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Kairo Exposes Solo Sandeng’s Killers

It has been 91 days since opposition political activist Ebrima Solo Sandeng was tortured to death by Gambian security agents, yet the government remains tight-lipped on how and why he died or who participated in the cold-blooded murder. The Jammeh regime that has innocent Gambian blood on its hands only provided scanty information on the murder of the Gambia’s Steve Biko who died less than two weeks after being elected the Organising Secretary of the United Democratic Party. In a court affidavit, the government said Mr. Sandeng died of resuscitation. This leaves a lot of room for questions: why was he hurriedly buried which contradicts constitutional requirement a Coroner’s Inquest should determine the cause of the death of those in state custody? What happened to Solo before he needed resuscitation? Why was he mot taken to the hospital? So many unanswered questions have only flared tempers as well added petrol to a rising fire. Majority of Gambians agree that the government should have come clean on Solo Sandeng story, prosecute and punish those found culpable. Offering apology and compensation to the Sandeng family and release all those detained in connection to his death would be the beginning of healing and ultimately closure. But dictators are natural cowards who fear the consequences of admitting fault that’s why Yahya Jammeh chose not to go that route. However, what the government cannot succeed is to remain sitting on such a public interest news, especially in this Smart phone Era. Besides, Solo Sandeng’s brutal murder and sentencing of opposition leadership and supporters have since changed the dynamic in the country. Even security agents cannot shut up. That’s why some spy agents have decided to leak the names of thugs who tortured Solo to death, beat and raped women protesters on April 15. Contrary to widespread belief, not a single member of Junglers or Black Black (Yahya Jammeh’s killer machine squad) was involved in the fatal tortured. All of these work for the National Intelligence Agency. In fact, some of them are errand boys who only provide information to the agency. These murderers who have enjoyed official indemnity are walking on the streets with pride while Solo’s remains rest under a cashew tree at the NIA outpost at in Kombo North. Below are the names of people who participated in April 15 torture, rape and murder: Saihou Jeng (alias Sir Jeng), Director of Operations, Bojang Director of Technical Affairs  Jebel Director  Ebou Sanyang (alias Jet Li) orderly or informant to Louis Gomez, deputy DG Malang Sonko, boy boy (errand boy) to DG Yankuba Badjie   Lamin Badjie  Ebou Jammeh Buba Colley Timothy Colley Ansu Trawally Saikou Sanneh Alieu Badjie Yankuba Colley Saloum Colley Ends Source : KairoNews

MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION IN BREMEN

  There will be an Anti Dictator Jammeh demonstration in Bremen (Germany) on the 13th of August 2016 at 14:00 hrs Everybody is invited. Let's come out in numbers and expose dictator Jammeh and his enablers to the whole word. The brutal killings, tortures, rapes and other human rights abuses that is happening in our motherland must stop by any means neccessary.   For more information contact Lamin Jaiteh 004915210439863  

ESSA BOKARR SHOW – WIFE OF UDP LEADER OUSAINOU NUMUKUNDA DARBOE MAIMUNA NDURE-DARBOE,AN EDUCATOR WHOSE HAS MOULDED SO MANY IN THE GAMBIA,SPEAKS WITH DIGNITY, DISCIPLINE AND GRATITUDE TO ALLAH, ALL GAMBIANS AND HER HUSBAND.

  ESSA BOKARR SHOW – WIFE OF UDP LEADER OUSAINOU NUMUKUNDA DARBOE MAIMUNA NDURE-DARBOE,AN EDUCATOR WHOSE HAS MOULDED SO MANY IN THE GAMBIA,SPEAKS WITH DIGNITY, DISCIPLINE AND GRATITUDE TO ALLAH, ALL GAMBIANS AND HER HUSBAND. PATIENCE INDEED REMAINS THE CONSTANT PARTNER OF PERSEVERANCE. AS EVOLUTION DOES NOT MORALITY, SO DOES CHANGE REMAIN THE ONLY GUARANTEE IN LIFE. IN OUR PROGRAM TODAY WE ARE GOING TO RELAY HER MESSAGE VERBATIM ALONGSIDE TRANSLATE IT FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL.
LIVE SHOW WILL BE AIRED AT 12PM EST NEW YORK TIME, 5PM GMT BANJUL TIME TUESDAY JULY 26TH 2016.
ENTIRE SPEECH OF  AUNTY MAIMUNA NDURE-DARBOE WIFE OF UDP LEADER OUSAINOU NUMUKUNDA DARBOE:
I payer that God accept our fasting and prayers, release those in detention, deliver justice, solve our many problems and advance our wishes.
Fellow Gambians, you all know that Yahya Jammeh’s 1994 coup d’etat mantra was based on transparency, accountabilty and probity. This was what he had been singing to our ears. I’m asking Gambians to tell me what is transparent in Yahya Jammeh’s leadership or government. You’ve all seen him on national tv dishing out money on Senegalese artists and athletes. He is not telling us where he is getting these monies. He should tell Gambians where he’s got the money because Gambian schools lack basic needs; we’ve had just two rains and our capital becomes inaccessible. At least Yahya Jammeh should have used these monies to equip our hospitals and schools. Yahya Jammeh accused the Jawara government of corruption and flamboyancy, calling its officials Dirimos [thieves]. But it’s now clear to all Gambians that Yahya is the real Dirimo. He’s become more flamboyant and wasteful than anyone else. Former President Sir Dawda used to travel with a commercial plane while Jammeh and family travel with his (Jammeh’s) own plane. Yahya Jammeh used taxpayers money to buy this plane, yet he refused to tell them how much money was spent on its buying as well as it’s maintenance and operational costs. Gambians deserve to know.
 
