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DETAINED JOURNALIST BROTHER FINALLY BAILED

March 27, 2014
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Critical Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan

Critical Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan

Pa Mboob, An Immigration Chief

Pa Mboob, An Immigration Chief

BY AN INSIDER

Ousman Saidykhan, the brother of an exile acclaimed journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan, has been bailed by one of his relatives in the Gambia at the immigration post of Banjul Station. The latest information we received from  the immigration information hub is that Ousman has attempted to renew his elder brother’s passport at the Immigration Department in Banjul last Tuesday as constituted by the Laws of the Gambia when he got arrested and detained for no other reason. It is his brother’s legal and a constitutional right like every citizen of the Republic of the Gambia to renew his or her passport when it expires.

The Immigration Department did not advance any reason pertaining to the sudden questioning and cross- examination of Ousman saidykhan in Banjul. According to a reliable source reaching Kibaaro News from the Immigration Department in Banjul, Abubacarr Saidykhan has legally paid all the passport fees at the Department before finally submitting the four different applications. The arrestee is currently reporting on bail on a daily basis to check- up his situation with the Immigration at the Baabunfatty Immigration Post. Their two passports are still awaiting approval at the Immigration Headquarters in Banjul after being duly paid for.

We respectfully called on the current Director of the Gambia Immigration Department Mr. Mboob to think of his legal responsibilities and act in accordance with the Gambian Constitution. Every Citizen of the Gambia is entitled to a legal passport provided that he/she met all the existing immigration criteria. We are hereby waiting for the respectful response of the Immigration Department with all due respect.

Stay tune for more reliable updates.

Esteem

 

Book Review: The Daring Feat Of A Young Gambian Journalist

February 14, 2014
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Book reviewer D. A. Jawo

Book reviewer D. A. Jawo

'Africa's Hell On Earth' by Journalist Omar Bah

‘Africa’s Hell On Earth’ by Journalist Omar Bah

By D. A. Jawo

Africa’s Hell on Earth, is quite a moving account of how a young Gambian journalist made a dramatic escape from possible torture and even ‘disappearance’ in the hands of the notorious Gambian security forces after his name was included in a list of socalled ‘informants’ of a US-based online newspaper often critical of the regime of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. The list of ‘informants’ was made public after the Freedom newspaper’s website was hacked into by someone no doubt in the service of the Jammeh regime.

In the dawn of the New Millennium, Omar Bah was quite a rising star in Gambian journalism, attracting a wide range of readership, particularly for his incisive weekly column in the Daily Observer; “Bantaba” which he had been using to subject his guests to some grueling questioning.

Even though Omar was quite an ambitious young journalist who was eager to make his mark in Gambian journalism, but as news editor of the Daily Observer, which over the years was eventually transformed into the propaganda organ of the ruling APRC, he was quite constrained in what he could write. Therefore, because of the heavy censorship at the Daily Observer, Omar was no doubt looking for any other avenue to vent out his feelings about what was going on in the country, and as such, writing for the Freedom newspaper was quite an opportunity he never would have missed. However, writing for Freedom or any association with its editor, Pa Nderry Mbai, was considered by many people just as good as committing treasonable felony against the Jammeh regime and most of those whose names were on that list paid quite dearly for it.

In the book, Omar quite meticulously depicted the ordeal that Gambian journalists have been going through under the Jammeh regime, particularly his graphic description of the life-threatening ordeal he went through in the hands of the soldiers when he went to cover the court martial at the Yundum military barracks. However, what made the book even more interesting and captivating was how he managed to juxtapose his experiences at work and his depiction of life in his village, colorizing it with some of his dreams, mostly involving hyenas and other aspects of life in rural Gambia.

We saw in Chapter Five how Omar narrowly escaped capture at the Denton Bridge when one of the hundreds of heavily armed soldiers deployed in the Greater Banjul Area to look out for him, unhesitatingly let him go after identifying him among the passengers in a vehicle bound for Banjul. By letting Omar go, the soldier not only risked his own job and life, but he also had to forego promotion and even compensation with a lot of money and privileges if he had handed him over to the authorities. This is therefore yet another indication that not all members of the security forces are zombies who would obey all bad orders without question, but that some of them are quite ready to risk anything to do the right thing. Even the sympathy and prayers that Omar received from all his fellow passengers on the vehicle after the Denton Bridge encounter, was an indication of how the public seem not to be in support of the prevailing abuse of power in the country.

