Mr. Jammeh’s unannounced visit is prompted by his deteriorating health condition, State House sources confirmed. President Jammeh is accompanied by Secretary General Momodou Sabally. Shortly before his scheduled travel, Mr. Jammeh added the port-folio of Head of Civil Service to Mr. Sabally’s title.
President Jammeh is expected to attend a meeting involving French authorities. He is also billed to meet officials of the European Union as they make decision on whether to give the Gambia grant of ten million Euros.
Gambian leader’s supporters in France who have got wind of the unannounced trip have been mired in worry. They have been mobilized to accord tumultuous welcome to Mr. Jammeh. President Jammeh’s opponents are also planning to shame him for “turning our country into unimaginable dictatorship, resulting to gross violations of human rights.”
News from the grapevine said Mr. Jammeh wanted to sneak into France to avoid a replica of the New York debacle in September, when right-conscious Gambian activists barricaded his hotel.
Before leaving for Paris, Gambian leader was reported to have been disturbed with the message he had received from a Hausa marabous from Nigeria that his leadership is mired in “serious darkness.” He was reportedly advised to sacrifice four minor children from different tribes, perhaps, to safe a disintegrating empire from collapsing.