European Union officials have been astonished by the expulsion of their Charge d’Affaires in The Gambia, with the bloc’s spokesman saying “the announcement came with no explanation.”
EU officials on Saturday summoned Gambian Ambassador to seek an explanation of the expulsion, the bloc’s Foreign Policy Spokesman told AFP. The EU has “full confidence” in Guillaud’s work. The French has been the EU’s Interim d’Affaires in The Gambia since 2011.
The Jammeh government Friday night announced the expulsion of Miss Agnes Guillaud from the country. Guillaud was ordered to leave Gambian territory within 72 hours. The news, relayed on national television, ordered Miss Guillaud to leave the country latest Sunday.
The leader of the country’s biggest opposition party lampooned the Jammeh government, describing the expulsion as “one of the most ill-considered decisions by the government of the Gambia.”
“I would have thought that whatever problem that might have existed between the Gambia government and Madam Guillaud personally, it should have been handled in a more respectable way rather than expelling her,” Lawyer Ousainou Darboe told AFP.
The EU has been one of the biggest donors to The Gambia, providing $72 million dollars in subsidies from 2008 to 2013. As one of the foremost development partners, Mr. Darboe said The Gambia should not do anything to jeopardise relations with the EU. He said this would be costly for the West African nation.
Guillaud had earlier hinted an end to her Banjul mission at a reception she hosted.
Her expulsion came after President Jammeh launched barrage of attacks on the European Union, accusing the block of failing to rescue thousands of migrants from perishing in the Mediterrean Sea. Jammeh had earlier blamed “greedy and ungodly Gambian parents for allowing their sons to die in sea, in search of greener pastures abroad.”
Schizophrenic and erractic leader at his best. In his narrow mind , everyone is an enemy who is coming after him. I will predict that Next time , dictator Jammeh will withdraw Gambia from Ecowas or AU as his end is near. Gambians should open their eyes and recognize that Jammeh is only interested in his personal welbeing and that of his family. I think his latest expulsion of EU’s interim d’Affaires also indicate that the pressure the international community and Gambians are mounting on erractic leader is working. He is getting more and more isolated. With the election of president Macky Sall as chairman of ECOWAS , Jammeh has the biggest headache now in the region. He personally hates Mr Sall and this hatred is going to lead him to withdraw Gambia from the ECOWAS. Time will tell .
Anytime this Worthless Murderous kanilai Killer Devil does such hallucinatory moves, it shoots itself; another bullet in it’s own limping foot….
Another unfortunate but welcomed development that the funds being provided by the EU for decent Gambian developments will be at least withheld & no longer exploited to the personal aggrandizement of the Murderous kanilai Tyrannical Murderer….
The Murderous kanilai Devil keeps getting more & more isolated through it’s own idiotic paranoia, foolish ego, such mesmerizing & of course the tireless efforts of decent Gambians to facilitate the subsequent salvaging of the motherland which is now matter of time but clearly CERTAIN….
The Murderous Tyrannical kanilai Killer Devil, now a virtual Criminal-Prisoner, can only cowardly swing between Banjul & kanilai within the confines of the Gambian boundaries BUT can’t dare venture beyond ANYMORE….
All keep up the good work, double our efforts & continue in our own various ways & forms, small or big; together we WILL eliminate the Murderous Killer Devil SOONER than we assume…
God helps & bless the collective endeavours to salvage Gambia; Ameen.
What is gonna happen with the budget deficit if relations with development partners like the EU are strained?? This is a worrying development for me.
He should look at himself Yaya in the mirror or take a look back at his pictures as advised and consider the meanings of ungodliness and greediness. Can any words derogate a warthog?………..or atleast a hype warthog?
He is the worst actor when it comes to imitating great thinkers of our times. He has no mind to properly reason on his own.
Lafia Touray, Yaya Jammeh will do the same thing he normally does by moving the last remaining departments to bring their funds to the president’s office. The man ran out of ideas after the first year he came to power. He is squeezing the living hell out every section of the economy for his personal use. This is why we need to intensify our efforts to remove him before the total collapse of our country’s economy. Thanks for your valuable contribution with Maxs and Bajaw. We all need to work together and save our country from the backwardness Yaya Jammeh.
Janjanbury, I remember when they removed jawara’s portrait from the currency and Clerk Bajo, the then Governor of Central Bank, was presenting Jammeh with the new note, he (Jammeh) said the country was so personalised under Jawara. I look up for the word “personalised” in the dictionary and wasn’t convinced that this was the case. But if people are to say that the country is personalised under Jammeh, I don’t think I will struggle much to find truth in that.
Thanking you too very much Janjambureh; we all are in together; all our efforts together, including from your humble self are vitally important; collectively we stand stronger to succeed & get rid of the Murderous kanilai Killer Devil sooner…