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Ecowas suspension of term limit bid saddening

  The West African Civil Society Forum (Wacsof) has described as ‘saddening’ the failure of Ecowas member states to agree to the proposal for presidential term limit in the sub-region. Ecowas had earlier this month attempted to introduce term limit for presidency in the sub-region, but suspended the proposal after opposition from Togo and Gambia. In a media release, Wacsof president, Nathalie Kone Traore, urged leaders of West African countries to come to terms with the two-term tenure limit being proposed by the Ecowas. She said term limit for presidency, as proposed by Ecowas, would ‘go a long way in not just improving a country but strengthen the democratic system in the sub-region’. She added: “It is saddening that heads of state at the Ecowas summit held on Tuesday, May 19, in Accra, Ghana, did not reach an agreement on a plan to limit presidency tenure of the sub region to two-term in office. “Re-eligibility and unlimited terms encourage violence, dictatorship, coup et cetera. Some of these negative outcomes can be seen ravaging most African countries where constitutions have been amended for incumbent presidents to re-contest in elections. “Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has been in power since 2005 and won a third term in office just last month, while Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is near the end of his fourth term in office after coming to power in a coup in 1994, it is only ideal that they both step down at the end of their present terms and give others a chance to serve the country.” Nathalie called on Gambia and Togo to support the plan to limit presidents of the sub region to two-terms in office. She added: “Refusal of President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso to step down and attempt to scrap limits last year led to his forceful ejection by the citizens. “In Benin, opponents allege a secret bid to scrap term limits so President Thomas Boni Yayi can run for a third term from 2016, but in reaction, the President has promised to leave power when his mandate expires. “In Niger, former President Mamadou Tandja used the parliament to rubber stamp the outcome of a discredited referendum and was only stopped by a counter military coup. “In Nigeria, the alleged bid by Olusegun Obasanjo to elongate his stay beyond the two-term limit as enshrined in their constitution was foiled by the resilient legislative arm of the government. “In Senegal, a new President Macky Sall emerged after a failed ‘civilian coup’ staged by outgoing President Abdoullaye Wade, 85, to have a third term. Throughout his 12-year reign, President Wade amended the constitution 14 times with the acquiescence of a weak parliament that acted in cahoots with Wade as a rubber stamp.”


Gambia adopts motions on slavery and colonialism

  The National Assembly of The Gambia on Friday 29 May adopted “the declaration of colonialism as a ‘crime against humanity’ with no statute of limitation” and “the declaration of slavery during colonialism as a crime against humanity as well as genocide”. Senior government officials including the Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service and Presidential Affairs minister were present at the tabling of the two motions. In moving the motions before the National Assembly members for debate, Hon Balla Garba Jahumpa, Minister for Works, Construction and Infrastructure, said the sovereign people of the Republic of The Gambia, under President Yahya Jammeh, wish to go down in history and join all the good people of conscience, to put the records straight for the good of mankind. Hon. Garba Jahumpa added that members of the National Assembly, by considering and adopting a resolution on the aforesaid motions are not only putting vital historic records into correct perspectives, but also “asserting once again our humanity and independence as FREE and ALLAH-fearing people.” Minister Jahumpa further informed the National Assembly members that colonialism is not only a crime against humanity, but a crime against humanity with “No Statute of Limitations”. “Thus, it is a heinous crime that cannot be pardoned,” he said. He expatiated: “The culprits and perpetrators of colonialism have unleashed untold sorrow(s) and hardship on the people and colonies they colonized. The cream of the intellectual human capital of the colonies was subjected to bondage which turned Africa’s first generation of Leaders into ‘Assimiladors’ of the French Empire and ‘Goodies’ or British boys in Anglophone Africa. “Colonialism also gave birth to Apartheid, Corruption, Bribery and White-Collar Crimes that were hitherto unknown in Africa. Colonialism did NOT ONLY destroy the physical fabric of OLD African Nations but it also destroyed the Political, Social and Spiritual fabric of our Society. It eroded our self-esteem; and our ability to emancipate our people from bondage was also destroyed.” Minister Jahumpa added that whenever President Jammeh speaks his mind, “in good faith, as an Allah-fearing leader, many a time, people would think that what he is saying or doing would not please the West.” He added: “The overwhelming majority of our current generation of African Leaders could NOT speak with consciences because they want to please those colonial masters against the popular will and aspirations of their own nations. This is the greatest single obstacle to Africa’s development and security.” The motions were seconded by Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, member for Serrekunda East and Majority Leader, who said the motions are very important not only for The Gambia but for the African countries which were colonized by their masters. He said colonialism is divided into two: one for economic reason and the other is exploitation, adding that as way back as fifteen centuries, Africa was composed of kingdoms and empires. On the slave trade, the Majority leader noted that the Europeans used the slave trade to expand their industries, and during those days “they were not talking about democracy and human rights, till they came with their technologies and started calling for democracy and human rights. Speakers on the occasion included the deputy Speaker Hon Fatou Mbye, Hon. Netty Baldeh, member for Tumana; Hon. Abdoulie Saine, member for Banjul Central, and all of them supported the motions and thanked the Gambian leader for fighting for the liberation of the African people. Source thepoint