We also saw in Chapter Six how Omar’s father was illegally arrested, detained and tortured for several days on the orders of one of the regime’s thugs, simply because he was an opposition supporter, which is yet another indication that there is hardly any regard for the rule of law and that arbitrariness and abuse of power are the order of the day.

Omar went on to recount in detail his dramatic escape across the border into Senegal, the warm welcome he received from some Gambian exiles in Dakar, his relocation to Ghana and how he finally succeeded in getting resettled in the United States.

Africa’s Hell on Earth is not only an accurate account of what Gambian journalists have been going through since the coming into power of the Jammeh regime, but also a good depiction of life in rural Gambia. It is quite an invaluable reference material for all those interested in documenting the atrocities being committed against innocent Gambians by their own regime.

This 230 page paperback published by Tate Publishing is available on Amazon at the modest price of $17.09.

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Gambia’s Greatest Need Is Leadership!

February 9, 2014
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Author: Abubacarr Saidykhan

Author: Abubacarr Saidykhan

By Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan- Dakar

Gambia, our Dear Motherland, is currently crying and experiencing hunger for responsive, inspiring and meaningful leadership in this 21st Century, as the people of our beautiful land are temporarily detained and held captive in the midst of a serious power struggle between the Gambian Diaspora, who In many occasions would claimed to be striving to dislodge the repressive regime of our Current President Yahya Jammeh and his unpopular Government.

Now, at this Juncture, one may gather all the exclusive and the legal rights of making a cross-examinations and re- examinations of the level of procrastinations that is currently inflicted within the struggle, which is in no doubt leading to all these unwarranted debacles between the people of the same nation fighting to archive one aim and objectives towards the betterment of the future of our Country.  It goes without saying that all those who are intellectually using their six common senses when analysing serious issues of national concern, now came to the conclusion that our Country at this moment is going through a cold war between people of the same land, as to who will succeed the illegitimate regime of President Jammeh.

The proliferation of all these new organisations intending to fight against the ruthless Government of our nation is a step in the right direction. But one of the questionable questions we could all raise is that, why can’t we all realise the urgent and the fundamental need of rescuing our people and that of our beautiful nation before becoming the issue of the world headlines?, why are we finding it difficult to trust each other? What would we gain in fighting against each other? Are we not people of the same land, if I may ask? What is the ulterior motive that some of us are keeping in our chest in this struggle? Is it that we want to resuscitate vengeance post Jammeh era against ourselves? Who is that person enjoying and winning at the expense of our beautiful people by bringing up all these useless confrontations which we are promoting among ourselves? Are you thinking about the lives that have been illegally, unlawfully, and unconstitutionally condemned in our state Central prisons? Think about the little children’s whose parents have been disappeared without trace or detained without trial for numerous years without knowing who to ask questions about their love ones? How would it appear to you if you were a victim of such unfortunate circumstances? Do we expect to give inexcusable excuses to each other following a fatal destruction in our Country?

However, if the interest of our nation is at the centre of our hearts, then, I do not think these few questions would have been raised. Is it not time for us to make use of our degrees we bagged, and solve our collective problem once and for all? Is there anything for us to gain if our Country should turn into Chaos? Well, I will not believe if that should be what we wish for our Country.

Look, we have to be critical of each other only out of love. All criticisms have to be constructive and meaningful which will add substance in our sustainable national development, but not out of personal vendetta.

We should not be critical of anyone simply because we hate him. But we want to see a leader of our Country who will be more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Gambian people particularly the poor! Because, nobody is talking about the poor in the Gambia. I stand to be corrected.

We want to see a leader in recent days- in our Political history, who will be able to challenge anyone in a Presidential platform debating on real issues that has to do with a road map of meaningful developments in our Country.

