Gambia: Former regime leader say ex-opposition chief power hungry

Gambia: Former regime leader say ex-opposition chief power hungry

Former parliamentary leader and new opposition chief, Fabakary Tombong Jatta say unity government senior member and Foreign Secretary Ousainou Darboe is power hungry.

Jatta is accusing Darboe of turning a blind eye to the truth for not standing against the seizing of the ex-president, Yahya Jammeh’s assets.

APRC stands accused of instigating residents of Foni Kansala District to violently protest the presence of West African troops and a return of Jammeh’s properties.

Jatta said the accusations were divisive and tantamount to calling on the APRC militants rather than foster reconciliation.

Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ousainou Darboe signing an agreement in the capital, Banjul

“He is blinded by the desire for power not to accept the truth,” said Jatta, who is denying his party’s involvement in the protest.

“The killing, arrest, and militarization of Kanilai and the freezing of former President Yahya Jammeh’s assets are not in any way a genuine move for reconciliation.”

Local leaders and residents in Kanilai told the BBC that life has been difficult since Jammeh’s ouster.

During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, there was no sugar, rice, and other food items distributed to them.

Last month’s demonstration left one person dead and several people seriously injured, including three soldiers. Nearly two dozen people were arrested but later released on bail.

The regional economic bloc, ECOWAS have asked for calm and restraint following the incident. Gambian authorities say they are probing the incident but have warned it will not tolerate violent protest.

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