Gambia-US relations ‘correct’ despite challenges

  The most senior United States diplomat in Banjul has said that the relationship between Washington and Banjul “is correct” but the two governments continue to have reservations about each other. Charge d’ Affaires Joseph D. Stafford at the US embassy in Banjul said: “The relationship we have with the Government of The Gambia is a correct one; it is one where we have dialogue at different levels, and we are committed to continuing that dialogue.” Speaking to journalists on Friday at his residence in Fajara, the U.S. diplomat said the White House has continued to appreciate The Gambia government’s efforts in combating terrorism; its contribution to peace and security in the continent and beyond through its participation in the regional peacekeeping forces. Similarly, he said Washington recognised President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia as the sovereign leader of a sovereign country. “We wish him, his government and his people well. We are not interested in regime change in The Gambia,” said Ambassador Stafford, who was a fully accredited US Ambassador to The Gambia from 2004 to 2007. Relations in transition In spite of the correctness of the bilateral relations and the appreciation of the Banjul government’s efforts, the relationship between The Gambia and U.S. is not the best. As Ambassador Stafford said the bilateral relation is in a “transition period”. The Gambia government continues to see the U.S. as imposing its beliefs and lifestyle on The Gambia and wanting to meddle and pester into the domestic affairs of an independent country. On the other hand, Washington sees the Banjul government as having to adhere to and uphold various human rights and democratic principles. The tension between the two countries reach its all-time peak in the recent years as there has not been fully accredited US ambassador to The Gambia, neither has there been a Gambian ambassador to the US for the past few years. “I recognise that there are challenges in our bilateral relationship,” Ambassador Stafford said. Asked to further dilate on the root cause of the diplomatic fracas, he said: “I recognize that there are challenges in our bilateral relationship, but I want to assure you that the US believes that the past is the past. We are looking into the future; I expect in the incoming months to have ambassadors in each other’s capital.” “The U.S. is committed to working with the Government of The Gambia in the spirit of goodwill, to address the challenges and move forward on the basis of mutual respect,” he said. Frank dialogue needed According to the US diplomat, in order to put the challenges to bed, there is need for Washington and Banjul to have “a frank and open dialogue” where the US will table its concerns and the Gambian side can also bring in their concerns in the spirit of goodwill. “We can discuss, find areas of common ground, identify what are the areas of difference; we agree to disagree in the spirit of mutual respect,” Ambassador Stafford said. “We are expecting to have such a dialogue as soon as possible when our annual human rights report is publicly released; we expect that to happen soon. We will use that document as an important part of our dialogue to present the assessment we have of the human rights in The Gambia and look forward in the spirit of frankness and openness to the reaction of The Gambia government.” Not a demigod The U.S. diplomat said his country has no intention to play god or impose its beliefs on any country. “What we do is call upon the international community and other governments to live up to their obligations under the international agreements,” he said. He also said any country that signed the UN Charter should respect human rights and democratic values. The Gambia like the U.S. or any country that signed the charter is expected to be committed to its human rights obligations. “The United States is not perfect; we have our own issues. Our system is not perfect; our system of rule of law is pretty good but it can always be improved,” Ambassador Stafford said. “Every democracy is a work in progress; our democracy has been around for a long time; we think we have made a lot of progress but a lot can still be done. “So it’s not a question of imposing or trying to impose our views. Human rights are universal values that people impose on themselves not the US imposing on them. It is important for all governments – our (U.S.) government, the Gambia government – to respect the norms, the principles of human rights, democratic values.” Homos too have rights The diplomat said Washington is not trying to impose its lifestyle on The Gambia or anyone else. “But what we are concerned about is that people – whether homosexual, heterosexual, or whatever – are human beings and they deserve to be treated with dignity, respect like any other human being without being discriminated against.” Though thorny at the moment, The Gambia-U.S. relations is expected to be fully normalised in the coming months as the two governments are collaboratively working on improving relations in the soonest possible time. Author: Lamin Jahateh Source :the point


