Gambia: Opposition urges president to ‘stop dictatorship’

Says APRC NAMs are in captivity just like rest of the country

By Sanna Camara

Darboe said it’s time for action to free The Gambia from Jammeh

The leader of the opposition UDP has today urged President Jammeh to stop the dictatorship style of governance, the continuous arrest and detention of journalist, and ordinary Gambians, the misuse of public funds, the endless comical utterances and sinister plots.

The leader said this today marking the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Ousainou Darboe also said that the APRC members of parliament are in captivity just like the rest of country, and that “President Jammeh is our Captor”

“Our MPs failed to heed to our advice and calls for them to reject in toto the sham document which emanated from the architect of our collective political oppression, none other than their party leader, the President…,” Mr Darboe posted on his Facebook timeline this morning.

He accused President Jammeh using the IEC to table “a bogus and shambolic proposal” for electoral reforms without consulting the opposition.

‘A thorn in the flesh of everyone…’

“IEC should know better but choose to be on the wrong side of history, because they knew the APRC MPs are nothing but a bunch of men and women who go along with anything and everything the Gambian ‘problem’ instructs them,” he wrote.

The UDP leader maintained that President Jammeh “will continue to be a thorn in the flesh of decent citizens of our land, he will continue to erode civil liberties, the rule of law, inflate his powers and lay siege on the media and opposition parties for as long as he remains the Commander- In-Chief.”

Top brass of the UDP seen here to address the press following the death of Shyngle Nyasssi few years ago.

“If indeed President Jammeh believes and knows that he won elections the right way with popular mandate in the past, why then is he constantly uncomfortable with being a democrat?

Jammeh never won any election throughout his presidency

“Does President Jammeh in fact insidiously accepts and knows that, he cannot win any free and fair elections cleanly and has never won any free and fair election throughout his presidency, thus the constant attempts to circumvent democratic norms and values,” Mr Darboe charged.

“Therefore, the ball is now in our court to battle this out with a strong stance. A President who cannot win a clean election will always continue to manipulate the system in his favours. Gambians should focus their attention on President Jammeh as the sole brain behind this electoral reform bill not the MPs who are only contended with their pay cheque and nothing else,” he added.

Darboe argued that the APRC MPs were never free to act on their conscience, and now with this legislation, they are enslaved and in real bondage.

“We have to free them from the captor and free the Gambia from the continuous never-ending game of one hardship after another. Our human rights and dignity is far greater than any superficial development he brags about. Development is not equal infringement on people’s rights,” he argued.


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