5 wounded in URR tribal clash

Friday, August 31, 2018

At least five people have been reportedly wounded when fight broke out between the same Sarahule tribe in Koina village in the Kantora District, Upper River Region, The Point has been informed.

A source in URR that spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the fight ensued when one Hamidou Chima Gumaneh met one Buba Dambelly at a local shop in Koina and told him (Dambelly) that they are not going to watch a ‘Nawettan’ football match involving other people of the same Sarahule tribe regarded as ‘slaves.’

That remarks, our source added, did not go down well with Dambelly. After Gumaneh made this ill-hated remarks, Dambelly got out of temper and then a fight ensued.

Caste system is still prevalent in some parts of the country and URR is one particular region, where some clans regard others as inferior (slaves) and others as nobles.

A source told this medium that seven people were arrested in connection with the clash. Six of those arrested were from the tribe who regarded themselves as founders of the village and one from the so-called slave-clan.

They were detained at the Fatoto Police Station as investigation into the matter deepens. The five wounded were; Dawda Sanneh, Ousman Gumaneh, Jafara Gumaneh, Kissima Gumaneh and Marie Samura.

Our reporter has been informed that the regional Police Commissioner Modoulamin Sankareh, on Wednesday visited Koina and called on the villagers to settle their differences and nature unity among themselves. Meanwhile, the case file has been reportedly transferred to Basse Police Station.

The spokesperson of The Gambia Police Force Spt. David Kujabi could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.

Author: Momodou Jawo