Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category


November 21, 2014
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Dislodging a sitting government, the 1994 coup d’état, translated to a cynical assault on Gambia’s democratic governance and culture. Overtime, the junta arrogantly disregarded the rule of law, which for a decade was a Gambian enviable norm. Constitutionalism and its fundamental principles of separation of powers reinforced by the independence of the judiciary were systematically and practically scrapped by a dictatorial regime which promised us accountability, transparency and probity. The fundamental principles of good governance enshrined in our constitution and way of life is replaced with a one man autocratic rule thus eroding the very republican values on which our once beacon of democracy was founded. An atmosphere of unabated harassment, unlawful arrests and detentions became a familiar face in every Gambian household. The cold denial of Gambians their innate rights as humans and citizens was executed in coerced despotism and chilling intolerance for dissent. In the process, state institutions also changed in nature and character, from constituting machinery devoted to public service and descended into a sectarian outfit.

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

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

Babucarr Darboe

Essex, Chelmsford


November 21, 2014
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Gambia's Gangster President, Yahya Jammeh, who loves to visit the UN but block the visiting his backyard!!

Gambia’s Gangster President, Yahya Jammeh


The remaining questions: How do we chop down the tree? When do we chop down the big tree – before the start of new project or at the end or somewhere in-between?  The answers to these questions are not simply what we wish but what we could, what’s feasible and what serves our goal(s).

I never supported the July 22, 1994 coup and there are very few things I like, if any, about Jawara administration. I know not much but my politics and sociocultural values remained the same and unwavering – because they’re principled and virtuous. I must say in 1994 I was in Gambia – hence being in America for long surely broadened my knowledge/perspectives but didn’t create them. In the early going I too supported a political party – attended party rallies around the country, bought green tea (attaya) for youths, bought t-shirts, put in my little time and money, some known to party bosses and others not. I also argued favorably for some union of parties in those days. This is in part to demonstrate that my thoughts about politics in Gambia are neither abstract concepts nor theorizing Americanization of The Gambia but a product of a package of lifetime experiences. That experience includes a decade of working and living in villages at all regions of The Gambia. In addition I hailed from remote Kombo South Village of Jambur, a very politically charged settlement during PPP era and as well a son of Badibunka couple, who settled there in late 1900s in search for good farmlands. I knocked off my partisan affiliation not because I don’t like the party, its leaders, its members or what it stand for but because I realized our problems are not where we’re waging the battle.  The traditional tool of a political party is to seek office through the ballot and effect desired policy changes. The Gambia doesn’t need policy changes instead the creation of functioning institutions of democracy. Political Parties has a central role in making that happen, but not on the vote for me agenda instead as change agents and building capacities on the very fundamentals of democracy.

The changes needed to fix Gambia cannot and will not be done a government. It would take capacitated citizens of The Gambia to demand with their time, property and maybe the ultimate price. Such capacities do not current exist among most of the population. It has to be built and that will take generations. Adding salt to injury our problems are products of compounded events of our own actions over the past 50 years. They’re now complicated in that they became norms, religions and social standards that penetrates every fabric of our daily living transactions. It will take cumbersome but deliberate political processes along side social-engineering (reorientation) to halt the degeneration not just into oligarchy but also our social mindset. The concepts of a republic and democratic governance will be a learning processes for all of us – is a lifestyle and not a government.  For sustenance we should be able to live it on a daily basis and is not always pretty before our governments can be truly expected to conform! This would require a visionary leadership of a citizen(s) that organize and mobilize masses of capacitated citizens.

The response – “Yahya would/won’t…”.  If this is our outlook to the problem (what Yahya would/won’t or want/not want), then we might as well keep quiet, close our eyes, follow his directives and go help weed his farms – which he will like. Yet still stop all efforts trying to organize in the diaspora or helping out the opposition parties because he wouldn’t like that either. This thought process is troubling and defeatist.

Others respond – Burama is a theorist or lived in America and want to carbon copy American democracy onto Gambia. I refuted those 2 assertions in the second paragraph – that am a typical Gambian product and live it every day. My views are very well informed by basic Gambian values. The fundamentals of democracy are not any more about America than they’re found in the teachings of our cherished religions of Islam and Christianity.  Those 2 religions informed most of our values and virtues. I must add though learning from the experiences of others is neither a weakness nor a cheating – it’s strength and basic human progression especially if you acknowledge them.