In addition, we the youths of aspirations, need to have a President post Jammeh Era, who will be presentable worldwide and will be able to understand the current affairs of the World, while responding to them positively and also be able to have the charisma and the leadership qualities in inspiring devotion in his/her youthful population, by convincing formidable and recognised investors to come and invest in our Country in order to see our Economy growing day- by- day, talk less of Employment opportunities.

My fellow Compatriots, greed in underneath lust for material gains, and greed in underneath self parochial interest, above what is in the best interest of the group or the entire nation will only lead us to astray. In fact, haven’t we already experienced that example of greed? Our country will never grow with a leadership that is only interested in fattening their pockets at the expense of the General Populace. Public interest can never be equated with executive interest. Then, now can you convince me if you are not struggling to fatten your pockets, if that is not the case, then what is the need for this unwarranted debacle amongst us? In my humble opinion, every legal Citizen of the Gambia has the exclusive right to vote and be voted for. But according to the present Constitution of our Country, anyone who holds a double citizenship can never run for President in the Republic of the Gambia. I am quite sure that this Constitutional provision is largely subjected to changes in the nearest future. It also goes without saying, that anyone who aspires to run for President in the Gambia must not be consecutively absent in the soil of the Gambia for more than five years.

Besides, the people of our Country currently need liberators and they are in a bad need of these persons. We want to see a leader who will come forward and vividly explain our collective problems and concerns to the world, a leader who will directly feel the inexplicable need of his/her people, a leader who will be able to solve all the previous and our current shortcomings, a leader who will have our Country at heart, a leader who will see the interest of our nation first before any other thing, a leader who by using his qualities of leadership will not be unable to appear as a unifying factor amongst our people, a leadership that will be able to resuscitate our broken diplomatic relations with that of the other powerful nations, because there is nothing more sacred than our people and freeing them from the grip of the enemy.

The Gambia, currently leaving in the darkness of Social Immorality, Political Instability, Economic Corruption, and Religious Misguidance, needs a leader who will emerge and make social and economic transformations and as well as sustainable reformations of all these drawbacks.

Thus, it is vividly clear to all of us that the Government of the Gambia has made an agreement with hell and a covenant with death, looking at the untold records of the height of human rights violations, crime against humanity, genocide, etc. If these records are anything to go buy, then why can’t we come together as people of one nation and safe both our Country and our People? In one of the best moments of our collective need for change.

It is possible for us to be united by our ideas instead of divided by our differences. Public opinion is what shapes the destiny of every nation in this 21st century. In the avoidance of all doubts, this is not the case in our country as we speak. Our Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, Cousins, Nieces, Uncles, In laws, Relatives, Friends, Imams, Politicians, Journalist, Right Activists, Defenders of Human Rights, to mention but a few, have been continuously victimised, intimidated, molested, ostracised, and set aside by the heartless government of our Republic.

President Jammeh has corrupted some our compatriots and bribed others, he has helped to distort the truth and reduced our independence and our sovereignty into dishonour, but one of the fundamental lessons he needs to learn is that our collective faith and spirit in fighting against repression and perpetual freedom, will remain unshakable.

These facts, are all clear testimonies that we could use as material evidences to agitate our most urgent needed actions in regaining our dignity, integrity, as well as our sovereignty that has been dishonoured by the repressive regime of President Jammeh Nineteen years back. It is high time for us not to allow our governments to use sovereignty as a seal in brutalising our own people. How can you have a long term development without stability? And would you be able to have stability without development, if you continuously harassed the people you have sworn to protect from both internal and external aggressions?

Furthermore, anyone who succeeds President Jammeh, must bear in mind that democratic elections must be conducted within six months period, or in other words, two years. Recent experiences in Africa and the world at large, has taught us that elections with integrity gives legitimacy to the winner but also gives protection to the looser. All presidential aspirants post Jammeh era, must be ready to face the people directly. They must be ready to explain in clear and simple terms, the problems and drawbacks to the people of the Gambia and the motive behind the untold hardships, enough the words, the loopholes during the reign of President Jammeh. We will need an aspirant who will be able to restore hope, dignity, integrity, respect, to the lives of our people.

In conclusion, an aspirant who will be able to introduce new Educational Policies for our young people, Economic Policies, Political Policies, Social Policies, Defence Policies and as well as Health Policies, which will help to quickly restore the broken image of our nation to the beautiful view of the entire World.