Gambia: ‘25,000 Dutch Tourists Due in Banjul Next Season’

[The Point] Ambassador Pieter Jan Kleiweg De Zwaan of the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Dakar has said that they expect about 25,000 Dutch tourists to come to The Gambia next…  Ambassador Pieter Jan Kleiweg De Zwaan of the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Dakar has said that they expect about 25,000 Dutch tourists to come to The Gambia next season. Ambassador Pieter, who was speaking at the Kairaba Beach Hotel on Wednesday during the signing of a bilateral air services agreement between the Gambia government and The Netherlands, said they are the second major contributor of tourists to The Gambia. Because of the Ebola outbreak in Africa, he said, there was some fear in much of Europe, and as such last year’s tourist figures dropped. “The good news is that the fear seems to have gone and bookings are going really well for next season, which will start in October,” he stated, adding that they expect about 25,000 Dutch tourists in the 2015/16 season, which is more than the number of tourists that have been coming to The Gambia prior to the Ebola outbreak. He went on to describe the agreement as a win-win partnership for both countries, and looked forward to implementing the agreement so that more Dutch tourists could come to The Gambia. Signing the agreement is a very important step for The Netherlands, he said, since thanks to the agreement planes from The Netherlands could easily land and work in The Gambia, as well as the other way round for Gambian planes. The agreement has articles on air safety, taxation, how to deal with dangerous cargo and non-discrimination, he pointed out, and that planes from The Gambia will have the same rights as planes from other countries. The agreement is a treaty that symbolizes friendship, confidence and trust between the two countries, he continued, and that it will ease doing business in The Gambia and pave the way for more tourists to come to the country. Abdoulie Jammeh, Director General of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority, in his remarks, said the finalization of the agreement will facilitate transportation of people, goods and services between The Gambia and The Netherlands. It will also provide a solid platform for increased economic interaction; and contribute to combating threats to aviation, including terrorism, by enforcing sound security measures at airports for the safety of passengers and other stakeholders. He recalled that in November 1990, The Gambia and The Netherlands proposed the signing of a BASA, which was eventually signed in December 2013 during the International Civil Aviation Negotiations meeting in Durban, South Africa. He added that, during the meeting (ICAN) the two country’s aeronautical authorities entered into an MOU to review bilateral aviation and air transport relations. “In view of the growing economic importance of air transport in The Gambia, the conclusion of this bilateral air services agreement is a priority,” he went on. Mr Jammeh described the signing as an indication of the Gambia government’s strong support and commitment to deepening its relations with the rest of the world, by promoting the movement of goods and people through air transport. DG Jammeh went on to describe air transport as a catalyst for economic development, as it is through this mechanism that people, goods and services can move expeditiously from on point to another. “For tourism, business or commercial activities to be enhanced, there must be an efficient and reliable air transport system offering good connectivity at affordable costs for passengers and cargo” GCAA DG Jammeh…


Madison Alder-Elect Samba Baldeh Expresses Warm Gratitude.

  By Yero Jallow At the thank-you Party commemorating his victory to the Alder in Madison’s common Council District 17, Alder-Elect Samba Baldeh on Saturday May 30th 2015 acknowledged the great work done by his Campaign Manager Fatou Ceesay, Treasurer Sue, long time business partner Jerreh Kujabi, a long list of door-to-door knockers during his campaign and the residents of Madison at large. Baldeh, a Community Activist and Software Engineer with American Family, is a first-time contestant to the Alder position of Madison’s District 17, where he succeeded in defeating the incumbent Alder Joe Clausius with a small margin of 32 votes in early April of 2015. Like many other Politicians, Baldeh’s desire to join Madison’s Common Council is not far-fetched. As a Community Activist, peoples’ concerns become the order of the day. Baldeh tells this reporter that he is interested in making a difference in the lives of the people of Madison –good transportation systems, alleviating poverty, infrastructural developments, good education and making the City a strong economic hold with good standards of living. An Alder in a City’s Common Council engages in a lot of functions, mainly running the affairs of the city of Madison. Baldeh as mandated by residents of the city of Madison District 17 now gets to represent in City Council Meetings at that capacity. Baldeh’s triumph to Office in Madison represents an Immigrant’s hope and fulfillment of dreams in a promising country like America with its uplifting spirit. Immigrants in America continue to contribute their quotas in development. Many attendees of the August gathering expressed their congratulations and well wishes for Baldeh, for a successful tenure in Office.


