HIGH ALERT!!!!UZTAAZ OUSMAN JAH CAME ON GRTS SAT COMFORTABLY AND THEN CALLED YAHYA JAMMEH’S CRITICS OVER A SO CALLED AMNESTY EXTENDED TO PRISONERS,‘MBALLIT’ WHICH MEANS WASTE MATTER IN ENGLISH. LAMIN JADAMA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER OF NIAMINA WEST SAID WHEN ALL PRISONS ARE EMPTIED WHO ELSE CAN SEEK FOR ASYLUM ABROAD? Banjul Focus Admin. To Uztaaz Ousman Jah we have a very short message for you today. You called Jammeh critics ‘mballit’ because you believe that he deserves the support of even angels! You even equated Yahya Jammeh to angels and all what not. Mr Jah we will make you understand one thing. Go back to your own roots and ask them if all those who criticize Yahya home and abroad can be equated to ‘mballit’? Well for today we will also remind you that you said a lot about how you dislike being associated with people who receive medals from state house. By the way Uztaaz Ousman Jah there are people amongst those you called ‘mballit’ who definitely are closer to cleanliness than you are. Lamin Jadama NAM of Niamina West who was reading from a document with a Gambia government letter head went above and beyond as a sales person of Shaytaan. Lamin made reference to people who seek asylum abroad saying Mile Two is empty therefore none can be qualified in that regard anymore. What Lamin failed to mention though is his own kin who are abroad seeking asylum, some of whom have been granted status after presenting the very stories Lamin was going against. LAMIN JADAMA AND UZTAAZ OUSMAN JAH GHANA’S PRESIDENT MAHAMA FREED 900 PRISONERS WITH NO NOISE! PONDER UPON THAT BEFORE WE COME BACK. Uztaaz Ousman Jah none of us poked you and you have been respected over the years however now that you have thrown yourself into the ring be our guest! Yahya Jammeh the one you are praising today will be the very Yahya Jammeh you will castigate in the very near future Insha Allah. For sure this episode makes some of us more determined and this fight will indeed END on the bitter side for Yahya that is a promise and let him wait and see. Yahya Jammeh should raise his right hand a swear to his soul that he knows who some of us are and he knows that he will face his fate on a sunny day. YAHYA JAMMEH IS SHAMELESSLY SAYING HE HAS OPENED A NEW PAGE BUT AT THE SAME TIME WARNING THAT NO ONE SHOULD STAIN IT. LET US TELL YAHYA JAMMEH ONE THING TODAY, THE NEW PAGE IS THE PAGE THAT WILL WRITE HIS FAREWELL SPEECH FEE AMAANILAAH. WATCH AND SEE. WE WILL BE BACK ON THIS WITHIN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE INSHA ALLAH. END.
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By: Ousainou Mbenga With his tail tucked in, he retreated from travelling outside the Gambia; his cowardly movements between Kanilai and Banjul under heavy armor with a senseless number of military check points, Jammeh has been given a taste of his own medicine of “living in fear”; thanks to the December 30, 2014 attack on the State House. Jammeh, now more than ever before, knows that he has been driven to the edge of the cliff of no return, to join past neocolonial gangsters like him who wreaked havoc on Africa. The once paralyzing fear, never known in our beloved Gambia, has finally evaporated into thin air. Second to April 10 and 11, 2000, December 30, 2014 will be forever etched on our national consciousness. Credible information has reached us that, no less than a thousand guards (GNA, NIA and his unofficial thugs) rotate monthly in defense of the State House in Banjul. The number of guards at the killing fields in Kanilai is open to anyone’s guess. This is the end game for tyrants who choose to be deaf, dumb and blind to peace and social justice. Jammeh has trusted neither himself nor his shadow for a very long time. As the saying goes: “Baaken Jama la Bugga” – there is no soul that doesn’t yearn for peace; even Jammeh. But peace, he will never know for the rest of his devilish life. If anyone doubts his paranoia with paralyzing fear, watch the procession on the day of the Eid prayers. Inside the mosque, rows in front, beside and behind him stood plain clothes killers at guard while he “prayed”. He’s been heard telling an American ambassador that,“he is not the monster people claim he is”. Joseph Mobutu, a poisoned fruit from the same tree as Jammeh once uttered: “I am not a monster”. Yes, 21 years has been too damn long to have put up with AFPRC-APRC tyranny but our relentless fight has driven Jammeh to the end of his rope. Either he hangs himself or he will be uprooted by any means necessary. For quite some time, Jammeh has realized that his “armor of invincibility” had been pierced through, rendering all his ghoulish sacrifices and amulets (“Jujus”) useless. Like tyrants before him, the consequences of his reign of terror have begun to melt away the fear that his regime fed on for the past years. Now, Jammeh is drowning in the sewage of his repressive regime. After unleashing every imaginable act of terror against the people of our peace loving Gambia, he resorts to the oldest trick in the “book of tyrants”. Jammeh now resorts to deceitful acts of sympathy and questionable benevolence such