Censorship must end, Babilon alkalo warns

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The alkalo of Babilon village, Lamin Jarju, has said that the censorship his village endured over the past 22 years of Yahya Jammeh rule must end in the New Gambia.

He made this remark over the weekend at a press conference held at the village Bantaba organised by the Village Development Committee (VDC).

In his remarks, Mr. Jarju gave a historical background of his village, saying it was founded by his grandfather in 1901, gaining government registration in 1915. Since then, he added that “there was not a single year we didn’t pay our annual tax.”

He warned the police to stop the suppression and unnecessary arrest of the people of his village.

He said that land issues are civil matters and should be addressed by the responsible authorities. He said it is unacceptable for people to come in tinted glass vehicles, arresting and detaining people unnecessarily in this New Gambia.

For the past 22 years and still in the New Gambia, his community has been suffering enduring suppression from both neighbouring villages and local authorities. He accused the neighbours, particularly Kerewan and Makumbayaa, for preparing alkaloship documents and sell land within his village. “This is enough and it must stop now,” Jarju warned.

He said they will not hesitate to challenge anyone who wants to take away their rights and freedom. “We are in democracy, so the era of suppression are gone. Let perpetrators know it and what Babilon village face in the 22 years of dictatorship will never happen again.”

Other speakers included council of elders. They all echoed similar sentiments, saying they want to live in peace and harmony as citizens of the country.