Mamma Kandeh says humanitarian gesture not politically motivated

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mamma Kandeh, the leader of the opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) has made it clear that his recent support to disaster victims in the Central and Upper River regions was not motivated by politics.

“It’s my responsibility to be supporting Gambians who’re in need of help more especially those that are affected by disaster. In fact, I can tell you that, helping both Gambians and non-Gambians is one of my top priorities,” he said. “I have been helping people since before I become politician. Therefore, my humanitarian gestures will always continue.”

In an interview with The Point, the GDC leader pointed out that it would not be a good idea for him or any other member of GDC to embark on a political tour when their follow Gambians are affected by a heavy windstorm, with thousands of people being displaced with loss of lives.

Mr. Kandeh last week postponed his party’s nationwide political tour following a heavy windstorm that affected parts of both URR and CRR.

Recall: A heavy windstorm last week Wednesday  claimed the lives of three people in URR with more than 1247 being displaced. Fifty-six others have been reported injured in both URR and Central River Regions (CRR).

According to Mr. Kandeh, they have visited about 200 affected families in both URR and CRR. “At the moment so many families are left homeless. They’re in a very difficult situation especially one family in Wulli District, which has more than 25 houses and all of them are destroyed,” he said.

Kandeh urged the government, individuals and philanthropists to support the disaster victims. “The affected families are really under pressure for the fact that we’re approaching the raining season. I can tell you that the disaster is very serious in both CRR South and URR.”

“Our support was not based on political lines. We were not looking whether these families are GDC’s, UDP’s, APRC’s or PDOIS’s. My objectives are to see that those that are affected by the windstorm are being supported,” he emphasised. GDC is doing what we’re known for. It’s now left to Gambian to elect anybody they want to elect but that will not stop me from helping Gambians.”

Author: Momodou Jawo