Coming over to Senegal, the Senegalese government will never involve into our internal politics and this is due to numerous reasons which we all know and understand. There are many covenants and treaties signed between governments of different nations which have dealt with so many salient issues both internal and external. Looking at the government of Senegal in these presents days, one will come to the conclusion that they are not happy with what is currently occurring in Banjul, but they will not be able to interfere on their own provided that our renegade soldiers and that of our diplomatic dissidents are not willing to come forward and face the issue at home directly and democratically. In most of my discussions with some key figures in Senegal, all they indicated is that they have not yet seen anyone who seems to be serious in matters relating to our nation. They have posited that freedom can never be earned on a silver plate adding that we have to get up and put our foot down and insist that we must fight the battle for dignity and by regaining our individual sovereignty as well as the sovereignty of our collective nation.

Any transitional group that emerge with huge credibility while having in place a road map for the future of the Republic of the Gambia, will in no doubt be respected. It is time for us to stand up and make the brain to dominate the blood in our Country.

God bless the Republic of the Gambia, Africa and the Entire World at Large.

‘Detained Journalists Are Prisoners of Conscience’

January 16, 2014
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musa sheriff

Editor Musa Sheriff

Sainey

Journalist Sainey M.K. Marenah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amnesty International has described the detained journalists as “prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom expression.” The human rights body wants people to sign petition to the relevant Gambian authorities.

Journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah have been in detention since 13 January. They have been charged with “giving false information to a public officer” following an article published in the privately-owned newspaper The Voice.

The journalists were charged with violating Chapter XIII of the Criminal Code, often used to target journalists who are exercising their freedom of expression. It is not clear whether Sheriff and Marenah will appear brought before a court of law within 72 hours or released.

The arrest, detention and subsequent detention of Musa and Sainey on December 9 followed the paper’s publication of a defection story of the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) party to the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP). The paper ran a rejoinder after the APRC contested the story.

Plain clothes officers stormed The Voice offices in Serekunda, interrogated staff and requested copies of December 9th article. Security agents arrested Editor-In-Chief Musa Sheriff and escorted him to Sanyang police station. The author of the story Sainey Marenah, a freelance journalist turned himself in after he was summoned to Sanyany police.  The two have since been in police custody.

Amnesty International wants people to write immediately in English or your own language and do the following:

n  Calling on the Gambian authorities to release Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah immediately and unconditionally, as they are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression;

n  Urging them to remove unlawful restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly from the legislation in The Gambia.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 26 FEBRUARY 2014 TO:

 

Minister of Justice

Amie Joof

Ministry of Justice

Marina Parade

Banjul

The Gambia

Fax: +220 422 9908

Email: info@moj.gov.gm

Salutation: Dear Director


Minister of Interior and NGO Affairs

Ousman Sonko

Ministry of Interior and NGO Affairs

No.5 J.R. Forster Street (Ex. Fitzgerald

Street)

Banjul

The Gambia

Fax: +220 420 1320

Salutation: Dear Minister


And copies to:

Minister of Foreign Affairs, International

Dr Aboubacar Senghore

Corporation and Gambians Abroad

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

4, Marina Parade

Banjul

The Gambia

Email: info@mofa.gov.gm

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below: Name Address 1, Address 2, Address 3, Fax Fax number, Email, Email, address, Salutation, Salutation.

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Gambian Editor Behind Bar Over Political Defection

January 14, 2014
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musa sheriffThe Editor of a private Gambian newspaper has been arrested by police in Sere Kunda on Monday morning. Musa Sheriff who publishes The Voice Newspaper  chief was whisked away by the police who escorted him to Sanyang police station in Kombo South where he is being held. 

According to confirmed sources, Mr. Sheriff is held in connection to a story he published in December 2013.  Mr. Sheriff originally hailed from Liberia but has lived in the Gambia for more than two decades.

The police went after him for publishing a story on the defection of 19 youths from the ruling Alliance for Patriotic, Re-orientation and Construction to the main opposition United Democratic Party. The defector were paraded at a UDP youth conference in Tanji, Kombo South last month. The aftermath of the conference culminated in mass arrest of opposition youths. One of the opposition youth leaders, Ebrima Solo Sandeng, is fighting for his freedom in court.

