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Jammeh should never be forgiven, says Sarjo Barrow

May 24, 2017, 12:20 PM | Article By: Saiba K.B. Keita

Veteran broadcaster Sarjo Barrow has that former President Jammeh should never be forgiven for he had committed a lot of atrocities during his 22-year reign as president of The Gambia.

“He should be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague like they did to Charles Taylor [of Liberia] and Lauren Gbagbo [Ivory Coast],” Mr Barrow said in an interview with The Point newspaper recently.

Barrow, Gambia’s renowned Mandinka language broadcaster, accused the former president of destroying The Gambia.

The veteran journalist accused the former President Jammeh of inciting and promoting hatred, and demonising and bringing division among Gambians.

“He tribalised the army and other security outfits,” said journalist Barrow who shared the same surname with the President Adama Barrow even though there is no known blood relation between.

“Even the civil service was tribalised,” he added.

Not a member of UDP

Asked why he never spoke out against Jammeh during his presidency, Mr Barrow said “I was very angry and terrorised that I decided to keep quiet”.

“I never like Jammeh or ever voted for him since the formation of his political party and even my colleagues at GRTS [the state broadcaster] can attest to that,” he said.  “I always avoided attending his immature programmes.”

The Brusibi-based journalist also rubbished rumours that he is a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP) saying: “I have never been a member of any political party since former President Jawara’s era.”

Barrow said no one can find his name in any political party’s record.

“I want to remain an independent journalist,” he asserted.

Mr Barrow started his broadcast career in May 1979 as a temporary announcer at Radio Gambia and rose through the ranks to become manager of radio programmes.