Gambia is changing the names of state-owned properties associated with former President Yahya Jammeh’s name, his family or party, a decision that will mostly affect hospitals and foundations.
In a swift decision after the emergence of corruption allegations and human rights abuses against Jammeh, the country’s health ministry have renamed three hospitals to disassociate them from the despotic ex-leader.
The Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital in Bundung has been renamed Bundung Maternal and Child Health Hospital, Sulayman Junkung Hospital in Bwiam renamed Bwiam General Hospital, and AFPRC Hospital in Farafenni changed to Farafenni General Hospital.
The former MacCarthy Square, which Jammeh renamed the July 22, Arch 22 and streets named after Jammeh, his wife, associates or anyone close to his family, including the so-called Yankuba Colley highway, would be reverted to their old names or changed to new ones.
A statue representing Jammeh’s military takeover of the government at the entrance of Banjul has been removed and giant paintings of him defaced as the gruesome atrocities committed by his regime get revealed.
Jammeh lost elections last winter and fled to Equatorial Guinea. He served only 22-years of the billion years he has vowed to rule. The former autocratic ruler has claimed he has a cure for AIDS, restricting the use of antiretroviral drugs in the country.