How a reviled African ruler survived a coup hatched in the United States

    MINNEAPOLIS — Every other Saturday evening, the coup-plotters excused themselves from their wives and kids to join a conference call. The half- dozen dissidents — all middle-aged men, most with military experience — dialed in from their suburban homes scattered across the South and Midwest. There were operational details to discuss, logistical hurdles to overcome. How would they smuggle rifles and night-vision goggles to Gambia, the tiny West African country from which they were exiled? Was their $221,000 budget enough to topple the brutal strongman who had ruled Gambia for two decades? In the predawn hours of Dec. 30, according to court documents and interviews with people involved in the operation, the U.S.-based conspirators teamed with other dissidents to assault the Gambian presidential palace. They expected to find it lightly guarded. Instead, they ran into an ambush. Four people were killed. Those who survived fled the country. Afterward, the Justice Department charged four U.S. residents with taking part in or supporting the failed coup, saying they had violated the Neutrality Act of 1794, an obscure law that prohibits Americans from taking up arms against countries that enjoy peaceful relations with the United States. What the U.S. government did not disclose, however, was that it had been monitoring the plotters and had secretly tipped off West African authorities to the travel of at least one of them. In doing so, U.S. officials may have at least indirectly helped to protect the president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, who has drawn international condemnation for his dismal human rights record, his violent rhetoric against gay people and bizarre beliefs such as his claim to have concocted an herbal cure for AIDS. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and his wife, Zineb, at the White House in August 2014. (Amanda Lucidon/The White House) According to three U.S. law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because details of the case remain secret, the FBI interviewed the plotters’ lead military planner, Lamin Sanneh, an exiled Gambian army officer, in early December at his home in Maryland. The FBI had been monitoring Sanneh, and agents wanted to know why he had purchased a plane ticket to West Africa, the officials said. Around the same time, a second plotter who had arrived in Gambia to prepare for the coup confided to co-conspirators that he also had been contacted by a federal agent, according to a person involved in the operation. Soon after, other hints surfaced that Gambian officials had received a tip that a plot was afoot. The exiles decided to proceed anyway after a Gambian informant assured them they had not been exposed. It was a fatal miscalculation. According to two U.S. law enforcement officials, the FBI notified the State Department that agents had concerns about Sanneh and that he had left the United States. In turn, one of the U.S. officials said, the State Department alerted authorities in a West African country near Gambia that Sanneh was returning to the region — in hopes that local officials could intercept him and prevent any possible bloodshed. The official said Gambia was not alerted for fear that the country might round up innocent Americans. Sanneh managed to slip through the net. Like the other conspirators, he flew into Senegal and traveled overland into neighboring Gambia. Although it remains unclear how Gambian authorities learned of the scheme in advance, they laid a trap. When the plotters tried to seize the presidential palace, “the Gambians are waiting for them,” a U.S. law enforcement official said. Sanneh was among those killed in the ensuing gunfight. Rodney Ford, a spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, declined to comment. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven also declined to comment. Former Airman Papa Faal has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the failed coup in Gambia. (Capt. Nikki Credic/U.S. Air Force) West Africa has long been riddled by coups and countercoups. But the Gambian putsch was perhaps the first to be hatched on U.S. soil by immigrants who had carved out comfortable lives in their new land. Most had arrived in the United States decades earlier and worked hard to become citizens and build successful careers. Three had served in the U.S. military; two were veterans of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The investigation into the botched coup has been centered on Minnesota, home of a thriving community of Gambian immigrants as well as the base for federal prosecutors and agents overseeing the case. Three plotters have pleaded guilty to firearms charges and violating the Neutrality Act. A fourth defendant has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. The prosecutions have stirred anger among many Gambian Americans who fled their country to escape repression under Jammeh. Some praised the coup organizers for risking their lives to bring freedom and democracy to Gambia, while