Many erroneously rushed to the marketplace in exasperation to merchandise Jammeh’s irrational rejection of the APRC/NPP alliance as a significant blow to Barrowand his chance to be re-elected December 4th. The Sukuta rally spoke to rebuke that oafish deduction. Instead it echoes Jammeh tilting his only opportunity to ever setting foot in the Gambia.
Others, unwittingly, hummed Jammeh stole presidential powers from Barrow by calling to dictate to his supporters. To them, Fatu Camara responded aptly, “At least former President, Yahya Jammeh should thank Gambians for the democracy he has denied us. Being in exile or in Gambia, broadcasting and/or calling into a political meeting has never happened during his days as President. He is pretty much enjoying the very rights he viciously refused to grant Gambians.
Lasana Jobarteh’s case comes to mind – he was arrested for merely using Skype during a political rally. For those not familiar with Lasana’s case, he was on trial for ‘broadcasting without a license’ and accused of giving information abroad using Skype while attending UDP political rallies at Tallinding and Brikama. Jobarteh was sentenced to a fine of D50,000 in default to serve one year in prison.”
Shamelessly, they will counter “Barrow didn’t give us freedomand democracy. We earned it”. True. But who guarantees this freedom and democracy? Why didn’t we enjoy it under Jammeh? Under Barrow there has never been any instance of arbitrary arrests, detention or enforced disappearance let alone killings. He is not perfect or your ‘ideal leader’ but he is a democrat to the core. He is tolerant and a keen listener.
He remains resolved to delivering life-changing projects to even the remotest corners of the Gambia. These included projects which were initially loathed by some political leaders only to make a 360 U-turn claiming its ownership. Imagine if that was under Tyrant Jammeh?
Most of his die-heart loyalists has now deserted him. Sadly, he will eventually die a loner with no grace or glory unlike his predecessor. Still I can imagine why he thinks he has powers to unilaterally making decisions that will impact lives of most Gambians.