Protesters dump truck loads of garbage at Mayor Colley’s office

Protesters dump truck loads of garbage at Mayor Colley’s office

A municipal mayor in the Gambia is facing calls for his resignation less than a year before local government elections are held.

Mayor Yankuba Colley of the Kanifing Municipal Council is facing opposition to his stay in office amid allegations of corruption and negligence.

Dozens of demonstrators, screaming “he [Colley] must go” unloaded several truck loads of garbage at his office in a protest over his administration’s waste management failure.

“If he will not come out to collect trash and put in place measures to make sure that the streets remain clean, we will come dump our trash here at his office and he will figure out what to do to manage waste,” said a protester.

Riot police have been deployed by authorities to the Mayor’s office to control the situation. No one has been injured or arrested.

Protesters dumping a truck load of trash at the office entrance of the Mayor of Kanifing

Colley last month accused environmental activists of sabotage after they forcefully shutdown operations at a landfill where garbage is burnt.

Activists say health concerns have been raised and some residents around the Bakoteh Dumpsite died of mysterious illnesses, suspected to be cancer caused by the smoke and pollution from the site.

Residents in the commercial city of Serrekunda on Saturday partnered with activists to clean up the main market in a sign of frustration and dissent.

Serrekunda Market is littered with trash and sellers and buyers in the busy market also complain of pollution and raised health concerns.

Colley is facing re-elections next year and likely to lose his bid as discontent towards his administration’s handling of garbage grows and his support for ex-strongman, Yahya Jammeh cloud his chances.

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