as his recent presidential “massive pardons” of prisoners, the majority of whom were illegally imprisoned in the first place. He is at his desperate best to survive this catastrophe of his own making. Jammeh never does anything out of the goodness of his heart. If he did he would have had friends. Everyone that Jammeh ‘befriended’ either ended in tragedy or in betrayal. Additional pressure, aside from the resistance of the “diaspora” is bearing heavily on Jammeh, from international organizations and governments, to make gestures of “reconciliation”. It has been confirmed that Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, the sitting Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) recently visited Gambia and indeed met with Jammeh. Whether she gave him her own advice or conveyed advice from other sources to diffuse the mounting internal crises and begin laying down his “exit plan” or worst, preparing the grounds for the 2016 elections; Jammeh can never rule in the same old way he did. The “genie is out of the bottle”; it can never be put back. As the genie got out of the bottle, so did Ali Cham, a Gambian rapper, stage name “Killer Ace”, with his caustic relics (“Ku Boka C Geta G”) against the buffoon Jammeh regime. The bottled –up bitterness against the AFPRC – APRC regime is erupting like a hot blast. But Jammeh has a lot more to answer to beyond the ceremonial release of “229 prisoners” under bizarre circumstances. Like most Gambians, we welcome the release of the prisoners but are, categorically, not grateful to anyone, especially Jammeh. A mere scratch on the surface is not satisfactory. We must dig deep down into the rot that AFPRC-APRC has created during its reign of terror to come to a closure. There are no doubts that the willfully ignorant sycophants of the regime and the advocates of “meaningless peace” will be at it again in their baseless defense of this dying but not yet dead regime. They have become masters at spinning reality wrong side up with their empty slogans “we don’t want any violence” and “Gambia is a peaceful country”. Where were these hypocrites for the past 21 years when violence was the only solution Jammeh applied in every situation? If you want meaningful peace, you must be willing to fight for it. No manipulations can help Jammeh survive this catastrophe. The shameless “men of God” – Pastors Intercessory Forum of Gambia should ask their counterparts -“Imams of shame” – no renegades against righteousness ever climbed to the top of Jammeh’s “slimy ladder of success”. And to the families of the “pardoned prisoners”; stand on the right side of history. Don’t let Jammeh manipulate your emotions to march in praise of his deceitful benevolence. A proud –future Gambia is on the horizon, let’s build a new Gambia without Jammeh. We will protest against any attempts to sanitize Jammeh for the sake of “meaningless reconciliations” at our expense. There must be a new beginning in our beloved Gambia which cannot co-exist with Jammeh. We demand: An independent investigation into Koro Ceesay’s mysterious death An investigation into the disappearance of Chief Ebrima Manneh, Saul Ndow, Mahawa Cham, Ndure Cham, Ebou Jobe, Mahmoud Ceesay and countless other soldiers and civilians. An investigation into the assassination of Deida Hydara An inquiry in the torture chambers such as Fort Bullen and “Bamba Dinka”with testimony from torture and rape survivors. An open inquiry into the prison population at the Jeswang and Georgetown prisons “FREEDOM FOR EVERYBODY OR FRREDOM FOR NOB
Senegal :Macky Sall pardoned 485 prisoners during the last ten days of the Ramadan . Ghana :900 prisoners get Presidential pardon President John Mahama has granted amnesty to 900 prisoners to mark Republic Day tomorrow, July 1. The presidential pardon was granted based on ill health, advanced age and satisfactory behavior of inmates, said a statement from the Interior Ministry. The 900 pardoned prisoners include 883 first offenders of good behavior who have served half or more of their sentences, one elderly prisoner, and one prisoner who is very ill. Also fourteen prisoners on death row who have served at least ten years have had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, and one prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment who has served ten years has had his sentence commuted to a definite term of 20 years. The president, according to the Interior Ministry statement, has asked them to conduct themselves properly to avoid breaking the law again. The President also urged the general public and families of beneficiaries to receive the pardoned prisoners back and help integrate into society. He said the pardoned prisoners should be assisted to live meaningful lives and contribute to society. The amnesty granted to the prisoners is in the exercise of the President’s prerogative of mercy under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution. The President acts upon the advice of the Council of State and the recommendation of the Ghana Prison Service in granting amnesty. – See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2015/june-30th/900-prisoners-get-presidential-pardon.php#sthash.IoT9oRKE.dpuf
