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Posted on January 23, 2017 at 3:35 AM


Did President Adama Barrow's new government failed to make the necessary risk analysis before allowing Jammeh to leave the country? Has there been any discuss about the potential threat Jammeh poses to The Gambia and her people if he was allowed to leave? The government is asking for a Truth and Reconciliation Committee - but how can we have TRC when the government allowed the culprit of such crimes to escape the country with property belonging to the nation? If indeed "there was no deal..." between the new government and Jammeh - preventing his prosecution or that of his officials; the freezing of his assets; and his extradition back to The Gambia, then why would ECOWAS, the UN and AU have the said "draft" on their official websites if it was not agreed upon by your government? These three organisations where part of the negotiations from day one. It is highly unlikely they would have mistakenly uploaded the said document on their official websites. One of them uploading the document by mistake is perhaps understandable, but the probability of all three organisations uploading the same document by mistake is rather slim.

How can victim families seek justice when you have allowed Jammeh to leave the country? How can they seek justice when the culprits (including the Minister of Justice Mama Fatima Singhateh) of such crimes are allowed to leave? If Jammeh goes to Equatorial Guinea, have you weighted in the difficulties the government will face to have him extradited back to The Gambia? Have you also assessed the potential threat Jammeh poses even in exile? Even if you agreed upon letting him go, why weren't security measures in place (with the full backing of the ally forces) to ensure that State House and Kanilai were fully protected? Of course you are now aware of the looting that had taken place at State House by military personnel. You are also aware that weaponry is being smuggled out of Banjul by military personnel loyal to Jammeh whilst the elected President Adama Barrow is still in Senegal.

Throughout the negotiations with Jammeh, the rebellious Jammeh was allowed to dictate the narrative; occupying government property (State House) whilst the democratically elected president was, and still is in Senegal. Jammeh should have been arrested on site. Measures should have been taken to ensure that culprits like the Minister of Justice were not allowed to leave the country. A house arrest would have been the right thing to do. Was the government expecting such enablers to hang around after what they've done?

Too many unanswered questions. A country where the elected President still in Senegal, and lawlessness, criminal and treasonous activities against the State are allowed to go on. President Barrow must come back to The Gambia as soon as possible and lead the country. Stay in a private accommodation for the time if he has to until State House is thoroughly cleansed and protected, but his imminent return to The Gambia is a must in order to ensure confidence and prevent a power vacuum.

ECOWAS forces have now taken full control of State House but Jammeh’s robbery the other day was the last assault against the people and the nation. This should not have happened if the Gambian forces were truly loyal to the people and the Constitution. Many of them were never loyal to the people but to Jammeh. Not only did some of them partook in the looting of State House, but also the smuggling of weaponry from Banjul.


• "THERE WAS NO DEAL ON JAMMEXIT" by Mai Ahmad Fatty :


•The United Nations : "Joint Declaration by the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union and the United Nations on the Political Situation of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia"

• The African Union : "Joint Declaration by the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union and the United Nations on the Political Situation of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia" (PDF)




Categories: The Gambia, Miscellaneous (politics, economics, social, etc.)

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