained that, Mr Sabally is said to have requested for the National Anthem to be played first on air, a tradition that is only reserved for the head of state, before he delivered his infamous speech. 

Our source explained that that mistake of Sabally had sent President Jammeh fuming and had never forgiven him for it since. Thereafter, it is believed that he had given Sabally his infamous long rope to hang himself. The President is said to have, on several occasions, derided Mr Sabally as a fool! He further told him off, on several occasions, by asking to go back to school and learn, as he knows nothing. Despite boasting to be the Gambia’s pen!

Our source further explained that Momodou Sabally, however failed to read between the lines and behaved inappropriately towards his colleagues, including the man who becomes his successor Mr Abdoulie Sallah, who he once rebuked for using a pen to take minutes of their cabinet meeting.

Our source concluded that this is just the beginning of the fall out of President Jammeh and Mr Sabally. Kibaaro will keep you posted on this fascinating story of the down fall of Momodou Sabally! 

 

OUR OWN GAMBIAN STRUGGLE

July 6, 2014
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Joint Banners of CDCG and DUGA

An appeal to all Gambian Activist groupings

The GCC Logo

Author implores unity against Jammeh

By A Concerned Gambian

The Diaspora Gambians should perhaps now focus, we believe, on extensive and wider consultations geared towards devising ways and means of addressing and circumventing the current impasse in our legitimate and rightful struggle (irrespective of differences in political ideology, allegiance and approach).

A meeting of minds or convergence of views on burning issues is of critical and paramount importance. It is therefore absolutely necessary to have a forum for fruitful and meaningful discussions on a review of the options pursued for now almost 20 years and to be able to forge ahead on a new course soonest in a bid to bring about the much desired fundamental and beneficial change within our struggle (both at home and abroad).

Notwithstanding tribal or political affiliations and differences but with a common and known enemy, let us now, in a frank and open Diaspora debate devoid of sterile, divisive and partisan exchanges, endeavour to formulate, with a sense of urgency and responsibility, a consensual common strategy, an acceptable road map and a credible way forward for the liberation and advancement of our people in accordance with their legitimate, inalienable and non-negotiable rights and aspirations.

All options (political or military) should be on the table for general discussion and review. In our humble view and learning from the other experiences elsewhere and with the benefit of hind-sight, no option should be ruled out. Being faced with such problematic and controversial situation for the first time in our country’s history and now at a crossroads, perhaps a combination of political, civil and military action should be envisaged. In the circumstances, all Gambian brilliant minds and luminaries should be summoned and all energies marshalled under the clarion call to liberate our people and free our country from the yoke of barbaric tyranny and the shackles of endless oppression by empowering both present and future generations to be able to ensure that never again should we allow such a misplaced and misguided man-made “fatwa” or “natu” (in local parlance) to befall us.

We believe that all our well experienced and highly educated individuals both in the Diaspora and back home in the Gambia (especially political party and civil society leaders) as well as many other political and civil rights activists (male and female), with appreciable political acumen, as well as our vibrant youth should be on board and readily available to offer the requisite important and critical inputs or contributions of sound conceptual and empirical nature to deal with the magnitude and gravity of the task at hand.

Alongside, experts in military matters as those within the NRMG or other known mavericks with military background, experience or expertise may wish to start developing a concept of operations (CONOPS) or Rules of Engagement (ROE) in the event that the military option becomes absolutely inevitable as a last resort or even needs to accompany the political engagement of whatever form.

We must also ensure the buy-in of the international partners and other non-Gambian sympathizers and activists in our struggle. Perhaps it would be necessary, as a start, if we approach some NGOs or charitable entities to help with the organization and funding of such initiative. The online media’s role would be crucial in a sensitization and mobilization campaign which is a sine qua non for the realization and success of this endeavour. To accompany the effort, individual contributions and donations (of whatever form or kind) from other well-wishers and sympathizers would not only demonstrate our seriousness and genuine commitment but would also go a long way in ensuring the ownership and credibility of our struggle in the eyes of the international community.

