Former Guards of Ex President Jammeh to Return Home on Sunday


Former guards of Yahya Jammeh will be coming home on Sunday 19 December 2021 after they went into exile with the ex-president in Equatorial Guinea.

These guards five years ago left The Gambia together with Jammeh after he lost to Adama Barrow in the presidential elections of five years ago.

Videos circulating online show the guards jubilating at their abode in the former Spanish colony after Adama Barrow was declared the winner of the December 4 polls.

It would be recalled that former members of the presidential guards in Banjul, who accompanied Yahya Jammeh into exile namely, army generals Ansumana Tamba and Umpa Mendy, had earlier returned to the country.

They went through Banjul airport, but the alarm was raised and they were later arrested at their residence.

Subsequently, they were tried before a general court-martial but were acquitted and discharged by the court.

Meanwhile, TAT contacted the spokesperson for the Gambia armed forces, Captain Malick Sanyang, who said this matter falls outside their ambit and referred our reporter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Government Spokesperson.

When contacted, Ebrima Sanakreh, the Government Spokesperson, said: “I do not know.”

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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