Dr. Isatou Touray will hold her first campaign event on Saturday after weeks of trying to secure a permit. The police chief approved a rally permit on Thursday, some 48 hours before the rally.
Touray became the country’s first female presidential candidate after declaring her bid last month. The event will be held at the Brikama Canon SSP Lia starting at 3:30PM, according to her campaign team.
Touray is among at least four other presidential hopefuls participating in unity talks seeking to secure a single candidate to lead a coalition that would challenge President Yahya Jammeh in the polls.
“We have been working assiduously to engage all sectors of the population as well as the political parties with a view to forge a united front with an independent flag bearer to end two decades of tyranny in our Dear Motherland,” said Amie Bojang-Sisohore, Touray’s campaign manager.
Touray last week called Jammeh a dictator and accused the country’s longtime ruler of undermining the West African nation’s democracy and rule of law.
President Yahya Jammeh has been accused of masterminding a repressive regime and using fear and intimidation to rule over the nation of fewer than two million people.
Rights groups hold Jammeh’s government liable for many deaths, tortures and enforced dissapearances mostly of political opponents, journalists and pro-democracy campaigners.
“The gravity of our predicament requires a deep sense of urgency to salvage ourselves. It is with this sense of urgency and patriotism founded on responsibility and leadership that Dr. Isatou Touray has emerged, and with the collective support and cooperation of the entire opposition camp and all citizens to forge a formidable force for national salvation,” her campaign said.
Touray is hoping to reach out to Gambians in her first public campaign event by addressing some of social justice and economic issues facing Gambians and expected to call for a coalition ahead of polls.