Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow poses for a photo after an exclusive interview with Reuters in Banjul, Gambia, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Foni made fresh demands to Barrow govt

The people of Foni made new demands to the government of President Adama Barrow following talks for reconciliation.

According to a report sent to President Barrow, the Foni people are demanding the reinstatement of its natives and the dropping of charges against Kanilai protesters.

At least 100 people from the Foni region appointed by ex-President Yahya Jammeh to various senior positions have been dismissed by Mr. Barrow.

No less than 22 people from the opposition stronghold are also facing rioting charges for taking part in a protest that left at least one person dead.

Activists in the region said they had a right to protest and refuted reports that demonstrators were violent and armed.

They accused the Barrow administration of not following due process in firing natives of Foni and rubbished reports that those released were unfit for the job.

Foni became the epicenter of political violence following Jammeh’s forceful ouster and the sweeping of parliamentary polls by the UDP.

Some of Jammeh’s senior officials, including his Chief of Defense Staff and Speaker of the Parliament, were given new positions as ambassadors.

Gambian prosecutors have dropped charges against 26 people alleged to have clashed with government supporters in February.

The people of Foni denied having any problems with the new government but accused some senior officials of being provocative.

Calm has returned to Foni since talks started and the government said it would look into some of the requests made.

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