Some argued – Burama is flat out wrong and his proposals won’t work. They could be right my proposal won’t work. But this is not about Burama’s.  It’s about finding a solution(s) and Burama happened to propose what he thinks would work.  It’s about what we can agree to work on. It’s about you bringing an alternative proposal. It’s our civic duty, if not responsibility to be part of the crowd searching for solutions.  For about 20 years is the same old tried proposal of some opposition coalition to contest elections against the Yahya they already said “would/won’t….”

Folks our fight is not about Yahya! This fight is not about what Yahya want or not and/or would/won’t!  Equally this fight is not about a political party, group of friends, tribes, men/women of property, etc. On one hand when we make our struggle Yahya we shackled ourselves into a zero sum solution other than hope for a divine intervention and/or another military take over.  On the other hand if we make it about parties, friends, tribes, diaspora, etc. we attract people with similar traits – that number will always be in minority compared to the national population.

Our fight is about is the PROMISE of the nation at the dawn of independent nationhood – A Democratic Republic of The Gambia. This is our legitimate claim and no permission required to make those 2-words in our name count. The Republic is our collective ownership. Democracy is our equitable participation in the management of our common property. We neither need Yahya’s permission to make that claim nor do we care what he likes, want or otherwise.  This claim also can’t/shouldn’t wait party or group to assume power – that will not produce an institutional democracy. The claim has to be dictated by capacitated people with a committed leadership. Such leadership could come from political party (ies)/group(s) but drastic stiff from current mode of operations and over all strategies.

Recently it appears some came around the fact that current efforts to organize opposition for elections against Yahya are cul de sac. Though they still see Yahya as the obstructionist but failed to connect that his strength comes from our inaction/weakness. As stated above this view fall into the zero sum solution hence they’re cozying up to the idea of military take over rather than our own Democracy Agenda.  One would have thought our own experiences of overthrow of bad PPP produced worst A(F)PRC. The same is the case all over our sub-region. Why do we now think another military takeover is our way out?

I was taught how to fell a tree with a power saw. One of the techniques is to wedge the tree. This allows you determine the fall direction, less cutting time and avoid blade pinching.

Equally to solve the Yahya problem we shouldn’t made it a wrestling contest – he’s likely to win that. Nor should we out source such an important civic responsibility/duty to an individual/ group of people with guns. Probably out sourcing here is a misnomer after all – very likely we wouldn’t choose those would-be coupists. It will likely come as a surprising imposition on our sovereignty. Neither should we hope for divine intervention – the same God is with all of us including Yahya.

Yahya is the big tree in the plot that has to go for new development plans. It has to go but we have to decide how he goes otherwise it will cause damages to other trees and infrastructures. He had 20 years and counting to grow. He amassed power including befriending some in the free world who should be our support had we properly counter. Yahya recently ordered his arms men to stop our people from prayers at their places and times of choosing. Denying Muslims to pray according to their religious believes/norms/sanctions amounts to ‘Fatwa’ – punishable with death.  If anything should trigger machetes dismembering those guarding the praying grounds should be this but didn’t. No wonder besieging the DC Embassy or demonstrations along the route of Yahya’s motorcade without a coherent democracy agenda is simply pretentious. To appear to be doing something is one thing and another our actions adding value to the ultimate price. These actions could be meaningful if in coordination with a democratic demand. Without such agenda such actions are simply to anger Yahya. That might be a exciting feelings in our circles but has no value addition to the cause.

This is politics! Lets utilize the tested political tools to achieve our goal(s). There are many case studies in history we can reference. In order to do this we have to articulate a cause to sell. That can’t neither be simply Yahya is bad nor a drive to propel X or Y to the presidency. It has to be the promise of Gambia’s founding – A Democratic Republic Of The Gambia! With such a defined cause we would in addition need someone (an organization[s]) to sell it for us to create a larger circle of friends/supporters (political leverage). The larger our circle the smaller Yahya’s. With this new strength we can begin to demand democracy. Any changes secured/gained will equal proportional decline of Yahya and dictatorship in general. In the eventual Gambia the institutions of democracy will be the custodian of state based on law and not individuals.

