KARTONG RESIDENTS NEAR
BARRACKS RISK EVICTION
Gambian leader has reportedly planned to extend his land grabbing spree in the country, with Kartong villagers waiting to become victims of eviction. Their neighbours in Siffoe and Kitty villages have had their lands forcibly forfeited by President Yahya Jammeh without being compensated.
Kibaaro News was informed that Mr. Jammeh had mumbled his land grabbing intentions during a recent meeting with elders of the coastal village located near the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean. Kartong, a village with over 3,000 inhabitants, lies right on the border with Senegal.
Villagers were shocked to the bone when President Jammeh said he intended to extend the Kartong Military Barracks. Consequently, all the compounds and lands close to the barracks will become part of the extension project.
Gambian President however failed to disclose whether his government will compensate land owners most of who use their lands for subsistence farming. Instead Mr. Jammeh said his next move is to send a team of officials to hold a meeting with Kartong villagers about how to realize his plans. ”This has created worry and confusion among Kartong villagers,” said a source. ”Their fear and confusion centers on Mr. Jammeh’s next move.”
Our sources also reported that President Jammeh used his visit to buy all the fish on sale. His motives were not publicly disclosed, although some people believed he might have used the fish to feed wild animals [crocodiles and wolves] in his Kanilai zoo.