Badjie, whose audiences felt disturbed by his alcohol stench, also instilled fear among security officers saying most of them are illiterates and that a change of government means loss of their jobs. “Therefore,” Badjie added, “your salvation lies to your undivided support for President Jammeh. You must support the President if you want your job,” he said, describing the security forces as Jammeh’s last hope.
Lt. General Badjie has pre-empted President Jammeh’s campaign mantra which hinges on tribalism instead of on policies and programmes. “President Jammeh’s goal is to make the campaign about Mandinka-Jola issue rather than opposition party versus ruling party,” our sources said, warning people to be wary of any outbreak of violence by a desperate leader who knows his leadership has come to an end. “Provoking violence will be the last kicks of a dying horse.”