On the other hand current efforts such as a single opposition candidate or coup or civil disobedience and/or some monolithic diaspora organization will not achieve the goal(s).  Elections will not remove Yahya because he’s the referee. A coup and/or civil disobedience may or may not happen but if it does, could remove Yahya. Removing Yahya is considered first step towards democratization but what if that successor turn brutal or you hope s/he will not do that. Well Yahya proclaimed “soldiers with a difference” and decade later he is one of Africa’s brutal dictators who discarded friends that helped him at coup and amassed personal wealth at the expense of Gambia. A diaspora group(s) would have important roles but can’t practically be the National Face. The organizational development of this struggle is almost important as the goal of the struggle. It’s the vehicle and has to be appropriate to carry the load. The ongoing rhetorical calls to unity or finding common ground are premature; it ought to be called to come together to assembly a working team to develop a concept cause on the promises of our founding. Our challenge is to ultimately develop ‘A National Democracy Vision’ that can be sold to Gambia and the international community.

The main disadvantages of a political process are – is not straight line (we need understand fluid politics at all levels), it will consume time, will be expensive and we might have give in to something to achieve the ultimate price.

Fellow Gambians lets wage a deserved battle! Lets sought for the right tools to wage an effective battle! Lets keep our eye on the ultimate price! Lets not give in certain core fundamentals no matter how hard the going maybe.

I’m neither against anyone nor am I against any effort – but we have to challenge our own self every day on everything otherwise cynicism prevails at attempts of constructive engagement. Be self inform that not every act has a value for the ultimate price.

To conclude here is what George W Bush told America on September 14, 2001, at The National Cathedral, Washington DC – “just three days removed from these events, Americans do not yet have the distance of history. But our responsibility to history is already clear; to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil. War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. The conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing”

Take America out and replace it with Gambia. See the evil as Yahya and our people fierce when stirred. With the gutsy GW Bush resolve and wisdom…why can’t we take out Yahya?

Let’s make Gambia ‘A Functioning Institutional Democracy’ – the optimal way to end dictatorship!



November 20, 2014
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Jammeh, a shining start among African leaders? African leaders should kill themselves wo!!!

Jammeh in white is the shining star among African leaders? African leaders should kill themselves wo!!! This is real agony and it’s just part One!!!

By Mr. Kombassere Tinga

Dear Editor: I have been following your newspaper for a very long time now and many others as well. I have lived in Gambia both before and after Jammeh’s coup and would be grateful if you can give me the chance to share my honest feelings in your highly respected medium. This letter/opinion piece is the beginning of a long document I want to share regularly on Kibaaro if you will be democratic enough to entertain my independent thoughts.

In the aftermath of the decolonisation movement, West-Africa was plagued by instability during most of the second half of the twentieth century; for instance, Liberia and Sierra Leone suffered long and gruesome civil wars. Barely a decade into the current one, that similar atrocities were again witnessed this time in the Ivory Coast albeit in comparatively smaller scale than in the two cases named above. The latest challenge to stability in the region emerged only a few months ago in the form of the deadly Ebola virus that has already claimed scores of lives. In contrast to this dire picture, the “tiny” country of The Gambia cuts a spot of shiny light that has escaped all of  the aforementioned disasters.

The Gambia has not been spared because it is immune from globalisation nor is it correct to assume that Gambians don’t see their World through lenses of development aspirations or human rights ideals. In fact, The Gambia could have easily succumbed to political instability when Jahya Jammeh seized power in a bloodless coup on 22 July, 1994. Few coups were carried out so smoothly on the continent at the time ; what ensued has been a  long period of stability and steady economic development..

President Jammeh’s detractors often misrepresent him as a dictator yet they fail to mention his tremendous achievements hitherto and the many more qualitative changes he has brought to the lives of those who need it the most; ordinary Gambians.

Roads, schools, hospitals, electricity, and other infrastructures have been and will be at Gambians’ disposal under the leadership of Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A JJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa.

 Jammeh is sometimes attacked over  some of his deliberately provocative public declarations on issues such as human rights, homosexuality, and democracy. On close look however, it is quite clear that Professor Jammeh thrives to uphold the secular values that Gambian society developed and cherished over several millennia before colonialism. President Jammeh has ruled and ensured stability over two decades while his opposition both within and in Western capitals have failed to propose better and workable alternative policies that will enhance the living conditions of their compatriots. Most Gambian opposition leaders or activists fail to ask a very basic question, “what are the values that I have learnt abroad that meet the needs of my own culture”?

