The Coordinator for Coalition of Change- The Gambia (CCG), Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh, has said that the events of August 23, 2012, as serious as they were, epitomized in dramatic fashion the very anatomy of the evil and undemocratic regime Yahya Jammeh has cultivated and continues to nurture.
Dr Janneh was speaking at a press conference on the occasion of the first anniversary of the August 2012 executions of nine prisoners in The Gambia, jointly organised by Coalition for Change – The Gambia (CCG), Article 19, and Raddho at Radisson blu Hotel in Dakar, Senegal.
“The executions of Lamin Darboe, Alieu Bah, Lamin Jarju, LF Jammeh, Gibril Bah, Dawda Bojang, Malang Sonko, Abubakar Yarbo, and Tabara Samba were carried out under very mysterious circumstances, and proper, legal procedures were definitely not adhered to. The lives of at least 40 other death-row prisoners remain in the balance in view of the personalized nature of the exercise of power in The Gambia. President Jammeh apparently determines virtually every aspect of statecraft in the country today – a classic illustration of a dictatorial regime.”
The former minister said as the global community continues to move further along the road to inclusive, democratic dispensations, Yahya Jammeh is busy backpedaling his way to a status that will ultimately see his catastrophic and, perhaps, spectacular downfall.
“Just when you think he has covered the entire gamut in terms of buffoonery and ruthlessness, he continues to come up with novel acts. The headlines are both amusing and tragic. Youths arrested for playing soccer; Foreign currency trading banned, then permitted; Forex bureaus banned; Summer school banned; Four-day work week instituted; EU bashed one-day, then hailed as an invaluable partner the next day; Officials jailed, then released and promoted, before being locked up again; The President offers explanations for what he terms an increase in male infertility in The Gambia; Gambia Government to crackdown on online critics; etc. What more evidence do we need to establish that it is time to end Yahya Jammeh’s misrule?”
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