sharply criticizing U.S. officials for siding with a ruler they described as a tyrant. “Why in the world would they act on his behalf?” asked Pa Modou Ann, a former Gambian army officer who ran afoul of Jammeh in the 1990s and now lives in a Minneapolis suburb. “We have talked about it incessantly because it doesn’t make any sense.” One plotter who has pleaded guilty likewise expressed astonishment. Papa Faal, a U.S. military veteran who served in Afghanistan, noted that the State Department has blasted the Gambian president’s human rights record for years. “People need to know: Is this the kind of person who needs to be protected by the country that claims to be a beacon of hope?” said Faal from his home in Brooklyn Park, Minn. He declined further comment because his sentencing is pending. Smiles with Obama Dressed in white tribal robes, Jammeh was ushered into the White House on Aug. 5 for a handshake with a smiling President Obama. It was a diplomatic home run for Jammeh, whose government widely circulated a photograph of the encounter. Jeffrey Smith, an advocacy officer for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, said that, from Jammeh’s perspective, the photograph’s underlying message back home was invaluable: “He was saying, ‘There’s nothing you can do to oppose my rule. The strongest nation in the world and the strongest man in the world stand behind me.’ ” Jammeh was invited to Washington to attend a U.S. summit with African leaders. But the special White House welcome puzzled Africa policy experts. Over the years, Jammeh had irritated the U.S. government by cozying up to Iran, Venezuela and Cuba. He had no tolerance for dissent, at home or abroad. During his August visit to Washington, his bodyguards attacked a group of Gambian dissidents holding a protest outside the Hay-Adams hotel, sending some to the hospital. Jammeh has earned special notoriety for his persecution of gays. Homosexuality is illegal in Gambia. In August, the government went a step further and declared that the crime of “aggravated homosexuality” would carry a life sentence. Gambians living in the United States said they’ve long been perplexed at the U.S. government’s unwillingness to take a harder line with Jammeh, whose impoverished country has just 1.9 million people and few natural resources. “People are surprised and they’re angry, because they find it to be hypocritical,” said Pasamba Jow, a Gambian political activist from Maryland. Around the time that Jammeh visited Washington, the coup-plotters intensified their planning, according to court records filed by prosecutors and the FBI. They purchased about 30 firearms, body armor, ammunition, night-vision goggles and military-style garb, stuffing the gear in 50-gallon drums and shipping it to Gambia, the records show. In other ways, the plot came off as amateurish. The players referred to each other with code names such as “X,” “Fox” and “Dave.” One of them kept plans in a folder labeled “Top Secret” but left it at home, where it was later seized by the FBI. At another defendant’s house, agents found a book titled, “How to Stage a Military Coup: From Planning to Execution.” ‘Gambia Reborn’ According to the FBI, the group was led by Cherno Njie, 57, a real estate developer from Lakeway, Tex.. Njie, who holds dual U.S.-Gambian citizenship, financed the coup attempt and would have replaced Jammeh as president had the plot succeeded, according to the FBI affidavits. The FBI said it found a document at Njie’s home titled, “Gambia Reborn: a Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development,” as well as a spreadsheet breaking down the coup’s $221,000 budget. Njie is the only one of the four defendants to have pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Andrew Birrell, declined to comment fully on the allegations, saying: “It’s a legally and factually complex case.” According to participants in the plot, the military mind behind the operation was Sanneh, the exiled Gambian officer who was killed while storming the presidential palace. Once a rising star in the Gambian military, Sanneh was awarded a coveted scholarship in 2012 at the National Defense University in Washington, which caters to U.S. military officers and diplomats, as well as foreign students in military exchange programs. Shortly afterward, he was named head of Gambia’s presidential guard. Within a year, however, he was forced to flee the country after being targeted in one of Jammeh’s frequent political purges. He sought asylum in the United States and lived with his family near Baltimore. While at National Defense University, Sanneh wrote his thesis on drug trafficking in West Africa and frequently discussed the challenges of fighting corruption with his faculty adviser, Jeffrey Meiser. Although the university emphasizes the importance of civilian rule and working within a democratic system, Meiser said the political situation in Gambia was so hopeless that he could understand why Sanneh felt compelled to lead an armed uprising. Sanneh, he said, was confronted with a hard choice: “Either I’m going to be corrupt and