Yahya Jammeh says he sympathises with Gambian farmers. Let’s ask what he has done for Gambian farmers. He’d just concluded meet-the-people’s tour which he used to haul insults on our parents, women and others. One would have expected his government to seize such an opportunity to supply Gambian farmers with seeds and fertilisers.
 
Yahya Jammeh says he loves and sympathises with Gambian women. If that’s the case, why does he inflict torture and pain on Duta Kamaso [former APRC National Assembly Lawmaker], Lawyer Mariam Dention, Nogoi Njie, Fatoumata Jawara, Fatou Camara, among others. These women [Fatoumata, Nogoi and Fatou] teamed up with their leader Solo Sandeng to hold a peaceful protest calling for electoral reform. Yahya Jammeh put in place the age limit and electoral adjustments all because he fears only one Gambian, and that’s my husband Lawyer Ousainou Darboe. He knows Gambians love Darboe. Solo, Lang Marong, and others had no weapon in their hands when they were holding a peaceful protest on April 14th; all they wanted was to be heard. They planned to protest peacefully until they reached the Independent Electoral Commission and hand over a letter to IEC officials; these peaceful protesters were arrested at West Field before being escorted to the PIU, Mile 2 and then to NIA where they were mercilessly beaten. An insider source at the NIA informed Ousainou that Solo died of brutal torture and that Fatoumata, Nogoi and Fatou were in coma, battling for survival. He received the news on Friday night. This was litte after 10 pm. Those who say Ousainou is scared do not know him. He does things at the right time. He takes his time, he’s never in a hurry. He summoned an emergency executive meeting. He knew Solo was killed unjustly for nothing other than exercising his basic right. Ousainou said what was he waiting for when a young man like Solo died for his county. The UDP leadership and supporters started the peaceful protest here holding each other’s hands. They had nothing in their hands except the Gambian flag. They were asking for Solo that to be produced dead or alive. These people were arrested some minutes later. The question becomes why the government is holding Ousainou Darboe and others after confirming that Solo died in state custody.
 
But the whole world now knows there is no truth, justice and rule of law in the Gambia. It’s a case that is not guided by law. Hawa Sisay Sabally told the judge that counts 5 and 6 should be transferred to the Supreme Court for interpretation because this is a matter of law. The judge cannot make a ruling on it. because there is no law in the Gambia. Jammeh has interest in goes according to his will. No one matters in Yaya Jammeh’s Gambia. Ousainou and others cannot discuss privately with their lawyers without the presence of security. The lawyers got frustrated and walked. The first thing she should have done was to ask ousainou whether they needed a lawyer. She didn’t but want to impose on him to defend himself. He told the judge that he could not involve in a preconviction case. During the last sitting, he told the judge that judges in Nigeria protected the rights of Nigerians but you came here to deny Gambians justice and rights. I’m not going to defend myself. I’ll defend myself when you convict me.
 
Yaya Jammeh’s statement that he sympathises and loves Gambians is a fake. His wife is a non Gambian. If he loves Gambian women, his government would not have tortured Duta Kamaso, Mariam Denton, Sarjo Kunjang Sandeng, Fatoumata Jawara, Nogoi Njie, and Fatou Camara. The one who sympathises with women transfered them to Janjanbureh prison. Their relatives saw them and brought them food while in Mike 2. But they are now detained incommunicado and denied urgent medical attention. The day these women had appointment was the day they rushed them to Janjanbureh. I was in Mansakonko and saw their appalling health condition. It culd be worse if they don’t get the medical attention. I am scared of their condtion. I discussed their situation with their lawyers who briefed the DDP. But the state keeps adjourning their doctor’s appointment without any justifiable reason.
 
