The Gambia’s puppet Army Chief of Staff is fanning seeds of discord within the military, authorizing the killing of what he called “all those who brings tribalism into Gambian politics before or after the December 1st presidential election.”
Major General Ousman Badjie has been touring military installations across the country.
Describing this year as a crucial one in Gambian politics, Badjie asked soldiers to remain on high alert. “Jolas have danced for a Mandinka leader for 30 years,” Major General Badjie repeatedly told soldiers at different military barracks.
“Today, everyone is having hatred for a Jola leader which is unacceptable. As soldiers, you should remain loyal to the state. Don’t hesitate to shoot and kill tribalists,” he said. Badjie described those who hate President Yahya Jammeh as “tribalists.”
The unguarded statement has left many soldiers unhappy, angry and frustrated. They could not understand why Badjie would stoop so low to the extent of “digging his own graveyard.”
All uniformed men and women in the Gambia swear to protect the country from internal and external attacks. They should refrain from dabbling into politics. However, Gambian uniformed men and women have been doing helping Jammeh to remain in power. They arbitrarily arrest, detain, torture or murder Jammeh’s political opponents. Consequently, some Gambians question whether the army is needed in a New Gambia. Jammeh’s Divide and Conquer has bred suspicion, fear and hatred within the army.