part of the system, or I’m going to do something about it.” Recruiting U.S. veterans Similar motivations prompted three U.S. military veterans to join the plot. Njaga Jagne, a captain with the Kentucky Army National Guard, moved to the United States two decades ago from Gambia. He was deployed twice to Iraq and received his U.S. citizenship in 2006 — on Veterans Day — in a ceremony in Baghdad. “He believed in the whole idea of going over there to bring the Iraqi people freedom,” said his sister, Sigga Jagne. “That’s who he was; he really believed in those ideas and tenets.” Another member of the conspiracy was Alagie Barrow, a former officer with the Tennessee Army National Guard. Barrow, 41, has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. His attorney, Robert Richman, said his client had no reason to believe that fighting for freedom in his homeland was against U.S. law. “One can certainly sympathize with the decisions of the Gambian expatriate community to do something that would have helped their relatives and friends still in the Gambia, who are living under an abusive regime,” Richman said. The last to join the group was Faal, who served for a decade with the U.S. military. Even more than the other plotters, Faal had long seethed at Jammeh’s autocratic rule. Faal’s great uncle, Dawda Jawara, is considered to be the founding father of Gambia. He served as Gambia’s first prime minister in 1962 and then president after the country won independence from Britain in 1965. He led the country until 1994, when he was ousted in a coup — by Jammeh, then a young army lieutenant. In 2013, Faal self-published a book about a previous, failed attempt to oust his great uncle. In the book, titled “A Week of Hell,” Faal lamented the chronic coups d’etat that have destabilized West African countries for generations, but he gave no hint that he would soon help plan one. “When a country’s democratic process fails or is usurped, in my view, it may be necessary for the citizenry to force change through civil disobedience and peaceful demonstration rather than . . . through the barrel of guns,” he wrote. Coups, he added, only plant “the seeds of a future conflict.” Shifting plans The exiles returned to Gambia separately and set up a safe house in Banjul, the capital. For weeks, they discreetly monitored the comings and goings at the presidential palace, known locally as the State House. Early on there were hints something was amiss. Barrow, the National Guardsman from Tennessee, told others in early December that he had received a call from a U.S. federal agent, asking where he was. Later, Sanneh and another plotter met with a soldier in the presidential guard whom they hoped would support the coup. The informant reported that Gambian security forces had received a tip that a plot was in the works but weren’t taking it seriously. The rebels’ original plan was to intercept Jammeh’s convoy on a highway as he traveled from Banjul to his native village for an annual holiday visit. But Jammeh suddenly left the country instead. Despite the unexpected developments, the conspirators decided to try to seize the State House anyway and oust Jammeh while he was abroad, according to FBI affidavits. At 2 a.m. on Dec. 30, the plotters split into two groups – Alpha Team and Bravo Team – and attacked the State House from the front and rear, hoping that a few gunshots would scare off the guards. But the State House had been fortified with extra soldiers loyal to Jammeh. Sanneh, Jagne and two other rebels were killed. “The leak happened somewhere,” said one of the participants, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid self-incrimination. “Who did it, we don’t know.” ‘Unconscionable’ threats Three of the accused plotters — Faal, Njie and Barrow — escaped and made their way back to the United States. The FBI arrested Faal and Njie within days of their return. Barrow was charged in late January. A fourth defendant, Banka Manneh, a Gambian dissident from Jonesboro, Ga., never left the United States but was charged in March with supporting the conspiracy. Omar Faye, the deputy Gambian ambassador to Washington, said his government was keeping close tabs on the U.S. prosecutions. He declined to comment on particulars of the plot, saying he did not want to interfere with the criminal proceedings. “This is a very serious situation,” he said. “It is about trying to destabilize or remove a constitutional government that was elected overwhelmingly by the Gambian people.” Meanwhile, Jammeh has kept up his controversial pronouncements. At a political rally in early May, he warned gays in Gambia that he would personally “slit your throat.” “If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it,” he said. That prompted a stern response from the White House. In a May 16 statement, Susan E. Rice, the national security adviser, condemned Jammeh’s comments as“unconscionable.” She noted that his threats were part of “an alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation” in Gambia, including reports of torture. “We are reviewing what additional actions are appropriate to respond to this worsening situation,” Rice added. Goldman reported from Washington.



