Did Hunger Kill APRC Drummer?

The death of a drummer at the ruling APRC Basse youth rally has raised more questions than answers. The drummer who hailed from Bakadaji in Jimara is reported to have died while entertaining people at the four day event that kicked on September 29th. The cause of the man drummer’s death has not been made public. And to matters worse, APRC officials have remained silent on the issue. However, many people who spoke to our Basse correspondent have blamed the death on hunger. Besides the low youth turnout, the Mansajang hosted political jamboree, which was meant to shower youths appreciation on President Yahya Jammeh, has been mired in complaints of hunger and poor accommodation. The event has led to the closure of schools in Koba Kunda and Basse. The schools that are closed to shelter APRC supporters include St. George’s Upper Basic and Basse Ahmadiyya Senior Secondary School. Students and teachers in these schools would not understand why their classes would be suspended for a useless political event. Some say the choice of Basse for the jamboree is a provocation. It is the home of the late popular politician Bubacarr Michael Baldeh who was refused burial rights in Basse.


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