Mai Ahmad Fatty returns to Gambia from exile

Mai Ahmad Fatty returns to Gambia from exile

Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) leader Mai Ahmad Fatty has returned to The Gambia after a five-year absence from the country. Fatty who has spent most of this year lobbying against The Gambia’s government in Africa will be taking part in his party’s congress in Jarra Soma.

Fatty was last seen in The Gambia in 2011 after joining the main opposition UDP in a coalition. Former Justice Minister Momodou Lamin Jobarteh threatened to indict him in the aftermath of the elections. Fatty said the 2011 elections were not free and fair and insisted that opposition supporters were intimidated.

The GMC is part of seven opposition parties that are joining a coalition to back the UDP’s Adama Barrow to challenge incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh in the December 1 polls.

“Election is about your future. By refusing to vote, you are allowing other people who may not care about you, to make decisions for you about your future! Get out and vote,” the GMC leader said. “Remember, politics shouldn’t be a source of division and conflict. The Gambia is far more important than our personal ambitions.”

But President Jammeh has vowed to remain in power even after losing polls. Jammeh has ruled The Gambia with an iron-fist for more than two decades and insists that even if not voted for by Gambians, no amount of pressure, foreign intervention or military expedition will end his rule. He swore not to leave the country in the hands of “dogs and worms,” referring to opposition leaders, whom he says are enemies sponsored by Western governments to destabilize the small country.

Mai Ahmad Fatty thinks otherwise.

“Do not believe those who tell you that the Opposition is your enemy or the APRC is your enemy. Partisan politics isn’t about enmity. Simply, it’s about different visions for our country; you the citizens must decide which vision you prefer,” Fatty said.

President Yahya Jammeh is seeking a fifth mandate and facing his toughest presidential race. The race to finish line at Marina Parade has tightened being the first time the longtime military-backed strongman will be facing two newcomers with the largest opposition unity in the half a century history of the former British colony.

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