Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy has handover 14 vehicles to The Gambia’s military chief as gifts from President Yahya Jammeh, two days before the country’s critical presidential polls.
Njie-Saidy, who is also the chairperson of the National Security Council said the vehicle was giving to the military to thank them for always listening to Mr. Jammeh.
Gambia’s military chief, Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie calls the gifts “magnificent,” putting the military’s neutrality into question.
“President Jammeh is known for his generosity to GAF and other security apparatus in the country since 1994 and today is one of those kinds,” said Lt. Gen. Bargie.
President Yahya Jammeh has described the opposition as enemies of the state that are a threat to the peace and security of the country.
Bargie said his troops will maintain peace, law, and order in the country.
“Maintaining the security of this country does not mean they are doing it for President Jammeh instead it is done for the interest of the entire Gambian people,” Bargie said.
Political activists say the presentation of the vehicles to the army is a bribery for the military to continue supporting him after he loses the polls. Campaigners say the military is siding with Mr. Jammeh and accuse the president and the army of hiding behind maintaining peace and security to crackdown on the opposition and keep Jammeh in power.