Yaya Jammeh says he sympathises with farmers. But what has he done for farmers. He concluded his tour which has been punctuated with insults. He should have given farmers fertiliser and seeds but he chose to cloud with insults. With all the difficulty in farming, farmers struggle to sell their produce. Often their produce will be put on credit and in most cases, they are already soaked in debt when their money arrives.
 
Yaya said Sir Dawda was not good for the youths. But Gambian youths suffer and become confused in Jammeh’s era. They have no jobs and resort to the backway as their only hope. Yaya Jammeh is not sympathetic to the youths; he said youths have not seen anything because all of them will perish at sea. Most of them have perished at sea already. They will prefer to stay if there are job opportunities for them in the country, they will not go anywhere.
 
Yaya Jammeh said on national tv that his mother is a worthy marriage material, which is why his great grandchildren will not be poor. Yaya forgets that all power belongs to Allah. The office he occupies is a public office which invites criticism. People will criticise him if he doesn’t do the right thing. Anyone who occupies that office will be subject to public scrutiny. Yaya doesn’t want any criticism; anyone who comes after him will face similar consequences. People will criticise him if he does not do the right. I want him to know that Ousainou is not his enemy but only his opponent. his enemies are his jungulars who kill for his interest and those around him who do not tell him the truth. Let him know that Allah does not sleep and that his verdict will come. That God does not want transgression. God knows all that is happening. Insahllah (God willing), Allah’s verdict is on the way.
I’m telling Gambians that Ousainou Darboe is an upright person, a person who values and respects human dignity; he does not want injustice. He resigned as the administrator of Curator; he was asked to tweak the law but refused an order from his boss. His boss was so annoyed with him and asked why Ousainou embarrassed in the presence of everyone else. Darboe asked why his boss would ask him in public. Ousainou went to work but was denied files; he sat on an empty desk. He resigned.
Upon hearing the news, Sir Dawda called Ousainou to state house and wanted him to wait until he completed investigation. But Ousainou said he is a free bone who cannot tweak his words. He said he would come back to work for the government – perhaps in a different role. What I’m saying is the fact because Sir Dawda is still alive.
 
Ousainou praised me and Sally for standing by him during this very challenging time. But I think we are the ones who should praise a husband who has never put tears on our cheeks. Throughout our marriage with him, Ousainou stood by us in times of good and bad. We cannot therefore such a husband. Only Allah can pay him. As the saying goes: “goodness must be rewarded with goodness.” Ousainou we stand by you. You’ve prepared us that you’d be locked up. Whatever the case, we’re proud of you and we’ll stand by you and your colleagues who want to uplift suffering for every Gambians, including women, youths and elders. By god willing in the end it will be ok for you. Yaya Jammeh should know that the power he is abusing belongs to the people. Gambians have had their eyes opened. We have seen skyrocketing of basic food. Opposition is only your opponent but not your enemy. Let him know that those who torture for him are his enemies. Isatou Njie-Saidy and the cabinet ministers are your enemies. They should have advised you but they say differently about you in your behind. If the cabinet wants truth to prevail they should advise you on your thuggery. They clap for you in the open but do different thing in the background. Do you ask how your secrets get leaked to the online media. Those working with you are the ones leaking them. Your problem is that those working for you are the one who do not want anything good for you and the country.
 
If you hear my speech, I want to offer you a piece of advice. A lot of people languish in remand wing for years. Some of them have not appeared in court for so many years. Some of them are sick but are denied medical access to healthcare services. I asked whether you will like Mariam and Zeinab to be in the shoes of Fatoumata, Nogoi and Fatou. Bring these women to Kombo and get medical help before you’ll regret for not doing the right thing.
Thank you for lending us your ears during the entire program.
 

DAKAR BASED REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR UNESCO ANNE THERESE NDONG JATTA SAYS SHE WORRIED ABOUT GAMBIA AS THE PEACE THE COUNTRY ONCE CHERISHED IS UNDER THREAT, CHALLENGING GAMBIAN ELDERS ESPECIALLY MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS TO INTERVENE AND SPEAK TRUTH TO THE COUNTRY’S LEADERSHIP.

