have arrested and charged 15 demonstrators protesting against President Adama
Barrow’s five-year presidential mandate, The Gambia government spokesperson,
Ebrima G. Sankareh, has confirmed.
The demonstrators; eight women and seven men, who took to the streets without police permit to demonstrate were all arrested at the Senegambia Tourist District highly frequented by Western tourists as The Gambia’s 2016 Coalition partners were deliberating President Barrow’s mandate – a matter that has gathered enormous controversy over the past five months.
It can be recalled that the Coalition MoU had recommended a three-year presidential term that ends December, 2019.
However, under Gambian law, the incumbent serves a five-year term which may have been overlooked by the 2016 Coalition stakeholders in their desperation to end Yaya Jammeh’s 22-year autocratic rule.
The 15 opposition elements identified as “Concerned Gambia” with the Motto:”Operation 3 Years Jotna” were detained at the Kairaba police station and subsequently charged with “prohibition of conduct conducive to the breach of the peace contrary to Section 9 of the Public Order Act, Laws of The Gambia”. They were all granted bail and are due in court Monday. The charge carries a minimum of three years imprisonment subject to the discretion of the presiding judge.