Tensions Between PIU Officers and UDP Supporters, Several People arrested

Tensions Between PIU Officers and UDP Supporters, Several People arrested Photo Credit: Manka

The Paramilitary have arrested a good number of youths violently attacking people particularly those wearing NPP party T-shirts across the metropolis.

Crowds of UDP supporters where asked to disperse from city centres around the metropolis with the Police intervention unit clearing major roads and premises to allow people to go on their normal business.

After facing some resistance, PIU riot control officers released tear gas that affected many including three Gambia Talent TV journalists who were quickly rushed to the Ndemban Clinic.

Mohammed Bah, President of the Gambia Press Union told Alkamba Times, the three journalists are currently receiving medical attention.

Meanwhile, police are still on the streets chasing angry opposition UDP supporters in major centres across the metropolis.

The development has captured the attention of many concerned citizens including human rights defender Madi Jobarteh who said “All other political leaders, religious and traditional as well as business and CSO leaders and all men and women of conscience should speak up and tell Ousainou Darboe and UDP to stand down. Go to court and not on the streets!”.

Additional reporting by Mafugi Ceesay

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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