Since it first stole power in July 1994, the Jammeh regime has been feeding on finding faults about other countries or people as if it has no fault of its own. President Jammeh will either take the pulpit of bullying or assign one of his yes-men ministers to do the job for him. The most disturbing thing is that even the very country that surrounds the Gambia except on sea is not spared.
And from the look of things, it is apparently clear that the Jammeh administration’s blame game has worsened as evidenced in its attack on Guinea Conakry for not acknowledging the receipt of monetary donation. Who is bizarre here: the giver or the receiver? This matter could have been addressed through diplomatic channels instead of a public statement. What the Gambia wants to gain or score remains a mystery.
Read below the bizarre statement issued by the Gambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Balla Garba Jahumpa.
His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, issued in early September 2014, a directive that the sum of US$500,000 be remitted to the Government of the Republic of Guineain support of its effort to contain the Ebola epidemic in that country.
The funds were transferred to an account provided by the Central Bank of Guinea, which has since acknowledged receipt of this amount with gratitude, although the Government of Guinea is yet to acknowledge receipt through regular diplomatic channels.
This bizarre attitude on the side of the Government of Guinea Conakry is unfortunate and regrettable.
It could be recalled that this timely gesture of African solidarity by His Excellency the President was also extended to the Government of Sierra Leone, the receipt of which was acknowledged with gratitude by the highest Sierra Leonean authorities.