Gambia: Senior opposition member denies inciting violence

Gambia: Senior opposition member denies inciting violence

Kanifing Municipality Mayor and senior member of the opposition APRC party, Yankuba Colley has denied allegations of inciting violence in a township outside the Gambian capital, Banjul.

A Member of Parliament, Fatoumata Jawara accused Colley of inducing supporters of his party to attack UDP party supporters in Tallinding.

“I feel that what the honorable NAM was saying against me was just to tarnish my image and I am informing you that I had never asked nor spearheaded trouble against any UDP supporters in Tallinding,” Colley told the opposition Daily Observer Newspaper.

“I never wanted people to involve themselves in unnecessary behaviors more so on indiscipline acts because I termed myself as a discipline and peaceful person.”

Colley is up for an election next election and faces a strong challenge from the UDP, which is likely to upset the polls.

The UDP defeated the APRC in parliamentary polls and has an absolute majority in the National Assembly.

Supporters of the APRC and the UDP clashed before and after the parliamentary elections. UDP last week accused the police in Tallinding of siding with the APRC and not acting on reported assault cases.

Mayor Colley was born and raised in Tallinding, where his new APRC leader, former House Majority Leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta also dwells.

“I will never direct anything evil against the community of Tallinding where I was born, brought up and breathe every day. I see her as my NAM now even though am her mayor that also goes to my councilor,” he said.

A UDP member won a councilorship by-election earlier this month in Tallinding as it asserts its new political power.

The party has the largest stake in the Gambia’s coalition government. The new President Adama Barrow resigned from the party to lead the unity government and his party leader, Ousainou Darboe is the country’s Foreign Secretary.

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