Philosophical debates about concepts such as democracy or human rights cannot be conducted in a vacuum, they need to be carried out from a foundation of cultural pillars. All humans aspire to freedom to speak, eat, learn and shelter themselves in accordance with their individual and collective conscience; nothing can be more universal but a uniformed World functioning according to the whims of those who not so long ago blessed slavery and colonialism is just what we cannot wish for ourselves.

The real issue with Gambian opposition is that its members despise Jammeh as a man but who is that man then?

Behind the outspoken and overtly Quran carrying figure, is a man deeply in tune with his ancestry and the modern World of Facebook , Twitter and YouTube. Prof Jammeh is not afraid to remind other Africans who they are and what they have been subjected to at the hands of those who now preach democracy and human rights. This devout Muslim is tough when it needs to be but also affords clemency and genuine candour towards other people. His leadership may not please everybody but the tangible results achieved since the departure of Dawda Jawara are there for all to see. In Africa it is often said that there are only three types of leaders; some stand in front of their people, some immerse in the people while others stay right behind their people. The first type is the adventurer unaware of the people’s aspirations and preoccupied by self grandeur. The second is so wrapped in daily routine that all important events pass them by; as for the third, they stand behind the people to observe, analyse then act on the aspirations and beyond. Jammeh is very much of the last type hence his longevity in power.



November 18, 2014
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Lamin Sadam Sanyang

Lamin Predicts Jammeh’s Early Exit!

Jammeh on the run! But not yet!!

Jammeh on the run! But not yet!!

By Lamin Sadam Sanyang – The Netherlands

In shaa Allah we are almost at the end of the barbaric, cruel and brutal reigning of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. Like employees get their wages and salaries at the end of each pay-period, so is President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh and his bunch of criminals to pay cheques for their deeds here and hereafter as enshrined in the Glorious Quran chapter 99 verse 7: “So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it” and verse 8 further reiterates: “And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it”.  As a consequence Mr. President, be informed you and your nefarious enablers’ time is running out swiftly. On that reckoning day, when you are shackled and dragged by the forelock into a court of law you will appreciate revenge is best served cold.

Leaders are expected to be merciful Mr. President. Allah (SWT) admonished prophet Muhammed (SAW) in the Glorious Quran (surah Al Anbiya) chapter 21 verse 107. It stressed “And we have not sent you (O Muhammed) except as a mercy to the whole mankind”. If you are the Allah fearing and believer of the teachings of the prophet, then be compassionate. Perhaps your new State House Imam will interpret the teachings of the Holy Quran for you since Imam Abdoulie Fatty failed to do so for you.  Imam Fatty are you scared that you will once again be pushed down on your knees to beg for forgiveness from your lord master Dictator Jammeh if you  dare preach justice, uprightness and compassion to him? I am just wondering what is going on in your mind now as you occupied Imam Baba Leigh and Ba Kawsu Fofana in the NIA. Please let us know how cosy it was when you survive the red carpet welcome.

The mercy which the verse teaches loathes murdering, banishing, oppressing and incarcerating of the poor, weak and vulnerable. Mr. President, you have ordered the severe torture, killings, arrest and detention of many believing men and believing women whose crimes are only acknowledging righteousness and denouncing injustice. Mr President that is, certainly, not Allah fearing in my religious book.  Many of your victims are nursing lifelong wounds. For some, their pride and confidence are raptured permanently, whereas others are socially, physically, emotionally and mentally damaged for the rest of their life. Torture is so hateful that Allah specifically spoke about it in Surah Al Buruj chapter 85 of The Glorious Quran verse 10.  Please ask Imam Touray to translate it for you. Perhaps like his predecessor, he will not have the guts to do so but I will help you here and tell you what it says and means.  It warns, “Indeed those who have tortured the believing men and believing women and then have not repented will have the punishment of hell, and punishment of the burning fire”. Take a leaf from Gaddafi and Campaore before it becomes late for you to repent. Fir’Awna tried repenting when he realised he was drowning but Allah does not accept last minute repentance from dying sinners.