ESSA BOKARR SATURDAY YONN WEE SHOW: PRISONER RELEASE USED AS PROPAGANDA BANJUL-DAKAR HYPOCRITES FEAST OVER THE MEAT OF SALIEU NYANG, TABARA SAMBA AND GIBRILL BAH. RANGING FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE OFFICIAL, HARD FACTS ATTACKING HYPOCRITES WITH STRONG WORDS. GHANA’S PRESIDENT RELEASED 900 PRISONERS FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS NONE OF THOSE INMATES WAS FORCED TO MARCH IN THE STREETS AND CHANT PRAISES FOR THE PRESIDENT MAHAMA. YAHYA JAMMEH A SERIAL KILLER AND GENOCIDAL MANIAC CAN NEVER WIN A TROPHY WHERE SINCERITY AND MERCY THE UMPIRES. 1 PM NEW YORK TIME, 5 PM BANJUL TIME SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST 2015.
PROSE:SENSE AND MIND CHAT. By Essa Bokarr Sey Mind:Good morning sense! How are you today? Sense: I am in a state of trance. Cannot just stop connecting these wires. Without them progress will sniff distress. Mind: I concur because they keep transporting all these electrons from common sense to essence. Mind: Tell me more sense! Were you not tasked to serve as a fence for essence? Sense: Not anymore my good friend mind. I had to shift positions because there is this X factor in common sense that thinking cannot still solve! Mind: Tell me about it! I have also been wondering about so many things. Sense: What do you have in store, mind? Mind: You see this is exactly why progress is slow in our society as people cannot handle challenges. Life is not EASY RIDE every day. Anyone who lives through challenges turns out to be part of the most successful. Unfortunately though, for most Gambians challenge is something to be avoided. Sense you know that none can avoid challenge don’t you? Sense: Mind my friend you are absolutely right! As challenge is the engine of change. Mind: Ignite the engine then if not we will not cross the bridge. Sense: Bridges are not fridges. Mind: Yes! Water flows under, traffic flows above. Sense: Yes! I have found the formula!!!! Mind: What is it? Sense: Progress plus action equals to PRODUCTION. Mind: What a genius! The engine has already been ignited, change says change the gears!!! Sense: What about life? Does it have anything to say? Mind: Life left a note for time. which we should read. Sense and Mind opened the envelope, the message reads: “Hello sense and mind, my guarantee for the product I sold to you is CHANGE. END… ALL RIGHTS RESERVED FROM THE COLLECTION OF BUNDHU POEMS.
A pardoned Prisoner Dr. Njogu Lamin Bah told Gambians to stop fighting each other just for position and the reporting of each other to authority. Dr Bah was speaking to fellow a gathering of marchers who converged at the July 22nd square as he thank President Jammeh for granting them amnesty. Mr Bah said Gambians must stop the culture of fanning the flames of hate saying look we are all one and we all want the Gambia therefore we must stop the infighting and reporting each other to authority rather we should all focus on national development. Dr. Bah who had been in the system working for the Dictator before he fell from the ladder and imprisoned for abuse of office look very disturbed and unhappy while lamenting that Gambia can only develop when all unite for a common purpose. It looks and sound as Dr. Bah has learnt something while in prison which he did not notice when he was working within the system as Secretary General and minister responsible for presidential affairs. Yesterday Thursday as the whole drama unfolded in Banjul, where pardoned prisoners and government departments marched heaping praises on Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh, lead by a musical band, marchers which include prisoners and other well-wishers who marched from the entrance of the Banjul the capital city of the Gambia beginning at the Arch monument to the July 22 Square. At the square, they then converged in a meeting type in which speakers after speakers gave their praise of the President. Speakers included Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy, Foreign Minister Neneh Macdouall Gaye who told the gathering that President Jammeh was never under any pressure to release the prisoners. She warned people to desist from causing trouble and rally behind the President to take the Gambia forward. Other Convicts who also spoke at the gathering were Ex Con. Lang Tombong Tamba, the former Army Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Ex Con. Lamin Jobarteh, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and Ex Con. Sulayman Sarr, a former rebel, who was jailed in connection with the Farafenni Barracks attack all thanking President Jammeh for his magnanimity and goodwill gesture. Many onlookers were dumb founded and many began asking questions as to genuineness of the whole march because the prisoners were released and not even given breathing space to decide for themselves whether to march or write letters of appreciation or to simply begin on life rebuilding exercise. All said one onlooker was state managed to showcase President Jammeh as a compassionate leader nothing else. Another asked why such march had to be backed by government officials’ party militants and department as they officials and departments were not pardoned prisoners. It remained to be seen what happens next whether some of these very Ex Convict would be recycled back into the government and even the military as the Jammeh government is no doubt sort of both intellectuals and veteran well trained military personnel. Pardoned prisoners were meant to be free people and should not in any way be subjected to any political point scoring mechanism said some observers. Many countries have done similer things with their presidents releasing more prisoners than President Jammeh but no one heard any of those countries pardoned prisoners marching to praise their president except the Gambia. An example is neighboring Senegal where President Macky Sall released more than 400 prisoners and yet no one heard on even newspapers any prisoner praise sing his name. Bamba Mass Source : Kibaaronews
Prisoners’ March: Where does the truth lies? “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song” (Maya Angelou, Poet, Educator, Activist). I know. There are times when the real truth is neither the whole truth nor the public truth. The type of image pretention and political hypocrisy in today’s Gambia is mindboggling. I too had a chance to follow the so-called march by the released prisoners. I want to believe that the Gambia have a long way to go, for the wounds are too deep. It is clear that Jammeh is not the only problem. There seems to be this notion from speakers under duress that Jammeh is not behind their treachery, arrest, disappearance and tortures. It is clear that the system will continue to recycle some, and turn the country more than the lawless state that already exists. I firmly believe that the recently portrayed TV shows are not a true marriage, rather a marriage of convenience, where the captives were in short fed with scripts. Of course, their release, cannot be unwelcomed by friends, loved ones, etc. because it gets them out of the hell-holed prisons and puts them to society and their families, and it true that captivity cannot be compared to freedom, no matter what status comes with that freedom…but quite honest, their continuance on the same path that got them in trouble in the first place, puts it even obvious that most haven’t rehabilitated yet, even though they gave such an image. There are some that spoke to keep their positions, other did to be recycled back to the tyrannical system, and others spoke to put in the dictatorship’s good books after the defeating fall out that victimized all of them, a byproduct of what most of them participated in. Whatever the reason for their speaking, praise-singing, and image falsifications, it doesn’t take long for the truth to come out. On that note, I call for continued vigilance, and everyone being just careful on how to associate. It is certain that all the political players on the wrong side of history will continue to live in fear, cornered and confused, because power belongs to the people. Here again Citizens….power is in your hands. Speak up and stand for your rights!! Best for the Friday, Yero. Source : Gainako
Former convicts under the leadership of former Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr Njogu Bah, yesterday held a march in Banjul to thank President Yahya Jammeh for pardoning them. The ex-convicts with their families marched from Arch 22 to July 22nd Square and posed to show appreciation and gratitude to the President for granting them a general amnesty. The marchers included Lang Tombong Tamba, former Chief of Defence Staff, Ebrahima Bunn Sanneh, former director of the drug squad, and Lamin Jobarteh, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice. In their various remarks, they thanked President Jammeh for pardoning and releasing them, as well as declared their loyalty to him. “The President’s decision to pardon elaborates his vast sense of judgment and fairness,” they said whilst praying for long life and good health for the President to enable him steer the affairs of the country to higher heights. In his remarks, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lamin Jobarteh, said President Jammeh is a great man of compassion, piety and love for humanity. He added that what they have gone through by being convicted and jailed was not the making of President Jammeh, but their destiny ordained by God. Mrs Neneh MacDouall-Gaye, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in her remarks, said: “I am delighted over the prisoners pardon,” she said, adding that President Jammeh’s pardoning of prisoners had been unprecedented in the world, as no such pardoning of more than 300 prisoners at a go, had ever been done by any president of the world. She expressed profound gratitude to President Jammeh for his steadfastness in the promotion of peace, unity, and human rights, as well as for his work to continually register development in The Gambia. Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy, in her keynote address, also thanked President Jammeh for the unimaginable show of prerogative of mercy he has demonstrated in The Gambia and, by extension, the world over.