Senegal’s former Interior Minister has been accused of not only representing President Yahya Jammeh’s interest in Senegal but also abused his power to take down any Gambian who poses threat to the Gambian leader.
General Pathe Seck, a former Senegalese Gendarmerie Commander, is believed to be very close to President Jammeh. The duo’s relationship dated back to the Sene-Gambia Confederation era in the early 80s when Mr. Seck trained Mr. Jammeh in the Confederal Army. The relationship became too close soon after the latter forced his way into power on July 22, 1994.
One source accused Pathe Seck of being a secret intelligence adviser of President Jammeh. The sinister part of the duo’s relationship is the reported exchange of $2 million between the two. The said money, splashed by the Gambian leader, was meant for two things: defend President Jammeh’s soiled image in Senegal and monitor the activities of Gambian dissidents in the country and those who travel to Senegal for meetings. The espionage link is believed to have included many high profile Senegalese, including top singers.
Our sources accused Pathe Seck of using his position and influence to bribe many top ranking Senegalese officials who are hostile to Jammeh. “This is why even after Maky Sall won the Presidential election two years ago, the relationship between the Gambia and Senegal remains the same,” our impeccable source said.
“All influential Senegalese officials have one way or the other benefited from the Jammeh funds to keep Senegal less aggressive towards the Jammeh Dictatorship,” Kairo News sources added. Some analysts could not comprehend why the two neighbouring countries’ relationship remains on friendly terms even after the Gambia’s illegal execution of two Senegalese citizens in August 2012.
Pathe Secke was also accused of undermining highly competent Senegalese intelligence officers who attempted to monitor Gambian spy agents’ nefarious activities in Senegal. All such files that land on Pathe Secke’s desk are covered up.
The amount involved was a chicken change to Gambian leader during the height of his narcotic business. Our sources added that the drying of Jammeh’s narcotic business must not baffle Gambian activists in Senegal. “Jammeh is in bed with both intelligence and counter-intelligence officers within the Senegalese system,” sources alleged.
Our sources added that despite his removal as Interior Minister after he was accused of being inefficient, “Pathe Seck still has links within the security underworld of Senegal. Gambian dissidents should always be on the watch. The abduction of both Mahawa Cham and Saul Nd0w is linked to highly sinister intelligence operation. Some say, Mahawa and Saul plan to fly from Dakar to Cassamance. However, they never boarded the flight. The questions then become: who kidnapped Mawaha Cham and Saul Ndow in Senegal? Who planned the operation? Who paid the money? Was it Senegalese officers or Gambian intelligent officers who were given the green-light to follow and abduct Mahawa and Saul?”
Human rights organizations have joined the families of the abducted Gambians to pile pressure on Senegalese security to come clean on the whereabouts of Saul and Mahawa. Their questions about the motive or why the abductions took place have been left unanswered.
Also of concern to human rights activists is the capture of the alleged mastermind of March 21st foiled coup. Col. Ndure Cham was reportedly abducted in Casamance in May last year. Cham had been in the custody of Gambian security, although they kept mute over his whereabouts.
The lack of clear source or link to the abductions of Gambian dissidents have limited the powers of human rights organizations to champion their cause.
Since money can do anything in Senegal, the convincing allegation leveled against Pathe Seck must not be swept under the carpet, for it correlates with top Senegalese officials’ behaviour of paying blind eye to Jammeh’s brutal activities on Gambians in Senegal. Cassamance trouble is still unresolved and the jigsaw is no other person than Gambian President.
These cases have made “a basket case of sinister dealings.” Our source wants Senegalese authorities to investigate Pathe Seck about his special relations with Gambian dictator and the disappearance of Gambian dissidents in Senegal.
Kairo News will continue to dig into the whereabouts of Saul Ndow and Mahawa Cham whose families must not be left in endless tears.