Gambia’s deputy representative to the United Nations, Samsudeen Sarr, has distanced himself from a sexually explicit audio and Facebook chat screenshot being attributed to him.
“Talking about this issue is a serious distraction to the political issues at stake. And to dignify them with a response will give them
the relevance they are after. It’s all false,” he said.
Sarr is facing strong criticism from political activists for supporting President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to relinquish power and for calling for the shooting of opposition protesters last year.
“The rumors are an opposition generated campaign. Even if it was true I don’t see it’s relevance to the political issues being discussed.
The main intent of it, as they are saying, is for me change my political position,” Sarr said.
Sarr, who is overseeing the Gambia’s missions in Washington and New York rejected a UN Security Council bid demanding that Mr. Jammeh steps down or face strong sanctions.
Sarr is “totally in support of President Jammeh’s final decision to toss the results away” and the subsequent petitioning of the results in the Supreme Court by the ruling APRC party.
(Reporting and Writing by Sainey Darboe; Additional Writing and Editing by Sam Phatey)