The Gambia’s desperate President has now resorted to using rice and oil to counter what has become an unstoppable United Democratic Party (UDP) Tsunami, Kairo News has learnt. Inundated with the fear of fast losing his party’s stronghold regions in the Kombos, President Yahya Jammeh thought it fitting to put a halt to the opposition crusade.
“President Jammeh’s convoy passed through Kafuta in Kombo East last Sunday but was surprised about the massive turnout at a UDP rally,” an influential Kafuta youth leader told Kairo News. “Guess what? He sent a truck containing 49 bags of rice and 49 gallons of oil to the village the following day. These were handed to the family of the late Alkalo, Yafaye Bojang, who might have given some to their close relatives or neighbors.”
Kairo News gathered that Mr. Jammeh’s desperate move was meant to “discredit the success UDP gained in Kafuta village.” The President had seen the evidence on his way from Kanilai. Electricity in Kafuta switched off soon after Jammeh’s passing, principally to sabotage the opposition rally.
The UDP officials are not the least worried by Jammeh’s last minute efforts to buy voters’ loyalty with food, oil and money. Their main preoccupation is to “unmask the man who forcefully seized their freedom and replaced it with tyranny.” For them everlasting freedom is worth a thousand times more than a day’s inducement, especially for villagers whose fertile vegetable gardens have been seized and sold to Al-Karafi Farms, leaving once proud hardworking farmers with no choice other than working in their bonafide lands for pittance. It was for this reason that Kafutans see Jammeh as a President who “took away our pride and dignity and replaced them with uncertain future and indignity.”