12 PM NEW YORK ,4 PM BANJUL EXCLUSIVE ESSA BOKARR SHOW: GAMBIA SET TO DECLARE SLAVERY, COLONIALISM AS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY BUT REFUSES TO ALLOW UNITED NATIONS TO VISIT OFFICIAL AND “UNOFFICIAL” DETENTION CENTERS IN THE WEST AFRICA NATION WHERE AN ARMED BANDIT CALLED YAHYA JAMMEH IS USHERING THE AFFAIRS OF A NATION ALONGSIDE “FOOLISHLY” CLAIMING TO BE FIGHTING A COURSE FOR AFRICA. CONTRADICTING HIS UTTERANCES BY MAINTAINING A KILLER MACHINE WHERE CASTRATION, RAPE, GAUGING OF EYES, USING KNIVES TO PIERCE THROUGH THE FLESH OF THE PALMS OF DETAINEES, KILLING AND USING HUMAN FLESH AS RITUALS AT ORACLES LIKE “NYAIREH JALANG” NEAR THE KABAKEL FOREST AND NYAIREH VILLAGE ITSELF BEGINS THE HORROR HE USES AGANST “BLACK AFRICANS” HE IS CLAIMING TO STAND UP FOR. INTRODUCTION. EXTENDING THESE ATROCITIES UNDER JAMMEH’S BRUTAL METHODS ARE THE CRIES OF SUFFERING DETAINEES WHO ARE “BLACK AFRICANS” LIKE ALHAJI KEBBA TOURAY A KNOWN GAMBIAN PHILANTHROPHIST  AT ‘BAMBADINKA’ OR CROCCODILE HOLE AT THE NIA – NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. WHICH IS LOCATED RIGHT THERE ON THE MARINA PARADE BLVD OR NEAR THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE. LOGIC DEFIES ANYTHING ATTRIBUTED TO THAT NAME THEREFORE CALLS IT “MINISTRY OF INJUSTICE”. OTHER ABBATOIRS OF HUMAN FLESH ARE TORTURE CENTERS LIKE MILE TWO CENTRAL PRISONS, JESHWANG PRISONS, JANGJANGBUREH PRISONS AND OTHERS “UNOFFICIAL DETENTION CENTERS” THE REGIME DECIDED TO HIDE FROM THE UNITED NATIONS TEAM OF INVESTIGATORS. YAHYA JAMMEH’S MODUS OPERANDI IS PART OF AN “ACCEPTABLE” ONGOING CULTURE WHICH IS  MAINTAINING  HIM THE INCUMBENT“HEAD OF STATE”  IN POWER AND HAS EVER SINCE BEEN THE CONTENTS OF HIS TOXIC CHARACTER FROM 1994 TO DATE. CONTENTS HE SHOVES THROUGH THE THROATS OF GAMBIANS EVERYDAY AND EVERY NIGHT YET STILL CALLING HIMSELF “A PAN AFRICAN”? IF A SYSTEM LIKE THAT IS EXPECTED TO FORWARD A BILL TO THE PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT ON BEHALF OF AFRICA MEANS THERE IS SO MUCH LEFT TO BE DESIRED ON THE PLATEAU OF AFRICAN POLITICS. AS TIME IS TIRELESS RECORDS CLERK IT HAS ONE TO REMIND YAHYA JAMMEH. THAT IS TO SAY, HE SAID TWO WEEKS AGO THAT HE WILL PULL THE GAMBIA OUT OF AFRICAN UNION. WHICH FURTHERS SHOWS THE INCONSITENCIES THAT HAVE TURNED HIS BRAIN INTO A JELLY-LIKE SUBSTANCES BEING SHAKEN BY PARANOIA AND MEDIOCRITY. ISN’T THE LATTER WHY AWARDS LIKE MO IBRAHIM’S CAME INTO EXISTENCE? OF COURSE YES! Analyzed and Shared By Essa Bokarr Sey. Before we go any further here is an excerpt from a journal in The Gambia which was founded by a state minister. How impartial is this journal’s position in all this mess? Let’s read the following contents from that very journal before going further down the line. BEGIN The National Assembly of The Gambia will today hold an extra-ordinary session to consider two motions which if ratified, would declare slavery and colonialism as acts of crime against humanity. In a media dispatch issued by the office of the clerk of the National Assembly, one of the motions seeks to declare ‘colonialism as crime against humanity with no statute of limitation’, while another motion would seek to declare ‘slavery during colonialism as a crime against humanity as well as genocide’. This development came barely a week after Gambian president Yahya Jammeh vowed to ‘teach the West a lesson’ for deliberately killing African migrants at sea. “Let the European Union invite the Gambia Radio and Television Services to video the Asylum camps where they keep African migrants. They are worse than where your donkeys are sheltered. Is that human rights?” he said during his recent nationwide tour. Also criticising the African Union for their silence on the Mediterranean tragedy, Jammeh threatened that The Gambia would unilaterally take action against the European Union if countries moved to launch planned sea and air missions that would destroy vessels and put the lives of irregular African migrants in danger. Meanwhile, The Gambia is a former British colony and celebrated 50 years of independence last February. It is estimated that between the 17th and 19th centuries, 1 in every 6 people that were taken as slaves from West Africa were from the Senegambia region (Gambia and Senegal). END Like any other despot in life we always have opportunists, people who are indifferent, passive, greedy and above all toxic characters who help maintain such serial killers use “ state machinery mixed with hypocritical protocol and misused meaning of presidential immunity”, thus press the heavy yoke of oppression on the masses.  