By Suntou Bolongba
‘Kairo News is in possession of names of even Gambian scholars/intellectuals who travel around with Jammeh’s sanctioned diplomatic passports. The implications for such intellectuals are that they cannot in any way or form condemn the dictatorships or oppression taking place in our country.’
There is one cardinal philosophy that all bonafide freedom fighters must watch out for at all times. Dictators have no secret and whatever you do with them or accept from them is immediately classified in categories which are later used against you opponents.
The private lives of all the major opposition leaders are constantly monitored, so is civil society activist, the remnants of them and other close aides of President Jammeh.
The recent new low of the State allied Daily Observer newspaper is one such example. The MD at the Daily Observer went beyond all journalistic ethical boundaries by allowing the private witness statement of a former darling of GRTS and Press Officer for the President to be made public.
According to one trusted Gambian, “no one can order the arrest or intimidation of a Gambian without the approvals of President Jammeh”. This means all major arrests, detentions and what follow are authorised by the man at the top.
The Daily Observer, we assume is a family-oriented newspaper. How can lurid sexual encounters be detailed in precision between a former Press Officer and a Senegalese national? Which respectable newspaper print such a baggage or gossip? The Daily Observer narratives are manipulated for special effects.
Kairo News is in possession of names of even Gambian scholars who travel around with Jammeh’s sanctioned diplomatic passports. The implications for such intellectuals are that, they cannot in any way or form condemn the dictatorships or oppression takings place.
President Jammeh’s men/women watch the every move of the ‘Who is Who’ in Gambian society. It is paramount that, brothers and sisters uphold the highest standard of moral etiquettes not to give the dictator the pleasure of silencing and neutralising them.
A big bravo to all the opposition leaders for not giving President Jammeh the delight of neutralising them with scandals. Mark my words, the NIAs monitor the bars you enter in, the women/men you talk to, the people you deal with, they monitor everything you do. Even drivers and taxi men now have smartphones to record.
The fight is at a different level now. Be sober, be ethical, professional and above all, let your behaviour be beyond clumsiness and overconfidence. If anything seems too good to be true, then it really is.
Jammeh is now hunting men/women to go down with, they will fabricate and manipulate information, watch who you talk to, what you tell them. Don’t easily open up and start perambulating in an attempt to impress. Freedom fighters should always keep their guards right up.
Keep fighting for a peaceful democratic change, together, we can drive evil out.