We will continue the ongoing consultations with other Gambian and non-Gambian protagonists, and would in due course propose , for a general debate and guidance in our democratic discourse, some possible strategies which would entail some of those options already being mooted or bandied around within the struggle (both at home and in the Diaspora). In this connection, we will be submitting, from our side, a draft concept note and possible road map while awaiting our military counterparts to develop their own strategy and action plan for inclusion in the overall blue-print.

It should be understood that we have taken the liberty of making the foregoing proposal for the simple reason that we believe we should not allow ourselves to stagnate in the present quandary or quagmire as we lay back to look for “who will bell the cat”.

The status quo of total inaction and situation of utter paralysis back home in the Gambia is mirrored in the lack of purposeful endeavour and seriously organized collective action in the Diaspora. We are fast becoming toothless bull dogs and paper tigers only good at barking at each other and tearing each other apart.

With a stagnant economy, near collapse of social services, suffocating cost of living, absence of basic liberties, total injustice and enforced impunity back home, we would be failing our own suffering people and doing a great disservice to humanity if we abdicate our responsibility to act and decisively for that matter.

We therefore cannot continue bemoaning endlessly like a jeremiad or crying peevishly and helplessly about the present inordinate stalemate and awkward impasse in our overall just and rightful struggle.

Let us then now get up and try to seriously do something about it.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Watch The Mic!

July 6, 2014
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THE AUTHOR

THE AUTHOR

By Momodou Ndow

 

Watch the mic! It is hot sensitive and intoxicating

 

Covered by cumulonimbus clouds the airwaves hang low

Ten feet from the ground and twenty thousand feet high

So dark so heavy and so full of moisture

Voices pouring down like monsoon rain with clapping thunder

 

Watch the mic! It is hot sensitive and intoxicating.

 

Thunder loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss

Full of misinformation false accusations and blah blah blah

Houses flooded parents and other family members get washed away

Down the river Gambia they go leaving dirty laundry behind

 

Watch the mic! It is hot sensitive and intoxicating.

 

Tons of rubble littering the ground after the stormy voices

Now who’s going to clean up this mess?

Used as a weapon to destroy and not as a tool to construct

Tagging and attempting to assassinate those who object

 

Watch the mic! It is hot sensitive and intoxicating.

 

Baanenderoo ak saga ndey nicely packaged and ready to go

Free delivery to your door step rain or shine

Don’t you dare question conflict of interests or speak your mind

You will be rewarded with name calling and a spoiler of the year award

 

Watch the mic! It is hot sensitive and intoxicating.

 

Personal interest false claims and self-positioning front and center

All geared towards something nonexistent

Common good principle and integrity on the back burner

While super kanja is cooked and served daily

 

Watch the mic! It is hot sensitive and intoxicating.

 

Attitude adjustment and sensitivity training badly needed

Egos tamed and returned into their holes

Issues and ideas must replace personal attacks and lies

Rebuilding and enlightenment must be the focus

 

Let’s use the radio and not abuse it!

 

 

DID THE SENEGALESE PRIME MINISTER RESIGN OR WAS SHE SACKED?

July 5, 2014
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AMINATA TOURE-EX PRIME MINISTER

AMINATA TOURE-EX PRIME MINISTER

PRESIDENT MACKY SALL

PRESIDENT MACKY SALL

Following the aftermath of last Sunday’s poor performance of President Macky Sall’s ruling party in Senegal’s local election result, his Prime Minister Aminata Toure, has been reported to have tendered her resignation after less than a year in office. However, what remains uncertain is whether she had actually resigned or was given the matching orders by President Sall. The Senegalese Press Agency also fell short in their reports to shed light on her departure from office by merely stating “Toure had left the government”.

Officials close to the Senegalese Presidency told our reporter in Dakar that “President Macky Sall had asked Ms Aminata Toure to stand down”. When our reporter further pressed the official for an explanation why Aminata Toure ran afoul with the Sall regime, the official postulated “Toure’s Alliance for the Republic (APR) was defeated in key cities according to preliminary results. Her negligence of duty and malfeasance led to discontent over economic policies contributing to the party’s poor results.”

