Momodou Sabally Joins The Queue

Jammeh and Sabally
President yahya Jammeh frowning at his trumpet blowing former minister

The one time darling of Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh has awfully fallen from grace. Apart from being demoted from the position of Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Momodou Sabally was also stripped off as the Secretary General of the ruling APRC of President Jammeh. And now to nail the coffin, the man who brags as the Gambian Pen, is in security net.

As we piece together this story, authoritative sources confirmed that Mr. Sabally is still being grilled at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in Banjul. “He was arrested and escorted to his office where he was asked to hand over his ministerial responsibility. NIA then whisked Mr. Sabally into a waiting vehicle and drove him to their headquarters,” our intelligence sources corroborated.

The Gambia government later announced the sacking of Sabally, the newest guest of the NIA. He is currently being investigated for “giving false information to the Office of the President and abuse of office.”

Momodou Sabally had earlier allowed himself to be used as a weapon by President Jammeh to the extent of insulting his own ethnicity. To add salt to injury, he hauled the insults live on national television. Here is a man who had blindly followed orders that were too scandalous for any sensible educated person to fathom. Sabally’s sacking and arrest may be the tip of the iceberg but the social stigma that follows will be his biggest sadness.

Momodou Sabally is among the list of many educated Gambians whose taste for power leads them to accept brief and unpredictable jobs of President Jammeh. Gambian leader is highly experienced in making fond of the so-called educated elites. He toys with them, gives them false assurances that he appreciates their efforts and actions, only to unceremoniously betray and leave them at the mercy of his heartless security machinery.

Momodou Sabally spent exactly one year in as the Secretary General before President Jammeh’s electric broom struck him.

The details of Sabally’s predicament will be clear in the coming days. However, what no one can deny is that the larger Mandinka community will nod their head and say repeatedly “we’ve told you”. It is the same Mandinka people who say “elephant never trample upon its own trunk.” Nigerians also say “a child that refuses to listen to the elders will surely follow lizards to the grave.”

Momodou Sabally is the fourth Secretary General to be detained during the Jammeh era, a record unheard of in the Gambia. Two of the past Secretaries General – Njogu Bah and Burama Jammeh – were jailed in MIle II Central Prisons. The young wannabe has now tasted the bitter pill of wanting fame, wining and dining with the devil. It is now time for him to face the gallows on the lonely steps. We leave him with this wise Mandinka saying: “Taba jambo siyata baringwu daatile” [Taabo leaf is way too big for a nanny goat to chew].



  1. Fanta Khan

    Naughty boy will now listen attentively. It’s too late.

  2. Alimatou Sarr

    Reap what you sow. Fair enough.

  3. Abba Ceesay

    Use ya pen to defend yaself.

  4. Malang Njie

    Jelefeng Sabally, you can never eat your cake and have it. Dance to your tune.

  5. Abulanwar Hashi

    Momodou Sabally, who studied at the University of the Gambia, has always suffered from an inferiority complex vis a vis those who did their studies abroad and graduated from Universities outside the Gambia. He is constantly striving to prove himself, when it is not absolutely required, by praising his alma mater in almost all his public interventions, calling himself the Gambian Pen by virtue of his writings generally termed as mediocre and infantile and by having the audacity to equate himself to the renowned Nigerian writer and Nobel Price winner, Prof. Wole Soyinka.

    He has proven himself as a “JJC”, Johny Just Come Lately, stepping on everybody’s toe, insulting his own ethnicity, our traditional international partners especially the US, EU, UK and naturally ended falling from grace to grass as expected and awaited by all. Such is the price to pay for pomposity, haughtiness, arrogance and garrulity.

    The words of the wisest Philosopher, Socrates, is a salient and sobering reminder when one considers Momodou Sabally’s case i.e.

    “As for me, All I know is that I know Nothing”

  6. Lafia Touray la Manju

    Momodou Sabally Malbal kanda beh Jelefeng Tenda. Afelay ko Malbal kanda.

    Mandinka yaa ning barako lay natal. Sabally was deluded in thinking that he can insult mandinka and then continue to have uninterrupted happiness. This is foolishness.

    We the proud people of The Gambia shall laugh last and laugh best. The haters shall continue to be destroyed by their own folly one by one.


  7. Sabally dug his own grave by choosing to put his hands in gloves with the kanilai IBLISA & got absolutely none to blame. However, his arrest & eventually incarceration are mere ploys by kanilai Satan-Lucifer for damage limitations to his dirty secrets Sabally may be privy to on his pungent prostituting of our females, human atrocities, etc & squandering of our funds & resources. He will be VERY lucky if he got out alive.

  8. badibunka

    fair enough,good for sabally,you jump ina conclusion.

  9. Musa Nyang

    What made you guys think Sabally is Mandinka? He might be ethnically. But Culturally? I doubt it.

    • very good question mr nyang… honestly it must not matter at all if he is mandinka or whatever else he is. if some one behaves like he did, they should face the music. hope he pays in full for insulting mandinkas etc. thanks

  10. Lesson to be learned by forthcoming Gambia.

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  12. I think we should fight for sabally too.He is himan and we should forgive
    This is how a nation progresses by learning from each other`s mistake.Holy and ordinary are the same if you dig well.

  13. Sabally deserve can one stand on national tv and insult da biggest tribe in the country n stil cal yourself the pen of the gambia..sabally is time to fell your pen wit some ink and write your fail story..

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