DAKAR BASED REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR UNESCO ANNE THERESE NDONG JATTA, SAYS SHE FEELS VERY TROUBLED AT HEART FOR THE PEACE GAMBIA ONCE CHERISHED IS UNDER THREAT!!! ANNE HERSELF IS A GAMBIAN BY BIRTH AND ONCE SERVED AS MINISTER OF EDUCATION UNDER PRESIDENT YAHYA JAMMEH. Shared By Essa Bokarr Sey. Below is her entire message. Gambia: “I Feel Very Troubled at Heart for the Peace we Once Cherished is Under Threat,” Ann Therese Ndong Jatta Jul,24 2016. Anne-Therese_Ndong Jatta Regional Director of UNESCO, Mrs Ann Therese Ndong Jatta Mrs Ann Therese Ndon Jatta the former minister of Education in Jammeh’s government and now the Regional Director of UNESCO based in Dakar, Senegal has challenged the people of the Gambia, especially, the religious leaders to act now and salvage the peace in the Gambia before it’s too late. Read in her own words… “Where are our men of wisdom, integrity and good judgement who silently watch a whole nation torn apart? Where is justice? Why is the Nation brought to its knees because of fear. What must be done now? If this has gone beyond the people to defend themselves then the rest of humanity must be invited to salvage the nation? Where are the religious leaders? Certainly there is no religion which condones injustice. Since he told you in his address at Koriteh to be challenged or be informed when things are not right or where he has gone wrong, please act now before it is too late. Do so tomorrow or before the start of next week. Pray in all churches and mosques across the nation and in the diaspora and call upon GOD’s intervention. GOD loves the Gambia. I am sure Yahya has not been advised right by those who are more au fait with the justice system. Or are they also under the spell of fear! Is his cabinet also under the same spell? The only fear for me is the backlash. Gambians must sincerely call for a dialogue with the authorities and stem the tide of a possible chaos. This is not the time for opposition parties to rejoice as they could be the next to be brought to their knees in his cherry picking strategy. Fear must not create this state of inaction. Dialogue with the functionaries of State is urgent. Please let us together find peaceful means to salvage the nation so that we do not all go down together. It could be worse than Rwanda if we take up a response anticipated by the regime. We cannot be any match for military response from within. I invite Religious leaders of the different faith base to come together and agree on a way to advise the President and his cabinet. This is beyond politics. GOD bless Gambia and its people! I feel very troubled at heart for the Peace we once cherished is under threat!”

A coup d’etat being celebrated, while processioners are jailed for three years The irony of history

A coup d’etat leads to the overthrow of a government. If it fails like in Turkey, the perpetrators are charged with treason. If it succeeds, the perpetrators become revolutionaries and heroes. Hence, coup d’etats are historical accidents. They are celebrated only if luck is on the side of the perpetrators. One would have thought that those who come to power through coup d’etat would be the most tolerant of political dissent and dissidence. The exercise of the prerogative of mercy last year during the July 22 anniversary gave the impression that the coup makers of 1994 have finally come to understand that those who come to power through coup should not show vengeance against political dissidents but should show magnanimity as they would have expected if they failed in their venture. It is an irony that while the nation poised to celebrate a coup d’etat, those accused of holding processions to display their grievances without any attempt to incite violence to overthrow a state are now languishing in jail. There is need to remedy this irony of history. This is the dictate of justice and commonsense.  

