The leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) believes that his party has cause to celebrate. Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, who was addressing his party’s 18th anniversary rally at Serekunda, said the UDP members sacrificed everything, including their lives, resources and jobs in their drive to salvage the Gambia.
Some UDP members were harassed, intimidated and tortured to death.
He paid tribute to the party’s fallen militants and founding fathers who not around for the celebration of UDP’s founding on August 23rd, 1996.
Mr. Darboe was elated to celebrate his party’s 18th anniversary with oppositions National Reconciliation Party and Gambia People’s Democratic Party. The party also received a goodwill message from the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism. “This indicates that there is unity among the opposition parties.”
He said UDP has been at the fore front of the fight against impunity, injustice and corruption in the country saying the party was the first to condemn the brutal killing of Koro Ceesay, former Fiinance Mnister and asked Captain Ebou Jallow to return the stolen Gambian money.
The Campaign Manager of UDP, Lamin Dibba, said the party was formed on the “basis of truth, democracy and transparency.”
An erudite opposition figure said the rally was meant to inform the electorate about what the party had gone through during the past 18 years. “It is also meant to engage the electorate ahead of the birth of a new Gambia in 2016,” Kemeseng Jammeh said. “The Gambia’s current system of governance is not sustainable; Our youths, the bedrock of the country, lost hope with the current regime, which is why they are risking their lives in the perilous journey to Europe.”
The women leader of UDP said the Gambia was bereft with human rights, democracy and freedom of speech when the party was established. “It has been a long journey, a journey which saw harassments, intimidation, threats and torture of UDP members,” Aja Yama Secka said. “The party militants do not rest their on laurels to salvage our country. By Allah’s wishes, the UDP will win the 2016 presidential election and put an end to the suffering and impunity and bring back the country’s lost glory. UDP is determined to salvage the Gambia from mental slavery come 2016.”
Aja Sukai Na Kah said women are ready to effect change of leadership as the economic hardship in the Gambia is terrible. She urged women to continue to strive hard in influencing their fellow women to deny the APRC a win in 2016 presidential election.