The remains of the Gambia’s fallen opposition activist were last night laid to rest at Sandu Darsilameh in Upper River Region. Ebrima Solo Krummah, the third Gambian to die in state custody in three months, was accompanied to his final resting place by a large crowd of mourners who included the United Democratic Party deputy leader Mariam Secka. His death resulted after surgeons conducted surgery on his head. Solo’s autopsy report is yet to be made public. Officials of the UDP want the Coroner’s Inquest to probe into Krummah’s death.
Speaker after speaker at the funeral spoke about Krummah’s uprightness, industriousness and determination to see a changed Gambia. No one questioned the piety of a rosary holding man.
The respected blacksmith at his village has left behind a huge void. Besides being a unifier, Solo makes farming and garden tools for the community.
The unlettered man travelled hundreds of kilometers to offer solidarity to peaceful UDP protesters led by Lawyer Ousainou Darboe. He was among dozens of opposition activists arrested, detained and remanded for holding peaceful protest on May 9 in Kanifing. Like all other detainees, Krummah too was brutally tortured. He was dumped in prison and denied medical treatment until his condition deteriorated when the state made last minute effort to save Solo’s life.
The tragic deaths in custody of the two Solos – Solo Sandeng and Solo Krummah – have further left a dent on the image of a brutal dictator who threatens his subjects with death. Aggrieve-laden Gambians whose hope lies on the ballot box are now waiting for Allah’s verdict. Krummah’s family praised the UDP leadership and supporters for their tremendous support and solidarity.
Ebrima Solo Krummah has left behind a big family.