Over US$1m bail bond for accused in GNPC case

The Special Criminal Court in Banjul presided over by Justice O. Ottaba yesterday granted bail to 7 out of 10 accused persons, in the GNPC case, of over US$1 million. They are Edrissa Mass Jobe, Cherno Marena, Momodou Taal, Fafa Sanyang, Muntaga Momodou Sallah, Seedy Kanyi and Louie Moses Mendy. DPP S.H. Barkun appeared for the state alongside deputy DPP M.B. Abubacarr, while I.D. Drammeh led the defence team representing Edrissa Mass Jobe. DPP S.H. Barkun then informed the court that they were not opposing bail on such terms and conditions that would secure the applicants’ presence in court, in case charges were brought against them. Counsel I.D. Drammeh said with the concession of the state she urged the court to grant all the prayers. She asked the court to make the bail reasonable and not exceeding D500,000, if it is to be granted. Delivering his ruling, Justice Ottaba said he had listened to the submission made by counsel. He said in view of the fact that the state did not oppose bail, he would exercise his discretion and granted the applicant, Edrissa Mass Jobe, bail of US$1.2 million with two Gambian sureties, who should have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court and have deposed to an affidavit of means. The sureties and the applicant should sign a bond to ensure the presence of the applicant in court to answer, to any charge brought against him. The applicant was also ordered to deposit his international passport with the registrar of the high court. Senior counsel A.N.D. Bensouda and H.S. Sabally represented Cherno Marena. In moving the bail application, H.S. Sabally said the application was for bail and was brought pursuant to section 19 sub 5, 24 (3) and 37 of the constitution and also section 99 of the CPC. The application was supported by a 22-paragraph affidavit and attached to it was marked exhibit CM1 and CM2, which were the charges from Banjul Magistrates’ Court. She added that there was also an additional affidavit, which was an 8-paragraph and they are relying on all the paragraphs. Counsel Sabally said there was no affidavit in opposition, and she believed that all the arguments in the affidavits were deemed admitted by the state. “I want to draw your lordship’s attention to paragraph 14, 15 and 22 of the affidavit in support, and I want your lordship to put this into account when exercising your discretion in granting bail. It is my submission that the affidavits have satisfied all the conditions that your lordship will be called upon to consider in granting bail.” She then urged the court not to make the bail condition onerous. The judge then granted Cherno Marena bail of US$1.6 million with two Gambian sureties. Counsel I.D. Drammeh representing Momodou Taal informed the court that the charge against his client had no monetary amount. The trial judge then granted him bail of D250,000 with one Gambian surety. L.S. Camara representing Fafa Sanyang said the application was to release the applicant on bail. He said the application was supported by a 25-paragraph document and he referred the court to paragraph 5, which stated that the applicant was only charged with conspiracy and neglect of official duty, which are all misdemeanours, and enjoined the court to take into consideration section 99 sub-section 2 of the CPC. The trial judge granted him bail of D250,000 with one Gambian surety. Counsel I.D. Drammeh, who held brief for counsel L. Farage for Muntaga Momodou Sallah, made a similar bail application. The trial judge granted him bail of US$1.3 million with two Gambian sureties. Counsel L.S. Camara representing Seedy Kanyi and Louie Moses Mendy said both applicants are seeking to be released on bail. He said the application was supported by 28 and 25 paragraphs respectively, and attached to both affidavits are the charges. He urged the court to grant them bail. Seedy Kanyi was granted bail of US$1.3 million with two Gambian sureties, and Louie Moses Mendy was granted bail of US$1.6 million with two Gambian sureties. Author: Halimatou Ceesay

Lawyer Darboe’s Wife Speaks

The senior wife of the Gambia’s convicted leader of the opposition United Democratic Party has spoken volumes about her husband, revealing his untold story. Maimuna Ndure-Darboe, a former educationist, remains loyal and thankful to “a husband who had never made us cry.” Mrs Darboe who delivered the heavyweight statement at Pipeline said the UDP leader knew he would be sentenced.
Find below the translated version of Maimuna’s speech delivered in Mandinka and Wolof.
I payer that God accept our fasting and prayers, release those in detention, deliver justice, solve our many problems and advance our wishes.
Fellow Gambians, you all know that Yahya Jammeh’s 1994 coup d’etat mantra was based on transparency, accountabilty and probity. This was what he had been singing to our ears. I’m asking Gambians to tell me what is transparent in Yahya Jammeh’s leadership or government. You’ve all seen him on national tv dishing out money on Senegalese artists and athletes. He is not telling us where he is getting these monies. He should tell Gambians where he’s got the money because Gambian schools lack basic needs; we’ve had just two rains and our capital becomes inaccessible. At least Yahya Jammeh should have used these monies to equip our hospitals and schools. Yahya Jammeh accused the Jawara government of corruption and flamboyancy, calling its officials Dirimos [thieves]. But it’s now clear to all Gambians that Yahya is the real Dirimo. He’s become more flamboyant and wasteful than anyone else. Former President Sir Dawda used to travel with a commercial plane while Jammeh and family travel with his (Jammeh’s) own plane. Yahya Jammeh used taxpayers money to buy this plane, yet he refused to tell them how much money was spent on its buying as well as it’s maintenance and operational costs. Gambians deserve to know.
 
Yahya Jammeh says he sympathises with Gambian farmers. Let’s ask what he has done for Gambian farmers. He’d just concluded meet-the-people’s tour which he used to haul insults on our parents, women and others. One would have expected his government to seize such an opportunity to supply Gambian farmers with seeds and fertilisers.
 
