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Following the online circulation of the leaked memorandum of understanding between the National Peoples Party and opposition APRC on the forming of a grand alliance in the forthcoming December presidential elections, and subsequent rebuttals from NPP propagandists that contents of the purported MOU is fake, an official speaking on conditions of anonymity to Alkamba Times, has confirmed that the leaked document is authentic.

NPP officials have confirmed the coalition but failed short of disclosing the details of the MOU with APRC, which many suspect includes concessions that grant immense power to the party of the former president currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

The reported MOU announcement by both NPP and APRC was met with total rejection across many sections of  Gambian society with opposition political party leaders, civil society groups and victims unanimously condemning the move in unequivocal terms.

The circumstance of the leaked document has prompted The Alkamba times to launch an investigation talking to several legal and political stakeholders, and those within the corridor of power to ascertain the authenticity of the Memorandum of understanding, and many of these sources who prefer to be unnamed have confirmed that contents of the leaked ‘MOU is authentic.’

‘Kindly take a careful look at the wording of the MOU. Any legal person will clearly understand the legal terms used. It’s a well crafted legal document’, One of our sources at the country’s ministry of Justice told Alkamba Times.

Speaking on conditions of anonymity, the official alleged that the document was infact drafted with the support of some senior staff at the justice ministry. 

The MOU states “The Alliance upon securing victory shall arrange for amnesty to be accorded to all those associated with human rights violations during the period of 22nd July 1994 to 19 January 2017. All findings and recommendations passed by the TRRC shall not be implemented, instead, the newly elected government will embark upon a credible period of national reconciliation.’

The leaked coalition agreement also states, ‘The Director of Public Prosecution shall file a nolle prosequi in the case of the NIA 9.’

The NPP deputy Spokesperson, Seedy Njie has denied the content of the leak document.

‘The National People’s Party (NPP), wishes to inform the public, the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) trending on Social Media and purported to be signed by the recently formed NPP/APRC Alliance, does not in anyway, shape or form represent either in part or whole, any agreement between the NPP and the APRC. In sum, the purported MOU in circulation, is a manufactured, malicious piece of junk calculated by detractors to undermine the NPP/APRC Alliance and potentially, to create confusion and suspicion in the minds of Gambians.’ The NPP said in a statement.

 

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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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