THE POLITICS OF THE MILITARY (PART TWO)

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DOES HE BOTHER?

DOES HE BOTHER?

GENERAL SAUL BADJIE

GENERAL SAUL BADJIE

Besides Gambians are now fed up with lies of one coup conspiracy after another. Samsudeen Sarr and Mamat Cham, Sana Sabally, Sadibou Haidara and even the current vocal secretary of state for the Interior Ousman Badjie were all at one time accused of dubious coup conspiracies and incarcerated at Mile Two Central Prisons for months and years. But were some these people not eventually released and appointed to the highest and most sensitive security positions in Jammeh’s government? How Samsudeen Sarr and Ousman Badgie could accused coup plotters become Commander of the Gambia Army and Secretary of State for the Interior respectively? Furthermore didn’t they try everything in vain to deceive the whole world about what really happened to the late Koro Ceesay? So for God’s sake let the narrow-minded intellectual sycophants of Jammeh’s government give us a break about their dubious coup conspiracy theory. They have really made the APRC government synonymous with Lies, Lies and Lies.

By the way I am definitely left wondering why another notorious bafoon among Jammeh’s thugs survived the downfall of his partners. Musa Jammeh was the third person in the three-man bullies controlled by Yaya. Perhaps Musa was spared simply because he was a “Jola” and a closer relative and puppet to Jammeh. Yet Musa is shamelessly more dangerous than the other two. Before the coup in 1994 Musa was among Ex-President Jawara’s closest body guards. And it is evident that since then in order to clear that past image, he had turned into one of the worst tools of Yaya. Anyway he should be keenly watched as another Jammeh-created snake that could at any moment spit his venom to his boss. I cannot however conclude my observation without mentioning one of the most critical and disturbing aspect Jammeh’s coup consequences. How come every time Yaya Jammeh’s government snaps with a fake coup it is only the Mandingos, Wolofs Fulas who are killed in the process and buried in the most indecent manner? Check this list since 1994:

Name of Soldier Executed Ethnic Group Burial Site
1.Lt.Basiru Barrow Mandingo Behind Yundum Barracks toilets.
2. Lt.Gibril Saye Wolof Ditto

  1. Lt .Abdoulie Bah Fullah Ditto
  2. Lt. Abdoulie Faal (D O T) Wolof Ditto
  3. SSgt. Fafa Nyang Wolof Ditto
  4. Sgt.Basiru Camara Mandingo Ditto
  5. Sgt.E.M.Ceesay Wolof Ditto
  6. Lt.Almamo Manneh Mandingo Not yet known
  7. Cpl.Dumbuya Mandingo Not yet known

In the final analysis, it is clear that members of Jammeh’s ethnic group are
always unaffected. Landing Sanneh was for instance Almamo Manneh’s Boss in every respect, then how come the former, a Jola, survived the so-called coup attempt and the latter, a Mandingo, died in the shoot-out? Why not just call it the execution of more Mandingos? But Jammeh should know that the day of reckoning is drawing near and he should also start marking his own spot behind the toilets at Yundum Barracks. What goes around comes around body!

THE GNA SOLDIERS NOT THE POWER BASE FOR YAYA JAMMEH

Before dealing with my next subject, I would first like to extend my sincere appreciation to all those wonderful comments sent by various readers of my last issue. Your encouraging words were certainly morale boosters and have reinforced my determination and spirit to be more sharing with a candid approach. I cannot however ignore the few questions forwarded doubting the credibility of my information, because I sincerely believe that every sceptic deserve a satisfactory explanation of everything said about the Jammeh regime. Saying that I was a true serving member of the Gambia National Army (GNA) from its early inception in 1985 to its most recent past may not be sufficient consolidate the credibility I hope to project. If I also stopped at merely explaining my broad knowledge of military operations-orders ranging from the section, platoon, company or even battalion battle drills the highest operational capability of the present GNA my points may still not sink in well into the minds of those without proper military education.

However before elaborating on some more tangible lines, I would like to inform everybody that I am a well-trained infantry soldier with advanced skills of a combatant in field craft, the special ability of a sharp shooter but above all the discipline of a true soldier. A true soldier precisely means a good fighter for the right course without being unnecessarily bloodthirsty. It also means being professional and having less or nothing to do with politics. Soldiers with political aspirations are nothing but rebels or bandits in uniform. However let me now give a broader or additional proof of my assertion that Jammeh’s government always comes up with false coup plots merely to eliminate innocent Gambians. Take the case of Captain Yankuba Drammeh the current Commanding Officer(CO) of the largest fighting battalion in the GNA,1 Infantry Battalion. His office and cellular phone numbers are 4722121 and 990178 respectively. Call him and if he is honest with you should be able to tell you the harrowing experience he suffered at Mile Two Central prisons accused by Jammeh of a dubious coup plot against his government. Or you try Captain Cherno Jallow the present CO of the second largest battalion on his office number-497100-and he could also tell you the terrible days he was incarcerated at death row by Yaya for planning a coup he could not justify. Captain Alpha Kinteh at the Army Headquarters Banjul on 225772or225771 also suffered in the hands of Yaya on a coup conspiracy charge no one could enlighten for him. I could go on and on, but that would simply tie me down on this subject that I think I have now been adequately treated, at least for this forum. So I will move to my next subject deserving equal importance.

As a former member of the GNA I am now trying to find the right voice to speak for mainly those honest and good soldiers of the GNA who had nothing to do with Yaya’s coup and are ashamed of being associated with him or his government. Nevertheless the general civilian public often categorize all the soldiers in uniform as other Yaya Jammehs, Edward Singhatehs, Lamin Kaba Bajos, Yankuba Tourays or the few stupid ones blindly following them. Contrary to that stereotype concept, I can speak with confidence that 90% ormore of the GNA soldiers on active service are very good, honest and God fearing Gambians holding on to their jobs primarily to make a simple living.  But did you know that Lt.Gibril Saye was bayonetted all over his body including both his eyes before he was finally shot by Staff Sergeant Kanyi? Lt. Abdoulie Faal (DOT) had his back bone broken by bending him backwards until the bone snap at his waist before he was shot and killed with a 9mm pistol. All these stories were more or less known to the Gambian public, but because they were soldiers, the crimes were perfectly normal. So one could judge clearly the precarious message behind the whole episode. When Jammeh hits a civilian regardless of how friendly or close that person was to the tyrant, the action is condemned with the whole GNA sometimes blamed for it. Yet when a soldier attempts to even question the legitimacy of the idiot and is as a result maimed or killed the public says little or nothing about it.

Anyhow in actual fact, looking at Jammeh’s government since the coup in 1994, it has always been the civilians who supplied him with the right administrative ingredients that has sustained his government for so long. The soldiers could not and in reality would not if they could. Apparently even the most educated and best trained soldiers of the GNA had no clue of how to run a government much more Yaya one of the most under-educated and less-trained in the army. With his grade 11 high school education the idiot was not even a member of the GNA. He was a gendarmerie personnel with then worst record of professional or academic attainment. If the civilians worshipping him were aware of how mentally backward he was, and they decide to stop helping him today, within few hours his government would collapse altogether. But perhaps the civilians very well know the low mental level of the fool and enjoy exploiting it for their selfish interest What is only sad about it is the continuous denunciation of the ordinary common soldiers for keeping the Kanilai monster in power.


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