Yahya Jammeh says he loves and sympathises with Gambian women. If that’s the case, why does he inflict torture and pain on Duta Kamaso [former APRC National Assembly Lawmaker], Lawyer Mariam Dention, Nogoi Njie, Fatoumata Jawara, Fatou Camara, among others. These women [Fatoumata, Nogoi and Fatou] teamed up with their leader Solo Sandeng to hold a peaceful protest calling for electoral reform. Yahya Jammeh put in place the age limit and electoral adjustments all because he fears only one Gambian, and that’s my husband Lawyer Ousainou Darboe. He knows Gambians love Darboe. Solo, Lang Marong, and others had no weapon in their hands when they were holding a peaceful protest on April 14th; all they wanted was to be heard. They planned to protest peacefully until they reached the Independent Electoral Commission and hand over a letter to IEC officials; these peaceful protesters were arrested at West Field before being escorted to the PIU, Mile 2 and then to NIA where they were mercilessly beaten. An insider source at the NIA informed Ousainou that Solo died of brutal torture and that Fatoumata, Nogoi and Fatou were in coma, battling for survival. He received the news on Friday night. This was litte after 10 pm. Those who say Ousainou is scared do not know him. He does things at the right time. He takes his time, he’s never in a hurry. He summoned an emergency executive meeting. He knew Solo was killed unjustly for nothing other than exercising his basic right. Ousainou said what was he waiting for when a young man like Solo died for his county. The UDP leadership and supporters started the peaceful protest here holding each other’s hands. They had nothing in their hands except the Gambian flag. They were asking for Solo that to be produced dead or alive. These people were arrested some minutes later. The question becomes why the government is holding Ousainou Darboe and others after confirming that Solo died in state custody.
 
But the whole world now knows there is no truth, justice and rule of law in the Gambia. It’s a case that is not guided by law. Hawa Sisay Sabally told the judge that counts 5 and 6 should be transferred to the Supreme Court for interpretation because this is a matter of law. The judge cannot make a ruling on it. because there is no law in the Gambia. Jammeh has interest in goes according to his will. No one matters in Yaya Jammeh’s Gambia. Ousainou and others cannot discuss privately with their lawyers without the presence of security. The lawyers got frustrated and walked. The first thing she should have done was to ask ousainou whether they needed a lawyer. She didn’t but want to impose on him to defend himself. He told the judge that he could not involve in a preconviction case. During the last sitting, he told the judge that judges in Nigeria protected the rights of Nigerians but you came here to deny Gambians justice and rights. I’m not going to defend myself. I’ll defend myself when you convict me.
 
Yaya Jammeh’s statement that he sympathises and loves Gambians is a fake. His wife is a non Gambian. If he loves Gambian women, his government would not have tortured Duta Kamaso, Mariam Denton, Sarjo Kunjang Sandeng, Fatoumata Jawara, Nogoi Njie, and Fatou Camara. The one who sympathises with women transfered them to Janjanbureh prison. Their relatives saw them and brought them food while in Mike 2. But they are now detained incommunicado and denied urgent medical attention. The day these women had appointment was the day they rushed them to Janjanbureh. I was in Mansakonko and saw their appalling health condition. It culd be worse if they don’t get the medical attention. I am scared of their condtion. I discussed their situation with their lawyers who briefed the DDP. But the state keeps adjourning their doctor’s appointment without any justifiable reason.
 
Yaya Jammeh says he sympathises with farmers. But what has he done for farmers. He concluded his tour which has been punctuated with insults. He should have given farmers fertiliser and seeds but he chose to cloud with insults. With all the difficulty in farming, farmers struggle to sell their produce. Often their produce will be put on credit and in most cases, they are already soaked in debt when their money arrives.
 
Yaya said Sir Dawda was not good for the youths. But Gambian youths suffer and become confused in Jammeh’s era. They have no jobs and resort to the backway as their only hope. Yaya Jammeh is not sympathetic to the youths; he said youths have not seen anything because all of them will perish at sea. Most of them have perished at sea already. They will prefer to stay if there are job opportunities for them in the country, they will not go anywhere.
 
Yaya Jammeh said on national tv that his mother is a worthy marriage material, which is why his great grandchildren will not be poor. Yaya forgets that all power belongs to Allah. The office he occupies is a public office which invites criticism. People will criticise him if he doesn’t do the right thing. Anyone who occupies that office will be subject to public scrutiny. Yaya doesn’t want any criticism; anyone who comes after him will face similar consequences. People will criticise him if he does not do the right. I want him to know that Ousainou is not his enemy but only his opponent. his enemies are his jungulars who kill for his interest and those around him who do not tell him the truth. Let him know that Allah does not sleep and that his verdict will come. That God does not want transgression. God knows all that is happening. Insahllah (God willing), Allah’s verdict is on the way.
I’m telling Gambians that Ousainou Darboe is an upright person, a person who values and respects human dignity; he does not want injustice. He resigned as the administrator of Curator; he was asked to tweak the law but refused an order from his boss. His boss was so annoyed with him and asked why Ousainou embarrassed in the presence of everyone else. Darboe asked why his boss would ask him in public. Ousainou went to work but was denied files; he sat on an empty desk. He resigned.
Upon hearing the news, Sir Dawda called Ousainou to state house and wanted him to wait until he completed investigation. But Ousainou said he is a free bone who cannot tweak his words. He said he would come back to work for the government – perhaps in a different role. What I’m saying is the fact because Sir Dawda is still alive.
 