Mr. Musa Sheriff is currently languishing in Sanyang police cells pending his arraignment in court. Though it is not clear when Mr. Sheriff will appear in court, our sources said the police are on the verge of charging him for publishing false news.

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BEFORE JAMMEH’S SOOTHSAYER CONTINUES…

December 29, 2013
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Pa Nderry, Yanks Darboe, Et al., Please Listen

 

Yankuba Darboe, the NTCG's justice minister, in Paris on 10 October 2012

By Gambiano

Pa Nderry, Yankuba Darboe (Base) et al., please listen. If I address you by your nick names, you’ll both, perhaps, get my true identity and that will whomp a vow or purpose. Just consider this a live interaction I’m doing with you. So if the language sounds too informal, personal, or family, please be advised of the disclaimer. And you, the reader, this piece could be rated PG 25, okay—for these are folks I can address with abandon.

Also, it’s not my style to use pronouns ‘I’ and ‘Me’ because I’m too insignificant and poorly situated to draw attention to myself. But this is one of those jeremiads that can scarcely shun that. I don’t know about you, but I still love to be called, “Baa Doleh”, “Fuwaaro (Indigent)”, Fali Bayilaa (Donkey driver), or son of a poor farmer—not a “seasoned journalist”, or academician. I don’t even have a proud college degree.

But why this article? Your ongoing mudslinging heralds a chaotic post-Jammeh theater of ego gladiators, perhaps currently steeped in personal fables as to entertain thoughts of leadership or strategic positions of power. Please don’t offer tiny Gambia robes too Peloponnesian—attires too bellicose and premonitions too internecine, yet temperaments too ripe with mediocrity.

Yanks Darboe and Pa Nderry, you might be poles apart on the functionary spectrum as I type these. But did you realize you both share a thing too large to ignore? It’s called ‘ego’ with its avuncular “personal fable”, for a phrase. Usually, people that pique history’s attention fare very humbly. They prefer their silence to their speech, their calm to their stir, and their impact to their identity until providence calls otherwise.

 

Pa Nderry

Pa, neither Walter Cronkite, nor Peter Jennings would bear the chutzpah to say, “My Mexican or Black Brothers, you can come after me if you want…” blah blah blah! Not even your synonym, William Randolph Hearst would ditto. And there’s a high voltage reason I equate you to Hearst. There are words sentiments or emotion may force to the mouth that should never meet expression. I’m not a Mandinka or Wollof. I’m a Gambian, a human being, and a citizen of the world—period! So before I ask you to cut the crap, I’m not defending any tribe here.

But here’s my stance on tribe. Often do you hear only in Africa, especially Senegambia, “Mann domi Wollof peerrr laa!” (I’m a pure Wollof offspring), just like you often hear a Mandinka, Jola, Fula, or Njaago uttering the same nonsense. Well first of all, “Peerrr” isn’t Wollof, Jola, Fula, or Mandinka. It’s a derivative of French “Pur” or its English “Pure”. So, brothers, we can’t even speak our “pure” languages—how do we verify the pureness of our tribal lineages? Who can stand in the streets of Serrekunda, Banjul, or Jarra Soma and vaunt, “I’m a pure Mandinka or Wollof because all my forefathers never consorted with women of other tribes”? Don’t you forget how polygamous our ancestors were!

Pa, you might argue, “But I didn’t say anything tribally-offensive and I’m not tribalist.” Your words are, even if the intent was goodwill. I give you an example in the American context—can a Caucasian address a black person on any medium, “Hey Blackman, you’re very good-looking”? The intent in this sentence isn’t ill—the inference is, especially with the current Tea Party wave seeking forceful swash.

Brothers, the modern age is busy with inventions. And we are busy head-butting about tribes! How I wished I was in front of all of you right now—Pa Nderry, Yanks, and co. Look, I don’t know about you, but the world doesn’t care about Jolas, Mandinkas, Fula, Wollof, Njaago, Serere, or Serahule. They clump us into one lump—negroid, niggers, or dark skinned and dim-wits who can’t even solve hunger and starvation, let alone invent an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy! If anybody feels hurt with my words, please grab a big cardboard and scribble your tribe’s name on it and then wave it at cars and people passing in any street in Washington, Seattle, London, Paris, or Riyadh and then watch the reaction.

