By Yaya Dampha
The Gambia’s tabloid journalism chief Pa Nderry Mbai has again gone beserk. He has done what he is at best at: insulting, provoking, fanning seeds of hatred and tribalism. The bad boy is simply rotten, and nothing can sanitise him. The problem could have been his upbringing, lack of understanding of cultural sensitivities, filthiness or rudeness. But we cannot fold our hands and allow one rotten soul to destroy our hard-earned success. Everyone knows that the coalition’s victory symbolises defeat of Yahya Jammeh’s hatred, tribalism and discrimination. His painful insults and threats to wipe out Mandinkas have rallied patriotic Gambians from all the tribes, cultures and religions to red card the rotten soul. Even APRC supporters admitted their leader had crossed the red lines. Now that Jammeh is gone, the goal should be how to clean up the mess, which is hard and complicated. We need to heal the wounds inflicted by Jammeh. The wounds that are left opened will not heal themselves. This is why the role of the media – I mean responsible media – is crucial at this point in time. We are in times of uncertainty; all we need to do is to unite our diverse people, cool down the tempers before we get on the road to justice and ultimate reconciliation. We don’t expect the road to be rosy but if South Africans can do it, I see no reason why Gambians cannot. We are more socially, culturally and religiously attached than any country.
But for us to get the job done we must not leave the likes of Pa Nderry Mbai to put sand on our already cooked soup. In fact, this is a guy who had damned and vigorously campaigned against elections. He had never supported the coalition. We might be independent journalists but our situation called for everyone to fight and defeat Jammeh. Neutrality here depicts hypocrisy. If Pa Nderry Mbai doesn’t want Jammeh to go for whatever reason is understandable but what is not acceptable is to allow him to become another Jammeh. Gauging by his behaviour, he has taken over from Jammeh. Both of them have proven to be dirty tribalists who bully anyone who disagrees with them. That’s not the type of journalism one should be proud of. I assume that is not the attitude his parents taught him either.
Striking at any tribe at this hour is not in anyone’s interest. Only those who are either on Jammeh’s payroll or unhappy with his defeat will champion that agenda. Shame on you Pa Nderry Mbai for betraying your country, culture and religion. We are not a diverse people by accident. It is God that created us as diverse people so we get along and learn from each other. That is the power of diversity which is why United States becomes the world’s most progressive nation. Different people see things from different perspective and provide different ideas and solutions to the same problem. What is more sweeter than that!
Pa, don’t misjudge or underestimate me. I am sitting on a trove of informaiton concerning your nefarious activities. You will be shocked to the bone any time I share it with the public. I know you are on Jammeh’s payroll.
You cannot swear to the Quran that you are not talking to a close Jammeh aide in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh is dishing you money so you cause instability in the country. If you think you are not trailed you must be kidding. We know a lot about you. Just recently your name featured in the murder of Alhagie Ceesay and Ebou Jobe, two Gambian Americans who disappeared in Yahya Jammeh’s Gambia. That is just the tip of the iceberg because you have killed so many people – directly or indirectly. We know the details and will get there soon if you push us to the brink. We knew about the story since it surfaced.
In fact, families of Jobe and Ceesay should as a matter of urgency file criminal complaint against you. You need to explain your role in the disappearance of the two innocent men. You have your own funeral to take care but you ignore it and decided to throw venom on Mandinkas who have been your biggest supporters and fans. Without the Mandinkas you would have long since packed up. “Truthfully, Pa Nderry is worse than Yahya Jammeh.