Mr. President repent and ask for your victims’ forgiveness. Mr. President, do you ever contemplate the day of Resurrection? All your underworld activities are well enumerated in a register securely preserved. When it is given to you when you are arraigned before a court of law then you will understand you have no secrets. On that day, you will know you are neither might nor can all the NIA, Police, GNA, Immigration, Prison and Fire Services put together will be of any benefit to you. They will not only disown but also testify against you. What would you say on that day? Crying and screaming like Amadou Samba in the hands of his assailants will not safe your sorry backside, Mr President as re-echoed in the Glorious Quran in Surah At-Tariq, chapter 86 verse 9,  “The day when secrets will be put on trial” and verse 10 concludes “Then he (i.e. man) will have no power on any helper”.

The Singhateh brothers. Yes, the Singhateh brothers. They will also face the full wrath of the law and justice for killing and burning brother Ousman Koro Ceesay here and hereafter. Gambians are no longer gullible. You still have a window of opportunity opened for you to leave honourably before it closes on you.


November 14, 2014
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Gambia's Gangster President, Yahya Jammeh, who loves to visit the UN but block the visiting his backyard!!

Gambia’s Gangster President, Yahya Jammeh, who loves to visit the UN, but blocked the UN from visiting his backyard!!

By Kaba Sallah

The indecision and immaturity of the Jammeh gangster government was on full display for the whole world to see during the planned visit of the UN Human Rights Rapporteurs in November, 2014. Having invited the UN research team to investigate and report on the human rights situation, Jammeh he got cold feet, became wobbly and abruptly decided to block access to them. This is another indication of chaos, the decay within the junta, and micro-managing at the top, the lack of trust and independence of the people placed in charge.

The job of the UN researchers involved examining the condition of the prisons and the prisoners, especially the political prisoners, and the judicial system. The researchers were interested in talking to civil society   groups, and opposition members as well. How could Jammeh succumb to international pressure, especially following the assassination of the Mile 2 Nine in 2012, after making chest thumping pronouncements, to condemn the West? How could Jammeh quietly succumb to pressure from the so-called Western countries, after displaying such public bravado and machismo? The guy, Dictator Jammeh is an unrepentant and shameless chicken hawk, a coward, a bully of his own people he purports to lead. A Bully always backs down, quietly, when his victims become distracted, whenever he meets his match. Jammeh can out talk the West, but he can never bully or intimidate them, period. The reason is simply that   Gambia has no geopolitical, or economic leverage that can get the world’s attention. We have no military worth mentioning, and Senegal is there to remind him of that reality.

The Gambia is part of the international system, especially the financial   system, which controls and regulates all transactions. The Gambia is also a voluntary member of the United Nations, and signatory to multiple conventions, agreements, rules of behavior, you name it. In the area of human rights, Gambia had therefore agreed to abide by those conventions, regarding the treatment of people in the judicial system, freedom of speech, association and expression. Such rights as recognized under the United Nations Charter as basic and fundamental to any civilized society or nation. Gambia claims to be abiding by those agreements, yet Jammeh   was terrified that they may just   find out about the truth; about arbitrary arrests, torture, extra judicial killings and forced disappearances, the lack of press freedom, slave labor at Kanilai, drug trafficking, money laundering, the secret and unmarked graves of the Mile 2 Nine and the 40 Ghanaians murdered   several years ago, secret prisons, the list goes on and on…you fill in the blanks.

No Man is an Island … Conversely, no country can be an island. No country can survive by itself alone, on its own, without interaction, trade, exchange and cooperation. The more isolated a country becomes, the more autarkic, the more its citizens will suffer. North Korea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Venezuela, Sudan, even Russia comes to mind (the ruble has hit bottom, worse than the Dalasi). All of the countries I mentioned also have a lot to offer the world, geopolitically or economically. The world loses when relations are bad with, say Iran. Iran is a regional hegemon and has vast oil reserves, so there is an opportunity cost also for the world. But what does micro-country like Gambia has to offer the world? Not a whole lot, right…therefore, our very survival, our viability or our quality f life depends on our relations with the wider world. This will help us in terms of trade, international cooperation, and transfer of knowledge and exchanges of cultural nature. Dictator Jammeh’s bellicose, adversarial, and misguided foreign policy has cost us friends on the East and West. We are no longer friends with China, nor with Taiwan, not to mention the EU or EU   or the US.