When we think about those who helped maintain Samuel Kanyon Doe, Idi Amin Dada, Charles Taylor and Lauren Gbagbo and then reflect on those  who dragged Africa along thorny paths we do realize or detect in the deeds of people like Balla Jahumpa the same thread of feelings. To that effect, let us cry out so loud and then tell BALLA JAHUMPA AND SPEAKER ABDOULAYE BOJANG THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF AFRICA’S WORST SONS AND DAUGHTERS. FATOU MBYE IS INDEED ONE OF THOSE DAUGHTERS. SUCH TOXIC CHARACTERS ARE AIDING AND ABETTING A SERIAL KILLER WHO HAS BEEN COMMITTING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ALONGSIDE THEY ARE SHAMELESSLY USING SLAVERY AS A POINT OF ARGUMENT DURING THEIR DELIBERATIONS. IRONICALLY THE PERSON THEY ARE DEFENDING HAS KILLED MORE AFRICANS IN TWENTY YEARS WHEN COMPARED TO THE COLONOALISTS HE SAYS WHERE IN OUR LAND FOR MORE THAN 400 YEARS . SUCH CHARACTERS REPRESENT THE IMAGES OF BLE GOUDE OF LAUREN GBAGBO WHO IS TODAY IN THE HAGUE AND MALIYA MUNGU HEAD OF IDI AMIN DADA’S KILLER SQUAD… YAHYA JAMMEH HIMSELF NAME THE LATE MUSA JAMMEH OF THE STATE HOUSE MALIYA MUNGU, JUST A REMINDER FROM HISTORY… BALLA MISREPRESENTED THE FACTS IN WALTER RODNEYS BOOK “HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA”CONTENTS OF THAT BOOK ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH WHAT YAHYA JAMMEH DOES . LISTEN TO THESE Toxic characters, keep these pictures because such characters like the men and women here are indeed part of the list of those aiding and abetting crimes against humanity in The Gambia. They will face the same fate LIKE those who supportedMilosovic….during the Kosovo massacres. Keep their pictures recognize their faces….as they will be brought before the trial of truth sooner than later INSHA ALLAH. Now let’s refresh our minds on what facts have retained here with reference to Walter Rodney’s book. A bookBalla Jahumpa misconstrued and of course misrepresented during his speech of shame and sham at the house of parliament. Such men even though are social misfits should not be sidelined or left to wallow in lost illusions while doing so with falsified versions of history. Balla Jahumpa made reference to page 110 of Rodney’s book which he misrepresented and misquoted. It is either Balla is a half-baked degree holder or he was simply a man dreaming in lost illusions which is even worse!  We want to tell Balla that he has extended the grave for Yahya Jammeh in in such “intellectual gymnastics”. Where the inmates are running the asylum means no one is protected! Here is what Walter Rodney said about POWER YAHYA JAMMEH, BALLA JAHUMPA AND ABDOULAYE BOJANG. If you don’t know, ask otherwise you are going against the teachings of great men like Cheikh Ahmad Bamba: “KUMUNUL BAWUL LU YAHU YOWA” Rodney on power “The decisiveness of the short period of colonialism and its negative consequences for Africa spring mainly from the fact that Africa lost power. Power is the ultimate determinant in human society, being basic to the relations within any group and between groups. It implies the ability to defend one’s interests and if necessary to impose one’s will by any means available. In relations between peoples, the question of power determines maneuverability in bargaining, the extent to which a people survive as a physical and cultural entity. When one society finds itself forced to relinquish power entirely to another society, that in itself is a form of underdevelopment.” 12 PM NEW YORK TIME, 4 PM BANJUL TIME JUNE 1ST 2015.



  By Mustapha Jallow Mambury Njie, a former Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, is still admitted atSerekunda General Hospital, while under detention without court appearance or release for seven months now. The former state minister, who had also held numerous ministerial portfolios as well as being the former head of the civil service and ambassador, is held under guard by operatives of the NationalIntelligence Agency (NIA), according to sources. Mr. Njie was earlier acquitted and discharged on two counts of economic crime and neglect of duty by Justice Mikailu Abdulahi of the Special Criminal Division of the High Court in Banjul on 3 July 2014. He was arrested at his residence in Brusubi by NIA operatives and taken away to their headquarters in Banjul on Thursday, 9 October 2014. Since then he has not reunited with his family. Source : Foroyaa



  Executive order is not automatically law. Executive order must be based on law before it is enforceable. Hence authorities in the security forces should not continue to arrest people under the pretext that they are ordered to do so from high up. They should know the law and enforce it with Independence without fear or favour, affection or ill will , otherwise they will suffer embarrassment in court and communities. The Constitution states that every person has the right to freedom to practise any religion and to manifest such practice. Why would a state interfere with this right in the name of promoting national unity? Tolerance of diversity is the way to promote unity. The Courts are mandated to halt the abuse of authority. Section 17 of the constitutiongives them that responsibility as follows: “The fundamental human rights and freedoms enshrined in this Chapter shall be respected and upheld by all organs of the Executive and its agencies, the Legislature and, where applicable to them, by all natural and legal persons in The Gambia, and shall be enforceable by the Courts in accordance with this Constitution.” Source : Foroyaa