If you really want to weigh how shallow someone is, just pay attention to what they value. Prophets never clung to tribe—nor did sages, seers, philosophers, or inventors. Did Steve Jobs bellow his Syrian pedigree—or Bill Gates his Hellenistic rub-off? These guys accumulated so much while we were, and still are, busy placing premium on things as inefficacious to our cry as is a rain drop to an ocean.

Pa, please stop the ad hominem. I’ve never met Bamba Mass or Suntu Touray. So don’t think I’m taking sides. If we all resort to your style, Pa, you’ll go to bed crying any day I open my mouth. A word for the wise is enough and I hope you’ll heed this plea from a little brother. Yes, little brother and you know how little brothers are—they can address big brothers loosely, or throw stones and yet hide their hands. You won’t happen to remember how you used to call me almost every night, and sometimes confiding very serious personal information. I’ve kept those secret not because of you, but Allaah. And any day your enemies know them, they’ll build sovereign shrines of headlines! But I gave my word to Allaah: I’ll go to the grave with them, insha Allaah.

Just stop being too excited about being in America. Be humble, please. I thank you for that which you think you’ve achieved just like I thank you for the good job you think you’re doing. In all spheres of life, you’ve achieved very little, compared to some Gambians. But they’re humble. And please stop devouring obvious flattery.

Those Gambians that could have assumed journalistic functions on the international scene are somewhat preoccupied with other commitments. That’s one of the reasons Freedom Newspaper has been at the zenith of Gambia’s online stage of hearsay or better put, factoid and vignettes of score-mongering. But I give you credit for the devotion. You’re not a full-time or trained journalist, Pa. A degree in communication or PR doesn’t make anyone a journalist.

You see, Pa, Gambia has been behind for so long. We’ve been behind in sports, the arts, academics, etc. How many Gambians really graduated from journalism schools? Have you ever been invited at a press conference where you shared a platform with counterparts from other countries? I bet you won’t even whisper at any White House press briefing—will you?

But please meet journalists from Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, etc, and see how less you know or can do. I don’t have time for ad hominem. But please work on your spoken and written English. It’s very likely you can’t even list and explain the eight parts of speech before reading this silly philippic. Nor do you seem to fathom subject/verb agreement (seventh grade grammar) considering how you write or speak. But has this made you any humble? Those respect humility who really know. And those are eager to show that they know who know not. Listen to Socrates, please:

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing…” Socrates

Thanks to the advent of Yahya Jammeh and his Nebuchadnezzar propensity, diaspora Gambians found a forum to purge sentiments legitimate or otherwise. And I thank Freedom Newspaper and all other fora for that. But Pa, your recognition only stays in that diaspora. Go to the streets in The Gambia and find out how many even know you. Even if Freedom Newspaper wasn’t blocked, please count how many Gambians have internet access and factor that into the electorate mass.

I could infer from one of your references to Yanks Darboe stating that whenever you’re interested in ruling Gambia, you’ll announce it. I can’t be sure if you wanted to reiterate the opposite—if not, please wait till Jammeh is no more and see if Gambians will look at you let alone vote for you. That’s why I phrased earlier, “personal fable”. The online community isn’t the whole Gambia. The equation can’t court a balance! Please gauge your fame or scope in The Gambia and find out. And how long have you been away?

Certainly there’s a poke at leadership you may harbor however faint it is. You did replay Yank Darboe’s tape to stratagem and pitched your cards well. Why did you significantly pick the segment saying, and I paraphrase, “Pa Nderry should be our leader”? The wise pose the axiom tersely that, “Day dreaming is a very bad habit.” Here’s a laser point, Pa. Work on parlance first. Seek wisdom, hygienic or chaste English (at least for the medium), and practice humility.