Ousainou praised me and Sally for standing by him during this very challenging time. But I think we are the ones who should praise a husband who has never put tears on our cheeks. Throughout our marriage with him, Ousainou stood by us in times of good and bad. We cannot therefore such a husband. Only Allah can pay him. As the saying goes: “goodness must be rewarded with goodness.” Ousainou we stand by you. You’ve prepared us that you’d be locked up. Whatever the case, we’re proud of you and we’ll stand by you and your colleagues who want to uplift suffering for every Gambians, including women, youths and elders. By god willing in the end it will be ok for you. Yaya Jammeh should know that the power he is abusing belongs to the people. Gambians have had their eyes opened. We have seen skyrocketing of basic food. Opposition is only your opponent but not your enemy. Let him know that those who torture for him are his enemies. Isatou Njie-Saidy and the cabinet ministers are your enemies. They should have advised you but they say differently about you in your behind. If the cabinet wants truth to prevail they should advise you on your thuggery. They clap for you in the open but do different thing in the background. Do you ask how your secrets get leaked to the online media. Those working with you are the ones leaking them. Your problem is that those working for you are the one who do not want anything good for you and the country.
 
If you hear my speech, I want to offer you a piece of advice. A lot of people languish in remand wing for years. Some of them have not appeared in court for so many years. Some of them are sick but are denied medical access to healthcare services. I asked whether you will like Mariam and Zeinab to be in the shoes of Fatoumata, Nogoi and Fatou. Bring these women to Kombo and get medical help before you’ll regret for not doing the right thing.
Ends
Source : Kaironews

‘Applicant was unable to have access to medical attention,’ says defence counsel in GNPC trial

Senior counsel Ida Drammeh on 21 July 2016 told the Special Criminal Court Division of the Banjul High Court that her client, Sira Wally Ndow Njie, was unable to have access to medical attention, as she was in custody. She made this statement before Justice Ottaba, when she was referring to an affidavit she filed for bail for her client. When the case was called, she told the court that she was representing Sira Wally Ndow-Njie, Momodou S. Taal and Edrissa Jobe. The defence counsel stated that the affidavit she filed contained 27 paragraphs, but she made emphasis on paragraphs 8, 9, 10 and 11 which are the main grounds of her application, relating to the medical condition of Sira Wally Ndow-Njie. Counsel Drammeh adduced further that the applicant had properties in The Gambia and has strong relations in the country, arguing that her sugar level was “high”. She urged the court to grant bail to the applicant, considering the factors spelt out in the affidavit, “which are uncontroverted”. She further stated that she had adopted the briefs of Momodou S. Taal and Edrissa Jobe, as she had done with that of Sira Wally Ndow-Njie. At this juncture, defence lawyer Janet Sallah-Njie made an application on behalf of Muntaha Sallah, and lawyer Lubna Farage adopted the brief of the applicant and associated herself with the submission made by Ida Drammeh. Lubna Farage also adopted Noah Touray’s brief. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Barkun, will reply on 25 July 2016 to the submission made by the defence. The applications of Cherno Marena and others would be moved by their counsel on the same date. It would be recalled that Ida Drammeh had earlier told the court that her application had serious medical issues, adding that she was applying for Sira Wally Ndow-Njie to have access to food and medical attention and that she has diabetes, hypertension and other necessities the court may deem fit. In his ruling, Justice Ottaba said the Director of Prisons should allow the applicants to have access to their family members, lawyers, food and proper medication. The accused persons were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, neglect of official duty, giving false information to a public servant and economic crime under the Economic Crime Specified Offences Act; which charges they denied. Author: Dawda Faye Source: Picture: Sira Wally Ndow-Njie Source : Thepoint

