Opposition GDC Cries Foul

By Abdoulie John

Officials of the opposition Gambia Democractic Congress (GDC) have got an axe to grind with the police for questioning their leader and denying them permit to hold a rally in Brikama on August 12.

“We are resolved not to bow down to any form of intimidation,” GDC Youth Leader MC Cham defiantly says.

The GDC leader Mamma Kandeh was last Tuesday questioned by police over his controversial statement at an August 4th rally in Essau, Noth Bank Region, the the Barrow administration has been embezzling funds allocated by international partners. Instead of substantiating his bogus allegations, the failed presidential contender went berserk, saying the police should have also asked the Information Minister Demba Jawo to prove that Kanilai rioters were armed with weapons.

So far, no charges have been preferred on Mr. Kandeh. But MC Cham says the police action is “an attempt to cover up the real issues. Our party is just calling for more transparency in loans and grants management,” Cham adds.

The party officials are also challenging the police for denying them the right to hold a political gathering in one of the Coalition government’s strongholds. The GDC Spokesperson would not understand why police did not justify the denial.

“The GDC is a law-abiding party and the leadership agrees not to defy police order and go ahead with Brikama rally,” Lamin Fatty tells Kairo News.

However, Fatty was quick to warn the police that his party will, in the end, run out of patience. “We don’t want to break any law. But we’re making it very clear that if we were not silenced or intimidated under dictatorship, we cannot be silenced in the New Gambia.”

A prominent UK-based human rights activist added his voice to the GDC permit denial, urging the police to allow to political parties hold rallies without any conditions attached.

“The police should issue GDC permit to hold rally anytime, anywhere they want without any pre-conditions put forward. That is the democracy we fought for!” Bamba Serign Mass writes in his Facebook wall.

When contacted, police spokesperson Foday J. Conta promised to get back to us with clarification, which never happened. Our reporter’s multiple attempts to reach him proved futile.


One Comment

  1. The police were wrong for denying GDC a permit to hold their rally. This is what we have been fighting against in the past under Jammeh regime and they should have known better that that shouldn’t be done at all in the new Gambia. It is unacceptable.

    However in my view they were inline to invite the Leader of GDC Mr Mama Kandeh to give them more information so that they can investegate his claim to gather evidence against those he claimed to be involved in the mismagement of public funds so as to bring them to book. Mr Kandeh should not take offense at that if what he claim is true.

    He and his party and all those who regard themselves as politicians should know that they have a moral obligation not to misinform our people in the name of politiking. To do so is criminal and shameful. Such culture of politics has no place in the new Gambia. We have to do away with it for good if we are to move forward as a people.

    It is not politics all and in fact it is a disservice to the nation to be misinforming the people in order to win their support so that they can entrust you with managing their affairs. That is a act of deception which is sinful, shameful and criminal to say the least. It is my believe that transparency can never be ensured in the management of public affairs by spreading false information.

    Information in my view is such an inportant ingrediant of development that it should not just be past to the people without ensuring its accuracy the task of which is the resposibilty of everyone more so those who are aspiring to or are presiding over the affairs of the people.