Sabally hits at Madi Jobarteh

Jun 18, 2020, 11:51 AM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Momodou Sabally, onetime secretary general and head of the Civil Service in the past government, has hit at Madi Jobarteh, one of the most vocal human right defenders in the country, for not showing up during the planned protest on Saturday against the killings of George Floyd and Modou Lamin Sisay, who both died last month at the hands of U.S. police.

Sabally believes Madi Jobarteh, who is the country’s representative for West Minster Foundation for Democracy (WMD), did not turn up during the said protest because he was afraid of the Americans.

The Saturday protest started from Pipeline to the U.S. Embassy, as Gambian protesters demanded justice for the killings of not only George Floyd and Modou Lamin Sisay, but other African-American blacks, who died in the hands of U.S. police.

“Not all of them but there is quite a bunch of these activists who are actually doing things for any cause but just for money. I'm very disappointed because, of all protests, this should have been the one taken more seriously but all what they do is collect money from people, defrauding some of the young people who actually came up with the initial ideas to protest.”    

Mr. Sabally, indicated that he is disappointed after Gambia sat at the eleventh hour to come and sing a song for American ambassador and went back home.

“I'm not saying protest are wrong but I chose not to be part of it, but this one I thought it’s one of the most important and most serious. With all due respect to the organizers, I am not impressed with mode of organisation.”

The Gambia, he went on, should have been the first country to protest for the killing of George Floyd and Modou Lamin Sisay, adding because The Gambia is known as the emblem of historical torture, maltreatment and seal of Africans.

“The whole business of slavery and the attempt at redemption is centered around one personality and that is Kunta Kinteh. The Gambia should have been the first to protest but what happened, people like Madi Jobarteh went and had coffee with the IGP in the name of negotiating for the protest when the British (white toubab) broke down their lockdown rules and protested. All over in the world even in America, the white people broke down the protest rule and went and protest but here in The Gambia we waited at the eleventh hour we came and sang a song to the American Ambassador and went back home,” he said.

The political commentator also revealed that the group that held the protest on Saturday is better than Madi Jobarteh, who he accused of having breakfast with the IGP.