 

Yanks Darboe,

“Base”, just the nostalgia the nickname evokes conquers me! You were always a comedian.  You weren’t as personal with Pa Nderry as I was back in the days. But please, for the sake of the time we all spent together with Pa and many others, bury the hatchet. I can vouchsafe that Pa was never a tribalist—at least not during the time he spent with us. If you say he now bears a slippery tongue, that I may agree. And if you say he glibly makes statements, that I’ll purchase as well. When he arrived in America, I used to tell him not to be too excited.  (As if I knew what such could lead to) ‘Base’, all humans are signatories to weaknesses and flaws. I love it when people inform me of mine. Here’s yours if you would kindly resist thinking I’m being too uncharitable: Attention freak and ego marketer! Now don’t feel bad. You were my pal so I can tell you anything. Here’s what may please thee: You weren’t like this pre-UK. Like Pa Nderry, don’t be too excited about abroad. Gambia is sweeter than abroad except for Yahya Jammeh’s defiance of reason. Just few weeks ago did I stand at the old Observer premises and almost shed tears. All of you swarmed to memory as the fit of retrospection charged. I still have a photograph of us in my custody which you will seriously love to see. Base, you were such a lovely pal with a rare sense of humor. Please don’t let that fallow.

Any really successful Gambian won’t easily trumpet his presence anywhere. Why? Because we’ve not finished helping Gambia yet, let alone Africa. Let me break that down: If I go to Wall Street and treat barons to my feat, that’s a bit more comfortable than doing the same with Gambians or Africans who need our help and pity—not our pomp. So, who are we marketing our clout, success, or ego to—especially when we go on air? Certainly, the Rothschild’s would seriously deign to take a sneak peek at these—and that is, if they give a hoot!

 

So:

Both Pa and Yanks, please utilize your Facebook pages, Kibaaro and Freedom and exchange pleasantries. We all make mistakes. I’ve said this before and will repeat: Our current political divide and its tempo carry a curious exponent not commensurate to Gambia’s population, size, and demographics.

Quite a popular WAEC question used to go, “Coalition tends to disintegrate when the common enemy is removed, discus”. This was about Napoléon I and the concert against him (Verona, Troppeaux, & Aix La Chappeles) in pre-1830 revolutions in Europe. The common enemy here isn’t Napoleone. It’s Yahya Jammeh. And this common enemy isn’t even removed, yet coalition tends to disintegrate. Now imagine what will happen when he’s removed!

So may I end with “Those who don’t learn from bad history often repeat it.”

Gambiano821@gmail.com

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Is This Not Another Malicious Way Of Relaying Information?

December 25, 2013
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Sulayman Nyassi  I woke up to the news that our comrade Lasana Jobarteh was unlawfully paraded in court and foolishly charged with bogus charges as relayed by one of our renowned and rising stars in the business of journalism, Fabakary B. Ceesay. He is a very brave, young and talented journalist who went all out to risk his life to investigate about those who got killed or mysteriously disappeared in within the Fonis, including Jammeh’s own family members. He scarified his life to let us know the truth surrounding many of Jammeh’s atrocities committed in the Fonis and are all well documented so kudos brother Ceesay, we salute you as well. 

I read his posting on his Facebook wall and couldn’t believe that the Jammeh administration will yet stoop this low over again to dare prosecute an innocent man, for simply exercising his constitutional rights. Clearly, it is yet another display of the lack of intolerance, rule of law in our motherland but above all, it goes to further expose the brutal nature of the globally rejected regime of the Jammeh administration.

To all those who misunderstood my worries and outburst with regards to our dear brother, editor Pa Nderry M’bai should please follow me for the last time, as I was shocked to see him doing all that we confronted him about with even more malicious intent.  I will explain clearly why I draw such a conclusion.

Following the report from our brother B. Ceesay who posted it on his Facebook page, Freedomnewspaper took the story and republished it and further went on to add very implicating stuff. I want  you to revisit the article carefully and be your own judge.

Pa Nderry put it in this own way by first reporting exactly that “Lasana Jobarteh is charged under the information act for broadcasting using Skype through an iPod without license. He pleads not guilty. Darboe is applying for bail,”Fabakary B. Ceesay reported. The case is being heard in court at this time. Will keep you posted. Here he started his spin on it by promising us that he is aware of the ongoing court case and therefore, we will be informed in due course. Fine brother, as expected of you.

