Be Wary Of Former NIA Operatives

The article on Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty seeking answers on the forensic lab needs to be scrutinises. Mr. Editor, your editorial prerogative to publish or not to publish cannot be questioned.

However, I want say that in a New Gambia where freedom of expression should be encouraged, we must be wary of former NIA operatives who hide behind pseudonyms to throw mud at government officials with the intention of causing public disaffection for the government or a particular government minister. The target for many such has been the interior minister who by all accounts is doing as good a job as any cabinet minister.

The so-called “Barrow government supporter” is none other than a sly former NIA operative trying to sow discord between Barrow and his minister. Does he not realise that the Minister of Interior does not operate a parallel government. All his actions with regard to how the department is run must be in full compliance with the President’s wishes. If he wants answers to his questions like where “funds for forensic lab are deposited and the bank account number”, he should ask the finance minister and the governor of central bank, since he seems to believe that these officials are answerable to him. I would advise the said author to openly present himself at one of the minister’s press conferences, and ask these questions directly, rather than anonymously applying the “Pa Nderry” style insinuations on newspapers. In a New Gambia, no one should hide behind false names to address issues of governance issues. Only those with alterior agenda do.

Modou Kaba Fatty



  1. Modou kaba fatty , I disagree with your assertion that ” no one should hide behind false names to address issues of governance issues . Only those with alterior agenda do ” .
    Your statements above are not factual correct because there are many people who supports this government and still continue to use pseudonyms or pen names to express their views , concerns , support and disagreement about issues of national interest. Using pseudonyms is not a problem because majority of us used pseudonyms during the fight to restore democracy and constitutional rule in The Gambia and today we can proudly say that we have helped to liberate our country from military dictatorship. In fact , some of us used pseudonyms to expose jammeh’s worst human rights violations, his inner circle, sexual violence, corruption and mismanagement . If we have people who use pseudonyms to criticize this new administration, we should also propagate positive achievements this new administration registered in the short possible time to counter their false claims.
    I do agree with some of your comments in the article. In this new Gambia, we should let idiots and ignorant people to express themselves but we must respond to their ignorance with intelligence and factual statements that would encourage the culture of Democratization process . After all democracy is a messy political system which encourages divergent views such as wise or ignorance views.

  2. Arona John

    Modou Kaba Fatty, please get your facts right before writing on something that you are not sure of. The author of the article : Matters Arising – Hon Interior Minister, Mai Ahmed Fatty is no other person than Arona John, a concerned citizen and President Barrow’s government supporter.

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