Consequences of a misguided foreign policy

The UN rapporteurs report, therefore, will have major consequences for Gambians, and the biggest losers are the youths. To counter the impending consequences, Jammeh   is starting  yet another misguided “Vision 2016″, aka, anti-rice  import agenda! After 20 years, he has come up with a plan to cut off trade! ( More on Vision 2016 later)…

The Jawara administration understood foreign policy, Gambia became a nation, partly because a strong case was made for our survival based on trade, cooperation, participation, the strength of our alliances. President Jawara developed and nurtured those intangibles, and Gambia was respected among the nations, despite its size. Dictator   Jammeh   is walking us off ona diplomatic cliff, a global cliff, and we are still oblivious, with our eyes wide open…It’s   time to stop being spectators to our own annihilation   as a nation. Gambia   is like no other nation on this planet (Swaziland and Lesotho closest, in Africa), our viability depends on having excellent international   relations, beginning with Senegal. That delicate relation need to be counter-balanced so we can remain independent and relevant. Unfortunately, under Dictator Jammeh has lost significant international   capital and clout, especially with our most important partner, our conjoined dominant partner, Senegal.

The damning report of the UN   rapporteurs (was global news) may have been the stake that was driven deep inside Gambia’s heart, or shall we say, driven the heart the Dictators heart. We are dying a slow painful death as a viable nation, but the noose is also tightening around the thick neck of the Butcher of Kanilai…

In the post Jammeh era, we will be faced with a long arduous correction period, a rectification period, a period to restore our institutions back to order. The question is, are we ready, are we preparing for the future. Gambia, t’s   time to rise up . the Burkinabes….

Thank you


November 12, 2014
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Burkinabe Protesters -  Gambians implored to emulate!

Burkinabe Protesters – Gambians implored to emulate!

By: Ousainou Mbenga

With the recent explosion of the Burkinabe powder keg in the country of the “upright people” – Burkina Faso; all the neocolonial gangsters and puppets in the region – including Macky Sall and his monstrous friend, Yaya Jammeh – are sitting on edge. Macky sall, Jonathan Goodluck and others hurried into Burkina Faso to quell the ashes and ambers of resistance against the neocolonial state.

Their desperate intent is not to bring peace and normalcy back but to snuff this sparkling example of what resistance should look like across the continent of Africa.  In other words, they want to contain the spark that ignited the powder keg in Burkina from reaching the ready-to-explode powder kegs in their respective neocolonial enclaves.

The spark that ignited this powder keg is on the rampage across the continent; it will not end in Burkina Faso. The spark must reach the other powder kegs waiting to explode to relief us from the bile of oppression.

We, in the Gambian front of the African revolution say: 20 years and 27 years is too damn long to have put up with the Jammeh and Campoare regimes respectively. We salute our Burkinabe brothers and sisters with unwavering support to continue and complete the work comrades Thomas Sankara and others started 27 years ago.

                                                                    THE END OF THE NEOCOLONIAL STATE

Gambia is equally pregnant with the same contradictions as Burkina Faso. It was a traitorous counter-revolutionary coup that lifted Blaise Campoare on the “saddles of power”, resulting in the assassination of the emerging revolutionary forces including Thomas Sankara.

In the Gambia, a similar gang of bandit – soldiers staged a walk – through coup with the “seemingly innocent” assistance of USS La Moure County naval vessel claiming to help the deposed president from harm’s way. Some kind of coincidence!

Subsequently, Campoare, with the help of imperialism, particularly France, had 27 years to crush the revolutionary potential in Burkina Faso. But as the saying goes: “you can kill a revolutionary but you can’t kill the revolution”!

And subsequently, Jammeh, with help from all stripes of local opportunists, sycophants and people with only permanent interests, also had 20 years to crush every resistance unleashed against his tyrannical regime.

Revolution must be the trend in Africa, after 50 years of “flag independence” with nothing to show for.

But, this time around, we must prepare our serious revolutionary forces to take on leadership roles as oppose to allowing the treacherous and impotent “elite mis-leadership”, their allies to hijack all our work and create criminals like Yaya Jammeh and Blaise Campoare.

