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GMC leader Mai Fatty returns home

Nov 17, 2011, 1:23 PM | Article By: Sainey MK Marenah on tour

After over four years abroad, the leader of the opposition Gambia Moral Congress, GMC, returned to The Gambia Tuesday evening.

This was confirmed by our reporter who is currently touring the country with the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) as part of the party’s presidential campaign.

Mai Ahmad Fatty, whose GMC formed an alliance with the UDP in the run-up to the forthcoming presidential election, was received by a jubilant crowd of both UDP, GMC and PPP party supporters in Farafenni, from where he crossed over into the country from neighbouring Senegal.

“Well, I am on the ground, and I think the speculation about my participation in this election can be laid to rest. This year’s election is a decisive one, because the people of this nation have demanded for a change and, as leaders, it is our responsibility to respond to the aspirations of our people,” Mai Fatty told this reporter in a brief interview.

According to him, he came back home to facilitate and expedite the process in coordination with “my brother, friend and colleague Ousainou Darboe, whose candidature I am supporting in an alliance relationship”.

“I am here to make sure that we can change the system in The Gambia’s political field. This is my country and, like any other Gambian, I have a stake in this country. Nobody can come between me and my country, and I have nothing to fear about my country,” Fatty said, adding that he felt delighted to come back and contribute his quota to the democratization process of the country.

Also responding to Mai Fatty’s return, UDP leader Ousainou Darboe, said those who were thinking that Mai Fatty would not come back to The Gambia were making a mistake, noting that there is no reason why such a man like Mai Fatty who, he said, stood up for his country, will not come back.

Darboe told this reporter that Fatty, like many of his colleagues, is “prepared to die in order to salvage this country.”

“We are partnering for a change, and we are sure fundamental change will occur,” he added.