The National People’s Party has called on the government of the Gambia to create the enabling environment for the arrest and prosecution of former President Yahya Jammeh who is currently serving exile in Equatorial Guinea.

This demand was made to the government on Wednesday November 17th at Fula Bantang in the Central River Region (CRR) of the country, where the party also questioned the love, Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) and its leader Mama Kandeh has for the Gambia.

The demand made by President Adama Barrow’s party comes on the heels of former President Yahya Jammeh’s recent address to his supporters and followers of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) at a political rally in Farafenni.

Former President Jammeh accused the Barrow-led government of destroying all the development achievements of the country spanning from colonialism to his 22 year rule of the country and called on all APRC supporters and Gambian electorates at large to vote for Hon. Mama Kandeh and the GDC in the 4th December election.

“Your Excellency, we are demanding from your government that this must stop, its unacceptable. From today NPP is asking the government to create the enabling environment for Yahya Jammeh to be arrested and prosecuted,” Dr. Demba Sabally, demanded on behalf of the NPP.

He added: “Jammeh wants to create violence in this country and for that matter we want him to be arrested and prosecuted.”

The Deputy President of NPP, a one time National Chairman of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) questioned GDC’s claims of loving the country, arguing that if GDC and Mama Kandeh have any love for the country they wouldn’t give a plarform to Yahya Jammeh who is in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

“If GDC truly stands for the peace of this country it wouldn’t have created the platform for Yahya Jammeh to speak in its rallies to spark violence in the country. Anyone who is supporting GDC should be weary of this, there is no truth in your politics and am urging all GDC supporters to caste their votes for President Adama Barrow in the 4th December, polls,” the NPP, Deputy President advised.

With Jammeh’s APRC base up for grabs ahead of the 2021 elections, The NPP was the first Party to cosy up with the former President in a so called alliance that quickly came apart when Jammeh renounced the incumbents designs towards his party. The result is a splintered support base with some APRC executives joining Barrow’s camp whilst the APRC’s No alliance movement endorsed by the former President struck a coalition deal with GDC.

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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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