                                                                  THE WILL OF THE MASSES ALWAYS PREVAILS!

Who would have thought Campoare will tuck tail and run out of Burkina Faso? When the genius of the masses is given its due respect, no force or power can stand in its way. What happened in Burkina was as a result of mounting internal crises – the basis for change – and the willingness of the people to get ORGANIZED and fight back.


November 4, 2014
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Let All Midget Dictators be warned of the impending Revolution


African Dictators and their years in power

African Dictators and their years in power

By Kaba Sallah

This Revolution will not be televised on GRTS, nor will it be announced on the Daily Observer, or celebrated at Kanilai, but the good people of Gambia will expel wannabe King, Dictator Yaya Jammeh and his minions sooner than they would like to believe. When the people storm Kanilai and Banjul, our own Queen, Marie Antoinette, a.k.a Zainab Suma Jammeh, will be offering Tapa Lapa bread to the hungry natives, to pacify them– us Gambians – since she has never shared our suffering, or shared our values. Dictator Yaya Jammeh cannot escape the people’s justice, just like his peers in Zaire, Tunisia, Libya and Now Burkina Faso – the noose is getting closer, tightening.

While we celebrate the downfall of another entrenched Dictator, Blaise Campaore of Burkina Faso, as Gambians, we must also be undergoing a introspection, a self-examination of our own situation, and what we can learn from our Burkinabe brothers and sisters. While the Harmattan, or Black Revolution was unfolding on the streets of Ouagadougou, the midget Dictator of Banjul, the wannabe King of Kanilai, Yaya Jammeh, had a complete blackout of the news events, to keep the people ignorant and docile. But thanks to the citizen journalists of the Internet, Facebook, and Gambians are following every development and learning from it. This Revolution in Burkina Faso did not happen overnight.

Lessons for the Gambian Opposition

The Burkinabe people and opposition have resisted the illegal junta that overthrew the government of Thomas Sankara, from day one, since 1987.             Blaise Camporee conspired to assassinate his own best friend, (Sankara), because he was too ambitious. Remember that Brutus assassinated Julius Caesar, because the latter was over-ambitious, but Brutus himself became consumed with power and greed, and his actions precipitated a decline of Rome. Campaore failed to save Burkina from abject poverty while he and his family amassed wealth. Sounds familiar, just like in Gambia, Dictator Yaya Jammeh claimed to have seized power from President Jawara to stop corruption and abuse of public property. The question is, how are we doing in the corruption, the ill-gotten wealth, the nepotism, the persecution, the disappearance departments, and twenty years later? Is Gambia, under Dictator Jammeh less corrupt, safer, freer, better quality of life? I think not!

Like Sankara, Koro Ceesay, and countless more,   were killed under mysterious circumstances. Today, twenty years later, citizens and political prisoners, perceived enemies of the state, even professional civil servants ( the professionals at agricultural Dept. ) are languishing in jail. Jammeh is competing with the state agricultural department, by establishing his own, called the Kanilai Farms (or KGI). So, to derail the state’s efforts, he arrests the professionals, the experts and throws them in jail. This can only happen in Gambia, where the president is actively competing and undermining the national economy. This is tantamount to serious economic crimes being committed by the president himself.

The Gambian opposition, led by the UDP, have become too reactionary and timid. In recent months, Gambians have become frustrated by lack of any meaningful, substantial, genuine attempts at coordinating efforts to form a unified coalition. No African Dictator will be removed from power by any single opposition party. As far as I am concerned, Gambians should Not donate money to a divided opposition. Lawyer Ousainou has a great legal mind, but his recent public statements and maneuverings show a lack of political and diplomatic skill in leading the formation of a coalition, yet it is still not too late. Lawyer has a point that the UDP is the biggest party on the ground, with structures across the country, but big alone has never won anything, on the other hand, strategy will produce results. It will take leadership to tame and unify the jangling interests into a formidable and respectable unit. You cannot save a sinking while squabbling and fighting over the loot, or who will be the captain after hitting the sea floor, only coordination, unity will save this ship. Or have we become the doomed workers at the Tower of Babel? Dictator Jammeh will never negotiate with an individual opposition party, no matter how big, period. The Black Revolution in Burkina Faso resisted dictatorship not just at the polls.