Now folks, Mr editor M’bai went on to add his spices and herbs on it with pure heart feelings by adding this to the story line, saying that, “It would be recalled that Freedom radio’s coverage of the opposition rally was facilitated with the help of Lasana Jobarteh, who uses Ousainou Darboe’s Ipad to relay the opposition meeting through our airwaves. He logged on Darboe’s personal Skype account to be able to stream the meeting live on Freedom radio”.

It will be recalled he started with, as if we the public were there when he made arrangements to air the rallies and not only that but he seems to be violating his own code of conduct. It is evident that he is selling out our comrades on the ground and in the same struggle by further authenticating, revealing and willingly and covertly, supplying information to the repressive regime, knowing that such can, will or maybe used to implicate innocent people. Over the years, he directly and indirectly helped the regime to victimise so many people of our beloved nation.

Yes he did a wonderful service to our people as well but equally, he caused many families to cry, for losing their bread winner and he does it, brag and laugh about it so Pa Nderry must not be immune from any criticism hence he is clearly playing with the lives of our people as if he is acting a horror movie. Pa is even more than happy to tell the NIA WHO and HOW he covered the rallies and yet he is a professional journalist? Is he protecting his source of information here? Is that not a clear violating of confidentiality and all code of conduct as a journalist?

Pa, I know you must have been fuming that Jobarteh was arrested and released without Darboe being arrested as well hence you clearly have a big agenda against the UDP and its leadership because otherwise, why will you be revealing all the above information as to who did what and how it was done? I find your coded messages very Pathetic and sickening but many do now know your true face in the struggle because you have become another Jammeh on both sides of the corners of the world to the point that you brag about being the most feared Gambian. Good on you mate but what you wish to see may befall on your very head brother.

I thought you would have learnt from your own mistakes but it is now clear that you did it all this years with pure malice, hatred and jealousy. I personally once thought high of you but the more I scrutinised some of your write ups, the more disturbed I become and that is how we got here brother. Like I said, I will take this opportunity to publicly challenged you and your praise singers for a clean, free, fair and balanced debate to iron things out still just to proof my case to all and show you that on a level, I have no beef with you at all but the way you think and flow in writing your articles must be revisited for many are falling victim because of your gullibility, naivety or irresponsible behaviour as a supposedly professional journalist.

We all now know your impudent nature and is no difference with that of your boss in the game of rudeness, Jallow Kanilia. Pa Nderry Mbai, do please revisit your mail on FB and see the messages I sent you on the day the monster brought your parents on GRTS. You know full well that I, like many people took the time out to comfort you not only privately, but went all out to defend you against any negative vibes in public as well but If you can now be shamelessly sitting in your comfort home in the US, raining insults on our elders will only goes to reaffirm to me that, all that your parents have said may as well be considered to be true hence only a cursed child will dare to disrespect our elders in the manner and fashion you doing brother.

Any Gambian blessed enough, wouldn’t be disrespecting our elders in this trial times. Remember that your grandfather came to the Gambia and established a solid relationship with the very people you now insulting today. It is like listening to Jammeh ranting and insulting us all as a nation brother. Do you have to stoop this low after all you’ve already done in the struggle to become someone in our nation’s history, post Jammeh era? Whoever is telling you to attack tom, dick and harry are only misleading you because our focus should be our common enemy brother Mbai and you know better than stoop way low below your expected standards as a professional Journalist in the struggle.

Please brother, is time to wake up to reality my friend and realise that a website, radio and sources are not the end of this world and many have it well before you came to the US and none have ever used it to get people in trouble like you are still doing. Pa Nderry, do please always remember that  Jammeh will soon become history and remember that, we’re all in this struggle together so do reason well with yourself because you do seriously need advisers who will not praise you all day and night but tell you the harsh reality at all times.

Frankly speaking, that is what you lack hence no one can tell you anything because you own your newspaper and radio, which is sad but please brother, listen to the voices telling you the truth out of good will and principles based on honesty and brotherly love. Time to change your ways brother for the life’s of our people is not for sale nor for fun.

In the service for Humanity,

Sulayman Shyngle Nyassi/UK

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