The convoy of Gambia's preisdent-elect Adama Barrow is seen as he arrives for a meeting in Banjul, Gambia, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Gambia’s convoy permit not targeted at president-elect

Gambia’s police denied that its new ordinance demanding those wanting to travel in convoys to request a permit is targeting the country’s president-elect, Adama Barrow.

“It was made in good faith,” Police Chief Yankuba Sonko said, and not meant to maliciously target any particular group of individuals.

Police said Tuesday the ordinance is in line with the motor traffic act to ensure the free movement of people and goods and does not apply to President-elect Adama Barrow.

It seems, however, that the police are acting on the use of convoys after wedding ceremonies are conducted by the justice department in Banjul.

Gambian men marrying caucasian women in the Greater Banjul area usually have extravagant wedding ceremonies that involve convoys. The police say their convoys obstruct traffic and the ordinance is meant to address that issue.

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