Gambia’s mayor facing protest not running for third term

Gambia’s mayor facing protest not running for third term

Mayor Yankuba Colley of the Kanifing Municipality announced Saturday he will not be running for office following allegations of corruption and negligence.

Colley a senior member of the former ruling party that lost presidential polls last winter is up for re-election next spring.

“I am not running again. I have made the decision not to run for a third term. I will not seek to be re-elected,” he said.

Political analysts rule that he will lose amid growing discontent for the municipality’s failure in managing trash and anger towards the former ruling party.

Angry protesters emptied trucks loads of trash at the entrance of Colley’s office, a sign of frustration and dwindling of his support among residents.

Colley last month accused protesters of sabotage after they shut down a landfill faulted for polluting the environment and causing health complications.

Activists are charging Colley with corruption saying he swindled millions and gave money to the former ruling party and ex-President Yahya Jammeh without due process.

They are asking councilors to impeach Colley and for two MPs for the area, Halifa Sallah and Madi Ceesay to have the Mayor in parliament to testify.

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