Gambia: Jammeh likens Commonwealth to ‘Animal Farm’

Urges mediators not to ‘waste tax payers’ money’

By Sanna Camara

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The Gambian President has described the Commonwealth organization as ‘a neo-colonial institution’ at best, and at worst an animal farm.

In a statement broadcast over national television last night, Secretary General, office of the president, who doubles as minister for presidential affairs read that, “The decision to leave the Commonwealth was made based on the principle that we do not want to be part of any colonial or neo-colonial institution”.

“Changing our decision is far-fetched because the Commonwealth remains at best a neo-colonial institution and at worst an animal farm, an idea which The Gambia will never subscribe to,” the statement said.

‘Our decision … is final’

“The Office of the President hereby informs Gambians and friends of The Gambia that our decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth of Nations is final and not subject to negotiation,” Momodou Sabally, wearing a black suit, with striped tie read on TV last night.

“We wish to inform our allies that there is no point sending special envoys to Banjul for us to reconsider this decision,” he added.

Not to waste their tax payers’ money

In this vein, The Gambia said it is urging all African countries planning to send special envoys on this matter not to waste their tax payers’ money.

“We further assure our allies that the decision to leave the Commonwealth is not against individual member state and this would not affect our bilateral relations with them.

“We have reached a point of no return in our decision to leave the Commonwealth and this is non-negotiable,” he said.

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