‘Barrow gov’t should declare agreement with ex-President Jammeh’

Monday, July 30, 2018

The deputy spokesperson of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic for Reorientation and Construction (APRC) has said that the Barrow led-coalition government should tell Gambians about the agreement they had with the former President Jammeh during the political impasse, before he went into exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Dodou Jah disclosed that before ex-president Jammeh went into exile, he had signed a 14-point sheet paper agreement with Barrow’s coalition government, United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS.

In a recent radio programme on Taranga FM, anchored by Mamos TV reporter Ousman A. Marong, Jah stated; “Let them be bold enough to tell Gambians their agreement with Jammeh before he went into exile”.

He said Yahya Jammeh was never scared and was not forced into exile by UN, AU or ECOWAS, saying if ‘it was true that he was forced into exile by ECOWAS, then why did he fail ECOWAS’ last warning order which was 12 mid-day’, he quizzed?

He said the Barrow-led Government should respect the protocols and agreement signed with Jammeh. “APRC is now a party with a difference,” he said.  “Yes I agree entirely that we have made some mistakes, but those mistakes were not made by this new executive”.

The APRC deputy spokesman said it would be fair for those who committed mistakes and atrocities under Jammeh’s regime to come out openly and apologise to Gambians, but not us (the new APRC executive.

Jah maintained that APRC remains the biggest party in the country, despite the UDP’s victory in both the parliamentary and local government elections.

“I can hold the Holy Quran and swear that Jammeh is a peaceful man. If you carefully listen to the leaked WhatsApp audio of his communication with Yankuba Colley, he was very careful with what he says and he always preaches peace,” he stated.

On security related matters, Jah said that President Barrow should build trust in his army to ensure peace and tranquility among the security forces.

The army, he said, is more divided today than ever before, hence the ECOMIG forces have taken all the security responsibilities of the country, leaving Gambian soldiers behind.

Author: Pa Modou Cham
Source: Picture: President Barrow & Ex-President Jammeh