Dictators and Legislative activism – Power Consolidation.

Dictators take a long time to consolidate their power. They always use the gun at first. After replacing military fatigues with Italian suits, grande Boubous (3 piece), now a mystical staff and counting beads, in Jammeh’s case. They embark on legitimizing their rule, to consolidate their grip on power, through the democratic legislative process. In both Gambia and Burkina, both Dictators used the legislative process to amend the constitution, in the end controlling some 80% of the votes in the Houses parliament. In the case of Gambia, Jammeh was able to intimidate Gambians into voting for a referendum in 1997 to suit his long term plans. Now the three branches of Government in the Gambia have become one, under Dictator Jammeh. Both he and Campaore have used democratic means to consolidate their illegal hold on power. They regularly rack up 60 to 80% of the votes. The point here is that Dictatorships have to be fought not just at the polls, they also must be resisted in the Kangaroo courts to expose their hypocrisy and deceit. Unjust laws are meant to be resisted and rejected. I call on all “genuine” opposition leaders, especially Lawyer Ousainou, to use legal skills and guts, and camp out outside the courts to challenge laws that restrict the oppositions’ freedom of association, speech, and illegal imprisonment. By now the public should have been called upon to march to Mile 2 and free Amadou Sanneh, and countless others. We have reached that point now, to take to the streets to challenge our own oppressors. We can no longer outsource our own salvation. It’s time to lead the cavalry into battle, show us that you all mean business. This current status quo is unsustainable, we can no longer play by Jammeh rules, his divide and conquer tactics. Jammeh also liberally uses state resources to burnish his image and pacify, and neutralize opposition bastions, or the faint-hearted.


Dictatorial Benevolence and Image construction

Burkina Faso may be a landlocked country but it also has huge reserves of gold, the fourth largest exporter in Africa. It is also a leading exporter of cotton. In 27 years, Campaore has only been successful in reducing famine and hunger, not eliminating it. Youth unemployment and poverty is chronic, just like in Gambia. Jammeh cannot claim to have improved the lives of Gambians, using any indicator. The educational system has collapsed, just look at the graduation rates and exam results. Numbers don’t lie, but liars do. In terms of economics, use yourself, your family and your friends as the best indicator of how low Gambia has fallen under Dictator Jammeh, the last twenty years.

The difference is that, in Burkina Faso the people did not take it lying down, with opposition leadership, they said enough is enough and took to the streets to storm the Bastille – to burn down all symbols of their oppression. Where is the Gambian opposition, to resist and make junta reverse unjust laws, free all political prisoners,. To make the country ungovernable? Dictators hate crowds of angry citizens, marching in the cities. Having failed at home, Campaore invested heavily in burnishing his international and foreign policy image, as a regional peace-maker, with dubious results. Remember that Yaya Jammeh also tried to be a peace broker in the Casamance conflict, until the Senegalese uncovered his mask, and discovered his true hegemonic and monarchical ambitions and plans. Dictator Jammeh also uses targeted, and well published rampant, but misguided benevolence to burnish his image in the eyes of the poor and illiterate voters. He reserves and adopts delusional titles for himself, to make up for his lack of personal accomplishments, just look at his resume for yourself Now Dictator Jammeh surrounds himself with an aura of mysticism, presents himself as a religious benefactor and protector against perceived threats to the faith. Legitimacy is an elusive thing for dictators, and they are obsessed about acquiring it. But no matter how hard they try to change the laws, indulge in monetary profligacy, they can never legislate legitimacy into the hearts of the people.

The Harmattan Revolution is in the hearts Gambians, it is burning inside of all of us, at home and abroad. Where is the leadership to stoke the people into action? Great leaders are defined, molded, and written into history, in moments like this, when they seize the moment and inspire citizens to chart their own future by taking to the streets. Dictator Jammeh’s followers will run on the first news of people in the streets, because they are only loyal to their pockets, they are not loyal to any ideology worth fighting and dying for. We know Jammeh’s so called generals and minions all have a Plan B to flee to Senegal on the first sound of public agitation, so they can enjoy their ill-gotten gains in peace. Where is the Gambian opposition, where is the action, where is the leadership? Otherwise, is it time to Boycott the opposition?


By: Kaba Sallah