The leader of the United Democratic Party, Lawyer ANM Ousainu Darboe has dispelled rumors of his death after rumors spread by some political elements reported news of his demise on Wednesday.

Darboe, who is running as the main contender to Incumbent President Barrow said on Wednesday: ” It shows the people who did this and the party they belong to are bad. You don’t wish anything for someone other than death? You pray for people if you hear they are sick”.

Darboe told journalist Pa Modou Bojang in an audio monitored by Alkamba Times that: “They are just desperate but for a human being, regardless of whatever religion you are, this is not good behavior.

“Such people are not individuals with good behavior. These are bad citizens. But I am here and nothing has happened to me. I just returned from the African Princess Hotel where I had a meeting with former Ghanaians president John Mahama.”

“Well I tripped and we tried to get treatment at the Mansakonko Health Centre but there are no X-Ray facilities available there. So we had to debate whether to go to Bansang or come to Banjul and it was decided that even though facilities may be available in Bansang, they may not be sufficient and the doctor advised that I come to an area where I will have proper attention and that’s  why I am here. If there was an X-Ray machine in Mansakonko then, there would be no need for me to come to Banjul,” Darboe told local media last week after rumors about his health spread like wildfire.

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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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