Gambians are now second class citizens says Yankuba Colley

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Yankuba Colley, the national mobiliser of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) has said that Gambians are now second-class citizens in their own country.

 However, Mr. Colley made no mention about who the first-class citizens are, but said Senegal decides everything that happens here in The Gambia.

“Definitely, I sympathise Gambians because we are sold,” he said. “The Gambia will never be The Gambia before. Anything what Senegal decide is what happens.” He added that those that are at the helm of national affairs cannot decide anything unless Senegal interfere.

Colley, who is also the mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council, was speaking at a political rally held at Bwiam in the Foni Kansala District of the West Coast Region (WCR).

The APRC’s mobiliser calls on the people of Foni to redouble their unflinching support to the former ruling party and also to distance themselves from people who want to fool them. APRC, he said, is not a Jola party, adding that the party belongs to all Gambians. 

Colley, also warned veteran journalist Alhagie Sarjo Barrow to be mindful of the kind of news he reads out. “If he said anything that’s not true and we are now talking about democracy we will show him the way. Gambians and Senegal are close to each other but we are two countries, thus our sovereignty should not be compromise,” he stated.

The interim leader of the APRC, Fabakary Tombong Jatta, spoke at length on significance of their tour, while describing it as success.

Jattta added that Gambian still cherish the party taken into account the numerous socio-economic development that the former president brought to Gambian people ranging from schools – the UTG and hospitals among other projects.

The APRC leader also lamented on the incident that occurred at Mankamang Kunda, the home village of President Adama Barrow, describing it as painful. However, he was quick to thank the Barrow administration for issuing a statement with regard to the incident that left three of its party supporters injured.

He also accused the government for taken tractors given to farmers in the rural areas by former president Yahya Jammeh. “The tractors were meant for farmers to help themselves in order to improve their farming activities. These tractors are been taken to chiefs and police stations,” he accused. “In fact we got information that others are nowhere to be seen.”

The APRC spokesperson, Seedy Njie, said the party will put up candidates in all constituencies in the coming Local Government Election in April. Njie with confidence stated that “whenever you hear a victory in the election, know that it is the APRC party.”

Isatou Jiffinga Jarjou, the APRC National Women mobiliser and Batouri Ceesay-Manneh all spoke at length on the importance of the tour and the need for its supporters to continue supporting the party in ensuring that they bounce back in government.

The party, they went on, will never die and it is stronger today than before.   

Author: Momodou Jawo