Senior members of the Gambia’s ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) are convinced that their once affluent party is facing bankruptcy. This comes ahead of the APRC’s planned meeting in Basse, which must be funded by the party’s senior members. According to leaks arising from a secret APRC held few days back, the cost of the Basse campaign will be shared among chiefs, members of parliament and women leaders (yayi compins). The campaign, aimed at diffusing the fast growing United Democratic Party grassroots support, costs 1.7 million Dalasis. It was decided that each of the seven chiefs in the Upper River Region would provide two cows while chiefs in other regions each contribute a cow. Also each APRC sitting parliamentarian is asked to provide D10,000. Women leaders (yayi compins) who own APRC tractors will each dash the parry D20, 000. Even ordinary party members in respective wards have to contribute. Each ward is asked to provide two vans.
Reaction to the details of secret meeting has been full of anger and disgust, with APRC members questioning the rationale for emptying their coffers for the sake of a Greedy, Arrogant leader who is richer than the country. The APRC camp is riddled with sadness, one party source that begs for cover, tells Kairo News.
Kairo News sources say Yahya Jammeh is scared of an opposition defeat in Basse. He is not happy that the UDP held its rally in Basse, a town whose natives have beef with Mr. Jammeh for denying their former fallen minister burial rights in the land of his ancestors. Hon. Buboucarr Michael Baldeh of blessed memory was buried in Medina Qunas in Senegal instead of Basse Mansajang Kunda where he was born.