“She was sacked. She is no longer the Prime Minister”, another jubilant official who is pleased to see her go added.  Toure’s sympathizers believed she has been used as a scape goat, used and dumped by the “apologist Macky regime”. “Aminata Toure is a woman of substance who has very high self-esteem. She has resigned as she does not want to be a party of a failed regime”, one of her supporters told our reporter.

Toure’s departure from office has opened up the way for Macky Sall to try and speed his reform process. It would be recalled that President Sall mounted the Presidential chair in March 2012 when he victoriously defeated Abdoulaye Wade, who had been Senegalese President for 12 years promising to eradicate poverty and corruption.  Senegal is seen by many as the beacon of democracy in West Africa as it remains the only state in the region which has not had a military coup.

Whether Aminata Toure has resigned or had been sacked, she is no longer the Senegalese Prime Minister, a woman who is highly respected in many international and national quarters for her principles, up righteousness and contributions to her people’s development.

FGM TO BE INTRODUCED IN UK SCHOOLS’ CURRICULUM

July 4, 2014
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AUTHOR: SARATA JABBI OF KIBAARO NEWS

AUTHOR: SARATA JABBI OF KIBAARO NEWS

HORRORS OF FGM

HORRORS OF FGM

BY: SARATA JABBI

The West Midlands police in collaboration with FORWARD yesterday organised a study day for West Midlands education professionals, at Lord knights suit, Tally Ho conference hall, Birmingham. The aim of the conference was to get school teachers to be more familiar with the consequences of FGM as well as to introduce it into their school curriculum so as to tackle the practice in the schools community.

In her Presentation on “Understanding the basics of FGM”, Alison Byrne, specialist midwife and FGM at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, highlighted types; terminology; cultural context of FGM and its health and social consequences. According to her, “FGM is harmful to girls and it lives with them till the end of their lives and gets even worst during pregnancy period and child birth. I receive lots of FGM survivor women weekly, who needs help at all cost”.

Hodo Ali, FGM survivor, also shared her ordeal story about the practice and called on everyone to try and protect girls from it as according to her it could leads to many health complications such as amenorrhea. “In most women with amenorrhea, the ovaries do not release an egg. Such women cannot become pregnant” she lamented.

Miss Ali went further to urge teachers to be very observance on the pupils at school.  Some of the pupils could change after a returned from summer holiday and any female pupil with a different mode should be given attention and questioned. She revealed, “As many girls become circumcised when they go on holidays outside UK.”

For her part, Detective Constable Gillian Squires of Public Protection Unit, West Midlands Police, appealed to the participant to render support in breaking the culture of silence and report any case of FGM. “This practice is still happening here in the UK, and all we need now is to protect the girls as FGM is a child abuse and should be reported and dealt with.” Detective Constable Squires, however, reveals that from 2001 to date they have been receiving numerous case referrals, and urged teachers to introduce FGM in schools; talk; engage the community and be confident in making referrals to the authorities.

During her presentation on “Responding to FGM”, Saria Khalifa, youth programme leader, FORWARD, said “FGM education should be introduced in schools with the aim of creating an open environment where pupils feel comfortable to discuss the problems they are facing”. Saria also informed the conference that there will be school programmes that would include staff training on FGM; student awareness sessions; youth friendly resources; parent sessions; supporting pupils to take part in the campaign; etc.

In her closing remark the Director of FORWARD, Naana Otoo-Oyortey, said their aim is to get FGM into schools, work with communities to raise awareness as some people she added don’t think the practice is wrong. “I think FGM is a hidden crime and continues to be a taboo to talk about but it’s time for someone to break the silent and eradicate this taboo”. She described communities as the key in ending FGM and called on their engagement to be championed by coming forward and working with them to end the practice. “I know some might be wondering that we (FORWARD/campaigners) have been here for long but we need to see a world free from FGM first before we can go”, she postulated.

She finally thanked all the participants for their time and contributions and urged them all to stand up firmly and work together to make change happen. Other speakers included Birmingham-Solihull Women’s Aid, Integrate Bristol, and individuals. The day was observed by lots of groups across the West Midlands.