Today, February 18th, 2017, The Republic of the Gambia celebrated 52 years of Independence from Great Britain. On this day also, some 15 heads of state, including President Macky Sall of Senegal, and other ECOWAS presidents attended the simultaneous Inauguration of President Adama Barrow, on his election victory on December 19th, 2016. It would be recalled that President Barrow was already Inaugurated on February 19th, 2017, at The Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal, during the political impasse when Dictator Yaya Jammeh refused to surrender power, triggering a massive humanitarian crisis. This Inauguration was done to satisfy the Gambian population who felt denied the opportunity by the political impasse. It was the largest event held on Gambian soil, with the Independence Stadium filling up at 5am GMT, and that is 5hours before the Beginning of the event! The President laid out an ambitious plan of reform and correction, and to improve the standards of living of his citizens. The President started by pardoning some 170 prisoners serving long sentences for various crimes, and those who were never charged. President Macky Sall was the guest of Honor, and he read, in English, a very powerful message of unity and cooperation among their two peoples. The Republic of Gambia is enjoying tremendous global goodwill, and the inflow of aid and investment has started alreadfy. Many Gambian exiles have also returned to...Read More
Free At Last!! Gambians Have freed all December 30th Incident Heroes through a Presidential Pardon!!
Free At last! December 30 Heroes Freed from Life Imprisonment! ! The people of Gambia have freed their Heroes! The December 30th Freedom Foundation is hereby pleased to announce that all our of heroes who were part of the December 30th, 2014 incident have just been released with a full pardon, by President Adama Barrow, after serving less than two years of a life sentence. The Heroes are:Private Modou Njie, Lt. Colonel Sarjo Jarjue, Lt. Amadou Sowe, Lt. Buba Sanneh, Abdoulie Jobe ( more names will follow as they became available)As you know these Heroes were convicted by a kangaroo court in a secret military trial with no legal representation. As we go to press these families are recuperating with their families and loved ones, in Gambia. We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to President Adama Barrow, and the Coalition Team, to the families and spouses of the Heroes, our international civil society partners, and the entire Gambian electorate, without whom, this would not have been possible. We are elated, and overwhelmed with joy, that the Gambian people have recognized and appreciated the sacrifice of these young men and their families, in their effort to liberate the Gambia from 20 years ( at the time) of Dictator Yaya Jammeh tyranny and oppressive rule. Although they did not succeed, the inhumane and...Read More
Much has been said about the surprising defeat of one of Africa’s longest serving Dictators, Yaya Jammeh, by an unknown real estate businessman, Adama Barrow, after only 15 official days of campaigning and fundraising! Political analysts and pundits still treat this victory as a conventional election, and some even try to be dismissive of the insurmountable odds that the Coalition of eight parties faced before the elections. The regime of Dictator Yaya Jammeh is an oppressive machinery of government with no breathing space for dissent, no freedom of expression, no access to the media, private or public, with a security trained to instill fear in the people. Since seizing power in a violent coup of the democratically elected government of President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara in 1994, Dictator Jammeh has used the very same tools of democracy, government jobs, manipulation the constitution, intervening in the economy, using religion to keep the people subservient, misplaced benevolence with state resources, and brutal crackdown by his personal militia he calls the security services. In the course of 22 years, thousands of the best and brightest fled the country to settle in mostly Europe and the United States. Such was the brain flight and brain drain that he (Yaya Jammeh), will recycle the same people repeatedly in the same positions because he ran out fresh people he can trust to man those...Read More
On December 1st, 2016, Gambian voters rejected the entrenched Dictator Yaya Jammeh, after violently over -throwing the democratic government of President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, in July 1994. The Gambian Dictator and strong man, not long ago, declared that he will rule for a billion years, and that, even if he lost, he will never leave! Only weeks ago, he claimed that Allah will vote for him, invoking religion again to keep mystifying himself. The Gambian people had other plans, and with the help of exiles leaving in the Diaspora, mounted one of the most prolific, fierce, determined and vibrant campaign, anywhere in the world, to topple him. But how did Gambians accomplish this feat? All the odds were against the Gambia opposition who, only 6 weeks ago were disjointed and disunited. They came together and elected a unity and consensus candidate in Adama Barrow, campaigned for only two weeks, and defeated a dictator who controlled massive state resources and machinery, and security apparatus at his disposal. The population was exhausted and tired from the divisive politics, combative nature of Dictator Jammeh. The Gambia’s economy had collapsed, the human rights worsened, and cost of living had become unbearable. Also, in recent years, the youths fled the country in thousands to Europe on perilous journeys, looking for better opportunities, with hundreds dying in the process. Over the past 22 years, Dictator Jammeh had also created so many victims...Read More
The regime of Dictator Yaya Jammeh is executing and carrying out the threats he made months ago, to wipe out the Mandinka people in Gambia. So far, this election season, the secret police has been carrying out targeted abductions against prominent people of various tribes to intimidate and silence the growing undercurrent of dissent and resentment. Two prominent members of the state owned broadcast house ( GRTS), Managing Director, Momodou Sabally, and presenter Bakary Fatty, were both picked up on November 7th and 8th respectively, for simply covering the nomination GDC candidate, Mamma Kandeh. On November 10th, a prominent...Read More
- Free At Last!! Gambians Have freed all December 30th Incident Heroes through a Presidential Pardon!!
Free At last! December 30 Heroes Freed from Life Imprisonment! ! The people of Gambia have freed their Heroes! The December 30th Freedom Foundation is hereby pleased to announce that all our of heroes who were part of the December 30th, 2014 incident have just been released with a full pardon, by President Adama Barrow, … Readmore