Ex Gambian Leader, Yahya Jammeh . credit photograph: ©Jason Florio – all rights reserved

By: Yankuba Manneh 

The former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh made his debut political rally address on line from Malabo since APRC’s No Alliance Movement (NAM) joined Sheikh Tijan Hydra’s GANU party.

This comes barely two weeks since he addressed thousands at the mega Kanilai rally where he disavowed the NPP-APRC alliance.

The supreme leader of the beleaguered APRC currently in exile in the Central African country of Equatorial Guinea told thousands of supporters on Saturday that ECOMIG’s presence in The Gambia is apparently meaningless if Gambians continue to suffer under the Barrow-led government.

“What is ECOMIG’s role in the Gambia if the interest of Gambians is not served?”Jammeh asked angrily in a telephone address.

He continued to renew his position on the electoral outcome of 2016 Presidential race, saying he and his APRC party were cheated on, urging supporters to be steadfast and be committed in restoring the Gambia’s lost glory.

Former President Jammeh recounted the numerous development initiatives brought about by his government ranging from health, education, agriculture and infrastructure.
He however lamented the current state of affairs, noting that nothing of substantial value has taken effect since his ouster some four years ago.

“Barely two months since I left the country NAWEC has been deteriorating. Women and children continue to suffer. The Economic status of Gambian women worsened. Hospitals are void of drugs and terribly equipped. Nothing is progressing in the country,” he outlined with dismay.

He also indicted Barrow’s government for setting the country on reverse order as almost everything he and his predecessor, the late Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, worked for has been disgracefully ruined.

Jammeh went on to renew his clarion call for Gambians to vote for a presidential aspirant who is poised to unite all and sundry irrespective of tribe, region or affiliations and warned against divisive and tribal politics in the best interest of The Gambia.

Critics of the fugitive former Gambian leader said he should be barred from speaking in Gambia’s political affairs because he does not have the moral compass to preach politics nor does he have the franchise to vote or be voted for in this year’s elections.

For human rights advocates Jammehs continued public address at this critical stage of our polity, could cause more harm than good whilst others say, the former strongman accused of massive atrocities was emboldened by the incumbents alliance with the APRC Party.

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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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