April 14 UDP Westfield protesters jailed for 3 years

The Mansakonko High Court in the Lower River Region presided over by Justice Abi Thursday convicted and sentenced 11 UDP supporters charged with protesting at Westfield on 14 April 2016. The accused persons were Lamin Sonko, Modou Touray, Lansana Beyai, Lamin Marong, Alhajie Fatty, Nogoi Njie, Fatoumatta Jawara, Fatou Camara, Kafu Bayo, Ebrima Jabang and Modou Ngum. They were sentenced on count one, to 1 year in prison; count two, to a fine of D20,000 in default to serve 2 years in prison; count three, 3 years in prison; count four, to a fine of D20,000 in default to serve 2 years in prison; count five, 3 years in prison; count six, 3 years; and count 7, 3 years in prison. The sentences are without hard labour, and the convicts were reminded of their right to appeal if they wish to do so. They were charged with seven counts of unlawful assembly, riot, incitement of violence, riotously interfering with vehicles, holding a procession without a permit, disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession and conspiracy. Delivering his judgment, the trial judge, Justice Abi, said the accused persons were called upon to take their plea on the charge, but they all remained mute. He said the accused persons out of “malice and mere stubbornness” refused to take their plea, and a plea of not guilty was then entered on their behalf. He said the prosecution was called upon to prove their case, adding that the prosecution called eight witnesses in proving their case. The trial judge then read the evidence of all the prosecution witnesses, and said the accused persons were called upon to cross-examine the witnesses and object to the tendering of exhibits, but “they all refused” to do so and it was recorded that they did not have any questions or objections. After the testimony of the witnesses, the prosecution applied for a stand down to advise themselves on whether to close case or call another witness, the judge said. After the stand down, the prosecution announced the closure of their case. Since the accused persons were unrepresented, they were reminded of their right to enter defence. When called upon and asked if they wanted to open defence or exercise their constitutional right to remain silent, some of the accused persons shook their head in negative response, while others remained mute. He said the court then recorded that they did not wish to open their defence. Justice Abi further stated that as a general rule, the burden of proving the ingredients of the case was on the prosecution which should be proven beyond all reasonable doubt. He said the address filed by the prosecution, represented by A.M. Yusuf, submitted that in light of the evidence laid before the court the prosecution had proven the case beyond reasonable doubt, and urged the court to convict the accused persons. He said in proving count one, which was unlawful assembly, the prosecution has to show that three or more persons assembled, intended to commit an offence, caused a breach of peace or provoked other persons to cause a breach of peace. He said the testimonies of PW1, 2 and 3, therefore, stood un-contradicted since the accused persons did not cross-examine them. He said on the issue of assembling with intent to commit an offence, the question was whether the act of the accused was intended to commit an offence. He said the accused never denied being in a crowd affecting the flow of traffic and, therefore, it had been proved that it was intended to commit an offence. It was the evidence of PW1 that shops were closed and people fled, he said. “I find and hold that it is due to fear that the people closed their shops and fled. I find and hold that count one is proven beyond all reasonable doubt,” the judge added. On count two, which was riot, the trial Judge said the people at Westfield, such as vendors, were put in “natural fear” and the peace at Westfield had been “disturbed” and, therefore, the count had also been proven. Count three, which was incitement of violence, Justice Abi said PW1, 2 and 3 stated that they met a large crowd with banners and wordings written on it. He said it was also in evidence that someone was using a public address system. “I, therefore, hold that the accused persons had taken part in printing, publishing and distributing of the material and the banners,” he said. He said the note from the Attorney General and Minister of Justice had consented to the prosecution of the accused persons on incitement of violence and, therefore, count three had been proven. Justice Abi said that on count four, the prosecution has to establish that the accused persons riotously assembled and obstructed the movement of vehicles. He said the evidence showed that they assembled and obstructed free flow of traffic and, therefore, count four was proved. On count five and six, holding a procession without a permit, disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession, the trial judge said that evidence has to show that the public procession took place without a permit. He said PW1, 2 and 3 all stated that they met a crowd and asked if they had a permit, but no one produced a permit. “To make matters worse, the accused failed to cross-examine the witnesses, which allowed the prosecution witnesses’ evidence to remain unchallenged, which means that they had no permit to show,” he said. “I find and hold that the accused persons neglected the proclamation to disperse,” he concluded. On count 7, which was conspiracy, the trial judge said it seemed to him the accused persons must have agreed to convene at Westfield, and that there was a crowd of people from among the accused who were arrested. He said since the accused persons failed to testify or cross-examine the witnesses, he would consider the statements of the accused persons tendered before him. He read all their statements and said: “In all the statements read above, it is only Alajie Fatty that did not say that he is a UDP member, but did not disassociate himself from the meeting.” It was a gamble on the part of the accused persons when they decided to remain silent and shut out themselves from the case, he said. “The prosecution has proven their case beyond all reasonable doubt. I therefore hold that and find all the accused persons guilty on the amended information before me,” he said. He then sentenced them accordingly, and the accused persons were not allowed to make a plea of mitigation. After the verdict of the judge, all the accused persons shouted “Allahu Akbarr” a few times, and then sang the National Anthem. The court was crowded with UDP members who came all the way from the Kombos led by the Secretary General and Deputy Party Leader, Aji Amie Secka. Author: Halimatou Ceesay Source: Picture: Fatoumatta Jawara UDP female youth leader jailed Source : Foroyaa

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